The Crisis Center for Life Threatening Illness

Support Us

How can you 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, help with fundraising, 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 Program Manager, Michele Esparza at 212-925-2009.

Friends In Deed is an Accredited Charity of the BBB and a proud participant in the Charity Seal Program, which indicates that our organization has met the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.  For more information about the Standards, please visit the BBB of Metro New York’s website at

Other Ways you can help

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 J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.— at (212) 272-7004. His office 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 In Deed.

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, used to hold 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 Deed in lieu of birthday gifts. Now THAT’S giving. If you need help with an idea, just give us a call! The ideas and your imagination are limitless.

Name Friends In Deed 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.

Go SHOPPING for Friends In Deed on our      “WISH LIST”!
Now you can help us by purchasing items we really need to continue doing the work we do – some small, common items, some more extravagant – and you can do it all with a few clicks of your mouse! Just click here and you’ll be sent directly to our specific “Wish List” on The user-friendly prompts will guide you through the online purchase. You’ll see what items we need and you can choose what you’d like to purchase for us. Our shipping info is already in there so all you need to do is enter your address and payment information. It’s easy!

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