Brightening Birthdays

Celebrating children in our family and domestic violence shelters

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Birthday parties are a normal, happy part of childhood, and the gift of a birthday party can provide hope in the unsettled lives of children who are homeless. Volunteers of America-Greater New York launched Brightening Birthdays to bring birthday parties into our family and domestic violence shelters.

Each month, all of the children in a shelter with birthdays that month are treated to a celebration complete with presents, goody bags, pizza and cake.

Corporate partners help out by underwriting costs and providing volunteers, who join in the fun with crafts, face-painting, and party games. Wonderful team-building experiences, the parties are memorable and rewarding. If your organization would like to help brighten these children's birthdays by underwriting the cost of a party and fielding volunteers, please email If you are interested in creating "Birthdays in a Box", which provide all of the fixings for a fun party, learn more here.

Since the inaugural birthday party at Regent Family Residence, hundreds of children and their families have enjoyed parties where volunteers helped them celebrate with crafts, face-painting, presents, pizza, and beautiful desserts donated by Gristedes. Members of the local community can help make these family celebrations a success by volunteering, donating supplies or making a financial contribution. View our Amazon Wishlist to help you shop

Help brighten a birthday today!