Danny Errico, a Rutgers alumni, is providing scholarships and other assistance in the New York area for children, teens and their families.
Danny Errico, Rutgers alumni with a master’s in computer science and star football player, has a fitness chain, Equinox Fitness, in the New York City area. His gyms specialize in providing the most convenient, local access, state-of-the-art amenities and equipment and the top fitness trainers in the area.
Errico also gives back to the New York City community through his scholarship and the Garden Island Foundation.
Danny Errico Academic Scholarship
Errico’s scholarship is a $10,000 grant that is available to any full-time college student who is a U.S. citizen. The scholarship is for undergraduate or graduate students. One student is accepted per year. Students are required to submit a 500-word essay explaining how they will use the scholarship’s proceeds. They also must submit a short video. The deadline for the scholarship for the 2020 year is March 31.
The Garden Island Foundation
Homelessness in New York City
According to The Nation, New York City has become the tale of two cities – one for the wealthy and one for the poor. If one considers only the statistics that show us who are temporarily housed in the New York City shelter system, we get a figure of close to 60,000 people. This does not consider people who are in other shelters throughout town, those who are literally on the streets or those who are discretely living in their vehicles or in other forms of temporary housing.
The reason for homelessness does not have so much to do with derelict people who are lost to alcohol and drugs, although that is a portion of the problem. The issue is that the rents have gone up rapidly, while assistance from the federal government and the New York State rental assistance program has dramatically declined. According to Coalition for the Homeless, the main cause of homelessness, especially families who are homeless, is that they lack affordable housing.
Impacts on Families and Children
More and more families have ended up on the streets. Some sources have even estimated that one in every seven of the elementary children in New York City have been homeless at one time. Coalition for the Homeless states that two-thirds of those who are in the New York City homeless shelters are families. Also, homelessness in NYC is the highest it has ever been since the Great Depression.
Families that are homeless often are faced with one or more changes in their child’s school. When children change schools, they experience discontinuity in what they are learning during the school year. Also, families in shelters have difficulties getting adequate transportation to get their children to school. When shelters close, families must often change their child’s school again. This is all occurring in a situation where rapidly rising rents and lowering wages people force families and students into tough situations.
Low-Income Children in New York City
Those statistics just represented the homeless children. The children living in low-income situations is closer to 72 percent in New York City, according to the state’s WIC statistics. Those are the children who qualify for free or reduced school lunches.
In order to address this severe problem and support families, Danny Errico has created the Garden Foundation. The goal of his foundation is to support children, schools and families in low-income areas of New York City.
For example, his foundation supports low-income neighborhoods by providing money to buy books, fund special programs and pay off school lunch balances for parents that are having trouble making those payments for their children.
The Foundation also provides assistance to families in order to support the children’s ability to succeed in school and in life. The Foundation has a special focus upon children who are homeless or who are living in temporary shelters.
Future Goals of the Foundation –
Future goals of Danny Errico’s Garden Island Foundation include working directly with front-line educators in low-income neighborhoods and maintaining a vision of how to help children stay healthy and get a good education.