Two of every five New Yorkers, and nearly 50% of households with children, can't buy fresh, affordable food close to home. (New York Community Experience Partnership)

Union Settlement Association

Manhattan

For 116 years, Union Settlement Association has worked with and for the struggling community of East Harlem. A community mainstay, they seek to foster leadership and self-sufficiency by assisting their neighbors in building better lives for themselves and their families, and serve more than 13,000 residents each year.

GradBag Campaign

Did you know 89% of low-income first-generation students leave college within six years without a degree? The UNH Junior Board once again took up the challenge of helping kids beat the odds through their care package program. To support the program, the Junior Board raises more than $6,000 each year to pay for the contents of the care packages and shipping costs.

Recipients are sent support and encouragement with these packages as they study hard. Thanks to donors, including EmblemHealth, NYU, UPS, Trader Joe's, Aveda, and Clif Bar, the care packages are filled with items like water bottles, pens, gym bags, snacks, USB drives, gift certificates, and more - great for students away from home for the first time.

To learn more about the program, click here.
To donate to the Junior Board and support this project, click here.