East End for Opportunity (EEFO) has recently helped the Springs Food Pantry (SFP) provide weekly food to residents living in poverty, a demand that has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. EEFO donated directly, found donors for SFP, and EEFO gave money to matching grants. EEFO also donated a new significantly larger freezer. EEFO has partnered with the Cornell Cooperative Extention (CCE) to supply materials, outreach and funding for nutrition workshops run by CCE not only for Springs residents served by SFP but also for teens, seniors, cancer survivors and others groups asking for such services.
EDUCATIONAL and VOCATIONAL ASSISTANCE
Since becoming involved in 2019 with East Hampton High School, EEFO has provided ten scholarship awards for East Hampton High School students for college and vocational training, equipment for classroom use by business /computer classes and funds for a trade show booth, and clothes for a clothes locker and new suits, dress shirts and accessories for use by students of limited means for job interviews and trade shows. EEFO helped design and implement a skills workshop given last fall to all freshmen, helping to orient them to their high school experience. EEFO board members and two employees provided financial and legal education to the abused women who were members of The Retreat of eastern Long Island.
EEFO has partnered with several local human services organizations. These include The Retreat (domestic violence), Project Most (after- school programs), Eleanor Whitmore Child Development (pre-school programs), and the East Hampton Human Services Department (wide range of human services). EEFO’s has helped the Springs Food Pantry (SFP) fund their outreach and service awareness activities, including nutrition workshops. In addition, EEFO is assisting with forging partnerships between SFP and various local providers of bakery products. EEFO used its legal expertise to be one of the main promoters of the New York State legal change of their Driver’s License. EEFO produced a legal analysis and was invited to present it at the Town of East Hampton Board meeting. EEFO presented public events that were supported by and included the Town of East Hampton and East Hampton Village Chief of Police.