The Islanders are committed to helping make a difference in the community by working with and for causes close to the hearts of our fans. Throughout the course of the season, we will be working with a select group of non-profit organizations to help raise awareness and funding for their causes at Islanders games this upcoming season.
Non-profit organizations selected to participate will receive the following: concourse table, volunteer/fan interaction, 50/50 proceeds (Nassau Coliseum games) along with the ability to hold a raffle/auction, in game PSA and feature during the Community Corner spotlight along with the opportunity to hold a special ticket fundraiser with a portion of the proceeds going back to the charitable organization.
If you would like your non-profit organization to be considered for this program email email@example.com
2019-20 Participating Charities
Best Buddies is the world's largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Their programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.
Learn more: https://www.bestbuddies.org
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Learn more: https://www.specialolympics.org/
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Learn more: https://www.autismspeaks.org/long-island
ACDS was originally founded in 1966 by a group of parents on Long Island who were seeking services for their young children with Down syndrome. Since then they have grown and evolved into a lifetime services agency that serves families of individuals with a wide range of disabilities, from before birth until late adulthood. Their programs are delivered in a variety of settings, including their educational center in Plainview, in the family's home, in community-based programs and in their Individualized Residential Alternative group homes (IRAs).
Learn more: http://www.acds.org/
UNITED HEROES LEAGUE
United Heroes League wants to ensure that all 5 million military kids are able to develop critical life skills through sports. This intense focus on youth development and serving the families of our military service members motivates us to keep programs focused. This focus has also inspired over 115 professional athletes and over 30 professional sports franchises to lend their name and support to United Heroes League.
VETERAN'S BEACON HOUSE
Beacon House provides housing in 42 locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. On any given day, over 255 men, women and children from the tri-state area benefit from programs that address homelessness, physical disabilities, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury, mental health issues and addiction. Non-veterans, too, have access to housing, drug/alcohol addiction services and job skills/readiness development programs.
Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive - not simply struggle to get by - in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, they have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don't become long-term chronic problems.
MAN CAVE HEALTH
Driven by the notion that "men take better care of their cars than they do their bodies", Man Cave Health is breaking the silence surrounding sensitive health topics for men. There are approximately 3.7 billion men in the world, and they will die on average, almost five years earlier than women because they are less likely to seek preventive care for themselves. Nearly 81% of men remember the make & model of their first car, but barely half remember their last doctor visit. Man Cave Health is committed to changing these statistics, and that means changing the landscape of men's health.
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men's health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men's health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. They know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. Movember is independent of government funding, so they can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 15 years, they've funded more than 1,250 men's health projects around the world.
SUSAN G. KOMEN GREATER NYC
Komen Greater NYC's service area includes about 64% of New York State's population, all within nine unique communities. Komen Greater NYC serves the Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, Kings, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland communities - some of the most ethnically, financially, and geographically diverse communities in America.
STAND UP TO CANCER
SU2C brings together the best and the brightest researchers and mandates collaboration among the cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C has set out to generate awareness, educate the public on cancer prevention, and help more people diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors.
Island Harvest has become Long Island's largest hunger-relief organization. Their volunteers and staff now deliver millions of pounds of good, surplus food - much of which might otherwise go to waste - to a network of 570 Long Island-based food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit organizations that offer feeding services for those in need. By doing this, Island Harvest provides a vital supply of food to counter the sharply rising problem of hunger here.
ROCK AND WRAP IT UP!
Rock and Wrap it Up! (RWU) is an award-winning anti-poverty think tank. They research, discover and nurture potential sources willing to share renewable assets. Donors include touring bands, educational institutions, the hospitality industry, professional sports teams, hospitals and TV/film shoots throughout North America. RWU find and vet partner agencies that need and can share these resources with the poor. They encourage the use of the Whole Earth Calculator mobile application to access total pounds of food conversion to meals and greenhouse gas emission reduction which can be sent to social media sites.
THE VISCARDI CENTER
The Viscardi Center educates, employs, and empowers youth, adults, and veterans with disabilities or similar needs, so they can all discover the love of learning, the power of work, the freedom of independent living, and the self-confidence to fulfill their dreams.
EAC Network is a diverse social service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for people in need across Long Island and New York City. Their objective is to reach individuals within our community through innovative programs that improve quality of life.
Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York is a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Founded in 1983, their chapter serves children in the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau County and 17 counties in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. In Fiscal Year 2018, they granted the wishes of almost 1,000 children from our communities and from around the world.
JOHN THEISSEN FOUNDATION
The John Theissen Foundation provides hospitals and child-care facilities with therapeutic and recreational equipment. In addition, the foundation supports families with financial assistance to defray medical expenses. They also, offer sick and needy children toys throughout the holiday season, bringing smiles to their faces in times of need.
Dezy Strong Foundation
The Dezy Strong Foundation believes that life is meant to be lived to the fullest. They understand that every day is a gift. Every day is a chance to give yourself to someone or something in a positive way.
The Foundation is passionate about athletics and how the lessons learned in competition, serve as a metaphor for the situations one faces throughout life. They embrace that a competitive spirit can drive one to accomplish things previously thought to be unattainable. The Foundation believes that by focusing on processes - and not outcomes - that all things are possible.
Dezy Strong acknowledges that having cancer can be foundation-shaking - but they also believe that a strong foundation can shake without breaking. The Foundation is dedicated to fighting cancer and are committed to support those who are affected by it.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
NORTHWELL HEALTH'S PEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRY PROGRAM AT COHEN CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
The skilled mental health professionals at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cohen Children's provide diagnostic and therapeutic services for children, adolescents and young adults whose problems range from mild behavioral difficulties to severe psychiatric illness.
BRING IT HOME
Bring it Home is a coalition of community-based mental health housing providers, mental health advocates, faith leaders, and consumers and their families, urging New York State to adequately fund community-based housing programs for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Full recovery and community reintegration depend on stable housing opportunities. Through education and advocacy, Bring it Home is working to bring better funding for better care to New York.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Network operates Long Island's four community centers for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community: in Suffolk, The Center at Hauppauge; and on the East End, The Hamptons LGBT Center, as well as the Queens LGBT Community Center (Q-Center) in Little Neck.
These community centers are a safe space and life-changing resource for the tens of thousands of LGBT and ally individuals who pass through the doors each year. In addition to regularly scheduled programs and services each week, the centers offer public spaces for people of all ages to relax, hang out, study, work, or simply meet new people.
YOU CAN PLAY
You Can Play works to ensure the safety and inclusion of all in sports - including LGBTQ athletes, coaches and fans. They work to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team's success. You Can Play also seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.
Smile Train is an international children's charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Many children with clefts around the world live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is safe, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train's sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 90+ countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Since 1982, Starlight's programs have positively impacted more than 16 million seriously ill or injured children across the US. A hospitalized child is scared, confused, and often in hospital for a long period of time. Everything that makes being a kid is out of reach- But innovative and inspiring programs like Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, and Starlight Gaming bring the very best in gaming, play, and other fun experiences to our partner hospitals' youngest patients. Regardless of the sophistication of the illness or injury, a sick kid is still a kid.
BARTH SYNDROME FOUNDATION
The Barth Syndrome Foundation is the only world-wide volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through education, advances in treatment, and finding a cure. They started in 2000, after the first international conference held in Baltimore, MD where families from around the world met to discuss BTHS. As a result, a unanimous decision was made to work together to find a cure for this multi-system disorder. Their Foundation strives to accelerate progress through collaboration between families and scientists. The Foundation encourages family participation in research. Also, they provide several ways to keep up-to-date about advances in science and medicine.
HOCKEY IN HARLEM
Ice Hockey in Harlem's mission is to improve the social and academic well-being of children from the Harlem community. Their organization offers programming that allows students in our community to take advantage of the educational and academic opportunities provided by youth sports. Through participation in ice hockey, IHIH students learn the fundamentals of the game, engage in an active lifestyle, and broaden their life experiences.
BLACK GIRL HOCKEY CLUB
The mission of Black Girl Hockey Club is to inspire and sustain passion for the game of hockey within the Black community, specifically with our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. To prevent exclusion in hockey based on race, gender, sexuality or ability in the face of institutional racism, financial gatekeeping and program access, the Black Girl Hockey Club provides education, scholarship opportunities and community spaces that will give Black women access to hockey.
Learn more: https://blackgirlhockeyclub.com/
GLOBAL FIRST RESPONDERS
Global First Responders, founded in 2015, mission is to support the families of first responders who lost their lives saving others in the line of duty. These men and women dedicated their lives to helping others and ensuring safety in our communities. GFFFR honors these individuals and would like to give back to their families to show appreciation. Through the use of different events, fundraisers, and community service, we hope to develop a positive outlook in our local communities and nationwide.
NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS BURN CENTER FOUNDATION
The New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation is a public charity, non-profit organization firefighters founded in 1975, dedicated to the advancement of burn care, research, prevention, education, and the proper treatment of burns. Their goal is to make quality burn care available to all who are seriously burned, regardless of age, race, creed or economic status.
THE HEATHER PENDERGAST FUND
Heather Pendergast was diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS) at a young age and was later diagnosed with cancer. Her courageous long battle was lost on October 30, 2008. Heather's smile and positive outlook inspired her community. It is only fitting for Heather's name to be the inspiration for this fund to help other children in unfortunate situations. Heather is the daughter of Penny and Ex-Chief Thomas Pendergast of the Massapequa Fire Department. Given their deep ties to the volunteer firefighter/EMS community, they founded The Heather Pendergast Fund in 2009 in memory of Heather with the mission to assist the children of volunteer firefighters/EMS on Long Island who become stricken with life threatening illnesses. Since then, over 20 families across Long Island have been supported by the Fund to directly cover medical expenses.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
Helping a sick child fight their illness takes a big enough emotional toll on a family. Adding a financial strain can make it all almost too much to bear. RMHC can help address those problems, whether they involve housing that's near a hospitalized child, the expense of staying together in another city, or even getting basic medical and dental care in a vulnerable community.
BROTHERHOOD FOR THE FALLEN
Brotherhood for the Fallen is a fraternal charity in which members of the NYPD become members. They send NYPD officers to police combat line of duty funerals throughout the United States. In doing so, they cover the travel expenses (air, hotel, rental car) so the officers can attend the viewing and funeral services, continuing the long tradition of supporting fallen officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The officers' presence in distant areas of the country gives emotional encouragement to the family and fellow officers. While at the services, officers present the family with a monetary gift to help with their immediate financial needs. In turn, the officers are enriched and return to their duties with a refreshed sense of pride in their uniform.
NEW YORK POLICE AND FIRE WIDOWS AND CHILDREN'S FUND
The mission of the New York Police and Fire Widow's and Children's Benefit Fund is to support the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. When these brave men and women make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our city, they believe it is their civic duty to support the families these heroes have left behind. Answer the Call's mission is to reassure these families that we will never forget them, or the sacrifice made by their loved ones. In doing so, they provide financial assistance, host special gatherings, and offer a network of support to approximately 600 families. Their goal is to raise enough funds to assist these families for the rest of their lives.
After Warren and Jackie Hance lost their three young daughters, Emma, Alyson, and Katie in a car accident, they had a choice to make: to give in to the grief or to create a legacy in honor of their girls. They also wanted to support their local Floral Park, New York Community, who had loved and protected them in the face of unimaginable tragedy. The Hance Family Foundation was created to give back to Floral Park by creating 3 scholarships in honor of their girls. In addition, Warren and Jackie wished to share with others the lessons they had learned in the course of their difficult journey: Be accountable to others; Surround yourself with friends and family; Accept help when you need it; Forgive yourself and be patient with yourself; Find something or someone to be grateful for; Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer - focusing on others can turn tragedy into triumph.
THE FOUNDATION FOR GENDER EQUALITY
The Foundation for Gender Equality will create new pathways, synergies and platforms to address the critical issues impacting the development of women and girls. The Foundation will foster opportunities and remove obstacles for women and girls who currently face inequity. It will establish a new model for philanthropy by identifying and supporting successful initiatives that can be replicated broadly. It will reach out for partners, including men and boys, to join its urgent call to action and Stand Together.