JacksonvilleHELPS HomelessToCollege

Hi, my name is Laniya White, I’m from the I’m a S.T.A.R Foundation. S.T.A.R.S stands for Smart Talented And Resilient Students, and we are located in Jacksonville, Florida. The organization is ran by Mrs. Betty Burney.

We at the I’m a Star Foundation help homeless students get the materials they need to have a better education. Our latest goal is our Jacksonville H.E.L.P.S. (Homeless students Empowered through Leadership Partnership and Service).  Do you know we have more than 3,000 homeless students here in Duval County? We would like to change 3000 to 0 with your help.

I am asking for you to please give. We aren’t doing this for us we are doing it to make a difference in our community. With our help, homeless students can become the scientist that can cure cancer. 

Have a blessed day

Thank you for taking time to read this letter

Laniya White

Please, watch our 3,000 for 3,000 Moment of Hope for Homeless Students:

Please, help us reach our $50,000 goal by October 1, 2018. Every dollar goes towards unrestricted funds for the Duval County Families in Transition Department, which provides: 

Housing Support: Rental deposits, Hotel vouchers, JEA deposits/forgiveness, Phones

Food: Gift Cards for Restaurants, Food

Toiletry Products: Hygiene Items, Head lice treatment 

Medical Needs: Eye glasses, Dental assistance, Doctor fees

Transportation Needs: Gas cards, Bus tokens/passes, Greyhound Bus fare, Car repair/maintenance 

Educational Needs: GED supplies, School supplies, Calculators, ACT/SAT fee, Electronic books, 2 hole punchers , Books, Drawing supplies, Miscellaneous School fees 

Recreational/Extracurricular Support: Musical instruments, Tickets to plays/symphony, Sports equipment, Cleats 

College Bound Student Support: College application fees, bedding, towels, toiletry items, iPads, laptops

Since 2012, we've raised a total of $96,500, and from that amount, awarded 20+ college scholarships to homeless students graduating high school headed to college. Please, watch this video to see where your money goes, and the dreams you are supporting. Meet our 2018 scholarship recipients:

Please, give the amount of your choice. We humbly accept donations of all sizes. We sincerely thank you for helping our cause! 

  • Hanan Hamed-Furqan 
    • $55 
    • 42 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Toni Woods 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Sabrina White  
    • $150 
    • 44 mos
  • Kimberly McKissick 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
See all


Betty Burney 
Jacksonville, FL