Smile Farms Awarded Guidestar’s Platinum Seal of TransparencyMay 14, 2020
Long Island Business News – Nonprofit of the YearJune 18, 2020
I joined the Smile Farms team in January 2020. In four short yet impactful months, I have been blown away by the strength and vibrancy of the Smile Farms community. From donors -- to Smile Farmers and their families -- to our partner agencies -- to our volunteers, Smile Farms is truly something special: a community unwavering in our commitment to improve employment, vocational, and educational opportunities for people with disabilities.
As a result of our dedicated community, we are honored to earn a spot on the 2020 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List. What makes this prestigious recognition so special is that members of our Smile Farms community took time out of their busy lives to share their stories. We were incredibly touched to read the beautiful testimonials and affirmations about our work and impact.
Here are just a few highlights of what our community shared:
“Participating in our Smile Farms campus builds the students' self worth and identity as a productive member of the community- and this feeling lasts long after they leave the program!” – Liz, Smile Farms Partner
“I was able to work side by side with Smile Farms Inc. and just see the amazing work they do. This team is full of selfless people working to fulfill their mission! Knowing individuals are part of the special needs community, it is so comforting to see that there is this platform of support and to see that there are awesome futures ahead for these individuals.” – Keertana, Smile Farms Volunteer
One of my favorite parts of working for Smile Farms is our philanthropic partnership with 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. and our Brand Ambassadors. Sara has been a Brand Ambassador since Smile Farms’ earliest years and her review perfectly captures this special relationship:
“I've been following Smile Farms and the important work they do to help developmentally disabled adults for a few years now, and couldn't imagine a better organization to support and dedicate my time to. Hearing the stories about how Smile Farms is making lives better for so many is the very reason it's one of my favorite non-profit organizations. Thank you Smile Farms for all you do.”
Senior Associate, Strategic Development