Memorial Fund

 

The Julia Rusinek Memorial Fund is formed to celebrate the life of Julia Rusinek and to honor the ideals for which she lived. Julia was a gifted writer, an athlete, and, above all, a selfless humanitarian. She devoted herself to improving the lives of those in need. As a college student, she dedicated her summers and anytime free of studies to working with or on behalf of underprivileged children. Among her many activities, Julia was a counselor at a Fresh Air Fund camp, an intern with both the Children's Defense Fund and the Children's Law Center, and an active participant in the Peace Games at Yale.

The Fund was established so that Julia's commitment to children could live on through direct interactions with children and financial support of educational activities and enrichment programs. It is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization with virtually no operating expenses. Since the Fund’s inception in 1999, we have worked closely with a number of day care centers and after-school programs for disadvantaged children. These include Harriet Tubman Day Care Center, located in a shelter for homeless families (closed in 2007); Harbor Oasis Day Care, a center located in a low-income housing project in East Harlem; Hour Children, an organization based in Long Island City serving children of incarcerated mothers; English Language Learners classes at Flushing High School, in Flushing, NY; and LEAP (Leadership, Education, Athletics in Partnership), an academic and social enrichment program for children and youth from high poverty neighborhoods in New Haven, CT.

The Julia Rusinek Memorial Fund is formed to celebrate the life of Julia Rusinek and to honor the ideals for which she lived. Julia was a gifted writer, an athlete, and, above all, a selfless humanitarian. She devoted herself to improving the lives of those in need. As a college student she dedicated her summers and any time free of studies to working with or on behalf of underprivileged children. Among her many activities, Julia was a counselor at a Fresh Air Fund camp, an intern with both the Children's Defense Fund and the Children's Law Center, and an active participant in the Peace Games at Yale.

The Fund was established so that Julia's commitment to children could live on through direct interactions with children and financial support of educational activities and enrichment programs. It is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization organization with virtually no operating expenses. Since the Fund’s inception in 1999, we have worked closely with a number of day care centers and after school programs for disadvantaged children. These include Harriet Tubman Day Care Center, located in a shelter for homeless families (closed in 2007); Harbor Oasis Day Care, a center located in a low-income housing project in East Harlem; Hour Children, an organization based in Long Island City serving children of incarcerated mothers; English Language Learners classes at Flushing High School, in Flushing, NY; and LEAP (Leadership, Education, Athletics in Partnership), an academic and social enrichment program for children and youth from high poverty neighborhoods in New Haven, CT.

Our mission is to help these children to develop a love of books, nature, and the performing arts. With this goal in mind, we conduct weekly book readings followed by discussions; we replenish libraries with the latest and the best in children’s literature; we give the children books as Christmas presents; we enroll them for programs at the New York Botanical Gardens; and we organize trips to children’s concerts at Carnegie Hall.

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