WHO WE ARe
Bend to Mend was incorporated in 2013 as a 501 (c)3 non-for profit organization established by high school and yoga teachers Anayra I. Calderon and Victoria Arvizu. In 2016 Anayra took over all managing aspects of Bend to Mend.
Prior to Bend to Bend, Inc. being established, Anayra collaborated with some of the yoga studios that she worked at to raise funds that would provide Thanksgiving meals to Jersey City families in need. More specifically, families of students from the high school where she taught literature. After three years of working with yoga studios as well as asking friends and family for donations, Thanksgiving meals expanded to gift cards at Christmas, collecting prom dresses for prom and now to creating Bend to Mend, Inc.
While the original fundraising efforts focused on William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City, NJ, through Bend to Mend, Inc., after partnering up with her friend Victoria Arvizu, who is a teacher at Hackensack High School, Hackensack High School families were added to the fundraising efforts in 2013-2015. For 2016 we are focusing our efforts solely to William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City, NJ. We look forward to expanding our reach into other inner city districts that suffer from the same economical hardships as Jersey City. If you would like to be involved with Bend to Mend, Inc. and have a school district in mind that you would like for us to work with please email us.
As we expand, we would like to offer more services to the people we serve.