August 1, 2008

Long Island Nonprofit Briefs: August 1, 2008

By Alison Snyder

Worldwide delivery for DHL, Nassau Girl Scouts

Delivery company DHL and the Girl Scouts of Nassau County partnered to ship 35,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to troops overseas.

Local law enforcement protected the precious cargo: the Nassau County Police Department, Port Authority Police Department and New York City Police Department provided an escort as the cookies were transported from the Girl Scouts of Nassau County headquarters to the DHL facility at JFK International Airport.

The cookies were delivered to troops in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force in Iraq, Afghanistan and U.S. Military bases and hospitals overseas.

Nassau Bar donates to AHRC Foundation

The Nassau County Bar Association gave a $3,000 donation to the AHRC Foundation in support of the organization's annual walkathon, which raises money for its programs and services.

"Green" home opens

Homeworks of Long Island opened its first "green" home for low- income, HIV-positive individuals. The home will specifically serve clients of the nonprofit, which provides housing and case management services to people with special needs.

The home has a New York Energy Star rating, meaning it meets federal Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. The home includes water-saving devices in the bathrooms; special insulation; nontoxic flooring; solar panels and Energy Star-rated appliances, light fixtures and bulbs. The home uses 30 percent less energy than a conventionally built house, and is within walking distance of public transportation.

The home was paid for by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through a program called Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS, which aims to develop safe, healthy, affordable and energy-efficient housing for low-income, HIV- positive people.

Calling all volunteers

Island Harvest is looking for volunteers for its "Summer Food Blitz," a campaign to get more food donations to its 11 member agencies. Its agencies are in need of donations, Island Harvest said, because children are out of school for the summer and their families don't have the additional resources to feed them.

Volunteers are needed both at Nassau Community College and the UPS location in Farmingville on Aug. 4. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 pounds and must be at least 16 years old. To volunteer call (516) 294-8528, ext. 21 or e-mail [email protected]

Hofstra gets grant to go presidential

The Motorola Foundation has given a $15,000 grant to Hofstra University's Center for Civic Engagement to be used for historic re- enactments on the university campus on the day it hosts the presidential debate.

The grant will enhance the historical significance of the Oct. 15 presidential debate, the university said. Fifteen "dramatic vignettes" will highlight important moments in U.S. democracy. The vignettes will include U.S. presidents and prominent Americans.

The grant is part of Motorola's Abraham Lincoln grant program, which funds innovative curriculum in civics, history and social studies.

Rotary donates new van to Ronald McDonald house

Rotary International District 7250 donated a new van to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island for use by families staying at the house.

The Rotary clubs of Flushing, West Hempstead and the Taiper Castle Rotary comprise district 7250.

Volunteer drivers use the vans to transport families to and from the airport, area hospitals, doctor's appointments, retail stores, and sports and entertainment venues.

This is the second van the district has funded for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

Auction raises funds for kids' support program

The South Nassau Communities Hospital Council's annual auction raised $315,000 for the hospital's support program for children with a seriously ill sibling or parent.

The program, called Survivorship in Brothers and Sisters Place, aims to provide a haven for these children, whose lives have been interrupted by the illness of a family member. The program is free and available to children between ages five and 17. The program includes guided recreation led by mental health specialists, allowing emotional, educational and personal needs to be addressed. Services offered include mentoring, tutoring, art and pet therapy, yoga and field trips. The program also includes a parent support group.

Originally published by Alison Snyder.

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