I am extremely impressed with the good work this organization provides to the residents of the City of Schenectady. It's leader, Rayn Boncie, is passionate and extremely dedicated to its on-going success. She is a very creative and resilient leader that has been able to overcome many obstacles to be able to provide an array of services to at-risk children and their families in abusive or neglectful situations. Things of My Very Own is truly a blessing for Schenectady.
I have the privilege to donate to this awesome organization. together with my fb couponing group "Saving in the capital region (518) and my new organization " Couponers who Care" I was also able to volunteer a couple of times and it was a great experience, awesome people running an awesome charity.
I run a charity softball tournament every summer in Schenectady's Central Park. I usually choose a local charity to split the benefits with the folks I run it for. Two years ago I was searching for another local charity to give to, when someone I know and trust recommended I talk with Rayn Boncie from Things of My Very Own. After learning she runs this organization by herself, from her home, on top of having her own children by the way, with 100% volunteers, and then hearing how many children she actually comes to the aid of each year in the surrounding counties as well as Schenectady - I was convinced who I'd be running my tourney for, and I was also floored by the benevolence of certain people among us called Saints. You are a Saint Rayn - and I am glad to be a small help to your cause.
Sincerely, Chris Foti of The Fraternal Order of Police 8
This organization is one of the best around. The founder cares so much for the children that she serves, she puts them before herself. This organization helps those who are in need the most - children ripped out of their homes, often in the middle of the night, with nothing but the clothing on their backs. Things of My Very Own provides them with clothing, support and other items to help them through their transition. The founder told me a story of a teenager that she gave her first pillow to - can you even imagine not owning a pillow until you are in your teens? Her immense dedication to this organization is unparallel to any other that I have seen. This is truly a great nonprofit organization that needs so much assistance to be able to continue doing what it does best - help the helpless.
Things Of My Very Own, Inc. (TOMVO) is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization initiated by Rayn Boncie in 2008. They provide crisis intervention services to children that have experienced extensive abuse and/or neglect, and those in at-risk situations, within four hours of contact. Believing that no child should have to wait to have the basic neccessities, TOMVO provides clothing, emergency food, school supplies, hygiene items and household goods to children on an immediate-need basis. As a result of her working 80-90 hours a week out of her home, approximately 5,000 children in the Capital region (including 10 counties) are assisted on an annual basis. Whenever I am able, I am proud to donate time, money and school supplies, as I believe in Rayn's words of "what these children in need have endured, does not define who they grow up to be".