A note from Wanda Steptoe, NEW’s executive director:
Right now, our staff and residents are doing what you probably are too — gearing up for Thanksgiving.
Some of those residents are kids — infants, toddlers, and teens. And I cannot tell you what joy they bring to the room! Which it is why it pains me to tell you that we have lost funding for the Youth Enrichment Program, YEP!, the one NEW program designed to provide academic support and life skills to our youth residents.
School is often the rare note of routine and consistency for kids without stable shelter. YEP! provides academic support and life skills development to our youth residents, and operates year round—including the summer, giving kids a full year of support and enrichment activities.
Which is why, this year, we are joining the Giving Tuesday challenge.
We were fortunate to receive a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. If you can help us match it, we can keep YEP! going.
There are several ways to give, especially as we head into holiday season:
- This Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016, you can give online at http://nebw.org/donate/
- You can designate NEW as your charity of choice at https://smile.amazon.com/ – you shop on Cyber Monday and Amazon sends a fraction of your purchase to.
But you don’t have to wait until Tuesday. And I hope you won’t.