Alumna Launches VIB Backpack Initiative
Sayville Alumna Launches
A Backpack Initiative for VIB Children
Sayville Alumna (Class of 97) Corrin Paul saw a need while attending the volunteer responder meetings as an Emergency Room Counselor at VIBS, Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County, a domestic violence group. “We see the children there while their mothers receive services.” Corrin explained. “Many are in shelters, safe harbor homes, or in some form of temp housing.” As school approached for these children Corrin saw a call to respond. “I guess I just thought maybe I could hunt down five to ten backpacks to help some kids out.” Through her volunteer work, Corrin came to understand the problems these courageous children had to face trying to get their lives in order so they could attend school. She realized they deserved an opportunity to succeed, so they can end the life cycle of abuse.
So far, thanks to Corrin’s initiatives, VIBS has given away about forty to fifty bags. “…and I still have some things in my living room that have to go. I had people dropping off supplies at both my house in West Sayville and at Jeanie’s Cool Cupcakes in Sayville on South Main Street. With what I collected, I was also able to help two other groups that work with abused and abandoned children.”
“I was so impressed by this former Sayville graduate,” said Sayville Art teacher Kim Kamensky, “who has taken it upon herself to put together so many backpacks for children who cannot afford them.” Mrs. Kamensky had happened upon Corrin’s project and made a monetary donation. “But that is nothing,” she said modestly, “compared to Corrin’s time and her dedication to this project.”
While they are not allowed to accept used clothes or spiral notebooks, donations to VIBS would help ease the hardship of these women and children. Also, since VIBS centers are not publicized so as to protect the families who use their services, Corrin was very appreciative that Jeanie’s Cool Cupcakes allowed her to use their Sayville store as a drop-off site. “We can always use donations at VIBS,” Corrin said, “whether for school supplies or health and beauty products or new children’s clothes.”
For further information, Corrin’s email is email@example.com.
(photos courtesy of Timothy Butler)