Cents Ability is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering teens to achieve their goals through the prudent and informed management of their financial resources. Since 2004, we have been provided hundreds of free financial literacy workshops to teens in the New York City area.
Working alongside the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), our curriculum includes real-life and pop-culture examples designed to engage today’s teens. We have successfully partnered with dozens of local high schools, after school programs, and community based organizations to reach students in all 5 boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and New Jersey.
City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982 and, this year, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest developed long-term Healthy Neighborhoods programs which partner with low-income communities to increase access to fresh produce and help residents shop for and cook nutritious, budget-conscious meals.
City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City. We do this through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.
New York City has always been the epicenter of the American Dream. It's a place of hope and opportunity. A place millions have traveled to in search of a better life. Unfortunately, the American Dream feels unattainable for many vulnerable New Yorkers, who are facing such obstacles as limited education, poor nutrition, low literacy, unemployment, and lack of basic needs. With 45% of New Yorkers living near or below the poverty line, the complexity and scale of problems can seem overwhelming. Many people want to step up and help their neighbors, but they feel that the issues are just too big. “There’s nothing I can do to have a real impact.”
In the days before New York Cares, volunteering was unnecessarily complicated. The organization's founders believed that individuals can make a real difference in improving NYC only if they have the necessary tools, which are the same ones that enable the most successful businesses to achieve scale and impact - planning, logistics, measurement, quality control, and customer relationship management. New York Cares has infused volunteerism with business acumen to enable anyone who volunteers through our programs to have an impact on New York City.