Did you know that 70% of the homeless in New York shelters are women and children? With a passion for its city, the AdColony NYC office stepped into the Bronx late February to help homeless families. The office partnered with Women in Need, also known as Win, which gives homeless women and their children with safe housing and programs to help rebuild their lives.
AdColony volunteers planned and executed a few activities with about 15 young children to encourage creativity and build confidence. The activities included building toilet paper rockets, creating fruit rocket skewers, and painting styrofoam planets.
Many of the volunteers had a passion for giving back to youth. Kristina Victoratos said, “It’s humbling to see how similar and different people’s lives can be. I was impressed and excited about how much the children knew about planets and in general. They were kind, respectful and sweet.”
Alana Turnoff was very familiar with volunteering with kids and couldn’t wait to volunteer. After asking about her favorite moment, Alana replied, “I loved helping the kids work on their rockets. These kids don’t have a lot in life and it’s great to be able to give them a worry free afternoon full of fun and creativity.”
Not only were the youth touched from the fun-filled day, but those who volunteered as well. Alyssa DeSantis mentioned that by “living in NY, it is easy to see the negative traits of the homeless. It was interesting learning more about the different kinds of homeless people/families and how they survive.”
The moment that stuck with Elizabeth Lim the most was when the team said its goodbyes. She recalled that “a young boy named Lorenzo said it was the best day ever and started to weep up as we left, my heart literally sank.”
More About Women in Need
For over 30 years, Win continues to help homeless women and children in New York City. With more than 10 shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, they house over 1,200 families in need each night. To read more about Win, visit their about me page.
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