In the Fall of 2007, four kindergarteners who were coming to school without snacks and warm winter clothing inspired a few concerned teachers and parents to SPRING into action.
A Holiday Drive for winter clothing and gifts was organized. Soon a small network of parents started Snack Fairies to bring snacks to school for children who did not have them.
We were surprised to learn how many families in our own community were struggling to meet their children’s basic needs.
To address these immediate concerns, SPRING found sponsors for children who could not afford school supplies, organized a Winter Coat Drive, recruited a much larger force of Snack Fairies, created the Help-a-Child program, forged a partnership with Family-to-Family to provide a monthly food box for a few local families, and increased our collaboration with Cabrini Immigrant Services to help us identify and respond to the needs of some of our most vulnerable children.
In October 2009, SPRING became a New York not-for-profit corporation. In September 2010, SPRING received formal recognition from the United States Internal Revenue Service of its tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Our goal at SPRING is to enrich the soil so that all of our children can grow, bloom, and reach their full potential. When a child feels included, s/he can participate more fully in academic, social and community opportunities and activities.
SPRING believes the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child."
Come, join us!
Board of Directors