Thank you to AIG for supporting the Coalition as one of our most dedicated corporate sponsors for the second year in a row! As a Premier Sponsor, AIG allowed us to feed more than 30,000 hungry New Yorkers and send dozens of homeless children to Camp Homeward Bound.
For three months, AIG’s logo is being displayed on a Grand Central Food Program van as it travels throughout the city each night, frequently manned by the enthusiastic employees of the company who regularly volunteer their time to bring hot food – and a warm smile – directly to New Yorkers in need.
Margaret Prashad in the AIG Medical Department best described how much this experience has meant to her and her colleagues when she said, “Volunteering at St. Bart’s is not measured by hours, but by commitment that makes a difference in the lives of others, which can be contagious.”
But their involvement didn’t stop there. This past Friday, dozens of AIG employees braved the torrential downpour and loaded onto a bus to head up to the Coalition’s Camp Homeward Bound – as they have done for the past three years – to prepare the campsite for the hundreds of homeless boys and girls who will call CHB home this summer. The energetic AIG team set up tents, stained windows, spread woodchips and dusted off bunk beds – completing in a few hours what would have taken our staff days to finish on their own.
As Camp Director Bev McEntarfer said to the volunteers, “By setting up these tents, you just gave 300 homeless girls and boys a place to grow, play and make friends this summer.”
With more than 54,000 New Yorkers, including 23,000 children, sleeping in shelters tonight – and vastly more going to bed hungry – the need for Grand Central Food Program and Camp Homeward Bound has never been greater. We salute the employees of AIG for their commitment to helping their fellow New Yorkers.
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On June 11th, Victorian Gardens in Central Park was filled with music, laughter and the delighted shrieks of happy children as more than 500 guests of all ages joined the Coalition for our annual Carnival Night for Kids.
As the sun finally broke through the clouds of an otherwise rainy week, girls and boys careened giddily between the rides, games, cotton candy, Ga-Ga pit and picnic tables of delicious food – slowing down only to line up for children’s authors Brian Floca, Tad Hills and Oliver Jeffers, who signed copies of their award-winning books for the kids! Parents snapped portraits at the photo booth and tried their luck on our balloon pop raffle and ‘Test-Your-Strength’ game, winning donated prizes like tickets to popular Broadway shows, gift certificates to top restaurants, luxury watches, all-inclusive resort stays, an iPad and much more.
Check out pictures from the photo booth or on Facebook to relive some of the highlights of this unforgettable evening.
We are so grateful to our generous event sponsors and dedicated Benefit Committee members for their incredible support! Their leadership helped raise over $100,000 for the Coalition’s youth programs, including Camp Homeward Bound and our afterschool program, Bound for Success.
This year’s event was especially meaningful, as we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Camp Homeward Bound (CHB), the first sleep-away summer camp in the country designed specifically for homeless children. Over the past three decades, CHB has offered thousands of homeless girls and boys critical respite from the chaos and stress of life in a shelter in a safe and nurturing environment where they can run, swim, learn, play – and just be kids again.
Again, thank you to everyone who came out and helped make the evening so special.
City Councilmen Steve Levin, Ritchie Torres and other city council members are calling on the de Blasio administration to increase the number of NYCHA units allocated to homeless families from approximately 750 a year to at least 2,500.