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.




Greetings, friends!

 I'll be travelling once again during mid-August to bring assistance to the very poor folks in northwestern Nicaragua.  I'm leading a group of ten Long Islanders, two of whom are doctors.  We also have three teenagers, and five others.  As usual, while there we'll be funding and helping construct two sturdy houses for homeless families, bringing our total in the past four years to 30 houses.  We'll also be furthering work on a park we've been constructing since 2013.  The children of the region have never had any recreational opportunities, so this park, named for Maryknoll missionary Sister Joan Uhlen who lived in Nicaragua for more than 40 years, is very important for the community.

In addition, we intend to bring some assistance to a very poor community called El Jicarito, located northeast of the city of Leon.  El Jicarito is made up of several hundred families who lack mostly everything.  They are wonderful, patient people who have not asked for much, so we want to be of whatever help we can.

While things are getting better in some of the regions in which we work, hunger, poor housing conditions, sanitation and unemployment remain problems for many.  If you'd like to help, please consider once again making a tax-deductible contribution made out to our 501c3 charitable organization, Friends of Students for 60000, and sending it to me at 16 Stony Hollow Rd., Centerport NY 11721.  Or, see the Paypal option on this website.

Mil gracias, a thousand thanks, 

Pete White  



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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Jul 22, 2017

Greetings, friends! I’ll be traveling once again during mid-August to bring assistance to the very poor folks in northwestern Nicaragua.  I’m leading a group of ten Long Islanders, two of whom are doctors.  We also have three teenagers, and five … Continue reading

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