I first became involved with SKIP in the summer of 2007. I answered an email that I received from Boardnet.com looking for Junior Board (JAB) members. I had been looking to join a non profit but with no experience being on board SKIP was the perfect opportunity since they were looking to start a junior board basically to infuse new blood into the organization. This organization is first class from the top. The Executive Director is Margaret Mikol who started SKIP twenty-five years ago because of a need that she had with one of her children. Her child was sick and had to live in the hospital because of life support and other care that would not allow that child to live at home. Margaret had other ideas and fought to take her child home to give her some semblence of normalcy and live her life in a caring home. It took almost two years to accomplish but Margaret was finally able to take her child home and this was how SKIP was born. Since then SKIP has grown to help families with children that have special needs and is an advocate for families that need or are entitled to social services. SKIP helps these families get what they need and lets the parents of these children concentrate on the care of the child without haveing to deal with all of the red tape involved in getting the services they need. Since the Junior Board was formed we have raised money to help other families who cannot afford medical equipment that is not covered buy insurance. We have handed out turkey's to families that could not afford to have a traditional turkey dinner. We have also given families tickets to a Halloween event held at the Staten Island Zoo last October. The JAB works closely with the Executive administrator Sandy Sbar who is solely responsible for the formation and guidance of the JAB and if it were not for her SKIP would have not been able to get the JAB started. SKIP has a dedicated staff of social workers who work long and hard for the families that they serve and should be lauded for the work that they do. SKIP does not get the publicity of some other big non profits do but it's work is no less important and this is an organization that deserves notoriety and should be honored for the work that they do.
SKIP is a phenominal organization. Every single staff member cares about SKIP kids like they were their own family. SKIP works with the neediest most vulnerable population, very sick children, and helps their families provide at home care.