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  1. 1. Army Community Service (ACS) Fort Drum, July 2012 ACS Green Press ~A tree free newsletter Direct questions / feedback To: Sarah Lynch : 772-5374 this issue:Keeping Summer Fun and 2,3 Happy Birthday ACS!!Safe– Fort Drum Policy on The month of July is especially Retirees and Department of the for cake and a day of resil-leaving your children home significant to the staff of Army Army Civilians. ience activities or just toArea Summer Camps 4 Community Service (ACS) be- wish us a happy birthday! Keeping in the spirit of the Army cause it was in in July of 1965 While your at it, check outRegarding Resilience: Com- 5 taking care of it’s own, ACS offersmunication and Connections that Army Community Service what new and interesting a number of resources to support was born. things ACS has to offer!Five Tips for a Stress 6 Soldiers and Families. These re-Free Relocation What started as a volunteer sources include but are not limited effort by Mrs. Moore, wife of to Family resources, relocation ser-Discovering the Flavor Remember: Think ACSof the North Country General Hal Moore, to take vices, immigration and citizenship First! care of other Army Families support, employment assistance,Schedule of Farmer’s 7 has grown into ACS as we financial management and self de-Markets know it today. velopment opportunities.Resilience Through Art and 8the International Spouses Since the establishment of ACS The ACS staff is comprised of pro-Club in 1965, ACS has become fessionals dedicated to the militaryLook Who’s on the Payroll 9 much more than a lending Families they serve.Career Portfolios closet and thrift store. Today This year ACS will celebrate their ACS is an informational, train- 47th birthday on Friday July 27ACS Events and Contacts 10,11 ing and self development hub from 10am to 2 pm! Come on by that serves Soldiers, Families, RESEARCH STUDY ANNOUNCEMENT conducted by va boston healthcare Army Funded There is a research study to evaluate new training modules about post de- ployment thoughts that you may be eligible to participate in. Participants will be paid $125.00 with a chance to win $100.00 if you complete the visit and mail back the follow up questionnaires. For More information call 1-866-912-8391 or visit
  2. 2. Page 2 ACS Green Press July 2012 Family Advocacy Program-Keeping Summer Fun and Safe by Laura Myer and Michelle Hoffman With the summer on the playground or around the their needs. For children who are oldweather comes extra fun outdoors and neighborhood they require our attention. enough and are going to be home alonean increased risk for children who may Below is a copy of the child supervision this summer, Ms. Shalimar of CYS Out-not be supervised adequately, resulting policy for Fort Drum which outlines at reach Services sponsors the “I’m Alonein a higher number of child neglect what ages and in what situations children Program” which teaches children howcases. Even though children are resil- can be left unsupervised. to be responsible and stay safe whenient, they are often more vulnerable home alone. You can reach her @ 315-than we sometimes realize. They are Please keep in mind that for any number 772-3677 or email her @ Shali-not always capable of making good of reasons a child’s maturity level might for class lag behind the ages represented on this dates and times.choices while playing near the roadand riding tricycles, big wheels, bikes matrix and they might need more super-or skateboards. They might not know vision than what’s shown in the chart. As Mobility is important for many childrenwhat to do if something should hap- always, we need to be aware of what our during the summer.pen or if they get hurt. In the home, children are up to and be responsive to Continued on page 3Age/Grade of Left Without Left Alone Play Outside Unat- Left in Car Child Sit Sib- Child Sit OtherChild Sitter in Quar- Overnight tended Unattended lings tersNewborn NO NO NO NO NO NOthrough 3 yearsof age4 years-1st NO NO Yes-with immediate NO NO NOgrade (6 years) access (visual sight or hearing distance to adult supervision2nd—4th grade NO NO Yes with access to NO NO NO(7 –9 years) emergency supervi- sion and sponsor knows location of the child5th-6th grade YES-with ready NO YES with access to YES With keys NO NO10-11 years access to adult adult supervision removed and supervision handbrake ap- limit 3 hours plied7th-9th grade YES with ac- NO YES with access to YES YES YES see below12-14 years old cess to adult adult supervision May not sit supervision overnight limit 6 hours10th –12th YES YES with spon- YES with access to YES YES YES see belowgrade 15-18 sor in local area adult supervision May sit over-years and access to night adult supervi- sion
  3. 3. ACS Green Press July 2012 Page 3Leaving Your Child at Home… (continued from page 2)According to Drum Regulation 190-2 , and strong Family members, we are also Group Meetings * Respite Care * Spe-when bicycling on Post, helmets, bicycle human and can from time to time use cial Needs Accommodation Process.bells, reflective tape for both bike and extra support. Please feel free to use Family Advocacy Program (FAP)772-6929/4244/2279 - Parentrider, and white lights after sunset are these programs for your specific needs: Education Workshops * New Parentrequired. Support Program * Baby Bundles Army Emergency Relief (AER) *Stress & Anger Management Work-Some Families who are looking for di- 772-6560/6555/2855 - No Interest shops * Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Education * Fortversion and structure for their children Loans to Soldiers & Families for verifi- Drum Sexual Assault Prevention &might want to consider the summer able emergency needs* AER College Response experience. Summer camp offers Scholarship Program. Information & Referral 772-more than recreation. Both residential 556/6557 - Information & Referral Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Desk * Family Lounge & Kitchen Areaand non residential camps provide expe- 772-6710/9229 - You can Make a dif- Mobilization & Deploymentriential and contextual learning atmos- (MOB/DEP) 772-2848/2919/0470 - ference. Identify issues and improvepheres where children learn that they Deployment Cycle Training and Re- quality of life. sources.can do things on their own without theirparents. The camp setting dually nur- Outreach Services 772-5374 - Com- Army Family Team Build- munity Life Activities * Special Eventstures independence while fostering so- ing(AFTB)772-6710/9229 - Workshops * Information tables* ACS Newsletter & Classes to help Soldiers and Familiescial intelligence through healthy relation- Relocation Readiness Program Adapt to Army life and strengthen self-ships with peers and counselors. (For a reliance. (RRP) 772-6566/6553/6902/5475 -list of area Summer camp options, see Relocation Assistance * Lending Closet Army Volunteer Corps Program * DRUM Family & Community Con-page 4 ). (AVC) - 772-2899 - Volunteer opportu- nection * Drum Family Welcome Tour nities * Volunteer Registration. * Hearts Apart * International SpouseAs parents, Soldiers, Family members Financial Readiness Programs (FRP) Support Group * Citizenship & Immi-and humans, we often get caught up in 772-5196/0050 - Individual financial gration Assistance. planning & counseling * Budgeting &the day to day, consumed by our re- Survivor Outreach Services account management classes * Debt liq- (SOS)772-6357 - long-term supportsponsibilities. Sometimes we forget to uidation assistance * Consumer advo- services to surviving Family members cacy/complaint resolution* Family Sub-consider the resources available to us. of Fallen Soldiers. sistence Supplemental Allowance.Please remember there are programs Soldier and Family Assistance Cen- Employment Readiness Programright here on Fort Drum that are easy to (ERP)772-9611/2737 - Career devel- ter (SFAC)772-7781/7720 - Assists Warriors and Families with: Transitionaccess and are designed to support you. opment services for Army Families * preparation * Human Resources One-on-One employment counseling *Stress related to finances, individual and *Financial Counseling *Social Services Employment classes and workshops * *Education Counseling *family troubles, work, health, deploy- Job listings * Resume & Cover Letterment and other issues are common. Writing * Federal Employment System * Interviewing Skills. Think ACS First!!They remind us daily that along with Exceptional Family Member Pro-being highly trained military personnel gram (EFMP)772-5476 - Support
  4. 4. Page 4 ACS Green Press July 2012 Area Summer CampsCamp Date/Time Enrollment dates Fees POCExceptional FamilyMember Camp(EFMP) 6-10 Aug 8:00-2:00 Currently Open No fees 315-772-5488Camp Wabasso Weekly Sessions 28 Jun - Currently Open $350 per wk per child 315-788-8450 Aug 10 Clover bud wk fee $105 for please see two days m website for weekly activi- ties Fort Drum CYS Summer ProgramsPre K Part Day Sum- Weekly Sessions: 2 Jul - First come first serve Fee range: $162-$444 mo. 315-772-1085mer program 31 Aug 9:00-2:00Kindergarten Sum- Weekly Sessions 25 First come first serve Fee range: $40 - $110 wk or 315-772-1085mer Program Jun- 31 Aug 9:00-2:00 for hourly 6Am-6PM $4 hrSchool Age Summer Weekly Sessions 25 Jun First come first serve Fee range: $40 - $110 wk or 315-772-4415Program - 31 Aug hourly 6AM-6PM $4 hr daily full day/before and after rate $16 for four hrs or $30 Summer School/ and for four hrs or more hourly careMiddle School Weekly Sessions 25 First come first serve Fee range: $20-55 wk 315-772-8675Camps Jun -31 Aug 7:00-4:00Sports Camps Date/Time vary First come first serve Fees vary 315-772-8675SKIES Date/ Time vary First come first serve Fees vary 315-772-8675 YMCASports Camps Jul 30-Aug 3 First come first serve Member fee-$50 315-755-9622 9:00-12:00 Military fee - $60Art Camp 25 Jun - Aug 10 First come first serve Member fee-$100 315-755-9622 time varies Military fee - $110Wizards Baseball 25-27 Jun First come first serve Member fee- $65 315-755-9622Camp Military fee- $75Camp AldersGate Dates and times vary. First come first serve Fees range $220 - $360 315-348-8833 Please see website for info@aldersgate.or more details gBeaver Camp Day Camp 13-17 Aug First come first serve Day Camp $230 315-376-2640 bea- 9:00-4:00 Residents Camp $220-$360 ver camp. org Residents Camp date and time vary. Please see website for more details.
  5. 5. Page 5 ACS Green Press July 2012 Regarding Resilience: Tips, tools and techniques for practicing resilience everyday! By Jenn Eichner, MRT 772-2848COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTIONTake a moment and ponder this state- things like, always having the last word,ment, “The way you think, directly talking over people and speaking from a A - Ask the other person for his/heraffects they way you speak”. Do you very emotional state. Then there is the perspective and then ask for a rea-agree? Is your communication style passive communicator who is in the con- sonable change.spurred by your thinking traps and versation to appease the other party. They Use what and how questions, not why ques-iceberg beliefs? The answer is most tend to be quiet, avoid eye contact and are tions. Repeat back what you heard to checklikely - yes. Here’s another question submissive. Although there may be spe- that you’re hearing him/her accuratelyfor you then to considerer, when cific times that both communication stylesfaced with having a conversation with are called for, they both have their prob- L – List the positive outcomes thatsomeone in times of adversity, can lems, biggest of which, they can create the will occur when communicationyou stay resilient? inability to truly connect with others. Con- stays on task. nection, if you will remember, is a critical Work toward a win-win.Imagine a tense conversation between component of resilience.the “me, me, me” thinker and the Do you see how many of the resilience“them, them, them” thinker. How The resilient communicator is an assertive skills we have previously discussedeffective can this communication be communicator. They focus on the three build on each other to get you to thiswhen one is only finding fault with Cs – Confident, Clear and Controlled. point? Give assertive communication athemselves and the other is blaming The assertive communicator follows the try month. Use this communicationeveryone and everything else. Neither IDEAL approach: technique, especially when you are con-is placing responsibility on the respon- fronting someone about a conflict orsible parties. How frustrating! And I – Identify and understand the prob- challenge. Assertive communicationwhat if you hold the iceberg belief lem/topic. does not guarantee a win-win outcome,that, “you’ve got to be loud and strong Check for Thinking Traps, Detect Icebergs, Prob- but it sure will help ensure that yourif you want to win”, and you are en- lem Solve, Put It In Perspective overall connection with whomever yougaged in conversation with someone are speaking with is not lost.who believes that, “less is more”? D – Describe the problem/topic objec-Communication, although so seem- tively.ingly basic, is a challenging part of any Focus on the who, what, when, where - specific, Have a great month – good luck andrelationship or connection. What kind recent, minimize exaggeration good thoughts!of communicator are you? E – Express your concerns and howThere are two polar opposite types of you feel without allowing emotion tocommunicators. One is the aggressive blur your thoughts.communicator who is triggered by Use “I” rather than “you”, minimize exaggeration Upcoming Master Resilience Training Dates: August 13 Module 5 9:30am-12:30 pm at ACS FALL MARATHON 17-20 SEPTEMBER Workforce Development Bldg 2-19 Nash blvd Time includes 1 hour lunch break Refrigerators available for use.
  6. 6. Page 6 ACS Green Press July 2012 Five Tips for a Stress-Free Relocation According to Military Community rive. There are many on-line sources Moving is a team effort, and hard Awareness, the following five steps can of information to help you. work. Take time for yourself and your greatly reduce the stress experienced Family – time to unwind, time to chill. 3.) Attack tasks – with to-do lists. when relocating: Take some leave to get accustomed to There are over eighty tasks to do on a your new home/location. Visit the 1.) Manage stress with preparation. move, so you must be organized. sites; bring the Family to the beach, or Change, even good change, is stressful. Since very few of us have photographic on a mountain hike. Recharge your Be ready for unexpected and emotion- memories, we need lists. Lists help ally charged things to happen. Know battery and you’ll perform better in keep track of your progress and your that people react differently to stress. your new job. head above water. Give everyone the slack they need 4.) Keep a positive attitude. For relocation planning assistance, throughout the move. It is easy to let the stress and multiple contact Relocation Readiness at 772- 2.) Accept your move as a personal 6566. tasks get to you. Try not to get down. challenge. Keep a picture of your new home, new Face the move with energy, determina- friends, and new opportunities in your tion, and creativity. Ask for help when mind. Look forward to the new ex- needed and research available re- periences you and your Family will Remember think ACS have. sources. Learn as much as possible First! 5.) Make time to relax. about your new home before you ar-Discover the Flavor of the North CountryLocal Farmer’s Markets are great sign and check out the produce or farm the farmer’s markets for naturallyways to meet people, get to know the fresh eggs. Can’t get any fresher than grown produce to keep your Familyneighborhood and to discover all the that. Just remember to have correct healthy, happy and growing stronger.local foods. Here in the North Coun- change with you (no debit cards at These farmer’s markets are a longtry we have foods made right here lo- these little stands). Sweet corn is a standing tradition in our agriculturallycally such as Croghan Bologna, cheese popular treat everyone looks forward to rich north country. There are vendors,curd, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, enjoying in August so be on the look- artisans and crafters as well as enter-salt potatoes, fresh dairy and meat out for the signs. Don’t forget to pick tainment. If you live in Lewis County,products. You can find many of these up bags of salt potatoes too, either at the Lewis County Farmer’s market istasty foods as well as homemade craft the farm stand or local grocery store! held in Lowville, NY. Forest Park Pa-items at local farmer’s markets. There is During the summer season you will see vilion at Lewis County Fairgroundsa farmer’s market somewhere for every many of the local fire departments ad- Saturdays-May 19th-Oct. 27, 2012 8:30day of the week and you will find that vertising chicken bar-b-ques. The smell a.m. – 2 p.m. Lowville also holds a an-local folks are a friendly lot willing to will draw you there immediately. These nual cream cheese festival that boastsexplain their products. Fort Drum is fund raisers help keep our local volun- the worlds largest cheesecake and funsurrounded by picturesque wide open teer fire departments operating. The for the whole land. You will meet some of chicken is usually sold either by itself or If you are a Jefferson County Resident,these farmers at the farmer’s markets. as a meal with salt potatoes or maca- there are many locations to chooseDuring growing season, some local roni salad, baked beans and rolls. Pick from. Please see the attached schedulegardeners will grow and sell surplus up some dinners to go or sit down with on page 6. ACS encourages you to getvegetables which they sell at road side the locals to learn about the area. out for a day of fun and fabulousstands. Next time you are out for a If you are thinking of canning your foods!drive, stop when you see the veggie own foods this year, remember to visit
  7. 7. Page 7 ACS Green Press July 2012 Schedule of Jefferson County Farmer’s Markets
  8. 8. ACS Green Press July 2012 Page 8Resilience Through Art-Heritage Puppet ActivityRecently the International Spouses decrease. Resilience through art is The project benefited participantsSupport Group got together for an achieved as the spouse learns to take on a few different levels. First theafternoon of developing the skill of time for his or herself, through relaxa- act of creating the artistic repre-energy management through resil- tion and creativity energy levels are sentation of culture was relaxingience with art. Utilizing art as an ave- increased and stress decreased. Learn- and promoted an atmosphere ofnue to achieve resilience enables one ing to monitor and manage energy creativity and manage energy and rejuvenate: Regu- levels and increase stamina promoteslating emotion and energy levels to enable the focus and flexibility needed to deal Secondly, participants made con-critical thinking and optimal performance with all types of situations without nections with each other as theis known as the MRT skill Energy experiencing burnout. activity fostered conversation andManagement. a spirit of cooperation. While all spouses can feel as thoughResilience through Art explores art as they lose their own identity as caregiv- Lastly, after everyone finishedan avenue to increase positive emo- ers who endure separation for long their puppets, they were able totions, reduce stress, express feelings, periods of time, international spouses share their art and talk aboutbuild connections and make meaning. often loose touch with their cultural themselves and their heritage.Military spouses tend to lead busy identity as they are living so far from The day was rewarding to all whoschedules. Often times they are left their homelands. Through the heri- participated. Look for more resil-alone to deal with the day to day de- tage puppet activity, the international ience through art activities sched-mands of household management and spouses connected with their cultural uled by ACS.parenting. It is not uncommon for heritage to make a representation ofthe spouse to begin to experience who they are and what makes themburnout thus causing energy levels to resilient. Cam Ngo of Canada shares her puppet with the group.Irene Brock from the Philippinesdisplays her puppet and shares herculture. Marta Napolitano from Italy, shares her art and heritage with the group.
  9. 9. ACS Green Press July 2012 Page 9 Look Who’s on the Payroll: Employment Readiness Success Stories! Congratulations to the following Employment Readiness clients who have recently landed a job! Janelle Longton Stephens Media Group Meg Meador Health Center of New York Kimberly Rhodes CYSS If you are one of our clients who has recently become employed, we want to hear about it! Give us a call so we can highlight your accomplishment and inspire others!What is a Career Portfolio and Why do I Want One?So, you are out job hunting, and you show a potential employer what you You may attend an interview whenwant to market your skills, but how? have done such as work samples, you are unable to show your portfo-Create a Career Portfolio. A Career certificates, awards, volunteer work lio at all; this is ok, because you stillPortfolio is a binder or book that and any other skills you want to came prepared and this helpedshows off your work and abilities, highlight that will set you apart from boost your confidence.experience, education, accomplish- the rest!ments, and skills. It is a collection The hardest part of creating a port-of records showcasing your accom- Keeping your portfolio updated and folio is getting started! The Employ-plishments and attributes. It is a looking professional is also very im- ment Readiness Program (ERP) cantool to convince an employer to hire portant. Your portfolio should be help, attend our Career and Lifeyou; what better way to market in a three ring binder with page pro- Portfolio Workshop scheduledYOU! tectors and dividers. You should for 25 July from 9:30-11:30 at ACS also have clean copies and examples – call 772-1090 for more informa-For many years’ graphic artists, jour- for your portfolio. Think of your tion and to sign up!nalist, and teachers have been using portfolio as an extension of yourportfolios to land jobs, now other interview paths are also using them toenhance their job search and assist When presenting your portfolio atin landing a great job! an interview you need to be tactful; “Go confidently in the direction of you cannot expect all interviews to your dreams. Live the life you haveWhy do you want one? A Career take the time to review all of your imagined.”Portfolio will make you stand out work, you will want to point out ~Henry David Thoreauabove the other interviewers; you specific areas you would like towill be better prepared for inter- highlight. When asked about pastviews and have evidence when an- work or volunteer work, this is aswering the hard interview ques- great opening to show the inter-tions. When attending an interview viewer your work examples or anwith a portfolio you will be able to award from your volunteer work.
  10. 10. Page 10 ACS Green Press July 2012 ACS Birthday Party 10am-2 pm at ACS Are You Thinking About Declaring Your “Independence” this July? Webster‟s definition of independence is: not subject to control by others- self- governing. It is a common misconception that being independent means you live without the help of others. Why not let Army Community Service help support you in your independence through our classes, support groups and Master Resilience Training sessions? Our programming promotes resilience, develops leadership and builds strong networks to promote your success as a Spouse, Soldier, Civilian and Retiree. We are never to old to learn a new trick! Come by ACS and explore our available classes and resources.
  11. 11. Army Community Service P4330 Conway Road Fort Drum, New York 13602Army Emergency Relief 772-6560, 772-8873 or 772-2855Army Family Team Building 772-6710, 772-9229 Volunteer Program Coordinator 772-2899 Family Member Program 772-5488, 772-0819 /104951319542718Employment Readiness Program 772-9611, 772-2737, 772-1090 Advocacy Program 772-4244, 772-6929, 772-2279(New Parent Support Program)SAPRP 772-0596, 772-4070, 772-0748 772-5605, 772-5914Financial Readiness Program 772-0050, 772-5196, 772-8526 and Referral 772-6556, 772-6557Military & Family Life Consultants 212-6919Mobilization and Deployment 772-2848, 772-0470, 772-2919 772-5374 Readiness 772-5475, 772-6553, 772-6902http:// -Drum -Relocation -ReadinessProgram/171335822906429 772-6566Soldier Family Assistance Center 772-7781 Outreach Services 772-6357