I feel fortunate to call Westchester County my home. Many of our neighbors and communities are focused on giving back and improving the places where we live and work. You can get involved with numerous organizations through volunteering and fundraising and donating money, food, clothing, and more. Here are some of the Westchester County Mom team’s favorite local nonprofit organizations.
Please note that there are many other deserving charities and organizations that are not listed here. This is just a list of the ones our contributors actively support!
914 Cares focuses on supporting neighbors in the community who struggle to meet the most basic human needs. They achieve this through programs like their Kids Clothing Bank, Period Project, Literacy Library, and Baby Bank. The 914 Cares Diaper Bank provides families in need with a week’s worth of diapers and wipes each month. Their impact is far-reaching, with 500,000 diapers donated per year, 3,000 clothing bags distributed per year, and 50,000 books distributed per year. They’ve also raised $570,000 for local food pantries.
Neighbors Link has three locations in Westchester County and offers services throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley, focusing on the healthy integration of immigrants. Neighbors Link works to educate, empower and employ immigrant families through their Worker Center, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, legal services, advocacy, workforce development, parent education, early childhood programs, and academic support for school-age children of immigrants.
Each week Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry assists nearly 500 households from Northern Westchester, providing staples, frozen proteins, milk, and fresh produce. Their demand has increased as the COVID-19 crisis persists.
As one of the county’s largest social services nonprofits, Lifting Up Westchester assists those struggling to overcome the challenges of poverty, homelessness, hunger, health, and education. For four decades, Lifting Up Westchester has ensured that neighbors in need have access to critical resources like nutritious food, stable housing, healthcare, and education.
Bundles of Joy New York provides essentials to babies, toddlers, and new parents in critical need through their network of social service agencies, shelters, hospitals, and school partners. They collect new and “nearly new” items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations, which are then sorted, bundled, and delivered to disadvantaged children.
The Sharing Shelf is Westchester’s Clothing Bank for Children founded to combat clothing insecurity. Its mission is to provide clothing and other related essentials to low-income children and teens. They also support other nonprofits that work directly with economically vulnerable families in the Westchester community.
SNARR Northeast (Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation) is focused on saving the most challenging dogs to place, who would otherwise be euthanized. These animals include dogs with severe medical conditions, paralyzed dogs, deaf and blind dogs, severely emaciated dogs, dogs with neurological deficits and disease, dogs with injuries, and orthopedic issues. SNARR Northeast pulls dogs from high kill shelters nationwide, particularly the local NYC, NJ, and surrounding area shelters.
With the assistance and support of a host of volunteers, HOPE opened its first soup kitchen in 1984 in New Rochelle and has grown to become the largest emergency food pantry and soup kitchen in the region. HOPE Community Services expanded its services to include clothing, language skills, emotional support, immigration services, and other daily necessities.
Community Resource Center (formerly Hispanic Resource Center) in Mamaroneck was founded in 1998 to promote the cultural, economic, educational, and professional integration of immigrants to the larger community and advocate for those in need. They aim to provide the tools to prepare new immigrant families to become self-sufficient and active community members. They achieve this through educational programs, case management, and referral services, and advocating for immigrants and low-income families in need.
Since 1992, the Community Center in Katonah has provided food and clothing to its clients across more than 38 communities in Northern Westchester. The range of services they offer includes classes and special programs and working with clients to help them access health care, education, and social services.
The CCCS Westchester County office in Yonkers functions as a one-stop center for the community to find services, information, and a place to resolve problems with experts in their field. There are sewing and knitting classes for Latina women, assistance to the Day Laborer Group Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, a community garden, and more.
Carver is the largest and longest-running community center in the village of Port Chester, with educational and recreational programs for families and individuals of all ages. Carver now serves hundreds of people daily.
Since 1939, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester has been dedicated to serving local youth, ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 40 Northern Westchester communities. The Club runs high-quality, developmentally appropriate programs in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, Arts and Social Recreation and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. These programs are designed to create a rich environment that will lead to academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
CHHOP works to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Peekskill and the surrounding area by providing temporary housing, long-term housing, advocacy, and clinical and support services to veterans, domestic violence survivors, and chronically homeless men and women. CHHOP also runs a food pantry.
Westhab was founded in 1981 to address the affordable housing crisis in Westchester County. Westhab provides housing and social services like employment services and youth programs. Since its inception, Westhab has created 912 homes, moved 8,635 homeless households to permanent housing, and placed 6,815 clients in jobs.
The Ronald McDonald House is a temporary “home away from home” for families of children treated at local hospitals and healthcare facilities. They offer families the “opportunity to be close to their child in a homey, supportive atmosphere.” Donations help support the organization, and you can also cook a meal for families or cheer up a family down from sitting in the hospital with their ill or injured child.
Hope’s Door seeks to end domestic violence and empower victims to achieve safety, independence, and healing from abuse trauma. They provide a 24/7/365 crisis, support and information hotline, as well as emergency shelter to ensure individuals are safe from the threat of violence. Engaging in domestic violence education and training in schools and community centers throughout Westchester County, Hope’s Door offers counseling, advocacy, and legal services for domestic violence and human trafficking victims.