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Our GivingTuesday Countdown Continues

As we mentioned last week, NMIC is celebrating GivingTuesday’s 10th anniversary. Join us in counting down five things we are grateful for to raise $10,000 for our services. If you missed last week’s email, check it out here. To donate, click here.  

3. NMIC got its second-ever Executive Director

Part of what makes NMIC so steadfast is that our leadership has changed very little. About eight years ago, founding director, Barbara Lowry, handed NMIC off to interim (and then permanent) ED Maria Lizardo. Maria is the first Latina to hold this position at NMIC. This has allowed our mission to grow organically and deeply since we only ever had two Executive Directors. 

2. Our Board of Directors Expanded 

We are grateful to our Board of Directors and the members who have joined us in the last decade (our longest serving Board member has been with us for 11 years!). Their dedication and commitment to NMIC’s mission have been critical to ensuring our success. 

1. YOU!

The last two years have been some of the most challenging times in modern history, both for individuals and nonprofits. Because of you and your support, we were able to enhance and adapt our service delivery in real-time as our community needed it

Help us ensure that we can continue expanding, adapting, and improving our services for decades to come. Donate today. 

Yours in Solidarity,
NMIC

Inboxes are inundated right around GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For the last decade, this global day of charitable giving has reminded us that part of celebrating during the season of gratitude is practicing generosity. To celebrate, we are looking back at the last decade and hoping you can help us raise $10,000 for our critically needed programs! Tune in each week as we count down five things, in no particular order, that we are grateful for. We hope it will inspire you to give to and share our campaign. 

5. We Turned forty!

In over four decades, we have helped hundreds of thousands of people get their citizenship, GED’s, fight unlawful evictions, leave abusive relationships, learn English, and build more prosperous futures for themselves and their families. We are proud to be a cornerstone of our community, and with your help, we can continue to do this work for forty more years and beyond.

4. We Expanded to the Bronx!

NMIC began in an apartment on 181st and Saint Nicholas. The staff of two aimed to serve the growing population of immigrants, mainly from the Dominican Republic, arriving in Washington Heights. As our work expanded, so did our reach, and eventually, we began to serve all of Upper Manhattan and, in 2016, expanded into the Bronx!

Your support is part of what has ensured our longevity and ability to expand to where we are needed. 

Yours in Solidarity,
NMIC

Giving Tuesday

Hi there,

Every year, millions of people come together on a single day to participate in a global act of generosity. That day is today, #GivingTuesday.

We know this year has been challenging for many of us in differing ways. Many of our clients found themselves unemployed, uninsured, and under-resourced even before the pandemic. With an increasing number of community members facing a crisis our work is more essential than ever. 

NMIC’s food pantry has served over 600 families since launching in May. Our pantries occur twice per month and we have distributed over 30,000 pounds of food. But, resources are limited and demand is much greater than we can meet. Even after adding an additional pantry distribution day, we continue to receive about 50-100 new sign-ups monthly from community residents. We cannot meet the demand without your support. 

There are two key ways to help right now. 

  1. Make a donation to NMIC today! 
  2. If you can’t make a donation, reach-out to loved ones via social media, phone, or email, urging them to support the 14,000 New Yorkers NMIC serves a year. Tag us at @NMICNYC. 

Can we count on you today?

Yours in Solidarity,
NMIC

Your Gifts Continue To Work in this Time of Uncertainty

Dear Friends,

I personally never thought I’d be writing a fundraising appeal in the middle of a world crisis. And yet, here we are. And because you and I know that the world, and our community, is better together, I felt the importance of reaching out to you.  

How are you? Are you doing okay? We’re thinking of you!

As a donor, you are probably wondering what NMIC is doing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is exactly why I am reaching out to you today.  

We are still serving our clients. We’ve moved our existing services online, so we’re offering classes through zoom, counseling by WhatsApp, and many of our other services using whatever technology is most accessible to our clients. We are also keeping our community informed through our social media pages and are about to launch a hotline to ensure people can get direct access to our services by phone.  

We are continually watching for official updates. Whether it is from Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, or the CDC, we are staying on top of the information coming to us and abiding by their orders. Once we receive the information, our staff is evaluating what it means for clients, staff, volunteers, and the community; and creating or adjusting plans as quickly possible.  

We will be here when this is all over. Like you, we aren’t sure what the full impact is going to be on our community, but we do know this – we will be needed now more than ever before.  

Rest assured; your gifts continue to work during this time of uncertainty.

Until we see each other again, please take care of yourself, your families, and your friends.

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