Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield

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The Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield is a youth activity center designed to offer programs for school-aged children after school and during vacations in five core areas: The Arts, Character & Leadership, Education, Health & Life Skills, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.

Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys & girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

From homework help to computer access for research, to innovative after school activities, to sports and vacation programs, the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield is at the forefront of providing exciting opportunities for school-aged children.

The Boys & Girls Club is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. Great Futures Start Here.

CHIRP (Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks)

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CHIRP. is an acronym for Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Parks and was begun in the summer of 2002 to foster a stronger sense of community among residents and to enhance Ridgefield’s much treasured “small town feel.” Its concerts seek to bring townspeople together in a relaxed atmosphere comfortable for people of every economic strata, age bracket and ethnicity. Its mission is to afford them the opportunity to hear and hopefully to enjoy a variety of world and alternative music only infrequently performed in this area.

Ridgefield Allies

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Ridgefield Allies: What Can I Do? – What Can We Do? is a community organization taking steps in the struggle for racial justice locally.

Ridgefield Library

Websites linked to the right.

Children’s Services, here

 

Teen Services, here

Ridgefield Parks and Recreation

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Ridgefield Parks and Rec has four main areas:

The Recreation Center

Yanity Gymnasium

Martin Park Beach

Graham Dickinson SPIRIT Skate Park (which the Ridgefield Youth Commission also supports)

 

Ridgefield Playhouse

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The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not for profit 501 (c)(3) whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding area that they can enjoy and experience at a varied price point. The Playhouse presents national and local acts and is the cultural hub for the town of Ridgefield.

RMAC (Ridgefield Music and Arts Center)

Currently no available website.

RMAC’s Mission:

Our mission is to provide opportunities for students and adults to enhance awareness and appreciation of the arts by participating in cultural experiences and by being a catalyst for community enrichment through the creative arts. RMAC also gives back to the community financially, including a yearly RHS scholarship.

ROAR (Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue)

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ROAR’s Mission:

ROAR was founded on the simple principle that we would provide animals in need with the same love, care and compassion we show our own family pets.  Since we opened our doors in 2005, we have placed almost 4,500 neglected and unwanted cats and dogs in caring homes throughout Ridgefield and our surrounding towns.

 

But our mission does not end at our shelter’s door.   ROAR’s staff and volunteers are also committed to enhancing the remarkable bond between people and pets through our education and outreach programs, enriching the quality of lives throughout our community.   For example, ROAR is a presence in schools at all levels, sharing information about the rewards and responsibilities of pet ownership, and working with student groups in developing ways to “give back” to animals in need.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

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The Museum’s education and public programs are designed to connect visitors of all ages to contemporary art through innovative learning approaches in hands-on workshops, tours, and presentations led by artists, curators, Museum educators, and experts in related fields. Area schools are served by curriculum-aligned on-site and in-school programs, as well as teachers’ professional development training.

The Prospector Theater

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The Prospector Theater, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, provides meaningful employment to people with disabilities through the operation of a premium, first-run movie theater located in the heart of historic downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Our employees, known as Prospects, live a higher quality of life through meaningful employment, and are encouraged to sparkle, shine, and turn their passions into professions.

The Ridgefield Theater Barn

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Here at the “Barn” we have been providing quality live theater to Ridgefield and the surrounding communities since 1965. Our heated, air-conditioned theater offers a comfortable, intimate setting with cabaret seating for most events. We have handicap accessible restrooms and a comfortable reception gallery on the main level. Doors open one hour prior to curtain and seating is cabaret style with our audience members invited to bring their food and beverage of choice to enjoy before the show and during intermission.

The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra

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The mission of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra organization is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to develop their talents through the highest quality music education and performance opportunities and to provide cultural enrichment to the regional Connecticut and New York areas. The primary goals of our ensembles, beyond education and performance, are to nurture the love of music and develop the knowledge of and encourage appreciation for classical and concert repertoire.

Thrown Stone Theatre Company

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Thrown Stone is dedicated to the communities we serve, and we have a particular interest in creating experiences and involvement opportunities for young people. Students and at-risk youth will be invited to free performances and cast talkbacks for each production. As we grow, we will develop more opportunities for engagement and learning.

Other resources:

Websites linked to the right.

LGBTQ+ Resources:

Crisis Resources:

  • Dial 211 in CT for Emergency mobile youth crisis. 211 is a general information line and also can connect you to Youth Crisis services.

  • Kids in Crisis: (203) 661-1911 KIC has a 24/7 hotline, as well as emergency respite housing, for youth and parents

  • (From Sept-June: KIC Teen Talk Counselor Ashley Adamson is @ RHS)

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800- 273-TALK (8355)

  • Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

Other support:

Counseling:

  • Ridgefield Youth Services (203) 438-6141 Affordable youth and family counseling

  • Family & Children’s Aid: (203) 748-5889 www.fcaweb.org (Danbury)

  • For Youth Substance Abuse Assessment and treatment:

  • See the Ridgefield Prevention Council’s website for extensive resources list: www.ridgefieldpreventioncouncil.org/resources

Support and Help for Families:

  • The CARES group: Free support group for families concerned about their teen or young adult’s substance use meets weekly Thursday nights @ Insight

  • Counseling, 103 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield www.thecaresgroup.org 855-406- 0426

  • NAMI Family Support Group: Free support group for families who live with mental health challenges: Every second Thursday 6:30-8:00 Jesse Lee Memorial Church, 207 Main St. Ridgefield. Contact: Marc marcrabinowitz@gmail.com (203) 940-2516

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