Friends of Students for 60,000    Providing adults with meaningful opportunities to assist the poor.

Who We Are

Founded in 2006 by Peter White, the group works on projects in Northport and throughout Long Island and builds partnerships in Nicaragua, continuing and complementing the decades of hands-on work done by Peter's former Northport High School group, Students for 60,000, which he advised until his retirement. 

Projects range from building homes, supporting education, and creating potable water systems in Nicaragua to helping the needy locally through housing and nutritional support, establishing community gardens, working with laborers and the homeless, and much more. Friends is unique in that it enables people to volunteer and put their real-life skills to use. From college students to senior citizens, we welcome you to join us as we walk hand in hand with the poor, providing the resources they need to break the vicious cycles of poverty.



TWO trips coming -- SPRING 2015 and FALL 2015 adult trips under consideration!

Please let Pete White know if you're interested.


As a thank you for your contribution of $20 or more to our work, we would like to give you a gift from Nicaragua! 

We have some very special handcrafted jewelry we brought back from Nicaragua, made by women we know who struggle to feed their families.  These pieces are a beautiful memento for you, or a meaningful gift for loved ones.  And most of all, you are helping someone rise above abject poverty.  When you make a contribution to Friends by either Paypal or check of at least $20, please message us and let us know if you would prefer earrings, a woven bracelet, or a necklace. Please act quickly, quantities are limited. Please provide us with an address where you would like your special gift mailed.  And thank you!


A CHALLENGE MET!! Thanks to all of you working together!
Great news -- Once again, Friends has met the challenge of the California-based SG Foundation, raising money to build more houses in an impoverished community in Nicaragua. The SC Foundation will match the entire sum of $12,000 which has been raised by Friends  ( The combined $24,000 will be used to build at least eight homes, homes that are desperately needed by families whose income is typically a couple of dollars a day. Their homes, which the families will help to pay for, will be made of brick or cement block, unlike the typical shack made of discarded wood, plastic and cardboard. (For a look at life in Chacraseca, search “students for 60,000” on Youtube or see our link down the page.) “The good thing about this fundraising initiative is that we raised the whole sum the old fashioned way, one donor at a time,” said Peter White, founder and co-director.  The SC Foundation previously has made matching grants to Friends of $6,000 and $10,000. For further information, contact Peter White at  

And...if you didn't have a chance to donate, please remember that THE NEED CONTINUES.  See the donation information later on the website.  All donations go 100% to projects and are tax-deductible!

ENJOY A VIDEO OF A NICA trip - see old friends and relive/share the experience, thanks to Friends' co-founder Dick Wiltamuth!


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Recent Blog Posts

Calling all SF60K alumni — don’t forget to keep us posted, especially what you’ve been doing to help the poor as you go about your adult lives!  Message us on Facebook or by email – we’d love to hear from … Continue reading

Very successful 2014 Holiday Fundraising Campaign! Dec 14, 2014
We will be building 10 more houses, thanks to all of you and our grant – lots more are needed of course – and we’ve accomplished a lot toward creating a multi-use recreational park/sports field for the children and youth … Continue reading

Giving Tuesday Dec 02, 2014
Please remember FRIENDS of SF60K today, on Giving Tuesday — OUR NEEDS ARE STILL GREAT toward the poor. To those who helped us meet our housing challenge, THANK YOU!! To those who meant to help with our projects but haven’t … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

Next general meeting:

March 12, 2015

5:00 pm

Northport High School, Room H109