Passport NYC Camp
Met Council collaborated with Passport NYC to provide meaningful service for campers to help better understand how different methods of volunteering are substantial to the community.
The first event matched the campers with Met Council’s Senior Lunch Program, an on-going volunteer event that has groups serve lunch to seniors at Met Council’s Linda & Jerome Spitzer Residence, an affordable senior housing site in Manhattan. The twenty volunteers served lunch and engaged seniors in lively conversation. The senior residents commended the volunteers on their enthusiasm and dedication. The experienced showed firsthand how interacting with members of the community can positively benefit all those who are involved.
USCJ Celebrates Its Day Of Chesed With Met Council
Volunteers from United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism spent the day assisting our clients. The group participated in a hands-on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) workshop. With a SNAP budget, the volunteers went food shopping and then cooked the food. The prepared food was then delivered to food insecure families in the Lower East Side. These activities showed the volunteers the difficulties that families on Food Stamps face.
Two Green Thumbs Up For Met Council Staff
Met Council launched a new initiative, called Employee Impact Day, in which staff members were given the opportunity to volunteer at an array of programs within the agency and participate in team building exercisers with other Met Council employees. For the inaugural event, staff members spent the morning sprucing up the garden of Met Council’s Linda & Jerome Spitzer Residence, an affordable housing site for seniors in Manhattan.
The volunteers - from many different departments - weeded, planted and trimmed plants in order to improve the garden. They used this opportunity to not only learn more about Met Council, but also learn more about each other.
Their work was overseen by the building’s Garden Club president. Joy was palpable as the president’s vision of the garden came to life right before his eyes.
Met Council Expands Its Camp Scholarship Fund To $25,000
This year, Met Council expanded its scholarship fund to enable 60 children to attend summer camp. Families from Boro Park, Flatbush, Crown Heights, Coney Island, Marine Park, the Rockaways, Forest Hills and Williamsburg benefitted from this year’s camp scholarships.
Through Lizzy and Bryce Markus’ generosity, Met Council is providing camp scholarships to 60 children from families living below 300% of the poverty level, which is $71,550 for a family of four. The families selected the camp their child is attending.
“Our social service programs are designed to aid, sustain and empower poor and near-poor New Yorkers,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director, David M. Frankel. “This year’s camp scholarship fund will aid families in meeting their childcare needs, sustain the children’s growth and development during the summer months, and empower them to gain confidence and learn new skills in a safe a nurturing environment. We thank the extraordinary generosity of the Markus family as well as the staff at Boro Park JCC, COJO Flatbush, Crown Heights JCC, JCC of Greater Coney Island, JCC of Marine Park, JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens JCC and UJO Williamsburg, who worked with us to select deserving families.”
Hillside House Children Were Given A Chance To See Through A Different Lens
The children at Met Council’s Hillside House, a transitional shelter for homeless families, were selected to participate in an inspiring program called “Pictures of Hope”. Photojournalist Linda Solomon taught the children how to capture their dreams through photography. The participants were then encouraged to write down their dreams, photograph them, and share them. These immortalized dreams will appear on greeting cards which will be sold during the holidays. Proceeds will benefit Met Council’s programs.