Since 1971, CHiPS has been supported by a community of Brooklyn neighbors, volunteers, and friends who share a common vision to help those who are less fortunate. We prepare hot, nutritious meals and serve them to the hungry in a caring & respectful environment.
We currently go there the second Wednesday of each month to provide life skills training. Recent speakers include:
Rick Poch, financial advisor from Primerica
Mali Maer: Time Management and Productivity Coach, http://www.lifemanagementpros.com/
Cindy Hanson: Reiki master
Vivian Harrison: The Magic of Thinking Big https://www.linkedin.com/in/vivian-hardison-cpc-58920650
Gift of Life is a dynamic program of Rotarians of Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau in partnership with the Rotary members and physicians worldwide who evaluate children for treatment in our country. Foreign doctors may also receive technical training on these shores and return to help children in their own lands.
We have since opened pathways to Korea, Poland, the Russian Republics, China, Caribbean Nations and to places as distant as Mongolia, medically screening many thousands of children for lifesaving surgery.
The spirit of the Gift of Life ignores borders. Medically advanced countries are being encouraged to do as we do – to open their own hospital doors to imperiled youngsters from developing nations. With the Gift of Life as an international model, cardiac medicine will extend its power to save many who were unreachable before. The Gift of Life has also become more of a public presence through our fund raising program Save-A-Child. In addition we hold four annual fundraisers: the Crusade of the Heart Kick-Off Dinner and black tie Gala, the Agnes T. Funk Kids for Kids Memorial 5K Walk, and our new skydiving event Jump for Life.
Anastasia from Russia was the most recent child we helped. She had her life-saving heart surgery on 3/2/16.
All people, regardless of ability level, have the right to opportunities found in the world around them. Individuals with both physical and developmental disabilities, as well as their families, should experience year-round recreational and respite care activities in a camp setting. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck of New York provides this needed service to all. The camp provides opportunities for social and personal growth within a supportive environment. Campers learn to try a variety of creative and challenging activities and experience success. Campers develop enhanced self-esteem which carries over to work, home, or school environments.
We send one child each year
RYLA district 7255 is Youth led, and that starts with the Youth Committee. A group of seniors who have climbed RYLA's ladder of youth leadership to the top, the Youth Committee is charged with the coordination and execution of the many events throughout the year. From organizing activities at Summer RYLA, to training facilitators, to running the springconference, the Youth Committee makes RYLA happen.
We are sending child to a RYLA event per year. Jacki Yonick of RYLA and Dr. Gore from KAVI recently spoke at our meetings, Jacki on 12/22/15 and Dr. Gore on 2/23/16.
Rotary Youth Exchange is one of many programs within rotary, and a part of (one of five) rotary's avenues of service. Our Rotary District 7255, which is all of Long Island, offers two Youth Exchange programs.
We are sponsoring our first child, 15-year-old Giavanna Ragon, who will be going to Argentina, for the upcoming academic year.
Since the Coat Drive began 27 years ago, we have collected and distributed 1.7 million winter coats to New Yorkers in need. The drive has also become a holiday philanthropic tradition for many residents, with coworkers bringing coats to their annual office Christmas party or neighbors placing collection boxes in the lobby of their building.
Our Winter Wishes program provides holiday toys and gifts to over 42,000 children, teens and senior citizens each year. During December, one of the most difficult months for those in need, our generous volunteers show people throughout the city that they're loved and cared for by shopping for their specific holiday wish and delivering it to their representative agency just in time for the holidays.
Registration to request letters will open on Monday, October 17th. It will take up to 7 business days for volunteers to be matched to their letters.