More than a dozen volunteers from JPMorganChase carved out the time in their busy schedules to give back to underprivileged children and youth this holiday season.
Volunteers came in the nick of time, to help us in the last week of our annual Winter Wonders Gift Drive where we collected about 2,000 gifts and more than $2,000 to provide each of our clients with a gift for the holidays. They helped sort, label and wrap presents.
But their commitment to make a difference in the community included more than gift wrapping. Each of the JPMorganChase volunteers wrote personal letters of inspiration to our at-risk youth. The holiday letters included stories of personal struggle and success, words of wisdom and advice, and more importantly provided a meaningful outreach to many of our youth that are facing broken homes, violence, and for some, the juvenile justice system.
The youth who received the personal letters were very surprised and touched to hear from a group of professionals with no relation to them. Shanette Linton, who heads up the Preparing Youth for Adulthood program, said the letters were beautiful and was appreciative of JPMorganChase’s service.
Different experiences and circumstances motivate each and every one of us. What may inspire me or jerk me awake to pursue a lost dream may not even phase the person next to me. Having strangers invest the time to hand write letters to our youth, we thought, was a powerful and innovative way to send a message to them. A message to say simply ‘Hello’ or ‘Happy Holidays’ or as deep as ‘I Care’ and ‘I believe in your success.’ To hear those words from an accomplished individual, we hope, touched our clients in a new way and maybe created a small yet meaningful change.
Thank you to all the volunteers at JPMorganChase for your participation!
Our wonderful kids are growing up into future successful Kindergartners with all the necessary tools needed.
The halls at ESS are buzzing with activity as we prepare to send 3,000 kids in our programs back to school. A gift of just $20 or more provides the tools for a child to succeed this school year.
Will you give $20 or more to our back-to-school campaign?
If you missed our Annual Family Fun Day, don't worry! We've got the full story and more fun photos here: http://www.essnyc.org/updates/family-fun-day-2014/
The ESS/Safe Space Annual Family Fun Day was a blast, with 1,100 families from our Queens programs enjoying food, fun, activities, and health programming. Take a look!
Episcopal Social Services of New York updated their cover photo.
The 'culture of violence' against teen inmates at Rikers described in recent reports contrasts with the culture of support and transformation at ESS' alternative Juvenile Justice homes. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/nyregion/us-attorneys-office-reveals-civil-rights-investigation-at-rikers-island.html?_r=0