Meet And Greet's New Shuttle Service Compliments Of Rotary Club Of Lakewood And Rocky River With Service Provided By Youth Challenge Of Westlake

Summer is less than three months away for most Northeast Ohio families. With a break from the daily school schedule, it is the perfect time to seek out extra help for a child that may be struggling with anxiety, attention, academic, electronic addition, social/communication or other issues. But how do you find a summer camp, program or provider that can best meet the needs of your child?

Connecting for Kids makes it easy with 75 local providers serving children birth through age 12 all under one roof at the Meet and Greet on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. To register for the event, visit connectingforkids.org/meetandgreet. Those who pre-register and attend will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card.

New this year is the Ask Us! program, where attendees can stop by the Ask Us! table upon entering the Meet and Greet to get recommendations from staff on resources tailored to a family’s needs.

“Sometimes coming to an event such as this can be overwhelming for a parent or caregiver who doesn’t even know where to start,” says Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids. “We want to be as welcoming and helpful as possible. The Ask Us! table will provide attendees a chance to tell us exactly what they are looking for and we can point them in the right direction so they can make the most of their time at this event.”

A free shuttle bus service has also been added to the event compliments of Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River with service provided by Youth Challenge. Parking is available at St. Thomas Lutheran Church & School, 21211 Detroit Rd., with continuous shuttle service between the parking area and the Don Umerley Civic Center.

“The parking lot at the venue tends to fill up fast and in past years families who were unable to find parking were forced to go home, possibly missing valuable resources to help their child,” says Rintamaki. “With the support of the Rotary Club and Youth Challenge, we are able to provide this as an option and even offer a $50 Amazon gift card raffle to all riders as an incentive.”

The Platinum Plus sponsor of this event is McGuire Law and Advocacy LLC. Platinum sponsors include Abilities First, LLC, Community Fund Management Foundation (CFMF) and Milestones Autism Resources. Coffee donated by Starbucks Coffee Company.

Lorilynn Wolf

Lorilynn Wolf is the Communications Director for Connecting for Kids.

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