Share the Knowledge

April 2, 2019

6:30-8:30pm

Reports show that there are over 750,000 Americans living on the streets or in emergency shelters. On Long Island, approximately half of the homeless are children. These are Long Island's homeless and impoverished individuals and families.
 

On April 2nd, 2019, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless will hold its Candlelight Vigil for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College.  Each year, we collect and distribute new winter coats, new/unused baby items, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and toiletries to Long Island's homeless and at-risk families. Last year, over 2,000 Long Islanders participated in this event. The participation of every person who cares will make a difference. Let us show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exist in our affluent society. 


The Vigil brings together members of the community, folks who wish to raise awareness, and homeless/at risk Long Islanders and agencies who serve them.  In addition to information for persons in need, we will have FREE financial literacy sessions,  haircuts, face painting, story time, and other services available.  In addition, participants will enjoy the music from guest musicians, as well as presentations from local officials.  

An exciting feature of this event is that all items donated will be distributed at the end of the Vigil to those in need and agencies working with them. Refreshments will also be available at no cost to all participants (while supplies last).

What to expect

The Vigil will be taking place on April 2nd, 2019, from 6:30PM – 8:30PM at Farmingdale State College.  It will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room (old gym) in Roosevelt.

 

Inside, we will have information tables, areas to get a snack or hot coffee or cocoa, and places to hang your banners and meet up with group members.  We’ll also have music!

 

Outside, we’ll have designated areas for dropping off various items donated through the drives conducted by members of the community.  Agencies working with the homeless will be on hand so that groups can get their donations directly into the hands of those who need them most.  Please bring along a sheet of paper with your (or your group’s) name and address, along with a list of items donated so we can be sure to send you an acknowledgement!

 

We will also hold a short program outdoors, including our Candle Lighting Ceremony.

 

Groups are encouraged to bring banners, signs, etc., and/or wear items to represent their groups (group/club/team/school uniforms).  

 

It will likely be CHILLY OUTSIDE!  Be sure to dress warm, including wearing layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and thick-soled shoes.

 

In order to show your support for Long Island’s homeless folks, we ask that you wear something RED!  This can be a scarf, hat, gloves, earmuffs, etc.

Individuals and groups can conduct drives to collect new baby items, toiletries, and non-perishable foods to hand out during the vigil. 

 

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If you need help with flyers, creating materials, or with ideas for your drive click the button above to
contact the event organizer .

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THANK YOU TO THIS YEAR’S GROWING LIST OF SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS!

 

DIAMOND SPONSORS

CONCERN FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

 

GOLD SPONSORS

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

SILVER SPONSORS

Kids Need More
Long Island Board of Realtors
Mercy Haven
People’s United Ban
Hudson River Healthcare

 

BRONZE SPONSORS

Circulo De La Hispanidad
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Huntington Sanctuary
Long Island Housing Services
Mental Health Association of Nassau County
New York Community Bank
The Safe Center Long Island

 

T-SHIRT SPONSORS
Community Advocates

CONTACT US

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless
600 Albany Avenue

Suite 2
Amityville, NY 11701

 

Open Monday - Friday

9am-5pm

Phone: (631) 464-4314
Fax: (631) 464-4319