American Red Cross
The humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross connects us to people and communities across the nation and around the world. The common bonds of humanity and compassion unite us together, not just in the face of emergencies and disasters, but in helping our neighbors every day.
Since being founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the Red Cross has been a consistent lifeline for people when they need us the most. The depth and breadth of our services – whenever and wherever they’re called for – is unmatched by any organization in the world.
As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs.
Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.
Barton led the Red Cross for 23 years, during which time we conducted our first domestic and overseas disaster relief efforts, aided the United States military during the Spanish-American War, and campaigned successfully for the inclusion of peacetime relief work as part of the global Red Cross network–the so-called “American Amendment” that initially met with some resistance in Europe.
The Red Cross received our first congressional charter in 1900 and a second in 1905, the year after Barton resigned from the organization. This charter–which remains in effect today–sets forth the purposes of the organization which include giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families and providing national and international disaster relief and mitigation.
RAJE was founded in 2006 to address the Jewish communal and educational needs of young Russian American Jews. We are a comprehensive educational and communal organization whose goal is to spark Jewish life and ensure Jewish continuity for the next generation. We are passionate about building a community that embraces Russian speaking Jews from all walks of life.
To achieve its mission RAJE developed a unique system of community wide change, known as the RAJE Fellowship program. The semester long program which includes an educational trip to Europe and Israel, provides talented young people with a unique opportunity to explore their Jewish identity and develop their own unique leadership potential.
Apart from the RAJE Fellowship program, RAJE is a community that never sleeps. To our knowledge, we are the only center in New York that provides a full spectrum of programming to meet the communal and educational needs of Russian American Jewish college students and young professionals. The RAJE center & the RAJEon Alumni association is continuously buzzing with the energy of new students, inspired learners and community activists. Behind our doors is a professional and volunteer staff dedicated to creating an open environment that encourages people at all levels to explore their Jewish identity and find their own place within the community.
We are proud of our reputation as a wonderful place to spend Shabbat and Jewish holidays year round. We welcome the entire community to join us for festive meals, lively classes and hospitality in the warmth of family and friends.
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
Since 1884, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has been saving and enhancing the lives of youth by providing after-school and summer programs for thousands of children in New York City’s most disadvantaged communities. Five core service areas provide enhanced programming that ensures members receive much-needed resources, guidance, and support as they progress academically and socially. A founding member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, at seven sites throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn as well as at Camp Madison in Kingston, New York.
Madison started in a vacant First Avenue store, primarily to give kids in a “bad neighborhood” something to do. Our founders believed in the power of adult guidance to effect positive change in a child.
Madison is led by a dedicated board, with several members whose families have served for generations. Our committed youth development professionals are second to none.
A career with Madison is rewarding, fulfilling and fun. As an employee, you affect the lives of thousands of youths by being a positive role model and providing exceptional programs.
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.
Our Mission: GMHC fights to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.
AIDS is not over. In fact, awareness is down as new infections are up — including among women, people of color and men who have sex with men. The roots of the epidemic are wide and deep, from stigma and misinformation to the increasing cost of care. At GMHC, we believe we can end the epidemic by addressing the underlying causes, shifting cultural beliefs and promoting smart behaviors that empower a healthy life for all of us.
In 1981, six gay men (and their friends) gathered in writer Larry Kramer’s living room to address the “gay cancer” and raise money for research. This informal meeting provided the foundation for what would soon become Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In 1982, an answering machine in the home of volunteer Rodger McFarlane acted as the first AIDS hotline — receiving over 100 calls the first night. Today, GMHC continues to pioneer HIV prevention, care and advocacy.
Since before AIDS had a name and until the epidemic is over, GMHC will continue to fight AIDS and love life. To learn more about GMHC or how you can donate, volunteer, tour the agency, or become a client, visit www.gmhc.org, contact us by email, or call 212.367.1000. GMHC is now located on 446 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001-2601.
Chabad of Kingsborough
To provide meaningful Jewish experiences, educational and renewal opportunities for the Jewish students of KC and for the Jewish children and adults
of the community.
Our goals for the fiscal year of 2012 are to form Youth Activities, Adult Programs, and Holiday Activities. Some Youth activities including to plan and carry out a 7-week day Camp for Jewish children which many are of low-income immigrant families, To plan and carry out a monthly Jewish Children’s club of Tzivohs Hashem, To develop and build the weekly lunch & learn class for the Jewish students at KC, To continue to council the Jewish students at KC, To plan and carry out successful Shabbaton weekends for Jewish College students, To distribute beautiful Menorah kits to the students of KC prior to Chanukah, To distribute Shalach Manos kits to the students of KC, To distribute Shmurah Matzoh to the students of KC, and To arrange a Sukkah mobile for the holiday of Succos at KC.
Programs for adults include To build and expand the weekly class in Jewish Mysticism, To develop seminars of adult education on various Religious, Philosophical and Spiritual issues, To organize occasional group visits to the “Ohel”, Teffilin & Mezuza campaign, Emergency financial assistance fund, and To arrange and facilitate circumcisions for Jews of all ages.
Holiday activities (in most part) for Jewish Russian Immigrants include To plan and carry out a successful community Chanukah Party, To plan and carry out a residential Chanukah Party, To plan and carry out a successful community Purim Party, To plan and carry out a beautiful, joyous and inspiring Purim feast, To distribute Shalach Manos to many. And to facilitate multiple Meggilah readings to many, To distribute Matzah Shmurah to many, To plan and carry out successful communal Sedorim, and The Shabbos experience.
Asian Hoops NY Rockits
The New York ROCKITS Athletes In Action was founded in 1985 by Leo Hirata and is a community based not for profit sports foundation dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian youths and adults through the sport of basketball. Our purpose since inception has been to encourage social interaction amongst the vast Asian population and to foster the developments of youths in the community.
Since 1990, the New York Rockits AIA has been under the guidance of Denny Lee. With his experience and knowledge of working closely within the Asian community, the N.Y. Rockits organization has collaborated with many local groups to stage activities for youths as well as the adults. Organizations such as the Chinatown YMCA, The Asian American Education and Heritage Foundation, the NYPD 5th Precinct Community Affairs Unit, North American Chinese Basketball Association, New York Cruisers Athletic Club and the United East Athletic Association, have all been part of our success. Funding for the NY Rockits comes entirely from private donations; community sponsors; numerous leagues and tournaments; and the ever-popular summer 3-on-3 basketball extravaganza (2008 = 14th Annual). Other annual events organized by us include the annual Asian Basketball Classic at Ramapo College; the 5on5 Friendship Cup and the Summer Nights Basketball League during the months of July/August.
In 2009, the NY Rockits AIA, was selected as a future host organization for the 29th Annual NACBA Chinese National Invitational Basketball Tournament scheduled to be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the Memorial Day Weekend. In the past, we have also hosted the 27th annual tournament in Mesa, Arizona and the 19th Annual North American Chinese-Asian National Basketball Tournament, which was held at the prestigious Seton Hall University. That year, a record breaking forty-nine national teams (ages 13-55) from across the United States and Canada. Cities represented include New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Toronto. Another milestone was the introduction of the first championships for Women/Girls, Men’s Senior (30-over) and Boy’s Hoop Dream (15-under).
Save a Child’s Heart
Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) exists today because of the vision, passion and boundless energies of the late Dr. Amram (Ami) Cohen. An excellent surgeon, an inspiring leader, and a warm and caring person, Ami was the driving force that created SACH and turned it into an important contributor to children’s health worldwide. Ami immigrated to Israel from the United States in 1992. He joined the staff of the Wolfson Medical Center and served as the Deputy Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, and Head of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.
In 1988, while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in Korea, the head of the international organization, Save the Hearts approached Dr. Cohen. The organization was sending orphaned and indigent Korean children to western countries for medical care not available locally. Dr. Cohen was so impressed with the concept that he requested and received permission from his superiors to participate in the program. During the remainder of his time in Korea, he performed 35 pediatric cardiac surgeries.
Save A Child’s Heart came into being in 1995 when an Ethiopian doctor referred to him by a mutual friend at the University of Massachusetts contacted Dr. Cohen. He asked for Dr. Cohen’s help with two children in desperate need of heart surgery. From this beginning, SACH has repaired the hearts of more than 2,800 children from a wide variety of countries. Our greatest achievement is that all the children, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, or financial consideration are treated with finest medical care at the cutting edge of technology, provided by Save a Child’s Heart in cooperation with the Wolfson Medical Center.