TEF’s Community Giving Cupboard (CGC) initiative is designed to provide support for two diverse but sometimes overlapping populations in need: disabled individuals and food insecure families.
The sobering reality is that one in three Westchester County residents is food insecure and food pantries are burdened to meet the growing demand.
The marginalized and invisible young adult I/DD population has historically never been considered a resource in helping to solve community problems, yet they want what we all want: to be productive and meaningfully engaged with peers and within their greater community. The CGC initiative affords them this opportunity. Witnessing the Dreamers’ enthusiasm for all aspects of CGC underscores their desire to be included, valued, seen, and celebrated for making a significant difference in the lives of others.
TEF’s mission is to address both needs simultaneously.
Because The Extended Family participants feel strongly about giving back.
Our Community Giving Cupboard initiative provides our participants the opportunity to pack and distribute goods, like our Meals-In-A-Bag, to neighbors in need. To date over 9500 donations have been delivered through our food pantry partners.
Art with a Purpose
Each meal is delivered in a bag designed by the Dreamers. Every design is a unique artistic expression from the heart, along with a personally decorated card.
Too many school children do not have adequate or even any food over the weekends, school vacations, holidays and summer break. We have created an extension of the CGC initiative to help address this need. We are excited to share that we're now providing school break lunches for families who rely on school lunches during the academic year. Our generous Dreamers enthusiastically pack ingredients for a minimum of 225 lunches for each delivery.
Your donation of $100 buys food for more than 50 lunches! Or donate whatever you can as every bit helps!
Another new initiative is our Freshen Up Kits for Men, Women, and Children who are without shelter. Each uniquely Dreamer designed Canvas Kit is packed with shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other toiletries, along with a pair of socks — the number one most requested item from those without shelter. Our Dreamers are distributing the kits to our Food Pantry partners who were thrilled to hear of our efforts for those in need. We have delivered more than 350 kits so far and as usual our Dreamers are just getting started.
The Extended Family is a warm and welcoming place. I am so very grateful to my friend who recommended The Extended Family to me when my 21-year-old daughter was finished with public education. I was searching for someplace that could help my daughter transition from school to work. I met the Executive Director, Laurie Cameron, who is a loving person with a big heart. She provides a secure and stable schedule of activities that helps my daughter gain skills she will use later in life. I am so very pleased to have found
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Eric packed 13 bags of our Morning Munch Delight cereal to donate to our food pantry partners.
Leigh & Luke donate Blessings Soup, Holiday Candy, and Ornaments.
Sean delivers Valentine's Day treats & cards to Pound Ridge's Neighbor to Neighbor organization supporting Seniors and home bound individuals.
TEF partners with Brewster High School's Bear Essentials programs to provide essential goods for families in need.
Your contribution enables us to provide
Meaningful Engagement for Exceptional Individuals
while Giving Back to the Community.
What could be better?!