At projectUmbrella, our mission is to lend a helping hand to the homeless communities of New York City and Seattle. Starting from 2015 in New York City, we've been handing out care packages containing seasonal essentials, such as umbrellas for the winter and sunscreen for the summer, and as of 2021, we expanded to helping the homeless community in Seattle as well. While handing out care packages, we do our best to go beyond giving by focusing on getting to know our homeless community and listening to their stories. Through our mission, we hope to inspire others to appreciate how much acknowledgement and a simple conversation can mean to our homeless community.
We believe that everyone deserves to have their story heard.
Meet The New York City Team
What have we done recently?
With the help of the Spanish Community Center - Shore AHEC, we handed out 175 care packages—our largest number yet!—to the nearby Spanish-speaking, underserved, and homeless communities as they received their COVID-19 vaccines at Saint Joachim Parish Annunciation Church in Bellmawr, New Jersey.
With the help of Drs. Anna Ayum, Rebecca Hellmann, Fanny Mantilla, and Tiruwork Wondemunegne, we delivered 48 care packages to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx to be given to homeless patients upon discharge. In light of COVID-19 precautions, we included a personal letter, postcard, and pre-stamped envelope with our return address so whoever received a package could feel that they had someone to talk to.
With the help of TD Bank, we handed out 44 bags to our homeless neighbors near Grand Central Station, Bryant Park, and Times Square. We met a professor, a poet, a published author, and many more amazing people!
We were able to lend a hand to 50 of our homeless neighbors and provide companionship to them as they told us their stories. We met a comedian, a chef, a singer-songwriter, and many more!