One of the programs NAWA is commited to (and is proud of) is charity, aimed at helping some of the less fortunate in Budapest as well as other worthwhile causes such as Semmelweis Oncology Department.
The resources utilized are a combination of NAWA members giving their time to assist with some of the NAWA organized charity activities, as well as funds that come partially from membership fees, as well as other charity donations, such as our monthly charity book sales table at the NAWA General Meetings.
Our best source of charity funds comes from donations made for our Surviving & Thriving: A Guide to Living in Budapest (S&T).
This valuable guide has been compiled using the experience of NAWA ladies living here in Budapest.
If you’re interested in supporting NAWA charities and would like to make a donation towards a Surviving and Thriving Guide, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For charity related information contact email@example.com
In October 2020, NAWA ladies donated and baked tasty treats for the seniors and delivered them to their homes to let them know they’re thinking of them during these difficult times.
Thank you Letter received from the Vazsonyi Vilmos Municipal Seniors’ Home:
“On behalf of the inhabitants and workers of the Vazsonyi Vilmos Municipal Seniors’ Home, allow me to grateful-heartedly thank you and your colleagues for supporting the elderly living in our home with tasty sweets and presents. Your help is particularly precious to us during this pandemic, which has made our days considerably harder. Your support is living proof that our relationship has remained intact in spite of the pandemic.
The delicious baked goods you sent last week have sweetened up the seniors’ afternoon. Please accept this photo taken at the time of the distribution of the treats, as a loving memento.
Thanking you for your ongoing support and for today’s Mikulas gifts, I wish you and every NAWA member much success, strength and good health!”
NAWA’s Signature Charities
Several times each year, NAWA brings together children (ages 9 to 16) from a local orphanage and seniors from a local retirement home. This program was created to offer “adoptive” grandparents and their grandchildren something that simple donations would not – love and attention. The events are planned in a setting where seniors and orphans can interact and form bonds – the aquarium, the zoo, the circus, a meal at McDonald’s (a very special treat for them), a visit to the Parliament, Christmas arts and crafts, Easter egg painting, Grandparents/Grandchildren Day celebrations, painting ceramics, and our most popular event, BINGO!
Since the program started more than fifteen years ago, the most wonderful thing to see has been the long lasting relationships that have developed between the seniors and the children – special bonds that make them feel that someone really cares.
These events can be fun for everybody, but for our group of orphans accompanied by their “adoptive grandparents” (residents from an old age home), these are rare moments of excitement, fun, joy, attention and affection.
All members are invited to attend one or all events with their children. It is a wonderful opportunity to share not just some time with NAWA friends but also to feel the heartwarming satisfaction of having made this possible.
For a quick look at our charity program through the eyes of the Adopt-a-Granny founder, Marina Mayer, and NAWA past Chair, Sharon Knode, click on the video below
If you interested in being involved in our Adopt-a-Granny program or would like more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mikulas “St. Nick” Gift Giving (our Christmas gift equivalent)
At NAWA’s November general meeting, members will prepare gift bags which, with the help of NAWA volunteers will be distributed in early December to 200 residents of two senior homes and 100 children from one orphanage. These volunteers, dressed up as Santa and her elves, will carol through the hallways of the senior’s and children’s homes. The smiles and sparkle in the eyes of the seniors and the children is all you need to know how much this means to them.
All are welcome and we would appreciate as many helpers as possible to make it a fun experience for both the children and the elderly. This is one occasion that everyone looks forward to.
If you interested in being involved in our Mikulas Gift Giving program or would like more information, contact email@example.com
For more details see Events and the Weekly NAWA Members Announcements.
NAWA’s Special Causes
Monies from fundraising events are allocated towards special charities that are decided upon annually. The choice of charity from the proceeds of fundraisers will be decided by NAWA.
NAWA’s On-Going Activities and New Horizons
In order to meet the needs of our membership, NAWA Charity has looked into extending and adding variety to our programs.
There are many worthy causes here in Hungary and the Salvation Army works to bridge the gap between the needs of the community and those of the local governments. While providing support to the needy they also teach and encourage members of the local community to continue this work.
Through participating in our volunteering activities and through donations of goods and/or money, we invite you to help us support the following institutions of the Salvation Army in Budapest:
The House of New Beginnings (Uj Kezdet Haza) – Bajnok u. 25, Budapest 1064
In the 6th district (Terezvaros Community), the Salvation Army manages The House of New Beginnings, a shelter and transitional home for women who need help with re-integrating into society and the workforce or with placement into other social programs. At this location, they also run a daytime warm-up facility and community kitchen for 50-60 homeless people daily, as well as overnight accommodation for 24, during the winter months. The headquarters of the Salvation Army Budapest is also located here.
- serving meals at the community kitchen
- helping with the seasonal general cleaning of the facility on certain week-ends
- sorting out donations occasionally or before the Christmas season
The Crossroads’ House (Valaszut Haza) – Lemberg u. 42, Budapest 1171
In the 17th District, they work with local members of the community to provide refuge and rehabilitation to women who need to learn or refresh their life skills. Some of these women have come out of the justice system and need to get back into to the community and work force. Others are homeless and seek help to make an independent life for themselves. Others come from difficult home situations and are looking for refuge and direction. Often these women have low self-esteem and self-worth. As a club of predominantly women, NAWA could provide some help to these women by offering their services to pamper these ladies for a day – manicures, facials and so on to give them a sense of self-worth. Due to the location of the house far from the downtown core, organizing activities on a regular basis is a difficult task but occasional activities will be advertised at our general meetings, in the NAWA weekly newsletter and in Events. Should you be interested in volunteering your time and skills, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
House of Light Mothers’ Home (Feny Haza Anyaotthon)*
Also in the 17th district (Rakosliget Community) the Mothers’ Home provides refuge and a transitional home to women and their children from abusive homes. Here the situation is quite fluid, consequently there is a continual need for donations of clothing (women and children), toys and toiletries. We are trying to organize activities that are fun and educational for the mothers and their children, like the muffin baking afternoon enjoyed by all participants just recently. We could also help by providing babysitting on the weekend so that the mothers (who generally work during the week) can do their assigned chores without having to worry about the children. NAWA does not, typically organize week-end activities as this is a time dedicated to our families but the occasional Saturday afternoon (a time preferred by the working mothers at the House of Light) could be turned into valuable family time, when our own children learn empathy, compassion, sharing and interacting with less fortunate children. We will keep you posted in our general meetings, weekly newsletter and in Events. For any additional information, please contact email@example.com.
*Address not provided on our website for security considerations but will be provided to volunteers and donors as needed.
The House of New Hope (Uj Remenyseg Haza) – Dobozi u. 29, Budapest 1086
The Men’s Hostel in the 8th district (Jozsefvaros Community) is located quite close to the downtown core and could use donations of non-perishable food, men’s clothing, shoes, boots, scarves, hats and toiletries. Volunteers would also be most appreciated to help serve the noon meal provided daily for the needy and tidy up in the dining room afterwards, particularly on weekends end especially on Sundays.
NAWA could organize a roster for anyone interested in helping to hand out soup and bread to the homeless at Keleti station on Thursday afternoons from 4pm. This usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour and is a combined effort of the Men’s Hostel and the local Salvation Army church.
At the Salvation Army, there is a continuous need for:
- non-perishable food
- used, clean clothing, shoes and accessories (in separate bags labeled for men, women and children)
- used toys and board games
- school and office supplies
- small appliances
- small household items
- regular size toiletries
Should you wish to donate any of the above items, please drop off your donation at: Salvation Army (Udvhadsereg), Budapest 1064, Bajnok u. 25
Donations are gratefully accepted Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please call at the gate inter-phone and say the words “NAWA donation” and an officer will come to the gate to assist you.
All donations dropped off at the head office are sorted and distributed among all the Salvation Army institutions. Should any of the other institutions/locations mentioned above be more convenient for you, do not hesitate to bring your donation there.
Exceptionally, on designated dates twice/year, we will collect donations at our general meetings, to be picked up by the Salvation Army. Please watch for information on our Facebook page, in our weekly announcements and in Events.
If you wish to donate a large amount of goods, which you cannot transport yourself (in case of moving, de-cluttering or re-organizing your home), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for your donation to be picked up from your home.
Ways To Contribute
Join us! Share! Bring smiles of joy to seniors, orphans and all who need it, and share the good times with NAWA friends.
NAWA’s Surviving & Thriving: A Guide to Living in Budapest (S&T) is a perfect gift and 100% of proceeds go towards funding NAWA’s charities right here in Budapest.
The NAWA Charity programs greatly depend on the generosity and support of members of both the local and ex-pat communities. If you or your company is interested in supporting any of these financially, please contact: email@example.com
More information on NAWA’s charity events can be found in Facebook, in the Weekly Announcements and at our General Meetings, or contact our Charity Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org