The 2020 holiday season is unlike any other. This year we are inviting members of the medical center community to make a difference and to give back. In lieu of the traditional annual holiday events and toy drives, where we collect unwrapped toys for local daycare centers, Head Start programs, and community-based organizations (CBOs), we are encouraging you to make a monetary donation to purchase toys or support a CBO. Your support will help purchase gifts for over 400 children in six local daycares, Head Start programs and non-profits. The following CBOs have been serving others despite the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about their needs and determination in the face of adversity and uncertainty by watching the videos below.
- Community Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP)
- Riverstone Senior Life Services
- Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)
- Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)
The Community Association of Progressive Dominicans (ACDP) is a long-standing organization founded in 1979 to meet the needs of the Dominican population. Today, their Audubon Youth Program and School Response Team currently serves nearly 200 youth across five schools in Northern Manhattan to provide critical mental health and wellness services during this time.
Riverstone Senior Life Services was founded by local community leaders who organized to create much needed senior housing in the former Delafield Hospital under the NYC Housing Authority. Their caregiver support program helps relatives as they navigate caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or other form of memory loss. Services include but are not limited to counseling, referrals, and workshops.
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC)
With a focus on those in Northern Manhattan and the South and West Bronx, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation has worked to improve the lives of persons in their community for nearly four decades. NMIC offers classes for adults to attain higher levels of basic education and work towards their high school equivalency degree. Additionally, they provide English-speaking instruction, professional development sessions, workforce training, and career courses to provide clients with the tools, skillsets, and networks they need to become financially stable.
Community League of the Heights was founded in 1962 by a group of parents and has grown into a multi-service organization that provides affordable housing, workforce development training, community health worker certification, and more for residents of Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, their food pantry is now open to the public five days a week and serves 500 families a day.
Donate to the Toy Drive
Every dollar given will directly support the toy drive and local groups serving the needs of the Washington Heights/Inwood community.