Pass The Torch foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization located in Queens NY, dedicated in collecting and distributing clothes and essentials to families in need. We accept drop-off donations seven days a week, offer free pick up services for large donations. Our deeply committed volunteers helps ready these goods for donations. Pass The Torch welcomes and supports homeless and low-income individuals of all ages, genders, races, and sexual orientations. Our organization seeks to demonstrate love, hospitality, and justice in all its practices.
We plan to fulfill our exclusively charitable and educational purposes through a variety of outreach initiatives, which include:
- Providing food, clothing, hygiene items, and household goods to indigent individuals;
- Providing resources and referrals through which individuals can access education and job placement assistance;
- Advocating for immigrants.
Pass the Torch Foundation plans on offering emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, hygiene items, and household goods to those in need. To this end, we will conduct drives through which we solicit in-kind contributions of the aforementioned items. We will work closely with local churches, social service agencies, and other community-based organizations to identify individuals in need.
Those who are referred to our foundation seeking assistance typically contact our agency via phone. Our volunteers conduct an initial intake interview via telephone to attempt to identify the individual’s immediate needs. A formal application process will be completed, through which the individual will provide basic information, as well as documentation that their household income does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty guideline for a household of their size. Upon completion of this assessment we will try and provide whatever assistance we can offer, whether it is food, clothing, household items, or other goods. These activities will initially take place in a small office space which we hope to acquire use of from a local church or charitable organization.
In addition to the direct assistance which we will offer through our organization, we also plan to provide our clients with complementary resources, including referrals to other charitable agencies, as needed. We plan to develop referral relationships with other charitable agencies and provide referrals to these agencies as needed to assist low income individuals we work with in identifying and securing other essential resources, such as GED preparation courses, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, resume development and job search assistance, affordable housing, etc.
Once a client has received emergency assistance from our foundation, and has subsequently been moved into the resource provision phase, we will follow up with them regularly to monitor their progress and identify any further unmet needs that they may be experiencing.
As our local community has a large Caribbean population, our organization will also advocate for the needs of the local immigrant population. Advocacy will be limited to the provision of advice, support, encouragement, referrals, and distribution of information to individuals, families, and relational groups. In the future, we foresee making charitable donations to exclusively charitable organizations in foreign countries, such as orphanages, predominantly Haiti and others in the Caribbean.
Our services will be marketed to the public at large via word of mouth, fliers, a website, social media, and radio or television public service announcements. There will be no fees associated with our services, and all activities will be conducted by volunteers.