Tomorrow is Make A Difference Day, and for more than ten years Popular Community Bank has celebrated this great initiative with volunteering events throughout our communities.
In September, we launched our annual Make A Difference Day Challenge. During the course of the contest, more than 50 nominations were posted on our Facebook wall. Now, in honor of Make A Difference Day, we’re ready to announce our winners, each of whom will receive a $1,000 grant from Popular Community Bank to continue their great work in the community.
California – Classics 4 Kids
In San Diego, Classics 4 Kids is “dedicated to using music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement through professional orchestra concerts and integrated arts curriculum. Improving the quality of education for our students today improves the quality of life for us all tomorrow.” They perform in the community and offer great educational opportunities as well.
Florida – Hope for Miami
Since the late 1990s, Hope for Miami (originally known as Family & Children Faith Coalition) has developed into an organization that provides programs for children, youth and families and offering information, resources and capacity building for faith and community-based groups. They impact the greater Miami area in a number of ways, including an after school program, mentoring opportunities, their Project U-Turn, and as a member of Service Network for Children of Inmates.
Illinois – Hesed House
Hesed House’s mission is “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again.” In suburban Aurora, Hesed House provides a wide range of resources for homeless families in their community beyond the basic food-and-bed approach to helping those in need. Their services also include mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling and medical assistance.
New York/New Jersey – Brooklyn Rescue Mission
The Brooklyn Rescue Mission is “a community-based organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn that develops creative solutions to food justice, community health and the economic challenges our community endures on a daily basis.” Founded in 2002, they work with the hungry, hurting and homeless people of Central Brooklyn by providing healthy fresh food and clean warm clothing. Their urban farm initiative and farmers market serve as starting points for empowering their community to own their nutrition and emphasizes neighborhood revitalization.
The Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger offers anti-hunger and education programs, emphasizing a comprehensive approach that serves the whole person. They provide opportunities to improve individual’s health, strength and dignity in their community. They also offer support services ranging from employment training to summer camps.
We applaud the work that each of the nominated organizations is doing to me their communities a better place. Let’s all unite during Make a Difference Day to continue serving those in need. Together we can make a difference.