Ever since I was 11 years old, I have been involved in volunteering. From being a candy striper at my local hospital, to helping my mom with our local Special Olympics, I feel that it is paramount to give back to your community.
One of my favorite non-profit organizations to support is Astor Services for Children & Families.
Astor Services for Children & Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs. Astor serves children and families in New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx.
Through a wide variety of premier quality education and mental health services, Astor provides support for pre-schoolers, children with behavioral and emotional health problems, children at risk of placement in foster care, and families that need assistance in developing the skills necessary to raise their children in an environment filled with increasing challenges. Astor currently serves thousands of children each year through its prevention, early childhood, special education, community behavioral health and residential treatment programs.
They offer some really fun ways to support the program including online registries (wish lists) where you can purchase items for their centers. They do back to school registries for the children, as well as registries when they renovate different rooms of the center.
Learn more and see how you can get involved at: http://www.astorservices.org.
Alpha Phi International Fraternity
Another one of my favorite organizations is Alpha Phi International. Ever since I pledged in the Spring of my Freshman year of college, this sisterhood has been a big part of my life. I was honored to be the Chapter Advisor to the local collegiate chapter for nearly 5 years in addition to serving as the Vice-President of Marketing for my local alumnae chapter. We raise both funds & awareness for our national philanthropy, Women’s Heart Health, through the Alpha Phi Foundation.
Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement. The sisterhood of Alpha Phi stretches from coast to coast through 160 collegiate campuses and more than 200,000 members. Sisters share a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to help one another and their communities. Alpha Phis are leaders, scholars, contributors and lifetime members of a sisterhood that values these traits. Alpha Phi assists college women in making informed choices to reach their highest potential. Alpha Phi enhances and promotes each member’s development and learning by focusing on sisterhood, service, scholarship, leadership, loyalty and character development. Visit www.alphaphi.org for more information.