Newsday is dedicated to serving the public's interest through our reporting as well as our responsible engagement in the community. The mission of Community Affairs is to be visible, accessible and responsive to our constituents -- readers, advertisers and the community at large. We do that every day through a number of engaging community initiatives.
Newsday Charities is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged Long Islanders. Grants are made to local nonprofit organizations that provide vital programs in the areas of hunger, housing, child/youth education and child abuse prevention/treatment to help at-risk Long Islanders strengthen their lives and become self-sufficient. Funds are raised through two public campaigns - Kids Campaign and Help-A-Family. Every dollar donated is matched 50 cents on the dollar by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Newsday and the Foundation pay all expenses, so 100% of the money raised, plus the match, goes to those that need it most. You give. It's matched. Long Islanders win!
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The Help-A-Family effort supports programs that provide assistance for Long Islanders who are in need of shelter, lack proper education and skills, and struggle to keep their kids safe and fed.
Kids Campaign is raising funds to support Long Island's most vulnerable kids with educational, enriching and fun programs to keep them learning, safe and cared for.
Marching Band Festival
Since 1963 Newsday has welcomed some of Long Island's finest marching bands to a 3 night, live performance spectacle. Featuring 40+ bands during the course of the festival, the efforts of the performers help raise money for their individual band programs and Newsday Charities.
In celebration of arts education, Newsday has teamed with the Long Island Arts Alliance to feature two talented Long Island students each month of the school year.
>> Click here to visit the Scholar Artists page
In the mid-nineties Newsday created the FutureCorps program, the largest student-driven community service effort in our region. It's an amazing success story with over 1,000,000 Long Island kids participating in this grass roots program working together to strengthen Long Island.
Newsday's FutureCorps program provides the platform for positive and meaningful recognition for schools, classes, clubs and districts. Three times a week Newsday features an outstanding school community service project in a full-page profile in the paper. The profile will also appear on our web site, newsday.com/futurecorps.
FutureCorps students answer a call to action. Through their innovative and pro-active service they feed the hungry and homeless, develop anti-bullying and cultural diversity programs, step in to help out when natural disaster occur, clean up beaches and parks, fill backpacks with toiletries for children in shelters, mentor younger students, recycle, and develop one-on-one relationships with seniors and the developmentally disabled. In short, they are using their own ideas and efforts to change their worlds!
>> Click here to visit FutureCorps
Throughout October, Newsday raises awareness, provides useful information and celebrates survivors of one of Long Island's most serious health issues. Courageous local survivors share poignant stories, life-changing lessons and inspiration on winning the fight against breast cancer.
>> Click here to visit Life's Victories