The DayBreak Community strives to assist charities and individuals we support by facilitating introductions, sponsoring events and increasing awareness. Good people doing good work together. THAT’S The DayBreak Community!

2022 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K

What a beautiful day honoring all the first responders and remembering all those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, it was great to be back in lower Manhattan to participate in The National September 11 Memorial & Museum 5K!

2021 NYC Marathon

Our President & CEO, Jonathan Sheppard, had to withdraw from the NYC Marathon due to an injury, but we were still able to support New York Cares and all the great work they do by raising over $6,000. New York Cares manages volunteer initiatives throughout NYC and during the pandemic they have been especially effective in providing meals and technology to school age kids.  

2021 New York Cares Day of Service

The DayBreak Community joined up with New York Cares & The Bronx is blooming for a day of service, doing some good by helping to beautify Soundview Park in the Bronx. We helped remove invasive species so that native plants can be reintroduced to help the environment. A fun day getting our hands dirty while also learning about the local environment, the threats it is facing, and what we can do to help!

Charities We Support

At Goodwill NYNJ, they believe everyone deserves the chance to build a better life for themselves, their family, and their community. With our 57 programs across 30 sites in New York City, northern New Jersey, and the surrounding area, we work each day to make it possible for more than 45,000 people every year to do just that. The programs empower individuals with disabilities, underemployed and unemployed individuals, veterans, seniors, immigrants and refugees, at-risk youth, low-income families, and anyone who may have a barrier to employment. The Goodwill Stores keep over 100 million pounds of usable goods out of landfills each year, reselling donated items to support our programs. DONATE HERE!

New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against serious social issues that faced our city in the late 1980s. Finding few options to help, they created their own organization to address the problems from the ground up. New York Cares is now the city’s largest volunteer management organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools. Today’s volunteers share our founders’ vision that we all have a role to play in making our city a better place. DONATE HERE!

Past Charitable Events

Giving Tuesday 2020

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, The DayBreak Community is thrilled to support NY Cares and their 2020 Coat Drive initiative. Now more than ever, New Yorkers are counting on acts of warmth from their neighbors to make it through the holiday season. $20 provides a coat for a New Yorker in need. Click here to donate to the Coat Drive this year. 

The 2020 NYC Marathon

Please join Jon Sheppard, our President & CEO, for “The DayBreak/JSA Community Fun Run / Walk 2020” benefiting New York Cares and Goodwill NYNJ. Please consider making a donation to one, or both of these amazing charities he is running for below. 

NYC Marathon 2019

Torn meniscus, aching ankles and a barking knee will not stop Jon Sheppard, our President and Owner, from running his 7th NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 3rd, and toughing out the whole 26.2 miles for charity. Please consider making a donation to one, or all, of the amazing charities he is running for below. 

New York Cares Day of Service 2019

This past September we made a trip to the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx to work on a Community Revitalization Project. The DayBreak Team worked hand in hand with a few clients, planting a new garden & clearing shrubs to help beautify a local neighborhood. This work will help ensure a welcoming environment for years to come at this historic building and artistic hub for cultural events and community service. We partnered with New York Cares & The Bronx is Blooming for this outstanding day of service.

New York Cares Annual Day for Schools 2019

Ringing the closing bell at the NYSE

On October 19, 2019, over a thousand volunteers worked together to make schools across the city brighter, cleaner, and more inviting places to learn. New York Cares provides participating schools with volunteer teams, supplies, and overall support for the day. In honor of this great initiative by New York Cares, our President and CEO, Jonathan Sheppard joined the team at New York Cares to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

NYC Marathon 2018

We Did It Again!

We are so proud of Jon Sheppard, our President and Owner, for running his 6th NYC Marathon, and running the whole 26.2 miles for charity. Please consider making a donation to one, or all, of the amazing charities he is running for. 

#GivingTuesday 2018

Every winter you can take old toys and clothes from your garage or basement and bring them to your local Goodwill, who will re-purpose them for those less fortunate during the holiday season. You can find your local Goodwill NYNJ location HERE.

New York Cares Day of Service 2018

In July of 2018, we headed to Padre Plaza Success Garden, in the Mott Haven section of The Bronx to help revitalize a local garden so that it can continue to be used for community events. Our entire office was there pitching in, in addition to a few clients! We partnered with New York Cares for this wonderful day of service.

National September 11th Memorial Run/Walk 2018

What a fantastic morning we had walking in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum Run/Walk on April 22nd! We were so fortunate to be a Community Sponsor of the event and to be surrounded by amazing New Yorker’s. What is so great about this event, 100% of all money raised goes directly to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to sustain the beautiful memorial & reflection pools. The DayBreak Community representing!

Other Charities We Support

Cristo Rey New York High School is a Catholic, co-ed, college-prep school, part of the national Cristo Rey Network. We serve students of all faiths who have demonstrated the potential and motivation to achieve success and who do not have the educational background or financial means to attend another private, college-prep school. Guided by the spirit of care for the individual, cura personalis, we challenge all our students with a rigorous academic curriculum and a demanding work-internship program. Our ultimate goal is that our students will graduate from college and become professionals for others, transforming the world for the good of their families and society. DONATE HERE!

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