Hug a Plymouth Lion!

I am pleased to announce that the Plymouth Lions just donated $8,000 to PBYR!!!  The Plymouth Lions have consistently helped support the PBYR mission since 2011. On behalf of PBYR,  I wish to acknowledge our sincere appreciation to the Plymouth Lions for their partnership, friendship  and Trust over the years.

**The Plymouth Lions are clearly an inspiration to all with their efforts to do service and good in our community with the type of projects that they support.  Please hug a Plymouth Lion!!!

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

 

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DAV Donor Connect – May 17, 2018

 

Good Afternoon Donor Connect Network-

It has been quite some time since a new list has gone out and I truly apologize for that! I have attached a new list I generated yesterday and I will likely have another updated list next week.

Please let me know if you see anything of interest and I will get you the contact information.

Donor Connect 5.17.18.pdf

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

Dunbar Family Update

Dear BTYR Communities,

It is with a warm and heavy heart that we at Family Programs extend our deepest gratitude for coming together to raise the travel funds necessary for Master SGT Jonathan J Dunbar’s MN extended family to attend his funeral. The “Youcaring” link is no longer up and the family was able to lay their loved one to rest today. Thank you for coming together as a network to serve those who serve us. The family wanted this statement to go out to you:

“Please forward to all involved.  Today we as a family were able to all come together in honor and to say goodbye to our loved one, Master Sgt Jonathan J Dunbar at National Arlington Cemetery.   Thank you to all who made this burden lighter through your support and words of condolence.  We as a family have sorrow and grief for his loss but know that he loved this country and his family and that is why he served.    It was amazing to see the strength and sorrow at the same time of the soldiers wearing Dunbar on their badges to honor him today.  Thanks again for all your generosity and kindness.   The Dunbar Family”

V/R,

Tiffany KovaleskiMN State Coordinator – Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC)
Contractor – Alutiiq, LLC
MN National Guard/Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
8180 Belden Blvd
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
(O): (612) 787-2556

DAV Donor Connect – April 2, 2018

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

I have seen a recent increase in the need for lift recliners. I have updated the needed items portion of the Donor Connect List as there are a number of pending lift recliners needed.

I was also speaking with the DAV Chapter in Hutchinson who stated they are assisting with supplying the Minnesota Honor Flight riders with manual wheelchairs. The flight is coming up very soon (this coming Saturday April 7th, 2018). Please reach out to Van Karg at 612-791-5143 if you have manual wheelchairs you would like to donate to the cause.

Donor Connect 4.3.18.pdf

If you know of someone who may benefit from the information in the list please feel free to share it with them or share my information.

 

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

Minnesota Humanities Center Veterans Voices Award

Minnesota Humanities Logo

Here is your chance to nominate a deserving veteran in your workplace or community! Application and nomination forms can be found at the website below.

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) https://mnhum.org/ is excited to announce that nominations for their 2018 Veterans’ Voices Awards are now being accepted. Nominations will be open through Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the Veterans’ Voices Award recognizes former and actively serving Minnesota Veterans who are making significant contributions to their communities and are exemplary humanists. These Veterans also embody the Humanities Center’s mission — “to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society” – and values: to build and strengthen relationships, recognize the power of story and danger of absence, learn from and with multiple voices, and amplify community solutions for change.

These awards are part of the Humanities Center’s Veterans’ Voices program that draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the contributions and often-missed stories of Veterans. This program empowers all Minnesota Veterans to speak in their own voices through storytelling, art, theater, discussion groups and more – amplifying the voices of Veterans throughout our state and helping to bridge the Veteran-civilian divide.

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

DAV Donor Connect

I have attached the most recent Donor Connect list to this email. If you know of a veteran/veteran’s family in need of equipment listed on the database please get in touch with me and I will supply the donor’s contact information. If you find any of the items are no longer available please update me with that information so I can follow up.  If you have any suggestions on how to improve the program I absolutely appreciate feedback!

Have a great day-

Donor Connect 3.13.18.pdf

 

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
www.davmn.org

DAV Donor Connect

I have attached the most recent Donor Connect Database. I have updated the CVSO groups so if you receive multiple emails or know someone who needs to be added that hasn’t received one please let me know.

Donor Connect 3.7.18.pdf

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
www.davmn.org

Resources to help children in the wake of a school shooting

Resources to help children in the wake of a school shooting

 

Father and son in skate park

 

By Jessica Dym Bartlett

As adults struggle with their own reactions to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida—the 29th mass shooting in the United States in the first two months of 2018 alone—young eyes and ears are watching and listening.

This is an important time to talk to children about what they are seeing and hearing, even when they did not directly witness the event. While it can be difficult to know what to say, evidence from research and clinical practice can help us with these difficult conversations. We begin with a few suggestions for adults who care for children indirectly affected by a school shooting:

Talking to children about school shootings

Honesty is important when speaking with children about school shootings, but that doesn’t mean they need to know the details. What children need to know, and how we talk with them about such tragedies, is best considered through a developmental lens. How we answer their questions, for example, should depend on what they can understand and process without heightening their distress.

For a child of any age, it is important to begin by finding out what they already know. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network recommends gently correcting inaccurate information, encouraging children to ask questions, and answering them directly. Adults can respond by acknowledging the child’s experience and feelings about the event, rather than focusing on the event itself. Parents can use a number of resources to find the right words to say, including apps such as Help Kids Cope. However, conversations should be tailored to the age of the child:

  • Infants and toddlers are comforted when caregivers are warm, sensitive to their needs (e.g., feeding, sleeping, comforting), and maintain predictable routines. Conversation about the event can be harmful to very young children, who are highly sensitive to adults’ emotions. Even if they can’t understand the content, they can sense that something is wrong and experience distress
  • Preschoolers do best when adults use a calm voice, simple language, and respond to their questions honestly but with limited detail. Death should not be a taboo subject with young children just because it is upsetting to adults. Most important, preschoolers need reassurance that they are safe. Safety can also be communicated nonverbally—for example, by participating in normal, everyday activities and receiving extra attention from adults. Early childhood programs and parents can jointly support children who experience a school shooting.
  • School-age children understand more than younger children and may want to talk about events at length with a trusted adult. Still, it is important not to offer disturbing details or to assume that children’s concerns are the same as those of adults. Like younger children, they need comfort and reassurance of their safety. They may want extra attention from adults and friends, and time to talk about subjects other than the school shooting. Schools can also serve as important sources of support by understanding and responding to a school shooting in trauma-informed ways.
  • Adolescents benefit when adults take time to listen, without judgment, to their thoughts and feelings about the school shooting. Teenagers can think abstractly and may struggle with larger issues, such as the meaning of life and death and social justice. They tend to value honesty and are quick to point out hypocrisy. However, it is important not to force adolescents to discuss the event until they are ready, as they are likely to resent when adults appear push their own agenda.

Other helpful hints

Talking to children and adolescents is not the only way to help them negotiate tragic events such as a school shooting. Here are a few additional tips:

  • Protect children from too much information. It is critical to carefully monitor adult conversations, limit media use in children’s presence, and seek support from other adults in private—exposure to disturbing images and conversations about the school shooting can stir up difficult feelings in children of all ages.
  • Keep children busy. Boredom can intensify negative thoughts and behaviors, but children are less likely to experience distress when they play and interact.
  • Ensure that adults receive the attention, support, and care they need. Parenting in the wake of a trauma can be difficult. Adults also need time and space to cope with their own reactions, as well as social support from family, friends, clergy, mental health professionals, and other adults.
  • Seek professional help. Seek professional help if a child’s difficulties do not improve. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) recommends seeking help if problems persist longer than six weeks.
  • Find age-appropriate ways for children to help. Even very young children benefit from being able to make a positive difference in others’ lives while learning important lessons about empathy, compassion, and gratitude.
  • Emphasize hope and positivity. Children need to feel safe, secure, and positive about their present and future. Seeing and hearing stories of people helping people in difficult times is both healing and reassuring.

Children with direct exposure to a school shooting

Children who directly experience school shootings are at the highest risk of developing posttraumatic stress and related symptoms (e.g., nightmares, trouble eating and sleeping, academic difficulties, excessive crying, clinginess, irritability, withdrawal, aggression, or avoiding the issue altogether). Moreover, upheaval among families, the school, and the community after a shooting can make it especially challenging for adults to maintain the predictable routines and calm demeanor that help children feel safe. In these instances, comprehensive approaches grounded in research on risk and resilience after trauma, such as Psychological First Aid, can be implemented. This may enhance both parents’ and children’s sense of safety, orient and soothe survivors, provide assistance to address a family’s immediate needs, and connect survivors with social support and services.

Additional resources

Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Talking to Children about the Shooting

DAV Donor Connect

There has been a lot of negativity happening lately in the world. The recent school shootings which have occurred since January serve as a constant reminder of how we need to cherish every minute of every day and show those around us we appreciate them and what they have done for us. The Donor Connect is a great way to show veterans and their families the sacrifices they made are appreciated by being a donor or helping to connect items to veterans in need. I want you all to know how much I appreciate the assistance you have given to ensure our veterans and their family’s needs are not forgotten.

Please share the information contained in this email with people who may benefit from it or share my contact information with them.

Donor Connect 2.16.18.pdf

Have a wonderful weekend

 

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

PBYR Participates in the Greenwood Elementary School Community Service Event

PBYR proudly participated in the Greenwood Elementary School Community Service Program on Feb. 9, 2018.  This was our 2nd participation and we have been invited back for next year!  The student and parents were again super and they were very generous with the following donations:

  • $400.00 Holiday Gift cards
  • $400.00 Cub Gift cards
  • The students wrote letters and drew beautiful pictures for service members.

The gift card donations will be used to assist service members and their families and such donated gifts are very helpful to the PBYR mission. The Family Assistance Center will locate a deployed service member or Chaplain to receive the pictures to distribute.

**Kudos to Kersten Beckstrom for her PBYR leadership and participation during the event as an art coach, table supervisor, PR Specialist and  PBYR Volunteer- Par- Excellence!

 

“Si” , a 5th grader served as our assistant and he did a super job at the event!!

 

UPDATE: April 27, 2018

 

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Hamel VFW Valentine’s Dance

The Hamel VFW is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner & Dance on Saturday, February 17th. Food from 5-8:00 pm with music from 7-11:00. The Arcades will be playing great classic rock with a touch of country and a polka or two. Everyone who’s heard these guys say their music and rotation is outstanding! Bring your sweetheart and enjoy a relaxing night. There is a $5.00 cover.

Donor Connect has some requests

Donor Connect Friends

I have received a few recent requests after the updated list was sent out this week which I would like you to think about over the weekend and if you’re able to help in any way or know of someone who might be able to help please refer that information to me and I will get in touch and go from there.

Metro area request for a small stationary exercise bike.

Bloomington area request for a Lift Recliner.

St. Cloud area request for a Lift Recliner.     

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
www.davmn.org

 

DAV Donor Connect – January 23, 2018

 

Donor Connect Friends

January has flown by and been full of all kinds of excitement! I hope you all are doing well after this last snow storm. Fortunately we were lucky here in St. Cloud and didn’t receive a single flake. Thank you all for being so very patient with me as I know it has been a while since I sent out an updated list, I truly appreciate it!

If there are any questions about the list or if you would like the donor information for a specific item please either call or email me and I will get you that information. If you do not see an item on the list please get in touch with me and I can reach out to different places or add it to the requests.

Donor Connect 1.23.18.pdf

Have a wonderful day!

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (Donor Connect)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (Transportation)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

Donor Connect

Donor Connect contacts:

I was approached by Gary Komaniecki of the Rochester Public Schools who stated his auto shop students have repaired a 1998 Ford Conversion Van with a powered wheelchair ramp which is in good working order for donation.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from having a handicapped vehicle please get in touch with Gary at 507-261-7566.

Thank you.

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (cell)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (office)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

 

DAV Donor Connect

 

Donor Connect Friends

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far! I have attached the last item list for 2017 to this posting. If there is anyone you think may benefit from the information please feel free to pass it along or refer them to me.

Donor Connect weekly listing 12.29.17.pdf

Thank you and have a happy New Years!

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761 (cell)
(320) 252-1670 ext 6676 (office)
stephanie@davmn.org
http://www.davmn.org

PBYR Meets with Wayzata High School Students to Discuss Recent Partnering

Wayzata

Plymouth Beyond Yellow Ribbon further explored  the PBYR mission with Brenda Badger’s Y.E.S. students on December 7, 2017.  This was a follow-up to the prior project and partnering with PBYR in November, 2017 to send treats to deployed MN soldiers.  In the presentation, the students asked many good questions about PBYR.  We addressed many reasons why people  volunteer with  non-profit organizations, such as agreeing with the  mission and to demonstrate support, personal skill development, leadership training and to contribute to a healthy sense of community. Also, the many advantages for Minnesota to have a large network of BYR cities was reviewed in detail as this effort has assisted many people and decreased the military suicide rates over the past several years.

Strategies and reasons for students to connect with PBYR and/or other non-profits was reviewed in detail.  The students seemed to resonate with the PBYR mission and history. Hopefully, they will desire to partner again with PBYR in 2018!  They were reminded that their knowledge and skill with social media could be used effectively by many non-profit organizations, especially as community outreach efforts can take many creative forms in the current digital age.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR Board Chairman

PBYR

 

DAV Donor Connect

I hope you are enjoying the burst of Minnesota winter we recently received. I have received a plentitude of calls recently about ramps. I would like to find out if there are any contacts for ramps you may know of (businesses/charities ext.) The ramp requests I have received range from a veteran recently becoming an amputee and requiring a ramp for 4 steps into his home and another request for a veteran in his 90’s who fell while attempting to carry his wife down the exterior steps of their home because she cannot walk up and down the stairs on her own. I know a few DAV Chapters have notified me they were installing ramps for veterans or had supplied funds for the building of a ramp as service projects- There has to be more we can do to assist veterans needing ramps to allow them to stay in their homes and we cannot expect DAV Chapters to purchase ramps to fill every need.

Donor Connect updated weekly listing 12.5.17

If you know of anyone who may benefit from the information in this email please feel free to pass along the information.

Stephanie Zeimetz
St. Cloud VA HSC
Donor Connect
(320)828-6761
stephanie@davmn.org
www.davmn.org

PBYR and Wayzata High School Y.E.S. Students Packaged Gifts for Deployed MN Soldiers

On November 6, 2017 PBYR and Wayzata High School Y.E.S. students met to wrap $450.00 of beef sticks and send 60 letters of appreciation to deployed MN soldiers.  Kersten Beckstrom, Jennifer Rodgers, Deputy Chief Plekkenpol, Brenda Badger and Gary Goldetsky worked with the students and it was a delightful experience for all. The letter of this event is noted below.  Gary Goldetsky, PBYR President will meet with the Wayzata High School students in December 2017 to further review and discuss the PBYR mission.

PBYR and Wayzata HS YES 2017.pdf

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017

Wayzata High School Y.E.S. November 2017