A variety of local groups and others have organized efforts to help the families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
A musical fundraiser is planned for the The First and Last Cafe, 2 Pembroke Road, Danbury, from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds will go toward the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Check donations may be mailed to Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown CT 06470, or dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch.
For questions about your check donation within local Newtown Savings Bank branches, call 800-461-0672. Or, at the United Way, call David Deschenes, 203-792-5330 ext. 239, or Isabel Almeida, 203-792-5330 ext. 106. You can also donate by credit card. Go to: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/.
UCONN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The University of Connecticut has created the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid for students who currently attend the elementary school as well as siblings of those killed in the assault and dependents of teachers and other adults who lost their lives and are accepted to attend the university in the future. For information about the fund and how to donate, go to the University of Connecticut (www.uconn.edu) and UConn Foundation (www.foundation.uconn.edu) websites.
The following memorial funds have been established, and families have suggested places to make contributions in the name of their loved one: The News-Times will add to this list as information becomes available.
The family of Dawn Hochsprung has established the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund at the Waterbury Teachers Federal Credit Union. Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Contributions may be dropped off or mailed to: Waterbury Connecticut Teachers Federal Credit Union, 773 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT 06762; or 24 Rowan St. Ext., Danbury, CT 06811. For information, call 203-758-9500 or 800-992-2226.
Ana Grace Marquez-Greene: Ana Grace Marquez-Greene Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Western Connecticut State University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810.
Dylan C. Hockley: The Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund, 34 Charter Ridge Road, Newtown, CT 06482.
James R. Mattioli: The James R. Mattioli Memorial Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470.
Anne Marie Murphy: Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd floor, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Jessica A. Rekos: Memorial contributions to the Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund, PO Box 263, Newtown, CT 06482.
LIONS CLUB OFFERS COUNSELING REIMBURSEMENT
The Newtown Lions Club has set up a fund to aid the families of the victims, teachers, administrators of Sandy Hook Elementary School, as well as to first responders. This fund will be administered by the Newtown Lions Club Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization. The club wants to reimburse for unmet counseling expenses. All counseling reimbursement requests will be handled by a Licensed Professional Counselor and kept strictly confidential.
More information is available at www.newtownlions.com, or donations can be made there via credit card. Donations by check made out to Newtown Lions Club Foundation SHE Fund may be mailed to the Newtown Lions Club Foundation, P.O. Box 218, Newtown, CT 06470.
Residents and former residents have formed the Newtown Alumni Fund to provide relief for the families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Donations will be administered and distributed through the Newtown Rotary Club.
All donations will go directly to the community affected by this incident. A donor has offered to match the first $2,000 in donations.
Checks should be made payable to Newtown Rotary Club, Sandy Hook School Fund, with "Newtown Alumni Fund" marked in the memo section, and mailed to Newtown Alumni Fund, P.O. Box 3217, Newtown, CT 06470.
For information, visit www.newtownalumnifund.org.
FOR LONG-TERM HELP
Members of the Greater Danbury Kiwanis, after consulting with fellow Kiwanians in Colorado about how they helped their community heal after the Columbine attacks, have resolved to accept donations to help meet the needs of the children affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy.
To make resources available to these children over the years to come, they request monetary donations to The Kiwanis Foundation of Greater Danbury, PO Box 372, Danbury, CT 06813-0372.
EASTERN SCHOLARSHIP HONORS VICTORIA SOTO
In honor of Victoria Leigh Soto and her heroism, Eastern Connecticut State University has created the Victoria Leigh Soto Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund to support Eastern students studying to be teachers who have unmet financial need.
Soto, a teacher who died in the Sandy Hook shootings, graduated from Eastern in 2008.
For information, visit www.easternct.edu/advancement/victoria_soto.html.
Donations may be directed to: Victoria Leigh Soto Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund ECSU Foundation, Inc., Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham St., Willimantic, CT 06226, Attention: Kenneth J. DeLisa, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.
To contribute online, donors can visit https://eweb.easternct.edu/wfbprod/bwakngft.P_Make_A_Donation2. After filling out the first screen, they will be directed to a second screen to select a designation for their gift. On the dropdown menu, they should choose "Victoria Leigh Soto Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund."
The Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a nonprofit association of licensed acupuncturists, is providing trauma recovery treatment services.
All members of the community are welcome to receive free treatment. Acupressure is available for children.
Volunteers will be available in Sandy Hook for free treatments at 111 Church Hill Road in Newtown.
Appointments are not necessary. The service will continue through January.
The Association of Religious Communities of Greater Danbury will be available to assist local families with crisis counseling services.
To request assistance, contact the Rev. P.J. Leopold at 203-792-9450, ext. 102 or by email at email@example.com.
The Family Study Center in Danbury is providing art therapy groups for the students of Sandy Hook School.
These groups will be led by art therapists experienced in traumatic loss work with children and will be provided at no cost to the families.
Contact Ellie Nicol at 203-778-2020, ext. 12.