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.
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 summer of 2012, numbers to call are 773-1452 or 773-4684. We list those numbers 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. It is presumed that need is usually of an emergency nature, so postal or Email requests are not advisable.
Since the Foundation is funded through the generosity and goodwill of the people of Grand Island, assistance is limited to Grand Island residents.
Neighbors 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 39 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,
It is that time of the year when 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 the past 39 years, we have provided food pantry gift baskets and toys/gift donations to our families in need, all made possible from donations from various groups and organizations. This year in our planning meetings, much time and consideration was given to the providing of toys and gifts to our families’ children. We have knowledge regarding what has been well received from other organizations, such as ours and quite frankly what works best for families in general. Keeping that in mind, the Board of Directors of the Neighbors Foundation has decided to prudently distribute gift cards to our families so that the parents may use them to purchase toys/gifts for their children. As such, we would appreciate and graciously accept (for our Holiday Distribution) gift cards in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $25 for the following merchants/stores:
With the above switch to gift cards, this means we will not be collecting/distribution toys and gifts as we have in the past (but rather, will use the gift cards we receive from donors to distribute to our families in need.)
Thank you for your consideration in participating in our gift card campaign. Last year we provided gifts for close to 150 children. Your donation to us helps to make a difference in the lives of these children during this holiday season.
WHERE/HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR GIFT CARDS by DECEMBER 15, 2013
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.
Henry G. Kammerer
President, Neighbors Foundation