Provide emergency assistance, primarily food for Grand Island residents who find themselves in temporary need. Since 1973, this has been accomplished through a strictly volunteer organization, using churches and other organizations to collect and stock an immediate needs food pantry, and raising money through community wide fund drives (Share Your Happiness at the Holiday Season) and special donation arrangements for employees of key Island employers.
Any Grand Island individual or family in temporary need may apply. Information in regard to someone in need is often supplied by neighbors (that’s our name!), churches or schools. Families are welcome to apply directly. We recommend calling the phone number of one of our contact volunteers. As of Fall of 2014, numbers to call are 773-1452 or 773-4684. We list those numbers in the Grand Island Pennysaver, or the GI Chamber of Commerce phone book, and they change from time to time, as our volunteers change assignments. It is presumed that need is usually of an emergency nature, so postal or Email requests are not advisable.
Since the Foundation is funded through the generosity and goodwill of the people of Grand Island, assistance is limited to Grand Island residents.
Neighbors Foundation prepares for Holiday Season in midst of tough times
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island wants the community to know that we are prepared for the current tough economic times, but hope that all will rally to help their neighbors. Most should know that the Foundation is an all-volunteer organization that has been ready for 40 years to help Grand Islanders in temporary need of help.
The Foundation has preserved its funds carefully, suspecting that hard times were possible. Now, with a greater call for emergency food aid, yet lower donations, we have purchased quantities of those staples most useful for families in emergency need (pasta, spaghetti sauce, ‘hamburger helper’, toiletries). Our pantry is thus well enough stocked for the immediate future. We have been blessed with recent donations from organizations such as K of C and Scout Troups, (plus several individuals) to keep our treasury sound, as needs arise for families in financial crisis.
As the Holiday Season approaches, youth in our schools will be asked to donate non-perishable foods and toiletries for our Holiday distribution. We hope families will be generous with that donation – the need is great. The community at large is encouraged to donate to our ‘Share Your Happiness’ fund drive, sending any donations to P.O. Box 155, Grand Island NY 14072 or donate now via our website with a major credit card by clicking the "Donate Now" button below.
Dear Friends and generous supporters of the Neighbors Foundation,
Again in 2016, we look to our friends and generous supporters of the Neighbors Foundation in our planning for the Annual Holiday Distribution to the less fortunate family members on Grand Island. For over 40 years, we have provided food pantry gift baskets and gift donations to our families in need, all made possible from donations from various groups and organizations. Our primary means of donations has been and continues to be financial contributions, we do also accept gift card donations (we can only accept Tops or Target cards) should you desire to purchase and donate gift cards to the campaign. Those cards could be mailed to P.O. Box 155, Grand Island NY 14072.
Thank you for your consideration in participating in our Annual Holiday Distribution Campaign. Last year we provided food pantry baskets for 60 families and we provided gift cards for parents to use on their 110 children. Your donation to us helps to make a difference in the lives of these families and these children during this holiday season. With an all-volunteer staff, be assured that all of your donation is used to help local Island families in need. And for that, we thank you again.
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We believe that this community, by thinking of their neighbors even as they themselves face tougher times, can really be a grand island to live in. The Neighbors Foundation, with community help, will make it so.
Henry G. Kammerer
President, Neighbors Foundation