New Bag Record: 250 in One Outreach

JoyJ’s St. Anthony chapter set a new JoyJ record at its 8th outreach this weekend, distributing 250 bags in one outreach! The chapter’s core committee packed supplies into bags at 9am, more volunteers arrived at 10am to make 250 fresh sandwiches, abiding by NYC regulations, and the rest of the 80 volunteers arrived by 10:30am for a brief orientation. From there, the volunteers split up into 4 groups, each led to a nearby neighborhood by experienced volunteers, where they had meaningful interactions and made the lives of the homeless a little less painful for a day.

Thank you all for helping to make a difference! If you weren’t able to attend this outreach but are interested in participating, please email info@joyj.org for a schedule of upcoming outreaches or sponsor a bag today.

Fundraising Happy Hour

The JoyJ Initiative held its first fundraising Happy Hour this month, on Manhattan’s East side. The atmosphere was electric as nearly 100 attendees showed up to meet fellow volunteers, socialize, and share their many JoyJ experiences.

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It may have been the free drink that Cornerstone Tavern gave to each attendee. It may have been the “unique” lyrical stylings of those brave enough to attempt karaoke. Or perhaps it was the fantastic raffle prizes up for grabs. Whatever the reason, spirits were high as the mission of giving back and forming powerful connections with those in need spread across the floor.

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With drink glasses full and anticipation building, our President, Brian Kelly toasted the incredible contributions of everyone in the room and announced winners of the raffle, which included such wonderful prizes as tickets to a Yankees game, Soul Cycle classes, gift cards for a brunch and movie date, and a wedding themed gift basket. Winners rejoiced and so did we as enough tax-deductible donations were raised to fund nearly 100 comfort bags.

If this night was any sign of things to come, then the future is bright! Of course, the event couldn’t have been a success without the generosity of Cornerstone Tavern, Soul Cycle, our other raffles donators, and JoyJ’s Fundraiser Committee, who put together the whole thing: Allison Green, Jessica Weldon, Annemarie Deslauriers, William Donnelly, and Brian Kelly.

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Thank you to all who attended and are committed to spreading the word about JoyJ! We saw some familiar faces, some new faces, and one very happy baby! The success of the night is equally owed to you! Check back frequently for updates on future events, recent and upcoming Outreaches, and other opportunities to get involved.

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New Partnership with Edelman

We’re happy to announce a new partnership with Edelman, the world’s largest independently owned public relations firm!

On June 25, twenty-nine Edelman volunteers from across the company were joined by four JoyJ Staff Members at Edelman’s New York City offices for a corporate outreach, distributing 100 bags before enjoying a rooftop happy hour.

Edelman employees who volunteered were given the afternoon off for this great cause. They assembled supplies while enjoying refreshments in the Edelman offices, participated in a brief orientation, and then went into the streets of NYC, led by JoyJ Staff in groups. After powerful interactions, unexpected hugs, and even some tears, volunteers reassembled on Edelman’s rooftop for drinks, networking, and swapping stories.

JoyJ was impressed every step of the way by the Edelman team’s professionalism, compassion, and team spirit. We look forward to a lasting partnership.

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Atlanta Chapter Hosts First Outreach

America’s homelessness crisis knows no bounds, while homelessness has increasingly become concentrated in America’s large cities.1 To that end, JoyJ’s newly formed Atlanta chapter hosted its first Outreach this weekend. A dozen Credit Suisse employees packed supplies and bags on Friday, and 22 volunteers rallied in 93 degree weather to distribute 80 bags on Saturday. The volunteers were shocked at the extent of homelessness in inner city Atlanta, and are eager to find solutions within the chapter and through new partnerships. We look forward to watching this chapter flourish!

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1 Learn more in the 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress.

Yale Club Hosts JoyJ Outreach

The Yale Club of New York City participated in the National Yale Day of Service on May 9 by hosting a co-sponsored JoyJ Outreach. There hasn’t been a more enthusiastic group of volunteers yet! They distributed 60 bags around Midtown Manhattan with guidance from JoyJ staff members. The bags included fresh sandwiches, snacks, McDonald’s gift cards, water, toiletries, baseball caps, shirts, and pamphlets with critical information on where to get assistance including programming options for getting off the streets. JoyJ looks forward to a lasting partnership with the Yale Club and Yale alumni!

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