In the first half of 2017, JoyJ has had over 700 volunteers distribute over 2,000 bags across the globe in locations such as New York, Rome (Italy), the Philippines, Ecuador and London!
Keep a look out for upcoming outreaches in New York, Houston, Doral, San Diego, Chile and Rome. If you are interested or know someone who is interested in hosting an outreach, please reach out to Michele Marotta!
JoyJ is looking for volunteers to join our Advisory Council! We have a number of opportunities available encompasses all aspects of our organization. Whether your interests are in marketing, fundraising, chapter growth, etc. – there’s a spot for you! If interested, please reach out to either Nick Loury or Andrew Birnbaum.
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On June 21st, JoyJ volunteers in New York met at Brother Jimmy’s in Grammercy for a joint happy hour and fundraiser. Volunteers had the opportunity to catch up, exchange stories and be introduced to other volunteers in the city. At the same time, we raised over $700 to be used to fund future outreaches. We thank everyone in attendance for showing up to support the cause!
Stay posting as the Fundraising team plans more great events for later in the year!
On Friday June 9th, over 20 volunteers from Deloitte packaged and distributed 50 comfort bags in the area surrounding their offices. The day was a rousing success for our Corporate Outreach team as Deloitte employees exhibited support and enthusiasm for our cause. Numerous connections were made within their community and experiences were shared after the great day. Organizers from Deloitte could not have been happier with the outcome and have already expressed interest in hosting future outreaches. We thank them for the opportunity and look forward to working with them again!
On June 23rd, JoyJ hosted a corporate outreach in London! 11 warm hearted volunteers distributed bags throughout the neighborhoods of Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square and Marble Arch. Amazing day helping the homeless community.
On February 23rd, JoyJ hosted a corporate outreach with the reputable communications agency Havas Luxe!! With 8 corporate volunteers we were able to distribute 35 bags to the homeless community. The day was a huge success and we would like to thank all the volunteers from Havas Luxe for making this possible and hope to work together in the future!
JoyJ’s Blessed Sacrament chapter hosted another successful outreach in late January! Sixty-seven volunteers of all ages (from 4 years old to 80!) distributed 120 bags throughout NYC. They distributed critical supplies that are very difficult for the homeless to procure, including sweatshirts, warm hats, gloves, scarves, and hand warmers. Can you imagine not making it into a shelter during the winter and trying to SURVIVE on the streets without these items?
On January 18th, volunteers, many of who were meeting for the first time, gathered at Rome’s Stazione Termini to distribute 90 bags filled with winter essentials. In addition to these vital items, volunteers handed out much needed treats, which including hot chocolate, tea and cakes.
The outreach couldn’t have come at a better time as the residents of Rome and their homeless population are experiencing unusually cold temperatures this winter. These items will bring some much needed warmth and comfort during this bleak winter.
We would like to thank, in particular, the wonderful people at Centro Ricreativo CRIS whom helped organize and coordinate the event! We are thrilled to report that the outreach was such a success that an additional outreach has already been scheduled for February 9th! Thank you once again and we look forward to the continued success in aiding the homeless population of Rome!
On January 7th, JoyJ traveled to St. Luke’s Church in the Bronx to host a New Year holiday event for 190 children ages 5-12. We celebrated the Feast of the Three Kings as part of our first event with our newest chapter at the Church of St. Luke in the Bronx. We couldn’t have thrown such a hugely successful event without the help of Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity and the Religiosas Jerónimas!
In addition to games, beverages and snacks, two delicious (and giant!) cakes were donated by the Butterfly Bakeshop in NYC (www.butterflybakeshop.com). They are the BEST in the city – and we hope you give them a try for your next party!
Children enjoyed making new friends during the event and each received an individual bag with educational games and sweets to bring home.
THANK YOU to all of our amazing donors and volunteers! So grateful for your support and love.
On December 17, 2016, JoyJ held its first ever outreach in St. Louis, Missouri!
Right before the holidays, volunteers from the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, MO gathered to distribute 240 green bags containing vital winter essentials (as well as some holiday treats!) for those of need in the area.
The St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment and health opportunities for those in the community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
This was JoyJ and the St. Patrick Center’s first collaborate event and the results were hugely successful. We thank those from the Center who volunteered and look forward to working together in the future!