The Crisis Center for Life Threatening Illness

How You Can Become a “Friend”

It’s simple. Anyone who is interested in our services, or feels moved to contribute his or her own resources of time, kindness, or financial support, is welcome.

Volunteering is the cornerstone of Friends In Deed. We’re able to do all the work we do because of our incredible volunteers. And we’re always looking for more help. Our volunteers work at the reception desk, answer phones, accompany people to doctor visits, speak at schools, help with fundraising, make lunches, work with the computers, provide massage and body work services, visit those who are homebound or hospitalized… and on and on. Without the help of these incredible men and women, Friends’ staff would be unable to accomplish all we do.

If you’re interested in volunteering, the first step is to attend one of our six weekly Big Groups and come to the front desk after the meeting. For more information, contact our Director of Volunteers, Cynthia Burke at 212-925-2009 or

When Friends In Deed was founded at the height of the AIDS crisis, thousands of young people were suddenly facing their mortality. Our culture does not deal well with life-threatening illness, dying, and death. So we created a place where people could talk about what was happening, a place to get emotional support.

That conversation continues today… with people newly diagnosed with HIV and cancer… with teens coming of age sexually during the HIV epidemic… with long-term cancer and HIV survivors… with all those mourning the death of friends and family members.

Every day, we save lives. Not in the literal sense like doctors. But doctors are among our strongest supporters. They continue to refer their patients to Friends In Deed because they have witnessed the profound impact our work has on their patient’s lives and health.

Often there are circumstances in our lives that we cannot change. Our work at Friends In Deed is to support people in learning how to perceive their circumstances in a new way, so that their lives become richer and more peaceful. That’s what Friends In Deed is all about — making what seems unmanageable, manageable.

Your gift will help us continue this work.

To make a donation now, click here.

Make a Monthly Pledge
Pledging a monthly contribution is an easy way to support Friends throughout the year. Just tell us what you would like to contribute monthly, and Friends will charge this amount to your credit card. It’s an easy way to budget your donation and improve our cash flow.

Donate Stocks, Bonds & Securities
Donating stocks, bonds, equities, or other securities, can help Friends by building future equity into our portfolio. Your tax-deductible amount is the market value at the time of donation. Please contact our portfolio manager, Steve Sheresky, at Bear Stearns Securities Corp. (212) 272-6989. They will assist you in your donation and answer any questions you might have.
Check for Matching Grants
Many corporations have Employee Matching Grant programs. For every dollar you donate to Friends, your company may match it or even double it. Ask your Human Resource Administrator for the matching gift form you can include with every donation you make to Friends.

Create Personal Fundraisers
Including Friends In Deed in a personal celebration can be a wonderful way to support our work. You could hold a small dinner party at home or a restaurant where a donation to Friends could be asked. One of our long-time supporters, Avalon Salon & Day Spa, holds a bake sale for Friends once a year. Others have donated the proceeds from club or theatre performances. And every year, many of our supporters ask for donations to Friends in lieu of birthday gifts. Now THAT’S giving. If you need help with an idea, just give us a call! The ideas andyour imagination are limitless.

Name Friends as a Beneficiary
A residual effect of walking through our doors is the feeling of becoming part of an extended family. Leaving a legacy for the future will help future Friends who gather here for support. Confer with your lawyer on the types of charitable trusts, gifts of real estate and life insurance, and the many different types of bequest options available to you when considering making Friends In Deed a beneficiary.

When you give to Friends, you can make a difference in someone’s life because your money is used to support the hands-on work we do every day.

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