Charity of the Month
Based in Jamaica, New York, Thomas White Jr. Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that provides community outreach about various social issues. The organization was established in 1980 and was known as J-CAP Foundation. In February 2014, they changed our name in honor of the founder, The Honorable Thomas White, Jr. The mission will serve as his legacy in being a Community leader, Councilman, and Advocate of Southeast Queens.
The focus areas are Health and Wellness, Economic and Community Empowerment, Educational Opportunities and Grants, Youth Engagement and Second Chances. They conduct drug prevention and educational programs to help people, especially our youth, to become productive citizens.
May: Catalyst for Kidney Care Incorporated
April: Our Lady of Lourdes Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts have the opportunity to participate in exciting activities, go on wonderful trips to far-off places, learn about new careers, create their own community improvement project, meet great friends, and help make the world a better place. That's not all. They learn about setting goals, managing money, and marketing by selling the famous and delicious Girl Scout Cookies. Ultimately, they’ll gain the skills needed to join the next generation of leaders. Everything they do—whether it is performing science experiments, creating art projects, cooking meals, or learning to protect the planet's water supply—is aimed at helping the Girl Scout.
March: Essential Kitchen
Essential Kitchen Co is a 6,500 square-foot Commercial Kitchen Incubator and Business Suite created for local culinary professionals, small food-based businesses, and community-based organizations. As the first shared Commercial Kitchen space in South Queens, their mission is to support local food entrepreneurs in launching, growing, and sustaining their businesses.
February: Lebanon SDA Church
Lebanon has a robust community initiative which includes various ministries including but not limited to: Family Life, Health Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Seniors’ Ministry, Women’s Ministry and Community Service and Disaster Relief.
Earnest Foods provides donations to the church food pantry and outreach programs.
DECEMBER & JANUARY: South Queens Women’s March, Inc. (SQWM)
Inspired by global and national women’s rights movements, the South Queens Women’s March amplifies the voices of South Queens’ diverse women. They are an all-volunteer multi-generational, intersectional platform working to foster women’s empowerment through dismantling norms, practices, and institutions that support patriarchy and gender injustice. They are taking their sisterhood to the streets to unify women and gender non-conforming individuals in the community and connect them to the tools and resources necessary to empower their own lives and thrive.
Vision: They want to create a world free of violence, injustice, and oppression; a world where all people are on equitable footing, in the home, the workplace, in houses of worship, and in their larger community spaces.
Earnest Foods has supplied produce for several of SQWM's community events. The latest was for its Holiday Pop-Up Pantry.