This weekend, hundreds of kids, teens and families from across Greenwich will take part in Robin Hood’s Lemonaid program to raise funds for New Yorkers in need.
By selling glasses of lemonade to their neighbors, kids of all ages will make a meaningful difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers living in poverty.
Since it first began more than 10 years ago, some of the tri-state’s youngest poverty fighters have raised more than $1,000,000 through Lemonaid – one refreshing glass at a time – making it possible for Robin Hood to fund the most effective and innovative schools, job training programs, physical and mental health support services, and other vital programs that help lift New Yorkers out of poverty.
“It’s incredible that something as fun as a lemonade stand could make such a profound difference in fighting poverty,” said Olivia Weiser from Greenwich Academy. “Last year, I had volunteers ranging from my six-year old cousin to my seventy-year old grandma. I found the event so meaningful that I couldn’t wait to organize a stand representing my entire school this time!”
Lemonaid stands and volunteers will be set up throughout Greenwich on Saturday along Greenwich Ave, in Riverside at the corner of Dialstone and Lockwood, and in Belle Haven, as well as other locations on Saturday, May 30.
In 2014, Lemonaid raised more than $100,000 – enough to provide 800,000 nutritious meals to New Yorkers in need. And once again, every penny raised through Lemonaid will fund food pantries, soup kitchens, and other emergency food providers throughout the five boroughs.
“LemonAid is one of our favorite events of the year because it’s an easy and fun way for children and their families to help others,” said David Saltzman, Executive Director of Robin Hood. “All of us at Robin Hood appreciate the giving spirit of kids and thank them for their enthusiasm, creativity and concern for others. They inspire us.”
Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful and measurable results for families in New York’s poorest neighborhoods. Since its founding, Robin Hood has raised more than $2 billion in dollars, goods and services to provide hundreds of the most effective soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job-training programs and other vital services that give New York’s neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives. Robin Hood’s board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping New Yorkers in need.