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The Green Angels are a 501c3 Nonprofit Charitable Organization founded by Bill Doyle & Marya Vande-Doyle in 2008. The Green Angels aims to enrich the lives of local children with quality gently used toys, books and clothes at no cost, while encouraging citizens to experience the benefits of giving back to their community by recycling household items. Additionally we provide infant items to young mothers such as diapers, pack ‘n plays, strollers and crib mattresses. We collect our gently used items throughout the year and use this as inventory to serve families in need. All items are free and delivered at no charge. We do our best to find suitable items for every request.
The Green Angels began as a simple concept to provide brightness for families overwhelmed with life’s challenges, which often leave children without gifts for the holidays. We were inspired by the many seasonal programs which collect new toys for children. Our philosophy was that even more people want to give back to their communities, yet they are looking for cost effective ways to do so. We believed there were many families, just like ours, who had closets full of perfectly good toys, books, games and puzzles of which their kids had outgrown. Eager to launch our plan, we began gathering toys from our own basement, while sharing the idea with friends and family. Our house quickly filled with donations and in December 2008 we held our first Annual “Free-Cycle” Program designed for local families in need of gifts for their children. Since then this holiday program alone has grown to serving 850+ kids in a single day!
The “Free-Cycle” program has evolved into referral program throughout the year. The Green Angels receive referrals on a daily basis from organizations like the Wayne Behavioral Health Network, Wayne County Public Health, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Victim Resource Center, Wayne County Rural Health Network and Wayne County School districts. We respond quickly with toys, books, supplies, food, clothes and infant items in an effort to provide a brighter future, at no cost to the family.
Altogether we now serve well over 1,000 children per year through the “Free-Cycle” program and our daily deliveries to local families!
The Green Angels is committed to empowering families by connecting them to health and human services. We created the “Community Resource Guide – Linking People and Resources in Wayne County” in 2009 which contains information on local assistance programs available to families in need. In collaboration with over 100 local organizations and community leaders. The guide may be found in schools, libraries, village halls, food pantries, churches, doctors’ offices and more. Soon after the first edition, there was significant demand for a web-based version of the guide. To date, we have printed 24,500 copies and are planning for the fourth edition for spring 2012.
In April 2010, we launched www.WayneResourceGuide.org, which is a web-based version of the printed guide. This site is used extensively and experienced nearly 1 million hits in its first full year. Both the guide and website are available for families at no charge. Many organizations utilize these as tools in their daily routine of linking individuals with programs around Wayne County.
The Green Angels believes there is a way to make the future brighter for families and their children in our area. We pride ourselves on being respectful and effective. Join with us today!
Do you want to help improve the health and quality of life for families in your area? Consider volunteering with The Green Angels today! We welcome the opportunity to work with individuals, youth organizations and companies in the following ways:
· Donate gently used items from your family
· Host a corporate giving week in your office
· Volunteer at our “Free-Cycle” program(s)
· Financially sponsor a family/child who needs items such as school supplies, backpacks, diapers, formula and mattresses
Contact us today to participate:
The Green Angels
P.O. Box 114
Palmyra, N.Y. 14522