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And that’s a Wrap: Towel kits for the Homeless

In 2016 Long Island has the third highest homeless population in the country. With such a prominent issue in the community, it didn’t take long for us to find our next Unified Promise.

On June 21st, our volunteers spent their Wednesday night filling donated towels with travel-size items, such as deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste in order to donate these personal hygiene kits to a local soup kitchen.

The volunteers did incredible and almost 40 of these towel kits were donated to the Mary Brennan Inn (largest soup kitchen and homeless shelter in Long Island). We were also able to donate 100 mini deodorants, sanity napkins for women, and diapers. All of these items will help the homeless shower and stay clean this summer, and feel a little more confident in themselves. We also included handwritten, encouraging messages on Promise Cards to remind them of their humanity, and that there are people out there who care to help in any way they can.

And that’s a wrap! We thank all our volunteer each month for their kindness and hard work each month with because I said I would

 

 

Build an Outdoor Classroom: Hobbit Style

Children are at risk of losing more than just academic knowledge during the summer – physical fitness levels also take a hit. So the members and volunteers at our Long Island chapter decided that for their May Unified Promise, they were going to create an area where kids could exercise their legs as well as their imaginations. With a little drilling, digging and sweat they banded together and created an interactive classroom in a local park for teens and young adults who are a part of Backyard Players & Friends. This nonprofit provides arts-based programs and activities for those in need with all abilities to help them stay active, educated and out of trouble.

 

Adult and children volunteers successfully built benches, a puppet stage, made puppets and improved the landscaping in a local park for the community. They left with sore muscles, but more importantly, they left knowing they made a positive impact on the community. Teens and young adults will now enjoy a brand new outdoor park classroom to visit this summer as a result of because I said I would.

Book it Forward

One in seven Long Island adults are illiterate. Research conducted by the National Institute for Literacy brought light to this hidden problem in our community. We spread literacy in the community by volunteering at a Free Community Book Fair for students who cannot afford traditional book fairs.

Our Chapter members did it again! Another successful Unified Promise is in the books. Eight Chapter members volunteered at the Book Fair, approximately 250 books were collected and donated from the Chapter, and thousands of books were distributed to teachers from local schools in need as well as donated to schools in Africa.

Special thanks to Alyssa Kirell, Community Outreach Coordinator at The Book Fairies for speaking at our March Meetup and sharing with the Chapter members what great work they are doing in our community and how we can do our part.

A Job that was not too Hairy for Us!

Neuroblastoma. Immunotherapy. Malignant. These are words no child should know. Unfortunately, kids with cancer know them all too well. When a child suffers from cancer, a piece of their childhood is taken away, and their lives will never be the same. As a Chapter, we knew that we had the power to do something about it. 

On Saturday, March 25th, our Chapter Members supported our local St. Baldricks event during their head-shaving event to raise money for kids’ cancer research. Because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, "shavees" show their support by shaving their heads voluntarily, and inspiring friends and family to donate to the cause.

Our chapter members did it all. We participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in support of St. Baldricks before the hair-shaving event. We worked with event coordinators to man the registration tables, kept the head-shaving areas and food areas spotless. We even had our own table where our Chapter Members encouraged people to create a card with caring messages of support to the children battling cancer. These cards were then delivered that weekend to a local pediatric cancer hospital ward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all our Chapter Members that helped make this day possible, and for committing to help cure childhood cancer one shave at a time!

Being the Neighbor You Would Like to Have

“I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I relaized, I am somebody". - Lily Tomlin

What if that one thing you dreaded doing the most was done for you?

We found out during our February Unified Promise!

Our Chapter Members took it upon themselves to do random act of kindness, shoveling our neighbor’s sidewalks and driveways. Shoveling snow can be tedious, but a necessity, and impossible for some of our elderly neighbors.

We contributed over 24 hour of snow shoveling. The cold didn't stop 27 Chapter members from helping 25 homes in our community. Sometimes you need to look no further than across the street to make a difference.

Four Minutes for Minutes

Every four minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. For many, their only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. It only takes four minute to register to potentially save a life! 

Those four minutes could add minutes, days, even years to someone else’s life. We are proud of our Chapter members and their level of commitment to not only register to be on the Bone Marrow registry, but to spread the message into the community. Together, our Chapter hosted a registration table at the Rockville Centre Recreation Center to encourage others to potentially be a match and hope to patients who are still waiting for their match.

Our January Unified Promises was inspired by Sam and Alex Kimura, two girls who sold their cars, bought a van and toured the country trying to save lives through this registry. See their story here: http://becauseisaidiwould.com/samandalex

 

Dinner with Our Newest Neighbors: Welcoming Refugee Families

Refugee children and families have lost everything they know, love, and need to survive and thrive. While the reasons and the regions may vary, the story and desperation are the same. All refugees are seeking safety, freedom, and the chance to reclaim futures for themselves and their families.

For our December Unified Promise, we had the opportunity to host a dinner party at the offices of our partner nonprofit organization, Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN). CARECEN’s mission is to assist the immigrant community on Long Island in its effort to become full participants in the community's life. CARECEN is the leading organization of its kind in Nassau and Suffolk counties and has served the community for over 30 years. 



 

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