FCA’s One Island Giving Day Fundraising Tops $15,000

MINEOLA, NEW YORK, October 30, 2017 – Family & Children’s Association (FCA), a leading health and human services nonprofit, is proud to have raised over $15,000 during the first ever One Island Giving Day campaign which took place on October 26th, 2017. The campaign, created by the Hagedorn Foundation, encourages Long Islanders to support nonprofits that work to serve Long Islanders each and every day. Together, FCA, along with over 100 other participating nonprofits raised over $330,000.

A handful of nonprofits, including SEPA Mujer, Haitian American Family of Long Island and Family Leadership Network, came together at the Hagedorn Foundation offices in Roslyn for the 24 hour campaign which created a great opportunity for agencies to connect. One Island Giving Day presented nonprofits with several bonus opportunities to win monetary prizes throughout the day. FCA’s prizes totaled $7,500 and included a social media prize, raffle prizes and a 2nd place $5,000 prize in the “Top Fundraiser: Large Organization” category.

Marketing/Communications Coordinator, Marc Fernandez, said of the event, “One Island Giving is all about spreading awareness of the vital work so many nonprofit on Long Island do to better our communities. Many of the participating nonprofits have spent generations helping our communities with little to no recognition. One Island Giving is looking to change that and propel the mission of Long Island nonprofits for years to come.”

If you missed out on the action, you can still support FCA by visiting their fundraising page: https://oneislandgiving.razoo.com/organization/Oneislandfca. Every dollar donated to FCA goes to helping vulnerable Long Island families learn how to be resilient and well-invested in their community.

Read below for more detail on the crucial work FCA does for Long Island:

Fast Facts:

  • FCA began back in 1884 as an orphanage on Long Island called Home for Friendless Children. Today, FCA serves over 20,000 children, seniors, families and their communities.
  • In 2016, FCA’s Gun Violence Reduction Program reported a 61% decrease in shooting incidents in the town of Hempstead, NY
  • In 2016, 68 youth were the recipients of FCA scholarships and are currently attending college or are enrolled in a vocational program.
  • THRIVE Recovery Center is Long Island’s first Recovery and Community Outreach Center. It opened in March of 2017.
  • In 2016, FCA’s Friendly Visiting Program provided over 675 hours of socialization to isolated seniors.

Further Reading:

Long Island’s opioid epidemic has left countless Long Islanders from neighborhoods across the island struggling with addiction. We understand that addiction is a disease that affects the entire family. Long Islanders can count on receiving professional care at one of FCA’s multiple Family Treatment & Recovery Centers as well as THRIVE, Long Island’s first Recovery Community and Outreach Center.

Each and every year, hundreds of runaway & homeless youth come through our doors at our emergency youth shelter and our transitional & independent living skills house. These youth show up to our door step often with little to no hope or direction. FCA understands the needs of runaway & homeless youth and prove year after year that a positive environment, professional guidance and hard work can help youth in the most unfortunate of circumstances.

Long Island’s senior citizen population continues to be on the rise. Parents are not only caring for their children, but are also caring for their parents. As healthcare costs soar, elderly financial abuse runs rampant, and caregivers work 24 hours a day with little to no recognition, FCA continues to pave the way to make the lives of our senior population and their families safer and more stable. FCA’s robust adult and senior services division provides innovative services that include our Alzheimer’s caregiver program, a Home Energy Assistance Program, Financial Counseling, and our Friendly Visiting program.

Vulnerable families on Long Island seem to never get a break from the social injustices and public health issues that disproportionately affect their communities. It’s often the job of local nonprofits to highlight the positive stories that come out of our most vulnerable communities. Knowing about and sharing the work, advocacy and successes accomplished by youth and their families living in Long Island’s most vulnerable communities is crucial to creating a voice that is heard through the uphill battle many families experience. Across generations, families are more resilient to the adversity they face and through FCA’s robust preventive services, have more access to educational programs that encourage good decision making hard work regardless of the obstacles that come their way.

As the mental health landscape continues to evolve, families are often left overwhelmed trying to educate themselves and their families about the struggles their children with mental health issues deal with on a daily basis. FCA understands that mental health issues affect the whole family and having a robust support team who is able to work with families during life’s ups and downs is crucial for families to develop the resilience and empathy that will improve the quality of their lives. From parent advocates to highly qualified case managers, FCA’s Children’s Mental Health division serves countless Long Island with the care and respect every family deserves. Click to Support FCA

Join FCA on One Island Giving Day and consider supporting all the work we do for Long Island. FCA has been working with vulnerable families for over 130 years. It’s crucial to the health of Long Island communities that human service agencies like ours continue the work that mostly happens behind the scenes. Our work involves many of the stories you don’t hear about or don’t want to hear about. We’re on Long Island to confront the social justice and public health issues head on and your support means that we will be able to continue doing so for another 130 years. Visit FCA’s One Island Giving Page to Support FCA on or before 10.26.2017.

 

More About One Island Giving Day

One Island Giving Day is a one-day virtual event that aims to raise over $1 million dollars for local, LI-based nonprofits to help create a stronger Long Island for ALL Long Islanders. The event encourages our community to contribute to local nonprofit organizations through a single online giving platform on (or before) October 26, 2017. The campaign is coordinated by The Hagedorn Foundation in partnership with area nonprofit organizations.

 

About Family & Children’s Association

Family & Children’s Association is a not-for-profit agency helping nearly 20,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

Through an integrated network of services and counseling, Family & Children’s Association provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Services; Educational Opportunities and Life Skills for Youth; Strategies for Building Family Success; Counseling, Services and Support for Adults and Seniors; Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth, Adults and Veterans; and Innovative Approaches to Strengthening Communities.

Family & Children’s Association has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.

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