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  • Writer's pictureJeffrey Reynolds

I’m doing the NYC Triathlon for Family & Children’s Association

In the wee hours of July 24, 2016 I will brave the waters of the mighty Hudson River for a mile-long swim before biking 25 miles along Manhattan’s West Side highway and then lacing up my running shoes for a 6.2 mile run through New York’s famed Central Park in the final stage of this iconic race. I will do all of this as quickly as possible while raising vital funds for one of Long Island’s oldest and best respected charities – Family and Children’s Association (FCA).

Serving our community for more than 130 years, Family & Children’s is dedicated to protecting and strengthening Long Island’s most vulnerable children, seniors, families, and communities. I proudly became the organization’s President/CEO in July, 2014 and was immediately struck by the comprehensive array of services offered by FCA along with the passion, intelligence and integrity of such a fine team. Among the services offered by FCA are the following:

  1. Nassau County’s only shelter for runaway/homeless youth.

  2. A transitional residence for young adults.

  3. Two licensed substance abuse treatment centers.

  4. A residence for homeless veterans

  5. A co-op nursery for moms in our substance abuse treatment program and recent immigrants.

  6. A mental health case management program for children and a respite program for their families.

  7. A full suite of senior citizen programs, including volunteer ombudspersons in nursing homes, bill payer services, case management services and more.

  8. Family counseling and mediation.

  9. Scholarships, vocational counseling, job training and placement.

  10. Case management for young people transitioning out of foster care.

FCA offers several other programs serving diverse populations, and all are laser-focused on strengthening individuals, families and communities. We offer one-stop shopping and immediate assistance for Long Island families, which means fewer barriers to care, lean and imaginative management and cost-effectiveness. In short, your donated dollar goes further at FCA.

I’ve taken on this challenge because I’ve seen first-hand how our staff at FCA change lives, how our volunteers pour their hearts and souls into making a difference and how a community coming together can achieve unbelievable things. Your support will propel me across the finish line on July 24th and provide a helping hand to your neighbors in need. I hope I can count on you!

Click here to help me reach my goal to raise $3,000 for FCA.

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