Provide emergency assistance, primarily food for Grand Island residents who find
themselves in temporary need. Since 1973, this has been accomplished
through a strictly volunteer organization, using churches and other
organizations to collect and stock an immediate needs food pantry, and
raising money through community wide fund drives (Share Your Happiness
at the Holiday Season) and special donation arrangements for employees
of key Island employers.
GRATITUDE MESSAGE to OUR DONORS in 2021
** Thank you, Thank you, Thank you **
COVID-19 and the pandemic restrictions in 2020 and 2021 has not enabled the Neighbors Foundation to receive much of our “regular” food donations that our organization has come to rely upon (i.e. The Postal Workers Food Drive, Little League team collections, Boy Scouts, etc.) Many donors, some new and some longtime supporters, stepped up and showed their support with very generous donations mailed directly to our PO Box 155, donations made using PayPal via our website, www.GINeighbors.org, and numerous food donations dropped off at many local churches and via many mini food drives throughout the community. These generous monetary and food donations enable us to continue to support our Grand Island neighbors who find themselves in need. Each donation helps us to provide help to our neighbors and makes a big difference.
The entire board of directors and our many volunteers express our sincere gratitude and thanks to all of you!
Any Grand Island individual or family in
temporary need may apply. Information in regard to someone in need is
often supplied by neighbors (that’s our name!), churches or schools.
Families are welcome to apply directly. We recommend calling the phone
number of one of our contact volunteers. As of Fall of 2021 the number to call is 716-775-7998. We list this number in the Grand
Island Pennysaver, or the GI Chamber of Commerce phone book, and
they change from time to time, as our volunteers change assignments.
Since the Foundation is funded through the
generosity and goodwill of the people of Grand Island, assistance is
limited to Grand Island residents.
Foundation prepares for Holiday Season in midst of tough times
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island
wants the community to know that we are prepared for the current tough
economic times, but hope that all will rally to help their neighbors.
Most should know that the Foundation is an all-volunteer organization
that has been ready for 40 years to help Grand Islanders in temporary
need of help.
The Foundation has preserved its
funds carefully, suspecting that hard times were possible. Now, with a
greater call for emergency food aid, yet lower donations, we have
purchased quantities of those staples most useful for families in
emergency need (pasta, spaghetti sauce, ‘hamburger helper’, toiletries).
Our pantry is thus well enough stocked for the immediate future. We have
been blessed with recent donations from organizations such as K of C and
Scout Troups, (plus several individuals) to keep our treasury sound, as
needs arise for families in financial crisis.
As the Holiday
Season approaches, youth in our schools will be asked to donate
non-perishable foods and toiletries for our Holiday distribution. We
hope families will be generous with that donation – the need is great.
The community at large is encouraged to donate to our ‘Share Your
Happiness’ fund drive, sending any donations to P.O. Box 155, Grand
Island NY 14072 or donate now via our website with a major credit card
by clicking the "Donate Now" button below.
SHARE YOUR HAPPINESS CAMPAIGN
Dear Friends and generous supporters of the Neighbors Foundation,
Again in 2021, we look to our friends and generous supporters of the Neighbors Foundation in our planning for the Annual Holiday Distribution to the less fortunate family members on Grand Island. For over 40 years, we have provided food pantry gift baskets and gift donations to our families in need, all made possible from donations from various groups and organizations. Our primary means of donations has been and continues to be financial contributions; we do also accept gift card donations (we can only accept Tops or Target cards) should you desire to purchase and donate gift cards to the campaign. Those cards could be mailed to P.O. Box 155, Grand Island NY 14072.
Thank you for your consideration in participating in our Annual Holiday Distribution Campaign. Last year we provided food pantry baskets for 60 families and we provided gift cards for parents to use on their 110 children. Your donation to us helps to make a difference in the lives of these families and these children during this holiday season. With an all-volunteer staff, be assured that all of your donation is used to help local Island families in need. And for that, we thank you again.
WHERE/HOW TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION
For your convenience, you can simply click the “DONATE NOW” button below to make a monetary donation with a major credit card. Checks can also be mailed to the Neighbors Foundation at P.O. Box 155, Grand Island, NY, 14072.
We believe that this community,
by thinking of their neighbors even as they themselves face tougher
times, can really be a grand island to live in. The Neighbors
Foundation, with community help, will make it so.
President, Neighbors Foundation