As we did during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Family-to-Family launched a Sponsor A Family program for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. We linked with several on-the-ground organizations that help families in need; in Houston: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Communities in Schools, and Firestarter; in Florida: The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County and Jesus Loves You Outreach Ministries; and in Puerto Rico: the Jewish Community Center of Puerto Rico. These organizations continue to refer families that lost basic household items in the hurricanes to our program, and we’re linking those families with donor families. Donors are shopping and sending “their” Harvey or Irma family many of the items they lost in the flooding… things like bedding, towels, kitchen items and more. Donors are donating funds so household items can be purchased locally for Hurricane Maria victims. Click here to read a article about our hurricane sponsorship program in the Westchester County Business Journal. Or click here to learn more about joining as a sponsor.
A little glimpse into how Family-to-Family operates…. Last year after F-to-F Executive Director Pam Koner watched the documentary “Rich Hill,” about growing up poor in a rural Missouri town, Family-to-Family reached out to the principal of the local elementary school to see how we could help. Today Family-to-Family sponsors families there with monthly groceries…which in recent months have included bananas, broccoli, peas, carrots, peanut butter, hamburger meat, bread, potatoes, corn, rice and watermelon!
Over three days in June, five groups of employees at Morgan Stanley in New York City came together for an in-house giving event to make Family-to-Family’s Birthday Bags, Stuffed Shirts and “S’nocks.” The event, which drew about 100 employees, was part of Morgan Stanley’s 10th Annual Global Volunteer Month.
Almost 200 finished projects (birthday parties in bags for kids, t-shirts with personal care products and new socks filled with snacks for the homeless) were delivered to Covenant House in New York, to be given out to teens and young adults in need.
Here at Family-to-Family we’re grateful to have been the recent beneficiary of the “Wishing Well” at Stew Leonard’s grocery store in Yonkers, New York… a designated donation “pot” where customers are invited to drop their spare change as they leave the store, to benefit a local charity.
A special thanks to the folks at Dannon who just donated 50 brand new, unopened electric mixers to Family-to-Family. We passed them on to women struggling to get back on their feet who are living at the YWCA in White Plains, New York and at WIN (Women in Need) in New York City.
We’re proud to announce that The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger has joined the Family-to-Family community as donors to our Sponsor A Family program. Using a grant they received from the Jack and Eleanor Borden Fund, the Foundation is now sponsoring two families from our Kew Gardens Hills, New York community with monthly groceries. The fund was established to help Jewish senior citizens who might otherwise go hungry. Read more.