Amity Society of Freeport, Inc. was founded in 1880 by Isabel Fry and Dr. H.D. Jenkins and is one of the oldest children’s charities in the United States! Fry and Jenkins’ mission was to provide assistance to the poorest local families. For holidays, members distributed food baskets and provided gifts. And Christmas dinner was prepared for needy families.
Over the years, Amity has evolved to serve our community. In the 1910s and 1920s, we added the Infant Welfare Station, the Orthopedic Clinic, Amity Visiting Nurses Association, and the Well Child Clinic. In the 1960s, Amity opened the Amity Day Care and Learning Center.
The work of the Amity Society continues. As Freeport has grown, so has the number of families served by Amity. The Society is justifiably proud of its continuing status as a private organization dealing with local needs on a personal level.
Currently, Amity serves over 100 children per day, and our campus serves over 700 per day!
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