Our Community Partners
Our close relationships with community partners exponentially increases the impact of our programs and services. Little Essentials is unable to donate directly to individuals. If you are in need of baby gear for your family, please see the list of organizations below that may be of assistance.
We've listed our partners in alphabetical order below. Learn more about the incredible work they do.
Brooklyn Community Services
Brooklyn Community Services empowers at-risk children, youth and families, as well as adults with mental illness or developmental disabilities, to overcome the obstacles they face.
Caribbean Women's Health Association (CWHA)
CWHA has served as an urban problem solver, creating innovative solutions to community issues with a focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through building diverse partnership and grassroots leadership initiatives. CWHA conducts programs that aim to improve the well being of individuals, to strengthen families and empower communities. These programs are uniquely designed to provide comprehensive, integrated, culturally appropriate and coordinated “one-stop” service.
Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS)
CUCS' mission is to rebuild the lives of homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. They develop affordable housing and provide integrated programs that link housing, health and social services for New York’s homeless and most vulnerable people.
City Living NY
City Living NY is dedicated to helping youth aging out of the foster care system to achieve their personal goals and reach for their dreams.
CASA ensures that children in foster care have their needs met and rights protected; that they move out of foster care and into permanent, safe and loving homes as quickly as possible; and that young people aging out of foster care have the resources and support they need to live independently. Family Court Judges assign CASA to assist with the most complex cases.
El Nido provides a place of hope and community in Washington Heights for families and their young children (ages 0-3 years) who are at or below the federal poverty line.
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)
GEMS empowers girls and young women ages 12–24 who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.
The Jewish Board provides critical health and human services for all New Yorkers, regardless of religion, ethnicity, cultural background, gender identification, ability or age. Horizons Domestic Violence Shelter provides emergency shelter for female or male victims of domestic violence and their children.
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance. The program expanded to Brownsville, Brooklyn in 2017.
Legal Aid Society
The Juvenile Rights Practice represents 90 percent of the children who appear before the Family Court in New York City on child protective, termination of parental rights, PINS (person in need of supervision), and juvenile delinquency petitions. The Juvenile Right Practice has grown into one of the nations' leading organizations in the field of child advocacy.
Healthy Steps is an innovative national program focused on early childhood behavioral health. Healthy Steps integrates a specially trained child development professional, called a “Healthy Steps Specialist,” within the primary care team. This specialist partners with families during well-child visits, coordinates screening efforts, and problem-solves with parents for common and complex child-rearing and other challenges.
Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership-Greater Harlem Healthy Start
GHHS offers case management, health education and other services for pregnant and parenting women & men, as well as infants up to 2 years old. The goal of Healthy Start is to support families in achieving a healthy baby, and in reducing infant mortality and morbidity.
NYPD Clergy Task Force
This task force partners Brooklyn clergy with the NYPD to combat violence, especially among young men, and to promote improved cooperation and understanding between the police and the community.
Power of Two
Power of Two provides ABC, Attachment and Bio-Behavioral Catchup, a proven parenting program that gives children a foundation for success in school and life by fostering a strong and healthy attachment between parent and child. Power of Two helps build resilience in children, which in turn protects them from stress in their environment and promotes academic success, physical health, and social and emotional well-being. Families with a child under 2 years old in greater Brownsville, Brooklyn, or with a child under 4 who is involved in Foster Care in New York City, are eligible to participate.
Recovery House of Worship
Recovery House of Worship is a congregation dedicated to spreading the love of Christ and serving community members in need.
Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
The Alex House Project
The Alex House Project increases long-term family-sufficiency and independence for young mothers (25 and younger) and their children by providing parenting classes and leadership development in a safe and caring environment.
University Settlement - Early Head Start Family Child Care
University Settlement's Early Head Start offers eligible families with children under the age of three a range of programs and services at their centers and through home visits.
Brooklyn Community Services' Family Child Care Network has partnered with University Settlement Early Head Start program to provide support to families in the Fort Greene, Brooklyn area.
Youth Represent is dedicated to improving the lives and futures of young people affected by the criminal justice system.
If you are interested in becoming a Little Essentials partner, or to learn more about any of our offerings, we'd love to hear from you!