THE AGAPE PROJECT NY
Awareness | Support | Change
ABOUT THE AGAPE PROJECT NY
The Agape Project NY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization seeking to help families facing food and housing insecurity. Our area of efforts straddles the Westchester-Putnam border and ranges from Mount Kisco to Danbury to Brewster and has reached as far north as Poughkeepsie. We identify community action partners in our geographic area and occasionally secure commercial partners to help us achieve our objectives. We combine the personal and professional networks of our volunteers and utilize word of mouth and shared social media to promote our activities. We set practical but aggressive targets to ensure a win-win for the groups we assist and ensure that our commercial partners are recognized in the community for their generous participation.
Past events have included a pizza drive thanking first responders, securing summer camp sponsorships for local children without the resources to otherwise attend, an annual back-to-school supply & backpack drive for Putnam County children without stable housing, the yearly delivery of organic Thanksgiving dinners to individuals in transitional communities and shelters, a clothing drive for local homeless shelters securing over 13,000 articles of clothing and new toiletries, and facilitating donations of over 4,000 farm eggs to food pantries ranging from North Salem to Newburgh.
OUR AREAS OF FOCUS
Bringing Awareness, Support & Change
RESPONDING TO FOOD & HOUSING INSECURITY
Assisting local food pantries, shelters and other organizations serving families in our community
CONNECTING AUTISTIC CHILDREN WITH ENHANCED EXPERIENCES
Offering a program for local organizations in developing and implementing site specific sensory paths and connecting parents of autistic children with specialized support and services
WALK WITH ME:
SENSORY PATHS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
We are excited to announce the establishment of our “Project Walk with Me” initiative, an annual program developing and implementing an outdoor Sensory Path for a program/organization servicing children with Autism. Our inaugural project kicks off this spring to benefit Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster, NY with a completion date in mid-June 2022. The Sensory Path will consist of looping pathways guiding participants from station to station, with tactile and musical elements, a bridge, low obstacles, exploration boxes, and more. Particular to Pegasus’ core programs, participants will guide their assigned horses (mounted or unmounted) along the paths, enhancing their experience and interactions. The center of the Sensory Path map will also feature a butterfly pollinator garden aiming to attract monarch butterflies and other beneficial insects. To achieve this project, volunteers will gather over several days to transform an open paddock, creating the paths, spreading footing, installing sensory elements, and planting seedlings.
Outdoor sensory paths for children are not only fun to explore, but they also provide opportunities for children to build sensory connections in the brain, challenge their balance and spatial awareness skills and experience many different tactile sensations in the one area. Sensory play is also calming, improves ability and desire to communicate, boosts their motor skills, and helps children with Autism retain more as they learn. In addition, outdoor sensory paths tend to stimulate more opportunities for gross motor movement, refocusing of energy, create therapeutically purposeful activities, and opportunities to socialize and collaborate with peers.
The Agape Project NY has created the annual “Project Walk With ME” initiative with the goal of partnering each year with a new organization or program servicing children with Autism to create a Sensory Path for their students. We look forward to tailoring each project to the site and therapeutic goals of each of our partners. If you would like to become involved with “Project Walk With Me” for either current or future initiatives, please send us an email. Volunteers, collaborators, and material donations are always needed and appreciated.
THANK YOU DONORS!
Our second annual "A Thanksgiving to Share" would not have been a success if it weren't for our donors. With these meals, you proved that a community of good hearted individuals can and do make a difference. Thank you to: