Encouraging and supporting volunteerism and charitable giving within the communities of family members

Arizona Area News

Jim Auer, brought First Place–Phoenix to the board, requesting a grant to assist in supplies needed for the Culinary Teaching Kitchen.


First Place–Phoenix opened in 2018 providing a living environment and community life for adults with Autism that is robust and vibrant. The fundamental resources and capacity provided allow these individuals the opportunity to transition toward independent living. The Culinary Teaching Kitchen is a common learning environment where residents learn kitchen skills that they can replicate in their own apartments within the facility.


Los Angeles Area News

Jeanne Bonnano has worked with Mothers of Sorrows School, an original charity of our parents, the AFF founders, to develop grant requests that support their programs.


Mother of Sorrows School is a pre-school through 8th grade school located in South-Central Los Angeles, sponsored by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Their mission to provide a transformative education of the mind, body, and spirit draws strength from the academic support programs, extra-curricular activities, and the variety of health and education services provided to promote the development of both students and families. In 2017 the Foundation provided funds to cover 20 Science Microscopes, 4 Handbell Sets and 6 Acoustic Guitars. In 2018 funds were provided for Math Books for the Library, Flash Cards and other manipulatives, Scientific Calculators, Stop Watches and games of calculation review, test prep and rainy day activities.



Steve Auer put together a request for Youth Emerging Stronger, formerly LAYN, for funding to go towards summer activities for the kids they shelter.


Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) recently changed their name to Youth Emerging Stronger. They’re still who they’ve always been. But changed their name to reflect their results: Youth Emerging Stronger. Healthier. More confident. More determined. More prepared. And ready to build a brighter future. Their mission is to provide runaway, homeless and foster youth with safety, stability and housing, along with the relationships and resources to thrive now and in the future.


Syracuse, NY Area News

Carolyn Auer Sturr is volunteering at Joseph’s House and secured a grant for a program to help empower residents in obtaining a drivers licenses.


Joseph’s House provides a safe home and family environment for moms and babies who find themselves homeless due to a wide variety of circumstances. The residence provides its mothers and children with a private room and a family living environment complete with nursery, kitchen, computer-equipped study, dining, living and recreation rooms common to all. The home is staffed 24/7 by trained professionals who give the mothers the structure, responsibility and skills they need to achieve independent living.


Fair Haven, NY Area News

Molly Rogers helps every year to coordinate Team Nana’s runners and requests funds to help sponsor the race. All proceeds of the race go to Hospice.


The team of runners has grown to include family friends, and some of the youngest members of our family. This is a family tradition which family and friends in Fair Haven during the July 4th festivities are urged to walk, run or cheer, raising money for a great organization.


New York, NY Area News

Brittany Auer secured a grant to help facilitate in-person meetings for some of the 900 new mentor-mentee pairs, enrolled as the Class of 2022.


82% of the 3,600 iMentor students live below the poverty line. 72% are first generation college students. iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambition.


A Note from the Board