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!
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We wanted to send a big THANK YOU to The Compound Foundation and Neyo for making our day so special. We love our gifts!
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Episcopal Social Services of New York likes a link.
Thanks to The Compound Foundation for making it a Merry Christmas for more than 50 children from Far Rockaway!
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Today is the last day to help us gather holiday presents for all the children in our foster care! You can order an item from the children's wish list here: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3OL7J1P0I6R0O/ref=cm_wl_search_1
Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours! http://youtu.be/10uB-_mHiZ4
The Brooklyn Nets made a video about their volunteers' visit to our Marcy Children's Center in Brooklyn. See them in action!
Episcopal Social Services of New York shared a photo.
We're only 500 gifts away from a happy holiday for every child in our care! You can help us reach our goal by giving online by December 1st. http://www.essnyc.org/updates/winter-wonders-2013/