Hello to Judy’s blog world! I am thrilled and honored to be a guest blogger!
My name is Ashley Emmert and I am the children’s director for Graffiti 2 Community Ministries. Graffiti 2 is a non-profit organization and a church that is serving the Mott Haven neighborhood in the South Bronx. Graffiti 2 started in 2005 and I have been involved since 2007.
Our ministry is very youth and children focused. We have after school programs for students from 1st-12th grades during the school year and a summer program that provides sports camps for the community. We do outreaches for the community for special events including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Right now we are getting ready for our Easter Egg Hunt. This year will be our 8th annual Easter Egg Hunt and we are planning for 2,000 people to attend!
In our after school programs we focus on homework help, Bible study, and we offer enrichment classes (think mini-extra curricular activities). We try to minister to the whole family, not just the kids and teens in the program. To accomplish that we require all parents of kids in the after school program to volunteer one day a week. This helps us staff the programs but also provides opportunities for us to build relationships with the parents.
Other weekly activities include Sunday services at 10 am, TNT (Thursday Nights Together) at 6 pm on Thursdays, and a Walk and Talk group for moms twice a week.
Graffiti 2 is funded primarily through individual donations and church partnerships. Each of our 6 staff members fundraise our own salary to work with Graffiti 2. Something I am doing this week to help in my fundraising is called Celebrate 27. I will turn 27 on Wednesday so I am asking my network to give $27 to support the ministry of Graffiti 2. To read more about Celebrate 27, visit my blog http://ashleyinnewyork.blogspot.com
For more info on Graffiti 2 you can check in with our website, http://www.graffiti2ministries.org where we post blogs about what is happening here. Giving can also be done online (under the giving tab) through PayPal or by mailing a check to:
PO Box 541559
Bronx, NY 10454