2016 #MyGivingStory Award Winner

By Lisa Moore

My first experience with my organization came back in June of this year. A close family’s 3 month old was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, a type of cancer unknown to the medical field. I reached out to them for help and they came through with “emergency funds” to assist the family to help out with money for parking, gas, or food while the baby was undergoing treatment.

This began my relationship with Gullotta House. I became a Community Advisor where I refer families in need, and I volunteered my time at various fundraisers. The more I learned about Gullotta House, the more I wanted to be a part of it. Gullotta House is a non-profit organization who aids Westchester County residents that are faced with hardships financially, health-related, or in other ways. They have donated numerous food vouchers, gas cards, and clothing to those in immediate need. Recently they partnered up with other local merchants to aid several families burnt out of their condominium complex right before the holiday. This year alone, they built a ramp that aided a resident to return home, assisted with burial expenses for a sudden tragic loss, helped out with a 12 year old cancer survivor’s birthday party, gave a disadvantaged child their first pony ride, built an entire patio and backyard to help a quadriplegic rebuild his life with his family, aided with education expenses, sponsored family fun days in several communities, gave local youths many opportunities to interact with the Westchester Knicks, collected 123 turkeys to be handed out, served 135 hot Thanksgiving meals to those alone or in need, and most recently provided food for after the funeral for the baby I recommended who lost his cancer battle two weeks before Christmas.

This is only a partial list of the many things that Gullotta House has done for our neighboring community this year. They just celebrated their one year anniversary and are excited to continue helping others. They are constantly seeking opportunities to increase funds so that they can continue helping others in need. Donating my time to this organization has given me a feeling that can’t be fully explained in words alone. My heart is flowing over and it’s the best feeling ever. Watching the reactions of recipients, reading their letters, and just knowing that you have made a positive difference in someone’s life is absolutely priceless.

I have recently expanded my volunteer responsibilities with Gullotta House by coming aboard as a new Board Member. Their involvement, care, and love for the community have led me there. I proudly support Gullotta House, and I look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with them making a difference in the lives in our community.  Gullotta House makes a difference and I know that they have made a difference in my life!

Written in support of Gullotta House