Charitable Initiatives


B.A.S.I.C.S. International's Mission

“Ending cycles of illiteracy, poverty, hunger

and  child labor in Ghana permanently.”

Annual collection of backpacks and school supplies.

Supplies needed: school bags/back packs, composition books, pencils, blue pens, erasers and sharpeners, white glue, colored pencils, rulers, construction paper, arts & crafts materials.                   


The Dwelling Place

"Leading Women from Homeless to Home."


The Dwelling Place is a privately-funded transitional residence for women located in Midtown Manhattan. Since 1977, they provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women.

Our members collect travel size lotions/potions and assemble gift bags which are given to the ladies at The Dwelling Place at a Valentine's Day party hosted by SIM. We play "Name That Tune" and each attendee receives a $10 Duane Reade gift card when they guess the name of the song.  

The donation of a gift card(s) is also welcome. This event is usually held the last week in January. Please check the calendar for the event date.


Gilda’s Club New York City (GCNYC)

"To Support, Educate and Empower Cancer Patients

and their Families - Free of Charge."

SIM has supported Gilda’s Club New York City (GCNYC) since 1998. GCNYC is a non-profit cancer support community that supports, educates and empowers cancer patients and their families.   Our Clubhouse is located at 195 West Houston Street and we have off-site locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.  GCNYC is very grateful to SIM for their ongoing support for more than 16 years.


Hour Children®

"Help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families and build healthy, independent, and secure lives."


Founded more than 25 years ago, Hour Children® was named to acknowledge the important hours that shape the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of their mother’s arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of her release. 


The members of SIM purchase baby clothing (birth - 24 months) which are donated to Hour Children® at our holiday party in December. Please check the calendar for the event date.