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.




I wanted to let you know that I'm headed back to Nicaragua Nov. 8-14 with my brother, Dennis, two former students from Northport HS, classes of 1981 and 1986, and six members of my 501c3 charitable group Friends of Students for 60000. This will be my 61st trip since 1990 and I still get excited, especially about sharing this life-changing educational and humanitarian experience with others. Over the past 25 years, with your help, we've built hundreds of houses for homeless families, several schools, a life saving clean water project which benefited 450 water-less families, a children's nutrition project, and, hopefully with support from MLB, are currently building a much needed park for thousands of children who've never had any recreational opportunities.

While there in November we will be living in the field, working side by side with the very poor, hard working, wonderful people of Chacraseca and Nuevo Amanecer, building two houses new houses (small but quite sturdy), and making repairs to some very dilapidated, unsafe ones.

If you're interested in this type of work for yourself, please check out our website, email me back for more information, or see us on Facebook.

Want to help? Send tax deductible contribution made to Friends of Students for 60000 to me at 16 Stony Hollow Rd., Centerport, NY 11721, or see PayPal option on our website.

Muchicimas gracias! My most thanks!

Very truly yours,

 Pete White (aka Pedro Blanco en Nicaragua), Clarke HS, Class of 1965, Northport HS, 1974-2008




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

APPLICATIONS CONTINUE FOR NEW GRANTS TO HELP THE POOR:  Pete White and Friends have new applications in the works, for housing grants from the terrific SG Foundation as well as for a grant from Major League Baseball to assist in finishing the "Parque Hermana Juanita" sport and recreational project for the youth of Chacraseca.  Any ideas? or to get involved - contact Pete White,


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 has matched the entire sum of $12,000 raised by Friends  ( The combined $24,000 was used to build over eight homes, homes that were desperately needed by families whose income is typically a couple of dollars a day. Their homes, which the families help to pay for, are constructed 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 elsewhere on the website.  All donations go 100% to projects and are tax-deductible!

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Recent Blog Posts

You’re not a student any more…but you can still be a Friend! Jun 20, 2016
Some of your most memorable high school moments likely were in Students for 60,000 – “Tootsie-rolling” in supermarkets, cardboard box sleepovers at SHANTY, the kids in Nicaragua….? While you may not be a student any more — you can still … Continue reading

JOIN US! Upcoming Nicaragua trips for September 2016 and late January 2017 are in the works, with the exciting possibility of including new groups of Long Island teachers and local church congregations!    For more information, contact Pete White.

Our latest ADULT WORKING TRIP to Nicaragua with Friends and Pete White took place very successfully December 1 – 8, 2015.  Many first-time participants experienced  home-building and repairs, progress on the recreational “Field of Dreams,” and other projects in both … Continue reading

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