Tuesday’s Children and New York Says Thank You Foundation, both of which provide aid to communities reeling from the aftermath of tragedy, have announced a collaboration to expand their reach. Each organization lends a unique perspective that, when combined, provides hope and reassurance that those affected by tragedy are not walking the lengthy road to healing on their own.
Tuesday’s Children has developed a Long-Term Healing Model based on lessons learned from nearly two decades serving over 35,000 individuals, including those in the 9/11 community, post-9/11 Gold Star military families, and global victims of terrorism and mass violence. Tuesday’s Children has provided customized guidance and tragedy assistance to U.S. communities, such as Newtown, CT, Orlando, FL, Las Vegas, NV, Parkland, FL, Pittsburgh, PA, and over 30 countries impacted by terrorism and violent extremism. Tuesday’s Children builds common bonds among survivors and communities through resilience-building programming, peer-to-peer support, professional events, sharing of best practices and an international peacebuilding initiative.
New York Says Thank You Foundation’s Stars of HOPE® community-based therapeutic arts program changes lives through art. Hand-painted wooden stars messaged with words of inspiration and designed with bright colors are shared with and publicly displayed in communities in the immediate aftermath of traumatic events, serving as a reminder of solidarity and support during times of tragedy and through the long-term recovery. To date, Stars of HOPE have positively impacted the emotional resiliency and recovery of millions of people in over 270 communities in 26 countries recovering from historic natural disasters and catastrophic acts of violence.
As the two organizations work together through this new alliance, each wooden Star of HOPE included in all Stars of HOPE boxes used in Tuesday’s Children programs and events will be co-branded to identify both organizations, and funds raised from purchases of Stars of HOPE for Tuesday’s Children-affiliated events will support the programs and activities of both organizations. Through joint outreach efforts, both organizations hope to be a collective source of hope and healing to communities seeking resilience in the face of traumatic events from the immediate aftermath, through the long-term recovery phase post-trauma.
“It has been an honor to collaborate with New York Says Thank You Foundation and see the vast impact these stars have had in the communities that need them most,” said Terry Sears, Executive Director of Tuesday’s Children. “This alliance ensures that those impacted by tragedy benefit from both our time-tested Long-Term Healing Model and their uplifting, artistic efforts. Together, we can make a meaningful difference.”
“We have the greatest respect for the work that Tuesday’s Children has done for so many individuals and communities in need of hope,” said Jeff Parness, founder and Executive Director of New York Says Thank You Foundation. “We are excited that our Stars of HOPE program will give Tuesday’s Children greater visibility in the communities where we immediately respond while also empowering Tuesday’s Children’s constituents of 9/11 families, Gold Star families, and corporate volunteers to participate in this joint project to heal the world through creativity, compassion, and human connection.
ABOUT TUESDAY’S CHILDREN
Tuesday’s Children provides a lifetime of healing for families who have been forever changed by terrorism, military conflict or mass violence. Through a time-tested, long-term approach, Tuesday’s Children programming serves and supports our nation’s military Families of the Fallen; builds resilience and common bonds in communities worldwide recovering from tragedies; and keeps the promise to support all those impacted by Tuesday, September 11th. For more information, please visit www.tuesdayschildren.org.
ABOUT STARS OF HOPE
Stars of HOPE® is the world’s largest healing arts program. It is a unique disaster relief and compassion-based therapeutic arts program which empowers people of all ages to transform communities impacted by natural disasters and human-caused tragedies by creating and displaying colorful art and messages of hope and healing. Stars of HOPE serve as beacons of compassion through the long-term recovery process and remind people they are not alone. The Stars of HOPE® box of HOPE program allows anyone, any age to express their compassion through creativity and connection to people in need of hope anywhere in the world. Stars of HOPE is a program of New York Says Thank You Foundation, one of the largest global volunteer organizations to emerge from the tragedy of 9/11 and humanity of 9/12. For more information, please visit www.starsofhopeusa.org.
As we look forward to an incredible 2020, we reflect on the successes of 2019. Project COMMON BOND, weekend retreats, career workshops and more helped our families bond, heal and build a better future.
Check out our 2019 Year In Review for a detailed look at 12 months of memories!
This January, we welcomed participants from 7 nations – Canada, Republic of Congo, Israel, Northern Ireland, Norway, Sudan and the U.S. – to the winter 2020 Session of Project COMMON BOND in Washington, D.C. While everyone came from different backgrounds, they all shared one tragic commonality: loss of a family member due to terrorism, military service or mass violence.
At Project COMMON BOND, participants learned that there are others who identify with their pain, and that hope and resilience is possible. When the buses arrived, planes landed and cars shifted into park, it was time to begin the process of healing through community and leadership development.
The tougher moments, such as dignity sessions led by trained clinicians, were balanced out by lighter group activities like sports and art. Together, these activities led to the creation of lifelong friendships and the enrichment of cross-cultural exchange.
It’s wonderful knowing that these young people will return home empowered to be peace-builders and agents of change. The statistics show that Project COMMON BOND motivates participants to advocate for peace and dignity, but seeing truly is believing.
All of us at Tuesday’s Children are proud and honored to call these individuals members of our community, and look forward to the bright futures that await them. Terrorism, violent extremism and war may be powerful forces, but peace, dignity and friendships can prevail.
CLICK HERE to read our official Project COMMON BOND winter 2020 recap.
The weather is cold but our hearts are warm. Check out our December newsletter to read about how we closed out another successful year. From family days with NFL teams to Snowball Express and fundraisers, it was a busy month full of memories!
Thank you to the Washington Redskins for hosting Family Day with our Military Families of the Fallen. It was an exciting day for all with a tour of the training facility, lunch and practice with Redskins alumni, followed by a Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers watch party.
CLICK HERE to view more pictures from this event.
Tuesday’s Children, a 501c3 organization, received a generous donation in the amount of $15,000 from The Nature’s Bounty Foundation, the charitable arm of global health and wellness leader, The Nature’s Bounty Co. The donation will support programs and services to assist communities impacted by acts of violence.
Since its formation 18 years ago, Tuesday’s Children has provided long-term healing for those whose lives have been forever changed by terrorism or traumatic loss. What started as a nonprofit serving the 9/11 community has grown into a highly regarded organization both locally and nationally. Thanks to support from companies like The Nature’s Bounty Co., the charity now serves military families of the fallen, local and global communities impacted by traumatic loss, international young adults impacted by terrorism, 9/11 first responders and international peacebuilders.
“Our work is made possible through the support and generosity of partners like The Nature’s Bounty Co.,” said Terry Sears, Executive Director of Tuesday’s Children. “With our organization’s growth comes a greater need for assistance. This donation will ensure that Tuesday’s Children can continue to be there to meet the long-term needs of communities altered by trauma and loss.”
“As a NY-based global company, we are proud to support Tuesday’s Children and the important work the organization does for our first responders and others impacted by terrorism and trauma,” said Beverly Lee-Wo, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at The Nature’s Bounty Co. “We have a shared goal and responsibility for supporting the physical, mental and emotional health of those in the communities where we live, work and do business.”
ABOUT TUESDAY’S CHILDREN
Tuesday’s Children provides a lifetime of healing for those whose lives have been forever changed by terrorism or traumatic loss. Through a time-tested, long-term approach, Tuesday’s Children programming serves and supports our nation’s military Families of the Fallen; builds resilience and common bonds in communities worldwide recovering from tragedies; and keeps the promise to support all those impacted by Tuesday, September 11th. For more information, visit www.tuesdayschildren.org.
ABOUT THE NATURE’S BOUNTY FOUNDATION
The Nature’s Bounty Foundation is a 501c3 and is the charitable arm of The Nature’s Bounty Co. Its mission is to enhance lives by supporting wellness initiatives within and beyond the communities in which we live, work and do business. We are committed to supporting wellness in many forms – from larger corporate-led programming to smaller, Associate-influenced initiatives. They have given back through monetary grants, product donations, and volunteerism. For more information, visit www.naturesbountyfoundation.com.
Giving makes us all feel good! Check out our November newsletter for details on how your donations make a difference. From weekend retreats for Gold Star moms to mentoring matches and more, your support helps us help others.
Tuesday’s Children is excited to welcome Silvia Davi, 280 CapMarkets Chief Marketing and Corporate Development Officer, and Norm Veit, Century 21 Stores Chief Financial and Information Officer, to our Board of Directors!
Read the official press release to learn more about their experience in the fields of marketing, business development and finance.
Golf, grants and Croton River rafts! Check out our October newsletter for details on our annual Military Golf Outing, an exciting new partnership, some kayaking craziness with our youth mentoring matches and more.