In 1986, Northport High School social studies teacher Peter White and his students came together with a shared vision of making a positive impact in their community. Pete founded Students for 60,000, an organization dedicated to supporting those in need. The name was chosen to represent what they had learned were 60,000 homeless persons in New York City.
Upon his retirement in 2006, in order to continue working on behalf of the poor, Pete White conceived FRIENDS of Students for 60,000 as a way for adults to become involved in meaningful humanitarian work. Together Pete and
co-founders Dick Wiltamuth and Kathleen Cusumano acquired IRS approval for 501c3 status for Friends of Students for 60,000, and the work continued!
Over the years, Friends of Students for 60,000 has continued and expanded its work with a wide range of programs, from helping communities on Long Island to our partnerships with the poor communities in Nicaragua, whom we have served for several decades.
With over 16 trips by Friends members to needy communities in Nicaragua since our founding in 2006, countless visits to local Long Island community organizations, and your donations and support, we are proud to have helped thousands of individuals and families in need.
At Friends of Students for 60,000, we measure our success by the impact we have on the lives of those we serve. We are dedicated to making a difference by providing essential services to those in need, and we believe that everyone deserves to live in safety and dignity.We are proud to have made a positive difference for so many.
Our current Co-Directors:
Peter White and Kate Shreck
Our Board: Peter White, Kate Shreck,
JoAnne Moran, Richard Wiltamuth, Bill Ofenloch
Webmaster: Adam Kantrowitz
Assistant: Frances Killelea