The Children’s Aid Society

Last week we had an opportunity to meet some amazing people. We took a trip to east Harlem to the Vitomarcantonio Community School to donate some of our backpacks. As you walk into this school you feel welcomed right away with the smiling faces of the staff and the bright paintings on the walls painted by the students and their families it’s hard not to smile.

We sat and listened to the parent teacher’s conference with the school rules and regulations and then the kids and parents were dismissed to go and meet their teachers. The kids were then made aware that they had some Manhattan Portage bags waiting for them. The looks on their faces were priceless. These kids appreciated these bags so much and looked extremely adorable wearing them as well. See for your self below:

We then were given a tour of the school… or shall we say, community? The staff truly does an amazing job at making this space feel like home to their students. The cafeteria has round tables so the kids can all see each other while they are eating and no one will feel left out, there is a lounge room with comfortable chairs and food for everyone to share, there is even a doctor and dentist office for the kids as well.

The staff and volunteers really are wonferful people doing great things everyday. To meet such inspiring people was so refreshing and inspiring to all of us here at Manhattan Portage.

We hope this story has inspired you. Little by little we can all help each other to make the world a happier place.


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Global Festival 2012

A good cause and great music? Sounds nice to us! On September 29th in Central Park, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young with Crazy Horse will headline one of this year’s hottest concerts, but don’t bother trying to buy tickets.

Fans will have to earn entry to this awesome concert by taking action against extreme poverty around the world through a website and app.

“The scale of things that they’re trying do just felt really cool, and we’re trying to get the ball rolling,” said Patrick Carney, The Black Keys’ drummer. “Especially with everything that’s been going on for the last three years, I suppose, after the stock market crashed. There’s attention on the amount of people living below the poverty line and the disparity between the rich and the poor and everything that’s going on now … . It just felt like the right time to do something.”

So, how do you do it? Fans can attend through a special lottery of 54,000 tickets. You will earn your way by a point system awarded for charitable acts performed through the Global Citizen website.To earn points you can making postings on social media, donate money to charity or sign a petition, among other simple activities.

The overall goal is to raise $500 million in practical solutions by leveraging commitments from the world’s leaders while they’re in New York.

Organizer, Hugh Evans said “A difference can be made for children trapped in extreme poverty with a polio vaccine that costs just 30 cents. A Tuesday news release announcing the project says there are an estimated 1.3 billion people living on the equivalent of less than $1.50 a day.

“I think what’s exciting is all the world leaders are going to be in town that week for the United Nations meeting,” Evans said in a phone interview. “And this concert and the associated campaign will give us the opportunity to ask these world leaders to make practical and tangible monetary commitments to the world’s poor and to the achievement of the UN’s Millenium Development Goals.”

We think it’s very important to give back to the community and help others in need, and if we can do this with an amazing concert at the same time- this is just genius!

For more information you can go here: Global Festival 2012!

Will you be there?