As the pandemic continues to economically devastate families living below the poverty line, Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) is privileged to announce the commencement of our Season 11. LPI has completely reinvented to accommodate ever-expanding needs during this continuing health emergency.
With the key contribution of stalwart partner since the beginning of our journey, Livingston’s West Essex Tribune, and a 501(c)(3) affiliate of Livingston's Healthy Community Healthy Youth (HC/HY) initiative, LPI’s mission continues to be “providing for the homeless, profoundly poor, and disenfranchised.” This is New Jersey’s poorest population, whether it’s families experiencing difficult times or citizens either sleeping out on the streets or in homeless shelters.
While Livingston Philanthropies volunteers traditionally received and delivered warm coats by the thousands, winter accessories including gloves, hats and scarves, toiletries, cosmetics, family clothing, and more, our organization, in March of 2019, experienced a quick Covid19 paradigm shift along with just about every entity throughout much of the country. Now, as the pandemic chugs along, LPI has been delivering cases of fresh produce, food, pantry items, diapers, new coats, winter accessories, and baby items directly to our network of distribution partners in Newark.
All made possible through the generous and continuing financial support of neighbors, service organizations, businesses, family giving funds and individual contributions.
Food has been new for LPI, but vital to accommodate not only the homeless, but also the growing number of families finding themselves on food pantry lines for the first time in their lives. Their jobs may be gone or paying minimum-wage, yet their families still need to eat and continue to suffer from food insecurity.
What about infants, babies, and young children? They require diapers, lotion, baby wipes and clothing. Indeed, newborns and infants are in dire need, too. That’s why LPI continues to provide diapers in all sizes, along with other sought-after, very real, and quite expensive items. In fact, diapers are financially out of reach for many. Due to price increases of about 20%, much higher than our across-the-board 6.9% inflation rate, LPI volunteers experience “sticker-shock” when purchasing diapers, even by the wholesale case. For those neighbors visiting food stores, have a look at the prices when passing by the baby aisle. It is a proverbial eye-opener.
Kind donors have partnered with LPI through our “Personal Shopping for the Homeless” initiative. Taking advantage of the multitude of online sales, altruistic friends and neighbors are ordering warm coats, gloves, hats, scarves and diapers so LPI can deliver directly to our distribution partners serving the hopelessly poor and those living out on the cold streets.
For those who want to empower LPI volunteers to do the personal shopping for them, please visit our website at njhomeless.org to make a contribution, or handle it directly on Paypal at paypal.me/njhomeless. Donations are tax-deductible.
Thanks to all for making our dream come true, as Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI) continues our eleventh season of giving. Importantly, a heartfelt thanks to LPI’s volunteers who unselfishly make it all happen year after year.
Jeff Friedman, Founder & CEO
Livingston Philanthropies, Inc. (LPI)
Reinventing during the pandemic