"This is an amazing opportunity; all communities need support, especially schools."

- Volunteer

  • Name of Project: Helping Neighbors Near and Far
  • YMCA: Family Health & Fitness YMCA
  • Partner: Dreamers Without Borders, Hope Foundation of Afghanistan
  • Date: December 2014

The members of the Family Health & Fitness YMCA in Red Bank, New Jersey wanted to contribute to their local and global communities through a Togetherhood project that benefited students both in their surrounding community and in Afghanistan. Over 50 Togetherhood volunteers came together to fill approximately 70 backpacks with school supplies, half of which were given to students through a local organization and the other half through a partner organization in Afghanistan.

The members kicked the project off by sharing information about others’ cultures with their summer campers. Children helped to create a banner with their hand prints that was included in the school supply package. Through partnerships with Dreamers Without Borders and the Hope Foundation of Afghanistan, members of the Y shipped their donations overseas to students who needed the supplies.

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