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  • Thank you to our friends at The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for this wonderful initiative! 



  • Here are a few suggestions on how you might celebrate #LeapofKindnessDay, Monday, February 29, 2016

    1. Collect and deliver items that will be sent to US Soldier's stationed overseas by Operation Adopt A Soldier. Click here for items that can be collected and for a list of the locations to bring items that will then be sent to our Troops by this non-profit organization.
    2.  Local nursing homes have hundreds of residents who would LOVE to receive flowers and/or new socks on #LeapofKindnessDay. The professional staffs who care for these residents also deserve a special thanks for the work they do. Below is contact information for your company to setup a donation and delivery of flowers or new socks for residents and/or trays of cookies for the professional staffs on February 29th. By the way, warm socks are the best - - ankle length white socks are best for foot care as well as a non-binding cotton material.


    • Apple Rehap Clipper, 161 Post Road, Westerly, RI  ckenahan@apple-rehap.com or by phone 401-322-8081.  They have 60 residents who all enjoy cookies!


    • Westerly Health Center, 280 High Street, Westerly, RI, admissions.whc@ hcltdri.com. Contact Laura Wischnowsky or by phone 401-348-0020. They have 94 residents who also love cookies!


    • Apple Rehap Watch Hill, 79 Watch Hill Road, Westerly, RI jrissler@apple-rehap.,comC contact Janice Higgins Rissler or by phone 401-596-2664.  They have 48 residents who all enjoy cookies.


    • Westerly Nursing Home, 79 Beach Street, Westerly, RI  admissions.whc@hcltdri.com Contact Paul Martin or by phone 401-596-2967.  They have 66 residents who all enjoy cookies.



    1. There are approximately  4 local food pantries located  across the Westerly area. By February 29, many local pantries will be in desperate need of food. To celebrate #LeapofKindnessDay, your organization can collect and deliver food to a local food pantry on February 29, 2016. Local food pantries are:  Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, 26 Chase Street, Pawcatuck, Ct by phone at 1-860-599-3285; Jonnycake Center of Westerly, 23 Industrial Drive, Westerly, RI and by phone at 401-377-8069; St. Vincent de Paul, 53 High Street, Westerly, RI and by phone at 401-596- 2031; WARM Shelter, 56 Spruce Street, Westerly, RI and by phone at 401-596-9276.


    1. Tip BIG on February 29th to celebrate #LeapofKindnessDay. When you get your daily cup of coffee, or you dine out for lunch or dinner, or you patronize any local business where tips are accepted, we invite you to TIP BIG as a way of doing something kind for those who serve you on this special day.


    1. Send a note of gratitude to your child's teacher on Monday, February 29th. If you really want to celebrate #LeapofKindnessDay, enclose a gift card to their favorite local store or restaurant or a store that carries supplies for their classrooms or books they can share with their students.


    1. Before February 29th, employers could host a staff meeting to solicit ideas to do something together as a team at the start of the day, at lunch, or after work. Your team might want to invite someone to come in to teach them a new skill or to facilitate a fun group activity - - something you've always talked about doing but never found the time to do. Use this extra day to offer Yoga in the workplace, to try Sushi together, to explore relaxation strategies like meditation, or to go bowling together. Doing something together as a staff that you've always wanted to try counts as an act of kindness on this day.


    1.  #LeapofKindnessDay offers everyone a great opportunity to thank our first responders - - Police, Fire and EMS. Contact your local police, fire or EMS department to see if they'd accept a small token of thanks from your organization for keeping us safe and being there to help whenever they are called.


    1.  We are so very fortunate in Westerly to have access to an outstanding health care system. What makes our health care system special is the professional and caring support provided by those who work in our local hospitals. If you've ever had an experience in one of our local hospitals or health care facilities, we invite you to consider doing something nice for those who work there and/or their patients as suggested below to celebrate #LeapofKindnessDay.


    1. Westerly  Hospital - The staff at the Westerly Hospital would welcome a flower to be sent to a patient.  A donation to the cardiac unit is always welcome.  To contribute to either of these efforts,  please contact Nick Stahl at nstahl@westerlyhospital.org or by phone at 401-596-6000.


    1. We have the Westerly Senior Citizens Center that provides a wide range of services to seniors living in our area. Contact Donald Reynolds at info@Westerlyseniorcenter.org or by phone at 401-596-2404 to ask if there is something you can do to help them on #LeapofKindnessDay.


    1. This extra day is an ideal day to thank those with whom you work. Consider #LeapofKindnessDay your extra day to write a thank you note to a co-worker or to bring someone in your organization a cup of coffee or to take them out to lunch. If you do this, invite them to "pay it forward" and you might see your workplace at its best on this extra day.


    1. A donation of a lap top for the BIZ Camp Students through the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, LKonicki@westerlychamber.org or by phone at 401-596-7761, would be welcomed.


    1. The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce would love a donation of wrapped  candy for their annual Easter Egg Hunt being held on March 19, 2016. Contact Shannon if you can help!  events@oceanchamber.org


    1. Here's a way you can celebrate #LeapofKindnessDay on Monday, February 29th from your home or office. Make an online donation to a charity or nonprofit of your choice. Below are a few local options we might suggest:
    Company Name Primary Phone Website
    AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (401) 243-2639 http://www.cancer.org
    American Heart Association, RI (401) 330-1702 http://www.americanheart.org
    Babcock-Smith House Museum (401) 596-5704 http://www.babcock-smithhouse.org
    Chorus of Westerly (401) 596-8663 http://www.chorusofwesterly.org
    Colonial Theatre (401) 596-7909 http://www.thecolonialtheater.org
    Commission on Aging/Town of Stonington (860) 535-5015 http://www.stonington-ct.gov
    De LaSalle Christian Brothers (401) 789-0244 http://delasalle.org
    Easter Seals Rhode Island (401) 284-1000 http://www.eastersealsri.org
    Frank Olean Center (401) 596-2091 http://www.oleancenter.org
    Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory (401) 364-9508 http://frostydrew.org
    Granite Theatre/RCTI (401) 596-2341 http://www.granitetheatre.com
     Jonnycake Center of Westerly (401) 377-8069 http://www.jonnycake.org
    H.W. Merrill Post #16 American Legion (401) 226-7244 http://www.legion.org
    Knights of Columbus & Columbiettes Council #21 (401) 741-3069 http://kofcri.org
    Misquamicut Business Association (401) 322-1026 http://www.misquamicut.org
    Mystic Aquarium (860) 572-5955 http://www.mysticaquarium.org
    Mystic Museum of Art (860) 536-7601 http://www.mysticarts.org
    Mystic Seaport (860) 572-0711 http://www.mysticseaport.org
    Ocean Community Chamber Foundation 401-596-7761 http://www.oceanchamber.org
    Ocean Community YMCA (401) 596-2894 http://www.oceancommunityymca.org
    Ocean State Animal Coalition (401) 467-6722 http://www.osac.org
    PACE/Adult Day Center of Westerly, Inc. (401) 596-1336 http://www.adultdaycenterofwesterly.org
    Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (860) 599-3285 http://www.the-pnc.org
    Pine Point School 860-535-0606 http://www.pinepoint.org
    Rhode Island Blood Center (401) 453-8383 http://www.ribc.org
    Rotary Club of Chariho (401) 539-0120 http://www.charihorotary.org
    Rotary Club of the Stoningtons (860) 599-4047 http://www.stoningtonsrotary.org
    Rotary Club of Westerly (401) 322-7987 http://westerlyrotary.org
    Salt Marsh Opera (860) 535-3456 http://www.saltmarshopera.org
    Save the Bay, Inc. South Coast Center (401) 315-2709 http://www.savebay.org
    Seniors Helping Seniors (401) 596-0500 http://seniorcaremystic.com
    South County Community Action (401) 789-3016 http://www.sccainc.org
    South County Health (401) 782-8000 http://www.southcountyhealth.org
    Stand Up For Animals (401) 348-9595 http://www.standupforanimals.org
    Stonington Education Fund (860) 599-1715 http://www.stoningtoneducationfund.net
    Stonington Village Improvement Association (203) 572-2545 http://www.sviastonington.org
    Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation (860) 437-1400 http://www.tbbcf.org
    The Andréa Rizzo Foundation (401) 952-2423 http://www.DreasDream.org
    The Permanent Columbus Day Parade Committee (401) 932-0846 http://www.columbusdayparade.net
    The Permanent Columbus Day Parade Committee (401) 932-0846 http://www.columbusdayparade.net
    The Stonington Historical Society (860) 535-8445 http://www.stoningtonhistory.org
    The Westerly Historical Society (401) 322-8240 http://www.westerlyhistoricalsociety.org
    Tower Street School Community Center (401) 348-2715 http://www.93tower.org
    United Way of Rhode Island (401) 444-0600 http://www.liveunitedri.org
    United Way of Rhode Island (401) 444-0600 http://www.liveunitedri.org
    Westerly Area Rest Meals (WARM) Inc. (401) 596-9276 http://www.warmcenter.org
    Westerly Armory Restoration 401-596-8554 http://www.westerlyarmory.com
    Westerly Education Endowment Fund (401) 315-1500 ext 1319 http://www.weefri.org
    Westerly Hospital (401) 596-6000 http://www.westerlyhospital.org
    Westerly Land Trust (401) 315-2610 http://www.westerlylandtrust.org
    Westerly Library and Wilcox Park (401) 596-2877 http://www.westerlylibrary.org
    Westerly Senior Citizens Center (401) 596-2404 http://www.westerlyseniorcenter.org
    Westerly-Pawcatuck Veterans Board of Control (401) 596-0837  
    Westminster Youth String Ensemble (401) 596-5225 http://www.westminsterstrings.org
    Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (401) 539-9017


    Wood River Health (401) 387-9628 http://www.wrhsri.org