The Heart’s Desire Awards

 

 

The Heart’s Desire Fund (HDF) makes it possible for vulnerable mothers to pursue post-secondary education. Friends reviews essays from interested mothers and letters of recommendation from their nurses. Then we channel money from donors to pay tuition and necessary additional resources such as Metro Cards, laptops, books and short-term child care.

 

By removing the financial obstacles that face these moms, donors empower them to gain the education that will launch them on a career path and break the cycle of poverty. Financial assistance also reduces their stress, freeing them to devote their emotional energy and attention to their children during the critical, earliest years.

 

To be considered for a Heart’s Desire Fund Award, moms participating in the NYC NFP Program must be recommended by a NFP Nurse. Nurses should review the Nurse Recommendation Guidelines for further details about eligibility before submitting an application and must submit a Nomination Form  to recommend a NFP mom for funding. Moms will be contacted by our program team to fill out an application upon receipt of a nomination from a nurse. Any questions should be directed to heartsdesire@friendsofnycnfp.org.

Friends recently reviewed and updated our guidelines to be more encompassing of the challenges our clients are facing and awards can be used to fund tuition, certification programs, entrepreneurship, short-term child-care, transportation, moving expenses, and emergency requests, which hopes to forestall serious issues including but not limited to food insecurity, homelessness and medical issues. Nurses, please see our slide deck for full details.

Nurses may also be considered for a Heart’s Desire Fund award to further their education and enhance their knowledge in maternal health care.  Nurses interested in furthering their education should contact heartsdesire@friendsofnycnfp.org. 

 

 

 

Ebony has had to alternate going to school with working and it has taken her 7 years so far with 12 credits still to go.

 

 

 

 


Meet our awardees »

 

 

Since 2016, Friends of NYC NFP has made awards totaling $176,974 to close to 200 participating mothers who have taken their first steps toward education and career.