covid-19

What Our Volunteers Love About Virtual Volunteering

Hope for New York volunteers are used to getting proximate in person with our affiliates, and the communities they serve. But when everything changed during COVID-19, our volunteers found new ways to serve! 

Once affiliates began offering virtual volunteer opportunities in April, there have been close to 1,000 sign-ups, with some volunteers serving more than one affiliate. We love that our virtual volunteers signed up to mentor and tutor youth, teach ESL to immigrant families, reach out to isolated communities through phone calls and letters, and so much more.

Celebrating Our Fiscal Year 2020: Increasing Our Grants by 49%!

Our 2020 fiscal year ended on June 30, and despite the changes and challenges of a COVID-19 year, there are many milestones we want to celebrate!

FY20 Affiliate Grants

Every June, we distribute one set of direct grants to our affiliates to support their programs for the coming year. This year, we distributed over $2 million in direct grants to affiliates—a 10% increase from last year—to fund essential affiliate programs, staff and supplies for the coming year.
 

COVID-19 Stories of Hope: Empowering Our Immigrant Neighbors

Our melting pot country is founded on immigrants from England who emigrated to a new world in pursuit of a life of freedom. Through the years, as more immigrants from various countries have come to America, they have helped shape and form our cities and states, and become an essential part of our economy.

COVID-19 Stories of Hope: Seeing the Incarcerated

During the month of May, our Prayer Guide focuses on the currently and formerly incarcerated incarcerated, including adults and youth. As COVID-19 concerns has increased, the prison and juvenile detention systems in the U.S. have been faced with the overwhelming challenge of trying to isolate inmates and youth from each other, not just outside visitors.

COVID-19 Stories of Hope: Supporting Students in School

May is a special month for most students, with the school year coming to a close and prom and/or graduation on the horizon. But, this year, COVID-19 has impacted how youth engage with their classes, studies, friends, and important milestones. So we’re focusing on some encouraging updates from a few affiliates that help students of all ages from in different communities across our city.