Connecting Non-Profits for Broader Impact & Support
On an early September afternoon, Cheryl Abdus-Salaam and six members of her family (spanning four generations) arrived in downtown Newark with a special delivery. Loaded amongst two cars, two car seats, and her family were nearly 200 packages of maxi pads.
The pads were purchased, packaged with loving care, and generously donated by the New Vision Pioneers, MC Cully Up Chapter #12 of Upstate New Jersey. The New Vision Pioneer organization is a volunteer network within the TelecomPioneers non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been in existence for 115 years. The group is comprised of employee and retiree members from Verizon Communications, Frontier Communications, FairPoint Communications and the former Telcordia Technologies. There are 18 chapters covering 14 states.
The New Vision Pioneer motto is “Answering The Call Of Those In Need”. After hearing about work that 28 Days Project does to provide feminine care products to women in need, Ms. Abdus-Salaam, President of the local chapter, reached out to see if we could help them launch a similar effort to provide feminine care products to homeless and female veterans. Since 28 Days already has relationships formed with non-profit partners including those who serve the needs of the homeless and veterans, we suggested that they partner with us to provide products to Project Connect, an extension of Bridges Outreach, servicing the homeless of Newark.
Sixty of the packages donated by the New Vision Pioneers were handed off to Project Connect that afternoon. The remaining packages will be used to meet the needs of other non-profits in the 28 Days Network.
This story could have ended there – a hand off of products to women in need. But that day, after dropping-off the bags of product, Cheryl and her family gathered around a table with Sakinah Hoyte, Director of Bridges Outreach and Karen Carinha, Project Connect Program Manager to discuss the work that both groups do to tackle the needs of the homeless.
Learning about upcoming programs and investments by the City of Newark, sharing schedules for service visits to nearby Newark Penn Station, and thinking about products that can best meet the needs of those who struggle daily to eat, stay clean, and safe are all part of the synergies that develop when non-profits like this connect.
28 Days is truly grateful to Cheryl Abdus-Salaam and the New Vision Pioneers for their generous donation and passion to help others. We look forward to future partnerships to tackle the needs of the homeless with both New Vision Pioneers and Bridges Outreach!