Help a Child in Need

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

Our Video Tells the Story

Help a Child in Need

Things of My Very Own, Inc. provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect.

Services are also available to children who are, solely due to the lack of items necessary for sustainability, at risk of a Child Protective Services intervention.

Our goal is to keep children together with non-abusive family members, and out of the foster care system, whenever possible.

Our Video Tells the Story

Help Us to Reach Our Urgent Fundraising Goal!

Our Fundraising Goal: $20,000 for our Rooftop Heating Unit

3% funded
heating unit destroyed by lightning

Rooftop heating unit hit by lightning. Click to view larger image.

One of the organization’s rooftop heating units is in desperate need of replacement.

Rooftop units typically last 10-15 years, ours is over 25 years old and was recently hit by lightning.

PMA Mechanical generously worked on the unit to keep it running for the next couple of months, but the unit is in desperate need of replacement. The cost of a replacement unit, plus the crane to get it on top of the roof, is estimated to be approximately $20,000.

Please, help us avoid future loss by contributing toward the cost of a new rooftop unit.

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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Founder’s Story

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We are excited to announce that Things of My Very Own was chosen as a finalist in the United Way’s Perfect Pitch competition. Perfect Pitch is a Shark Tank style event where six local nonprofit agencies will "pitch" their idea to our panel of sharks. One agency will receive a $10,000 grant from United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

This will be our first time publicly speaking about our newest program that will take an added approach to keeping children in crisis together with their non-abusive parents and out of the foster care system.

Get your tickets today and come cheer us on! Be one of the first to hear how we are preparing to change the way children and families in crisis are treated throughout our community.

Most important, text THINGS to 41444 to donate, so the judges will be able to see how many of you are supporting our efforts.
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$2.58 per backpack! Let’s see how many we can get to encourage these children.

Ready. Set. Donate!
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URGENT CASE

(Case details are being shared with permission from Mom)

We have an urgent case involving a strong and lively mother of two boys whose situation had made local news. The children’s father has been sentenced to 40 years in prison due to an awful crime. In order to preserve the privacy of this family, we are unable to disclose further details. Mom is asking for the community’s help in obtaining what she needs for her and her children.

Family# 4542019

Two-year-old boy
Shirts: 2T
Pants: 2T
Undergarments: 2T
Shoes: 8c

Six-month-old boy
Shirts: 12mo
Pants: 12mo
Diapers: 4
Shoes: None

Mom
Shirts: 18 Woman’s
Pants: 18 Woman’s
Bra: 44H
Shoes: 10
(prefers skirts and dresses)

Notes: This family has endured a tragedy where Mom is left to pick up the pieces, yet she carries herself in such a way that you would have no idea what she has been through. Mom stated she is trying to be strong for her children, that breaking down is not an option; her children need her. She is extraordinarily grounded and attentive to meeting her children’s needs. The six-month-old is unaware of what has happened but her two-year-old son has picked up on a few things and misses Daddy. Everyday is a new battle to conquer as this family begins to get up and work towards healing. Mom and the children are currently in need of bedding, clothing, diapers, personal hygiene supplies, etc. The family would greatly benefit from age-appropriate toys and teethers for the youngest.

Things of My Very Own has negotiated with companies and is able to purchase many of these needed items at a fraction of retail prices. For this reason, monetary donations go MUCH further. Please make a monetary donation today to help provide these children with what they need to keep this family together and begin healing.

If you have any of the needed items on-hand, donations may be brought or mailed to the following address:

Things of My Very Own, Inc.
249 Green Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

Donation drop-off hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-noon.

We thank you in advance for helping this family begin to heal.

** If you are dropping off or mailing items for this specific family, please be sure to include “family # 4542019”, on the package**
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Thank you to Lauren Kane of Jersey City, NJ, for her generous donation of personal hygiene supplies to children in crisis. Thanks to her selflessness, several children and teens in crisis will have things of their very own.💕

We are completely out of conditioner, deodorant, hairbrushes and several other personal hygiene products. Please, make a donation today so that we can continue to help these sweet children who have endured so much.
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