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The Long Island Community Chest (LICC) was founded by Matt Silver and Jamie Austin, when they realized there were many families that were slipping through the cracks, needing a little help to get them back on the right track.

They wanted to prevent short-term family crises from turning into long-term problems. So they set upon creating an organization that would provide opportunities for individuals and companies to give back to the local community in a positive and uplifting way. Today Long Island Community Chest is made up of individuals and companies based on Long Island who are making a difference.

LICC is an on-going fund that provides immediate, short-term financial support to needy individuals and families on Long Island. It is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization interested in helping people who have nowhere else to turn for support.These are the individuals in the community who have exhausted all traditional means of help.

Fight for Charity is seeking to break its fundraising record in support of Long Island charities. This nonprofit organization has already donated over $1 million to Long Island charities since its founding in 2003.

Long Island Community Chest Mission Statement:

“To establish an on-going fund to provide immediate, short term financial support to needy individuals and families on Long Island, assisting them in returning to their normal life practices.”

For more info about LICC, visit

The mission of Eden II/Genesis Program is to provide people with autism specialized community-based programs and other opportunities, with the goal of enabling them to achieve the highest possible quality across their life spans.

Our Mission

We maintain that the key to breaking the cycle of homelessness is not only to provide short-term assistance to homeless families and Veterans, but also to work at eliminating its root causes so these individuals can become, and remain, self-supporting. We identify, and then respond to, those at risk with programs that provide educational, technical, and emotional support. This empowers our families and Veterans, enabling them to function independently. Working in collaboration with the public and private sector, NEW GROUND works with existing agencies to better respond to the growing needs and challenges of Long Island’s homeless population.

What We Do

Utilizing a multi-faceted approach, we help our clients break the cycle of poverty, addressing all of the barriers that prevent them from leading successful lives. New Ground offers long-term solutions including the completion of higher education programs by adults and youth, financial literacy skill building, and career development opportunities. All critical life skills are a focus, with clients defining their needs to reach self-sufficiency in the future. Every client has a dedicated Social Worker, meeting weekly to accomplish the steps needed to achieve their program goals. We also help the children and youth in our families, ensuring they are on a successful path academically, mentally and physically to guarantee their future independence.


Angela’s House is a Long Island based 501(c)3 non–profit organization that assists families caring for children with special health care needs that are medically fragile, chronically ill or living with a life-threatening illness. They work to identity these families to help them obtain supportive services to improve the quality of life for these special children and their family.

For over 30 years, Angela’s House has been a strong force throughout Nassau and Suffolk County helping children to get the care that they need to live the best life possible daily. Each year they assist over 750 children who live at home with their families across their different programs. For children who no longer can be cared for at home, they have three specialty homes, in Stony Brook, Smithtown and East Moriches, where they have access to the critical care that they need 24/7. These homes are medically equipped to care for these extraordinary children, and also provide a home away from home which gives comfort to their families.

Angela’s House fundraises year-round for their Everyday Wishes program via a multitude of events, grants and corporate support to assist them in increasing their capacity to provide their families with services/supports such as (but not limited to) medical supplies, therapeutic equipment, home modifications, respite, counseling, advocacy, service coordination, crisis assistance, special camps, and other resources for their medically fragile children that cannot be funded by other means. Founded in 1992 in honor of Angela Policastro, a beautiful angel who left us too soon, they have been able to assist over 15,000 children and families and give peace to parents and guardians, that their child could receive the care they need.

In 2019, their social enterprise, the Angela’s House Home Store, was opened to help raise funds for their Everyday Wishes program. The home store, located in Medford, is a home improvement, retail outlet that sells new and gently-used donated merchandise for prices up to 70 % off. Giving special meaning to shopping for your home, stop in to see their ever-changing inventory and help make a difference for the amazing children Angela’s House works with!

Angela's House Mission Statement

To identify families caring for their children who may have a severe disability or medical condition so that we may help them obtain supportive services to improve the quality of life for the children and their family.

Visit their website at and follow them on social media Facebook: Angela’s House / Instagram: @angelashouseli & Angela’s House Home Store on Facebook & Instagram to find out more and get involved!

Mission Statement

To recognize, honor and care for the individuals in the local community who have served in the defense of the United States of America or have otherwise served the people of the United States of America.

To acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of these returning veterans by providing support and financial assistance; to raise funds for such work.

For further information, contact:

Joe Grignoli at 631-465-8944 or

Jeff Richter at 631-396-6816 or

About Us

Welcome to The Ferro Foundation, a dedicated and compassionate non-profit organization committed to making a positive impact in the lives of veterans on Long Island, first-generation college students, and other underserved groups. Our mission is rooted in providing essential support and resources to these distinct yet equally deserving communities, fostering empowerment, growth, and a brighter future.

Our Mission

At The Ferro Foundation, our mission is multifaceted. We strive to honor the sacrifices and contributions of our veterans by offering comprehensive services that address their unique needs and assist them in successfully transitioning to civilian life. Additionally, we are deeply committed to breaking down the barriers that often hinder first-generation college students from achieving their educational dreams. By offering financial assistance, mentorship, and guidance, we empower these students to pursue higher education and unlock their full potential.

Supporting Vulnerable Communities

We recognize that there are other groups across Long Island that require our support. In collaboration with organizations such as the Family Service League and Tri-CYA, we extend our reach to provide assistance and security to less fortunate families. By joining forces, we amplify our impact, ensuring that those facing challenging circumstances receive the help they need to thrive.

Empowering First-Generation College Students

Education is a powerful tool for social and economic mobility, and we are passionate about making it accessible to all. Our commitment to first-generation college students is demonstrated through initiatives such as the Clark Gillies Scholarship. We are proud to have recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Farmingdale State College, establishing the Clark Gillies Scholarship in honor of the legendary hockey player’s contributions to our community. This scholarship serves as a beacon of hope, providing financial assistance to deserving first-generation college students, helping them overcome financial obstacles and pursue their academic dreams.

Get Involved

We believe that positive change is a collective effort. Join us in our mission to support veterans, first-generation college students, and other vulnerable groups by volunteering your time, making a donation, or becoming a mentor. Every contribution, no matter how small, can make a significant impact and help us create a better future for those who have served our country, for those striving to achieve their educational aspirations, and for families in need of support and security.

To learn more about our initiatives, recent developments, and ways to get involved, please explore our website or visit our most recent work: here that highlights our partnership with Farmingdale State College.

Together, we can make a difference and create lasting change in the lives of veterans, first-generation college students, and vulnerable communities across Long Island. Thank you for being a part of our journey.