This summer, ABC’s kids had the time of their lives at Camp Calvin, ABC’s annual six-week summer camp for children and youth in East Harlem. With daily enrichment activities like ballet, LEGO machine building, and cooking as well as field trips to museums, Alstede Farms, and exciting New York sites like the Hudson Yards Vessel, Camp Calvin offered a summer full of adventure, friendship, and experiential education. We’re proud to share this video with all the highlights from this summer — made by one of our very own ABC youth, Enoch Bekoe.
ABC was delighted to welcome Kathie Lee Gifford at Cassidy’s Place, ABC’s preschool for children who are medically fragile, live in poverty, have serious disabilities, are homeless, in foster care, or have suffered abuse and neglect. Founded in 1996 with the support and dedication of the Gifford family, Cassidy’s Place has been serving some of NYC’s most vulnerable children for 23 years. The Gifford family were also treasured partners at Cody Gifford House, which was a home for medically-fragile infants and toddlers and continues to offer early intervention services today.
In partnership with GrowNYC, Gifford helped children plant basil, rosemary, and more in the Cassidy’s Place playground to celebrate the beginning of spring. Across ABC’s programs, we encourage children to learn about the natural world, including the science behind food and nutrition – engaging children directly in the process of growing their own food, preparing it, and incorporating it into their everyday food choices.
Children at Cassidy’s Place dedicated a bench in her honor as thanks for her years of advocacy. Gifford’s Garden will be a symbol of hope for years to come!
Watch the video here.
ABC is honored to receive its 10th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator – a feat achieved by only 1 percent of charities across the nation. As always, we are dedicated to providing compassionate, cost-effective, and innovative programs in urgent response to the needs of the children and families we serve.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for a magical night at the Rink at Rockefeller Center and made this year's Holiday Skating Party a success. Happy Holidays!
Check out photos from the event here.
Photography by Rebecca Cooney
Last night, our annual Thanks for Giving Benefit was a wonderful celebration of the ABC family. We were thrilled to premiere the film Benevolent (Producer: Mark Scudese, Director and Filmmaker: Leah Galant, Sound Design: Maya Cueva).
We are so grateful to everyone who attended and supported ABC’s Thanks for Giving – with your support, ABC can continue to provide critical services for the children and families we serve.
To view photos from the event, see our Facebook photo album.
Association to Benefit Children's Founder and Executive Director Gretchen Buchenholz led a delegation from South & Central Asia, and Europe at the request of the U.S. Department of State for their sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program.
Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security examines the vital role that women play in preventing conflict and conflict resolution to build global peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity. ABC showcased instances of active engagement in mediating disputes arising from political, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and regional differences.
ABC has been working in global peace efforts and conflict resolution. ABC families were featured in a Women, Peace, and Security photography exhibit that highlighted women's everyday experiences and thoughts about security, peace, and community in New York City and Maputo, Mozambique.
Association to Benefit Children is honored to receive an inaugural grant from the David Moradi Foundation as part of its first class of grantees.
Gretchen Buchenholz, Founder and Executive Director of ABC said, “We are beyond thrilled to be a recipient of this inaugural gift from the David Moradi Foundation. The Foundation’s incredibly generous grant will enable us to bolster and expand our early childhood programs that currently provide at-risk infants, toddlers and preschoolers with the highest quality early education. This type of funding is crucial as we work toward establishing programs that form the groundwork for life skills such as patience, tenderness, civility and fortitude, as well as imparting confidence and competence for future success.”
The mission of the David Moradi Foundation is to enable others to overcome barriers in their lives and pursue their dreams. Their current initiatives focus on the underserved and underprivileged members of the community, both in promoting access to education for all children and in assisting military veterans in their desire to lead fulfilling lives as civilians. Read the full press release here.
Yesterday we gathered in front of Cayuga Center in NYC – where children forcibly separated from their parents are detained – to join community members in speaking out against family separation. Children, families, and community members shared stories of how family separation and deportation have impacted their lives.
ABC was proud to stand with Movimiento De Mujeres Migrantes y Sus Familias (Movement of Migrant Woman and Their Families) in support of family reunification. The Movement of Migrant Women and Their Families was formed in response to the needs of migrant women and their families who, day by day, gather around the dinner table only to find the empty chair of a loved one who has been separated from them. They demand the right to be together with their loved ones.
“I believe that in this world, we are all migrants. We all share the tradition of welcoming the traveler, making a place at the table,” said Gretchen Buchenholz, Executive Director of ABC. “I am here to bear witness in behalf of all the children and youth forever wounded by forced family separation, by deliberate, inhumane, and unconstitutional acts against the most vulnerable, the least among us, delivering the most painful blows to each child, causing unquestionable and irreparable harm to each one and every family member… We know that they are wounded; pierced, have entered an eternal suffering. Surely, these crimes against migrant families are crimes against all humanity!”
Leny Bolivar, Program Director for ABC's Fast Break Children's Mobile Crisis & Rapid Response Team, spoke with Nadia Torres from Telemundo47 about how family separation harms children.