The Heart's Desire Fund
Each year, we work with NYC NPF program leadership to identify their most important unmet needs. In 2016, together, we decided to launch the Heart's Desire Fund (HDF) to help vulnerable mothers improve the lives of their babies by furthering their education or careers. Under HDF we review applications from interested mothers and make awards for such things as tuition grants, Metro Cards, laptops, books and certification fees. By removing the financial obstacles that face these moms, we hasten their exit out of poverty and reduce their stress during their child's most critical years.
2016/2017 Heart's Desire Fund Awards
While our Heart’s Desire Award program will remain a core element of our efforts to support NYC NFP mothers, NFP staff has also asked for our assistance with additional programming for the moms.
As we move forward with these programs, help from volunteers will be essential to our success.
Volunteers helped mothers make educational toys for their babies out of common household objects at our first
Learn, Eat and Play (LEAP) session some months ago.
Nurses report that moms ask for group gatherings that bring them together with other mothers for fun and learning. These events increase peer support as well as attachment to NFP by allowing mothers to feel that they are part of a larger program.
Our events combine fun and learning. Topics nclude content areas such as: parent-child interaction, nutrition, money management and career development. We need volunteers to look after the babies, offer hospitality and help with logistics. We need other, skilled volunteers to help us develop and deliver the programs.
We offered our first Learn, Eat and Play (LEAP) program last spring and are scheduling many more in 2018. These sessions are educational and fun and they relieve pressure on our dedicated nurses.
Please contact Susan at 203-518-2432 if you would like to learn more or are ready to get involved.