The roots of Creating Connected Communities were first planted more than 25 years ago as Amy Zeide’s bat mitzvah project. After learning about a need in her community, Amy organized a small holiday party for a local shelter. More than 25 years later, Amy’s Holiday Party has grown into a thriving nonprofit organization, serving thousands of children and families in need year-round and engaging hundreds of teens in meaningful volunteer work.
Honoring our history, CCC helps young teens looking to make their mitzvahs matter more through community service projects. We also provide opportunities for scout troops, synagogues, and school clubs to partner with CCC for group service projects. We offer opportunities to serve the community in a meaningful and hands-on way through activities, fundraisers, and collections that truly enhance our programs.
CCC’s monthly community-building programs provide children experiencing hardship with thousands of gifts, meals, books and personal care items. CCC also creates countless smiles as they participate in carnivals, create craft projects, dance with a DJ, and so much more!
CCC’s After-School Programs are partnerships with Title 1 schools providing after-school academic remediation/ enrichment and after-care for children experiencing hardship. Our guests enjoy bounce houses, DJ entertainment, school-themed craft projects, a full meal, and sports activities.
In partnership with other nonprofit organizations serving children and families, CCC’s festivals provide care-free afternoons of fun and community building, including crafts, sports activities, carnival games, bounce houses, food, and a DJ.
CCC’s signature event, Amy’s Holiday Party, provides hundreds of children experiencing hardship with a chance to celebrate and be celebrated during the holiday season. Children are paired with a teen volunteer who serves as their buddy for the day, helping them take a picture with Santa, choose gifts to take home, and so much more.