Annual Summer Guitar Program sponsored by Ian Linde - 3 Years Running
Since 2013 we have helped coordinate the sponsorship for a music counselor at Homes for the Homeless Summer Camp Lanowa, as well as the donation of a 13 new acoustic guitars, for adolescent boys and girls to learn to play guitar during their 2-week stay at camp. Guitar lessons are given at all 3 sessions of camp and this will once again take place during the summer of '16. Special thank you to Ian Linde for sponsoring the program and to Alana Zinn for originally securing the guitar donation.
Bi-Annual Job Hops - Since 2010
In affiliation with Homes for the Homeless - Picture speed dating meets job interviews as we bring together young adults with professionals ranging from designers to people in finance and TV personalities. This gives the children exposure to many career paths in an exciting / fun atmosphere. To date we have hosted five job hops and look forward to hosting many more. Since inception we have hosted over 10 Job Hops with 70+ children participating being exposed to a variety of careers. The latest event took place in April of 2016.
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Donations will go towards sponsoring our partner organizations which provide food, shelter, and education for underprivileged and homeless children. In addition due to the current circumstances donations will go towards helping the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We will provide you with feedback and updates as to where and how your money is being used.
Annual KidCare Toy Drive 7 Years STRONG
Since 2009 we have hosted an annual Toy Drive to benefit the over 750 kids housed in shelters by Homes for the Homeless. Now seven years strong, our signature event has collected well over 10,000 toys and raised funds which have enabled us to sponsor / create many of the activities which you can read about on this page. In addition to the Toy Drive, we also host a group of the children from the shelters each year for a Holiday party complete with Toys, Games, Balloon Animals, and of course Ice Cream. Seeing the smile on the children’s faces is what this is all about and is the essence of “Let Kids be Kids”.
Annual KidCare Tee Ball Team 7 Years STRONG
Since 2010 we have sponsored a Tee Ball Team for Homes for the Homeless ages 5-7yrs that competes in the Rosedale Tee Ball League. The season starts with an opening day parade followed by the kids playing in at least 10 games. Every season is capped off with a trip to a MLB baseball game. We are back again in 2016 with the season kicking off in May. Special thank you to Dave Bossolina for helping to sponsor the team. Check out this you tube video from the opening day of the 2012 season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug-mpeh8Lh0&feature=youtu.be
LAFH Kids go the the 2011 All Star Game Festivities
We had the opportunity to take over 50 children living in the LAFH Shelter to the 2011 NBA All-Star game festivities in Los Angeles. This event provided the kids with a once in a lifetime experience and to say the least we all had a blast!!!
After School Arts Program with HFH
In 2010, 2011 we helped fund yearlong, weekly dance classes for Saratoga elementary, middle and high school students, with a culminating performance. The grant has allowed children to see a Broadway show, a first for most of the children. Groups of children saw ImaginOcean, The Addams Family, and Sister Act. At the Prospect Family Inn, the KidCare grant purchased six child-friendly digital cameras and photography kits for the children to use on field trips, and to document daily activities and special events.
Mad Science in the Bronx
This grant enabled HFH to hold multiple Mad Science
workshops at two of their Bronx facilities. There were pre-
K workshops for the daycare at Williamsbridge, and
middle school workshops for the Brownstone After School
program at Prospect. The students at Prospect enjoyed
the summer sessions so much that they enrolled in a 10-
week “Crazy ChemWorks” curriculum throughout the fall of
2014. With our help, the children in the Bronx are truly
mad about science!
Want to see more??? Please go to our facebook page for pictures and news on all our events. We look forward to sharing a lot more of these experiences with you!!!
Wildlife Theater in Manhattan
The Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theatre brings their Animal
Adventures program to the daycare at the Clinton
Family Inn. The children loved the puppet show, which
uses “Frankie the Frog” and other pond animals to teach
kids about basic animal concepts like shape, sound, and
Yoga classes - Since 2011
This program began with “Mommy & Me” yoga classes at
the Clinton Family Inn which allowed moms a chance to
relax and clear their minds while still spending valuable
time with their children. This has now evolved into Monthly
classes as the Prospect shelter where the children have
time to relax and exercise with professional instructors.
Annual Schweid & Sons B-Ball and Burger Basketball Tournament - 3 Years Running
Hosted since 2013, this basketball tournament and BBQ takes place at the Saratoga Family Inn located in Queens. Since inception we have had over 100 kids participate and the day is truly special. The day is filled with basketball, special guests (this past tournament had the St. Johns woman's team as coaches), and a delicious BBQ with Schweid & Sons burgers on the menu. Special thanks to Jamie Schweid & Schweid & Sons for sponsoring the tournament. We will be back in 2016.
Saratoga NFL Flag Football Team sponsored by Jason Feinberg - 2 Years Running
Established in 2014 this NFL Flag Football team is made up of children from the Saratoga Family Inn. The 10- and 11-year-olds that make up the Saratoga Eagles are on the gridiron every Saturday throughout the fall. We will be back in the Fall of 2016.
Black Spectrum Theatre Eight-Week Residency -
Instructors from the Black Spectrum Theatre teach weekly
drama and chorus classes to students in the Saratoga
Family Inn’s After School Program. The residency
culminates in an on-stage performance, where the children
express what they learned through song, dance, or
dramatic acting. Many of these children have never
previously had a chance to perform on stage, and we are
glad we gave them the opportunity.
Education in Dance
Children at the Prospect Family Inn’s Early Childhood
Education Center always loved music and dancing. With
this in mind, we tried to bring their interest to another level
by providing a grant that allowed Education in Dance to
establish an eight-week residency at PFI. These
instructors take a comprehensive approach to teaching
children about music and dance - they focus not only on
the arts, but on self-esteem and healthy eating as well.
Bob Conrad Magic Shows - Ongoing Program
Magician Bob Conrad visits the Williamsbridge Early
Childhood Education Center to perform his magic show for
the children. His performances are tailored to his audience
and change based on what they are working on and/or
interested in. We are proud to be able to provide children
with programs that tie directly into their curriculum and
reinforce what they already learned through something fun.
HFH Teen Leader Award - Ongoing Program
At the HFH Summer Camps, the Teen Leaders serve as
role models for younger campers. Since 2014 we have
awarded two awards to one of the 14-year-old and one of
the 15-year-old Teen Leaders.These teens are selected
because they demonstrate an all-embracing commitment
to the Homes for the Homeless Summer Camps mission,
possess innovative leadership qualities, and are great
positive mentors for their younger peers. This award
encourages continued participation in community life and
provides resources for the teen recipients to implement in
their educational goals.
*The 7th Annual Tee Ball teams season ending MLB Baseball game in August
*The 4th Annual Schweid & Sons B-Ball and Burger Basketball Tournament in September
*The 3rd Annual Flag Football team starting back up in the Fall
*The 8th Annual Toy Drive & Fundraiser in December