Just For Kids

Create a Fundraiser

Amelia Carpenter and KateBe creative and have fun. Donate funds to Family Promise to help children who are homeless. Suggestions include a car wash, a lemonade stand, or a bake sale. Amelia, shown here, asked for donations to Family Promise in lieu of birthday gifts!


Girl Scout’s Generous Gift

Thank you to Olivia Dunleavy, who collected TONS of laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, bedding and personal care items for the families we serve. Olivia coordinated this collection for her Girl Scout Silver Award. She held collections at River Dell Junior and Senior High Schools and St. Peter’s Church in River Edge and three libraries. Great job, Olivia!


Teen Scholar Gets an “A+” in Fundraising

Every year since he entered high school, Chris Sheldon wanted to volunteer at Camp Lots-of-Fun. Unfortunately, summer practices for the track team prevented him from participating. This year, before heading off to his freshman year at Villanova University, he decided to do a fundraiser for the program he admired so much. Actually, he did several fundraisers. First, he approached the owner of Jalapeño’s Mexican Restaurant in Glen Rock and convinced them to donate 10% of the proceeds. Then he asked friends from Bergen Catholic High School and fellow parishioners from Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood. All total he collected $3,875.00!!! Chris’ efforts prove once again that everyone, young and old, can make a difference in the lives of homeless families.


A Birthday Gift from the Heart

In early December, ten year old Bren McDermott arrived at Family Promise with a bright smile and some news to share. He had told his mom, Diane, that he didn’t need any more presents for his birthday! He told her that he had enough and that he wanted to donate to Family Promise instead. With the support of generous family and friends, Bren proudly brought many items from our “Wish List”, along with a donation of $232. What a remarkable young man!

Thank you, Bren, for your caring and your kindness. We wish you a very Happy 10th Birthday!

Baking a difference

You’re never too young to start making a difference! Monica Mosquera, age 8, chose Family Promise as her Third Grade Community Service project. She made a flyer which she sent to family and friends, and proceeded to hold a bake sale that raised $375.00! Take a look at Monica’s flyer and photos from the day. Thank you, Monica!


Houses for Change: An Arts and Crafts Project

Houses_for_Change_smHouses for Change is an educational arts and crafts project for kids of all ages, designed to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to help homeless families. It is a national campaign that answers the question, “What can I do to help?” Kids decorate a plain cardboard house. In the following weeks or months, the box is filled with loose change and, on a selected date, it is returned as a communal donation to Family Promise. This project has been adopted by Girl Scouts, schools, and congregations to engage youth groups in a meaningful service project.


Donation Drive

foodDriveYoung people can make a difference with a donation drive. Our Wish List is updated regularly. Please call the Family Promise office for information on the most needed items (201) 833-8009.


Annual “Hike or Bike” Event

Hike or BikeJoin us in Spring 2016!
Click here to see all the fun we had in 2015. A beautiful May day helped make our annual Hike or Bike event a huge success. We had over 150 people hiking or biking around Ridgewood, all in support of homeless, working families.