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TTN LONG ISLAND COMMUNITY IMPACT


Our Communiy Outreach/Volunteer Committee helps others by partnering with various non-profit organizations on Long Island. It provides women the opportunity to make a positive difference in our communities. At the same time, we get to meet new women and work together in meaningful ways.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and join our efforts.
Watch for our eblasts announcing meetings, collections, and volunteer activities.
If you are particularly interested in one of our partnerships, please contact the name
listed to learn more about how we help.


BOOK FAIRIES
Can you imagine never having a book to call your own? Right here on Long Island countless children do not own a single book and countless public facilities like schools, shelters, and prisons do not have adequate books for their population. The Book Fairies, located in Freeport, collects reading materials from people, schools and businesses and then re-distributes them where needed throughout New York to foster literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal struggles and nurture a love of reading across all ages. TTN Volunteers donate books/run book drives, help at School and Warehouse Book Fairs, participate in the Dr. Seuss Reading Across America program and other events. For further information or any questions about this agency, please contact Linda Sotomayor at lindasoto@verizon.net

CARE TO KNIT(TTN Stitchers)
We are knitters and crocheters of varying skill levels who make hats, scarves, afghans, lap blankets, etc. We donate our items to Care To Knit. They, in turn, distribute these items as needed to LI shelters, hospitals, etc. and special programs such as SEAN'S GIFT blanket program, THINK PINK for breast cancer patients, WOMEN HEART for heart patients, and the BROOKE JACKMAN FOUNDATION.  We meet the 3rd Wednesday afternoon of each month which is when we collect the finished items, share ideas, and put together afghans.  For more information, please contact Suzanne Sham at suestan@verizon.net.

CARECEN
The Community Outreach/Volunteer Committee has developed an exciting new connection with CARECEN, a not-for-profit organization that has provided high quality legal assistance to immigrant communities in Nassau and Suffolk counties for over thirty years. They offer a variety of legal services including initial and renewal requests for temporary protected status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), green card renewals, naturalization, and special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS). CARECEN offers a Pathway to Citizenship program providing free citizenship application services. CARECEN staff also coordinates various community workshops throughout the year. They provide free adult English and literacy classes as well. CARECEN welcomes volunteers as they work to serve the vulnerable members of our community. Volunteer opportunities include helping clients prepare for the citizenship interview and test, assisting the ESOL teacher in the English classes, working with children whose parents are in the English classes, participating in a Book Drive project, fund raising for their Annual Gala, and providing assistance to the Family Refugee Unit. If you are interested in learning more about CARECEN, and how your time, energy, and expertise can be utilized in this very worthwhile partnership, please contact Andrea Hoffman at aadhoff@yahoo.com.
 
FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE(Brentwood Shelter)
Under the auspices of Family Service League, our goal as TTN Volunteers is to help enhance the lives of the more than 350 children living in this 100 room shelter in Brentwood. We help with Halloween and Christmas activities, special programs, and a Prom Boutique for graduating seniors who live at the shelter. We collect much needed items for the children. If you would like to learn how you could help at the shelter, please contact Judy Brambrut at jbrambrut@aol.com.

GLOBAL EYES OF HOPE
We collect gently used prescription glasses and non-prescription readers for Eyes of Hope. These glasses are distributed globally to help the 2 billion people who don't have access to much needed eyewear due to income, distance, or disaster. If you have either prescription or non-prescription glasses you are able to donate, please contact Joan Gold at fourgolds@aol.com.

ISLAND HARVEST
Island Harvest provides critical food, products, programs and services to Long Island families, seniors, veterans, and children who live with food insecurity and hunger every day. They do this by distributing the equivalent of more than 10 million pounds of food, 8 million meals, to more than 316,000 Long Islanders living with hunger each year. TTN Volunteers work in the office, help with mailings, help prepare backpacks for children’s take home weekend food, help with Island Harvest’s special projects, and help collect food donations which are distributed to over 570 Long Island based food pantries and soup kitchens that offer food to those in need. To get involved helping reduce hunger on Long Island, please contact Robin Jacobson at robin.jacobson4@gmail.com


MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION
Volunteers for Make-A-Wish (MAW) have the opportunity to provide children with life-threatening medical conditions, ages 2 to 18, more than an amazing experience. A wish come true has the power to make kids feel stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome their illnesses. MAW offers many opportunities to get involved as a volunteer.  Trained volunteers are wish granters.  Once a child is referred and their medical eligibility is determined, a team of two wish granters meet with the wish child to determine his or her one true wish.  The wish granting team maintains communication with the family until the wish is approved and they can bring the wish to life in a way that exceeds every expectation.  For additional information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Mary Modica at marymodica@aol.com

NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES BOUTIQUE
If you like to shop or want to help others with their purchases, volunteer for the Department of Social Services Boutique.  DSS employees purchase new and used clothing, accessories, jewelry, household items, toys, books and seasonal items at discounted prices. Volunteers help at the Boutiique one Friday a month from 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM. The Department of Social Services is located at 60 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Uniondale.  For additional information, contact Mary Modica at marymodicaaol.com.

NASSAU COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES CHILDREN’S ROOM TTN volunteers enrich the lives of children while their parents wait to be interviewed for social service benefitsThe Children's Room is a friendly environment with games, books, toys, crafts, etc. Volunteers invite children from the ages 3 -9 to explore the available activities, play with other children, listen to a story or challenge a TTN member in a board gameThe children are thrilled and their families appreciate this happy and safe place the children are able to spend their time while at the Department of Social Services. Come on board with other TTN volunteers any Monday or Thursday from 10AM to Noon. The Children's Room is located at 60 Charles Lindberg Blvd in Uniondale. To volunteer or for additional information, contact Mary Modica at marymodica@aol.com.

PAJAMA PROGRAM
The pajama program gives a new pair of pajamas and a new book to children at risk. This program believes it is every child’s right to a good night, and a good night starts with a loving, caring bedtime. They believe that by transforming bedtimes into positive comforting rituals, children feel love and gain security and are able to wake up with the energy and spirit for a positive day. New pajamas (perhaps the only pajamas a child has every owned) and a new book (perhaps the only book a child has owned) is a magical gift for a vulnerable child. Our Volunteers help collect new books and pajamas and help distribute them. Volunteers are also showing children how special books are by going into classrooms, especially preschool and classes, for 20 to 30 minutes to read to the children. If you think this is of interest to you, please contact Ann Weiss at annbetsy@optonline.net.
 
SAFE CENTER OF L.I.
The Safe Center LI provides services for women who are victims of domestic violence and women and girls who have been sexually abused. They offer counseling, advocacy, a safe home for women and their children escaping abuse, transitional housing and education to the community to raise awareness. Our Volunteer Committee donates new clothing and personal items, makes blankets for the babies and shawls for the women. Each year the Center holds a day long Retreat for girls, ages 9 to 16, who have been sexually abused. Our Volunteers make beautiful gift bags for each girl and these bags have brought so much joy and a message of caring to the girls. For information or to answer any questions about this agency, please contact Nancy Goldwasser at ngoldwasser52@gmail.com.


NORTH SHORE LAND ALLIANCE
The North Shore Land Alliance is an organization that works to conserve natural areas on Long Island. They have been serving Long Island for 15 years. Their core values revolve around land, water, and people.
Appreciate the value of nature.
         Responsibility to generations that follow.
Thoughtful, intelligent, fact-based action.
Respect for individual privacy.
Fair and legal transactions.
Commitment to stay the course until the land is protected.
For further information or any questions about this agency, please contact Robin Jacobson at robin.jacobson4@gmail.com.
 
 
HOPE FOR YOUTH  
Hope For Youth is dedicated to facilitating positive change in the lives of children, adolescents, and families.  They provide stable, nurturing, residential care, foster care, preventative and out-patient programs which educate, motivate, and empower individuals to become self-sufficient and achieve their full potential.  For further information or any questions about this agency, please contact Joan Gold at fourgolds@aol.com.
 
 
 

 
 
FOR OTHER INFORMATION
If you have a question,  comment, or suggestion regarding Volunteering,  please contact:
Joan Gold
fourgolds@aol.com    516 627-1939