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The BronxWorks 2022 Leadership Council Holiday Gift Drive

Hi! We’re the BronxWorks Leadership Council!

We are a group of committed people who bring unique knowledge, connections, and skills to help effectively support the Agency. Once again, we are holding a holiday gift drive supporting middle-school age students in BronxWorks programs.

All children deserve to celebrate the holidays with fun gifts. During this season of giving, help us spread joy to Bronx children and families in need!

We are looking for donations of new gifts for middle-school age students, including:

  • Amazon and Target gift cards of any denomination
  • Fiction and non-fiction books appropriate for 11-15-year-olds
  • board games
  • trading cards
  • sports equipment like footballs, basketballs, and soccer balls
  • Winter clothes like gloves, hats, scarves, and socks

Items can be shipped to:

BronxWorks
ATTN: Development
60 E. Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10453

We also will be accepting in-person donations through December 30 at:

The BronxWorks Administrative Office
60 E. Tremont Ave
Bronx, NY 10453
Monday – Friday from 10am-5pm

You can also shop on our Amazon Smile Wishlist! If you buy items off this list, they can be shipped directly to BronxWorks offices where we will distribute them to our participants.

 

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PwC Throws Halloween Party For BronxWorks Children

Children sitting around a table enjoying pizza, water bottles, and juice boxes.

In celebration of Halloween, PwC hosted a Halloween Party for BronxWorks children at the Community Center.

Back at full steam for the first time since 2019, over a dozen PwC staff handed out drinks, pizza, and treats in the gymnasium at the community center to children of all ages. Many PwC staff and children dressed in their Halloween best. Superheroes were popular among the kids, while the PwC staff dressed as hot dogs, hamburgers and toast. After eating, children could participate in face painting, pumpkin painting, making a giant cat’s cradle, and Halloween 10-pin bowling. The most-enjoyed activity for the students was turning their fellow students as well as some PwC staff members into toilet paper mummies. A DJ played Halloween tunes all afternoon and ran a few games of musical chairs at the end of the party.

PwC has generously hosted this event for several years. After a modified version last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, BronxWorks and PwC were so happy to bring this annual tradition back at full strength. The children, especially, were full of energy and excitement, running, yelling, and laughing for hours during the event.

“It was a fantastic event,” said BronxWorks Department Director of Children & Youth Services Ursula Cooper-Hunter. “Our students were enthusiastic about this party and getting a chance to celebrate all together in one room. It’s really nice to hold events like these once again and give the students a chance to just be children.”

Erica Lennox, Assurance Director at PwC, said, “PwC looks forward to the Halloween Event at BronxWorks every year. We were very excited to return to the full-scale version of the event this year. Our staff really enjoy interacting with all of the participating children and it is a wonderful opportunity for our firm to give back to the community. We value our ongoing partnership with BronxWorks and look forward to continuing this tradition.”

Two women hand out pizza to a child dressed as a cat.
PwC staff hand out pizza to BronxWorks program children.
Adults, many wearing costumes, stand behind a table filled with water and juice boxes.
PwC Staff at the Halloween pizza party.
Children eating pizza sitting around a table filled with small pumpkins.
BronxWorks children getting ready to paint pumpkins.
Two children wearing Halloween costumes.
BronxWorks children’s costumes ranged from cool to creepy.

Children wave while holding pizza.

A young girl getting her face painted.
PwC staff painted faces of some of the children.
A girl smiles at the camera while painting a pumpkin.
Many students enjoyed painting pumpkins.

A child being wrapped head to toe in toilet paper.

Two students, one wrapped in toilet paper, stand together.
Children loved turning their friends into toilet paper mummies.
A young man wearing a crown getting turned into a toilet paper mummy.
They especially enjoyed turning PwC staff into mummies!

Children sitting around a table enjoying pizza, water bottles, and juice boxes.

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The BronxWorks Emergency Fund

Donate Now!

For #GivingTuesday, please consider a gift to the BronxWorks Emergency Fund.

Thanks to our donors, BronxWorks responds quickly and provides vital services and programs to children, individuals, and families of the Bronx. Together with your support, BronxWorks continues to confront the persistent challenges of food insecurity, unemployment, and housing instability.

Throughout our 50 year history, BronxWorks has played a crucial role in supporting the Bronx through unprecedented challenges. In times of adversity, the community looks to BronxWorks, and we have responded.

Here are some ways you can join BronxWorks and support our mission for #GivingTuesday:

  • Donate to the BronxWorks Emergency Fund (use the form below).
  • Become a recurring donor on Facebook and Meta may match your first two recurring donations! Make your support felt into 2023!
  • On Amazon, you can choose BronxWorks as your AmazonSmile charity, and Amazon will donate on your behalf every time you make a purchase.
  • Donate essential goods directly to Bronx residents in need through our Amazon Wishlist.
  • Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for exciting updates.

Give today to the BronxWorks Emergency Fund!

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Angela Rodriguez de Jesus

Angela Rodriguez de Jesus
Angela Rodriguez de Jesus, Program Coordinator, Center for Achieving Future Education (CAFE)

Angela Rodriguez de Jesus is the Program Coordinator for the BronxWorks Center for Achieving Future Education (CAFE) Program. Angela was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States when she was seven years old. Like many families, Angela’s came to seek more opportunities, specifically education opportunities, for her and her siblings. It is a story that is so common to the children that grow up in the Bronx, a story that Angela shares with many of her participants in the CAFE Program.

Angela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from City College, and she is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Lehman College. She joined BronxWorks in May 2019 as an Education Specialist for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). At the end of the Summer term, Angela joined the CAFE Program as a College Advisor and was promoted to Program Coordinator in June 2021.

We spend so much of our life in school and we spend that time building our character and mentality through the people we meet. For me, that became the setting where I wanted to make an impact and be one of those positive examples for young people growing up today.”

During her tenure with the CAFE Program, Angela worked through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many programs, CAFE paused all in-person programming and switched to a remote and digital curriculum. Angela and one other College Advisor provided all of the workshops to a cohort of 50 participants in 2020. As the pandemic subsided, Angela helped CAFE expand its programming and staff, adding three College Advisors to focus on retention. As the Program Coordinator, she now supervises a team of eight staff working with over 200 enrolled participants year-round.

I was always interested in why people do certain things. In my work, I am able to mesh education and psychology and help people explore their future selves and that’s what I love about CAFE.”

Now in her work preparing students for future education opportunities, Angela is bringing her own story around full-circle. The common ground that she shares with her participants is part of what makes her so effective as a counselor and advisor. Participants can relate to her story and the expectations that she feels as an immigrant and as one of the first members of her family to go to college.

Outside of work, Angela likes to sing karaoke with her friends. Between work and school, she does strength training and also enjoys cooking new recipes from different countries.

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