A Young Philanthropist Joins the Covenant House Movement
Ella told her parents that in connection with her Bat Mitzvah, she’d like to help children experiencing homelessness. The family sat down and researched organizations in New York City working not only to end the crisis but to provide the best and most loving care to young people who seek help.
In December 2017, Ella visited our Mother & Child site with her mother and grandmother and asked poignant questions throughout the tour. While her heart immediately connected with the babies and kids, she really understood the significance of our work with young mothers, several of whom are just a few years older than she.
Less than 24 hours after we met Ella, we received word that she wanted to establish Ella’s Enrichment Fund in support of Covenant House New York’s Mother & Child site. Additionally, her family delivered a big box of socks and leggings, with a special note, after hearing we were in need of those items.
Ella asked the guests of her Bat Mitzvah to donate to Ella’s Enrichment Fund in lieu of gifts. She kicked off her fundraising campaign with a gift of $1,000, which was prize money she earned at an equestrian competition. Her friends and family contributed over $50,000, making Ella’s campaign the second highest fundraiser in the history of the Covenant House DIY Fundraising program. On the day of her Bat Mitzvah, Ella stood confidently on the bimah (a raised platform in the sanctuary) in her synagogue and educated her guests about youth experiencing homelessness.
We are thankful to Ella and her family for their generosity and commitment to our youth, but most importantly, we are fueled by the vision of a young philanthropist.
Mazel tov, Ella!