News about Family Giving

Holocaust Survivor Sponsorship Program February 6, 2019

Working with seniors in need recommended by The Good People Fund, The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Selfhelp Community Services and The Blue Card, Inc., Family-to-Family is a year and a half into an effort to provide monthly groceries for elderly and impoverished Holocaust survivors living in the U.S. Of the approximately 100,000 Holocaust survivors living here, an estimated one-third live in profound poverty. F-to-F’s new one on one sponsorship program links each participating donor with one senior in need, and for either a $55 monthly donation or a $27.50 monthly donation (for a shared sponsorship), will provide that senior with a monthly gift card to a local grocery store.  Eighty-four survivors have been sponsored so far! Learn more or sign up here.

Eighty-four Refugee Families are Sponsored February 6, 2019

In an expansion of our regular Sponsor A Family program, Family-to-Family has linked up 84 refugee families who are recent arrivals to the U.S. with monthly sponsors.  The program, launched in 2017, is an effort to help refugee families that are already in the U.S. but can’t yet support themselves. Each sponsored family is provided with a monthly grocery gift card enabling them to purchase basic grocery staples at a grocery store in their neighborhood. Recommended to our program by several national refugee resettlement agencies located in the New York City and upstate New York area, these families – fleeing violence, war and persecution –  have emigrated from more than 20 countries – including Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Chad, China, Cuba, El Salvador, Eritrea, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mexico, Peru, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkmenistan, Somalia, and Ukraine. Sponsors provide a monthly donation to Family-to-Family which allow us to purchase the grocery gift cards, and can also send “their” family other basic essentials through the mail. Our goal is to help these individuals and families, who have already endured so much, feel welcome and secure in their new country. Learn more here.

Compassionate Giving Puts Back to School Drive “Over the Top” August 16, 2017
When our Orlando community partner Pauline Jackson asked for help with her annual school supplies drive, we reached out to our donors. And you responded overwhelmingly! Pauline held her giveaway “Jamboree” on August 11th, and was able to provide filled backpacks to a record 627 local children in need. She was also able to give out 225 pairs of new shoes, and gave the first 160 families to arrive a basket of food as well. Pauline wrote: “The kids had a blast! We had bounce houses, free hot-dogs, pizza and drinks. Please tell everyone thank you so much for helping to make this back to school outreach the most successful one we have ever had.”
Families! Clean out your closets and Pass on Your Gently Used Kids Clothes to Children in Need September 16, 2016

February is a great month to purge! Our Hastings on Hudson, N.Y. office is filling up with bags of gently used kids clothes with many items almost brand new! A great way to engage your kids in giving back is to spend a few hours together going through their closets and drawers and “sharing your bounty.”  If you live near any of our F-to-F sites– we have a place for you to bring your items! Email us for more info.

New Sponsor a Family Recipient Community Launches in Yonkers, N.Y.  September 16, 2016

Family-to-Family is thrilled to welcome families referred by Westhab, Inc. – Yonkers’ largest homeless services agency – into our Sponsor A Family program. Westhab is a large not-for-profit provider of housing and social services for homeless and low-income families in Westchester County and our Sponsor A Family program will supplement a their growing food pantry program. Family-to-Family is headquartered in the town next to Yonkers, and our new relationship with Westhab will allow us to expand our reach locally, serving a greater number of our own neighbors in need. We’re starting with eight Yonkers families and will be adding more in the coming months. We’ve also been steering donations of adult and children’s clothing, children’s books, school supplies and beauty products to Westhab families. Interested in sponsoring a family? Click here.

More Children Join One Book At A Time!  September 16, 2016

With over 150 children from 16 communities across the U.S. enrolled in One Book At A Time, we’re thrilled to be adding even more children from a new site – The Museum School in Yonkers, N.Y. Five new OBAAT elementary school kids will receive their first book from their assigned book “buddy” this fall. OBAAT’s mission is to provide a personal connection between a donor family with enough to share and a book-loving child in need. OBAAT donors buy and send one new book every month to the child they are matched with along with a letter, providing “their” child with that wonderful feeling of book ownership. Seventy-nine percent of students at The Museum School qualify for free or reduced lunch through the National Free Lunch Program. With household budgets stretched to provide food and basic necessities, buying books is usually out of the question.
To learn more or to sponsor a child click HERE.

Join Our 9/11 Day of Service Project September 10, 2015

Join the annual national tribute to the victims of 9/11 and be a part of the 9/11 Day of Service!

Our Day of Service project this year is “Stuffed Shirts for the Homeless,” a project that provides the homeless with much needed personal care items. Read more here and join us!

Summer Backpack Drive August 10, 2015

backpacks1Help a child start the school year off right!  Join our annual summer backpack drive and send a backpack filled with school supplies to a child in need. Learn more.

New “Gap” Pantry Helping Families Caught Between the Cracks July 20, 2015

Together with Red Bird Mission in Beverly, KY we’re excited to announce the opening of the new “Gap” Pantry.  Gap Pantry signIntended to help the working poor, who aren’t eligible for Red Bird’s regular food pantry, the Gap Pantry provides families with incomes just above the poverty line with fresh groceries, including dairy items, fruit and vegetables, every month. A sponsorship for one gap family is only $10 a month!  Read more here.