The Chappaqua Community is widely known for its philanthropic sensibilities. Giving back is second nature to many. Fortunately, there are many not-for-profits in the area worthy of our time, resources and attention. Here is a sampling:
Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester (BGCNW)
BGCNW continues to inspire and enable all young people–especially those who need us most–to realize their full potential as productive responsible and caring citizens. While celebrating its 80 birthday serving Westchester, more than 750 kids attend daily amazing programming to learn, explore, grow, exercise, play, eat, swim, improve communication and leadership skills, volunteer, advocate and be great. Highlights: the award winning Marlins Swim Team has won BGCA National Championships for 20 consecutive years. BGCNW kids are aggressively recruited from the top Colleges; more than 54,000 have learned to be water safe; the BGCA New York State Youth of the Year is BGCNW’s very own Marie Kazibwe. Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon-Fri, with weekend hours. For more information, visit bgcnw.com.
Break The Hold (BTH)
The BTH organization is committed to “Break the Hold” on mental illness and provide education about suicide prevention. BTH provides school and community-based advocacy programs that promote emotional wellness, resilience and suicide prevention. The program focuses on educating communities throughout Westchester to be better informed about suicide, raising awareness of the warning signs of those most vulnerable to suicide and empowering young people to have the courage to speak up. For more information, visit bthbreakthehold.org.
Chappaqua Garden Club
The Chappaqua Garden Club is a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of local gardens. The Club is devoted to the beautification of public spaces, educating the children and adults in the community, and practicing organic and sustainable gardening techniques. The club’s community outreach includes hands-on gardening and planting projects. Volunteers provide weekly flower arrangements for the Chappaqua Library and visit elderly residents and the Victoria Home in Ossining for garden therapy. For more information, visit chappaquagardenclub.com.
Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF)
The mission of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) is to establish sustainability as an integral part of every student’s K-12 learning experience. Through professional development programs and consultation services for educators, CELF encourages the connection between curriculum, campus and community in order to grow a generation of engaged students who will work for a healthier, more stable, and resilient planet. For more information, visit celfeducation.org.
Dawn’s Ray of Hope, Inc.
Established in May 2011 by the friends and family of Dawn Re, a longtime Chappaqua resident who lost her brave battle with cancer in February 2011, to continue Dawn’s legacy of raising money to aid in the fight against cancer. Various events, including an annual all-night “Dusk to Dawn” softball tournament and community barbeque, raise funds donated to support cancer patients and the organizations that provide assistance to them. For more information, visit dawnsrayofhope.org.
Created by Chappaqua residents that use fun, creative and community-based activities to tackle serious issues. Examples of these efforts include a 5K obstacle course on Westchester Medical Center’s campus, Golf, Tennis & Dodgeball event and a raffle for a convertible. Money raised has funded an advocacy group to combat distracted driving (dorcs.org, combated.org) and to help families of trauma victims. One example is they created a Family & Friends Center for Westchester Medical Center ICU. For more information, visit evansteamny.com.
Feeding Westchester’s mission is to end hunger in Westchester County. As the heart of a network of more than 300 partners, we source and distribute food, and other resources, to towns across Westchester helping to ensure that none of our neighbors are hungry. We feed Westchester. Together we can solve hunger. Volunteer, take action and donate. For more information, visit feedingwestchester.org.
Friends of Greeley Theatre
Founded in 2008, as a means to support Greeley Theatre. Allows for purchasing of equipment and other necessities to produce three annual productions: the Fall Musical, the Winter Comedy, and the Spring Drama. FGT relies on generous contributions to subsidize enhancements and expand opportunities in drama, music, and other theatre-related arts. For more information, visit fgtheatre.org.
Friends of Karen
Provides emotional, financial and advocacy support, at no cost, to families in the New York Tri-State region who are caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness. Friends of Karen carefully matches each family with one of its skillful social workers who serve as their personal advocate. Friends of Karen has touched the lives of nearly 16,000 children. For more information, visit friendsofkaren.org.
The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center (HHREC)
The Center brings the lessons learned from the Holocaust to thousands of teachers, and through them hundreds of thousands of students. The High School and Middle School Human Rights Institutes create Upstanders, people who actively oppose behaviors like bullying, bigotry, and hatred. The Holocaust Survivors Speakers Bureau provide students with firsthand accounts of life during the Holocaust. Additional programming includes the Distinguished Lecture Series, Professional Development and Holocaust remembrance workshops. For more information, visit hhrecny.org.
The Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research (Tina’s Wish)
Founded in 2008, Tina’s Wish honors the memory of Tina Brozman, who passed away in 2007 after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. The organization is dedicated to funding groundbreaking scientific research for the early detection and prevention of this deadly disease. “Know Early. Know Hope. This is our mission.” For more information, visit tinaswish.org.
The Junior League of Northern Westchester (JLNW)
The Junior League of Northern Westchester (JLNW) is an organization of women trained for effective leadership in community activities and dedicated to the belief that volunteer service is an essential part of responsible citizenship. JLNW has been serving the Northern Westchester community since 1954 and has championed several causes throughout the years. JLNW’s signature event, Holiday Sharing Drive, has helped provide gifts and essentials for Northern Westchester families in need since 1981. For more information on JLNW’s Community Impact and Membership, please visit jlnw.org.
Making Headway Foundation
When a child is diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor, the whole family requires a special kind of care and support. Making Headway Foundation was created in response to this compelling need and for the past 23 years, they have been supporting these families in countless ways. During this time, Making Headway Foundation has helped thousands of families through unimaginably difficult times, providing a wide range of holistic programs, services, and investments in medical research. Making Headway Foundation provides Care, Comfort, & a Cure to families of children diagnosed with brain or spinal cord tumors. For more information, visit makingheadway.org.
The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
This nearly all-volunteer-run pantry located in the heart of Mount Kisco offers weekly food distributions to residents of 20 northern Westchester towns, providing enough nutritious groceries for more than four days’ worth of complete meals. Home delivery is available for residents with a documented physical or mental disability. A variety of complimentary educational and nutritional offerings, health screenings, and other support programming is also available. The Pantry is open Tuesdays (5-7 p.m.) and Wednesdays (9:30-11 a.m.). Volunteers and donations are welcome. For more information, visit mountkiscofoodpantry.org.
The Neighbors Link mission is to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. Its mission is achieved by filling a service gap for new immigrant families, offering education and empowerment programs, involving longer-term residents in volunteer opportunities and creating substantive partnerships with other local organizations. Neighbors Link strategies are to educate, empower and employ families include a Worker Center, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, legal services and advocacy, workforce development, parent education, early childhood programs and academic support for school-age children of immigrants. Neighbors Link is headquartered in Mount Kisco and operates throughout Westchester County. For more information, visit neighborslink.org.
New Castle United for Youth (NCUFY)
New Castle United for Youth is a community coalition which receives funding through a federal Drug-Free Communities grant. NCUFY brings together all sectors of the New Castle community to promote positive and healthy choices by our youth including through youth and adult education about alcohol and other drugs. Working with our sector members, including the police, ambulance corps, schools, faith-based and other community organizations, NCUFY helps to sponsor positive events and activities which encourage and empower youth to make drug free choices. NCUFY also offers resources for parents seeking information on and how to talk with their children about topics such as vaping, safe celebrations, alcohol or marijuana use and impaired driving. For more information, visit newcastleunitedforyouth.org.
New Castle is on the Pollinator Pathway!
The New Castle Pollinator Pathways Coalition is a collaboration of New Castle landowners, local organizations, and Town boards and committees and other volunteers who are committed to the stewardship of privately-held and publicly-held land to establish pesticide-free corridors that provides native plant habitat and nutrition for pollinators. Look for the signs in your neighborhood and around town: Want to learn more? Go to pollinator-pathway.org or contact NewCastlePollinatorPathways@gmail.com.
The Renaissance Youth Center (RYC)
The RYC in the South Bronx makes a difference in the lives of over 4,000 students every week, transforming and guiding them through the obstacles of growing up in the inner-city, so they too can look to the future with hope and pride. RYC tutors, mentors, offers music, reading, science, dance, and sports programs, and most of all teaches participating kids that their dreams for a successful and healthy future are within reach. For more information, visit renaissanceyouth.org.
SPCA of Westchester
Founded in 1883 in Briarcliff Manor, the SPCA of Westchester is a “no-kill” shelter that supports more than 4,000 animals a year through its many programs. It’s the only animal welfare organization in the county with a low-cost veterinary clinic and is responsible for all animal cruelty cases in Westchester County through its Humane Law Enforcement Unit. The SPCA is not affiliated with the ASPCA. For more information, visit spca914.org.
The #TAUBSTRONG mission is to honor the memory of Casey Taub in helping to finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer. #TAUBSTRONG has partnered with The Matthew Larson Foundation which assists families impacted by pediatric brain tumors in providing non-medical financial assistance during these most difficult days. Additionally, the Foundation has a medical research grant program for supporting studies on the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors. Please visit ironmatt.org and ironmatt.org/taub-strong-tee-off for information regarding its annual benefit and additional fundraisers in the memory of Casey Taub.
The Amy Marie Crabtree Foundation was founded to honor the memory of Amy’s life and her natural philosophy which she lived each and every day with energy and purity, and which can be held as an inspirational example for all men and women as a guide through a life of integrity, strength, and compassion. Provides support and financial assistance to community initiatives that will benefit the poor, the hungry, the sick, and the unfortunate in order to create a better life for us all. For more information, visit teamamyfoundation.org.