Non-Profits

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade with Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.  “Securing the Promise of Roe”, a conversation with Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program, Center for American Progress.  Thursday, January 24, 2013, YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester.  515 North Street, White Plains, 6:30-8:30pm.  General Admission: $20.  Find out more or RSVP, click here.

The Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Inc. is seeking volunteers for its Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) to advocate for residents in licensed long-term care facilities, which include nursing and adult homes and assisted living residences in Westchester County. Volunteer Ombudsmen help to resolve complaints, monitor quality of life and preserve the dignity of residents in these facilities. Volunteers complete a 36-hour training to become NYS Certified Ombudsmen. In this free training, experts cover a range of topics including understanding the aging process, regulations, levels of care, and how-to work and negotiate with facility staff for the protection of residents’ rights as prescribed by law. The next LTCOP training starts September 14. Please contact Margaret Hadad at (914) 345-5900 ext. 298 or hadadm@mhawestchester.org.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States. More than two million volunteers carry out the Society`s mission of eliminating cancer and improving quality of life for those individuals facing the disease. These dedicated volunteers donate their time and talents to further cancer research; educate the public about early detection and prevention; advocate for responsible cancer legislation in the local, state, and federal governments; and serve cancer patients and their families as they manage their cancer experience. American Cancer Society, 2 Lyon Place, White Plains, NY 10601; To locate an American Cancer Society office in your area or for cancer information call 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit www.cancer.org

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” The association`s impact goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. Progress toward the goal will be measured according to these indicators:  Reduce the death rate from coronary heart disease and stroke by 25 percent, Reduce the prevalence of smoking, high blood cholesterol and physical inactivity by 25 percent, Eliminate the growth of obesity and diabetes.  American Heart Association, Northeast Affiliate, 3020 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, NY 10577. 914-640-3275, www.heart.org.

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and people, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. 106 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603. Call (914) 946-6500 x450 or email grimaldia@usa.redcross.org for more information. Web Site Address: www.redcross.org/ct/greenwich

Andrus Children’s Center is a private non-profit community agency offering prevention, assessment, educational, treatment and research programs that help children and families achieve healthy, stable lives. Andrus provides annually a broad network of supports to over 2,500 vulnerable children and families of all backgrounds and means. Andrus serves more than 140 seriously emotionally disturbed children, grades K-9, in three treatment programs and a Blue Ribbon school on its lovely, 110-acre campus. Our mental health programs help to provide counseling to young children with mental health needs in locations throughout Westchester County. www.andruschildren.org.

Arc of Westchester empowers children, teenagers and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities to achieve their potential based on choices, abilities and interests.  Programs include:  Early evaluation for infants,  toddlers and their families, A preschool program, Transition planning for young adults, Vocational training and job placement, Respite care for families, Recreation and the arts, Guardianship services for older adults.  For more information, please contact Anne Sweazey, Executive Director, Arc of Westchester Foundation, 265 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10552, (914) 495-4625 or visit www.westchesterarc.org.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL CLOTHES FOR KIDS & THE VOLUNTEER CENTER OF UNITED WAY.  Back to School Clothes for Kids, along with many caring businesses and individuals, has been getting needy children ready for school for 26 years.  JOIN US AT OUR ANNUAL “KICK-OFF” ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH BETWEEN 5:30 & 7:00 PM. Stop by on your way home from work…enjoy some wine and hors d’oeurvres…and learn how you, your friends, co-workers or family can be part of our effort! We also invite the wonderful folks already participating as volunteers, company coordinators and agency coordinators to enjoy the camaraderie of other caring people who want to make a difference in children’s lives.  JUST A FEW WAYS TO HELP:  * Request a profile of a child and your co-workers, friends or family can shop for school clothes for that child * Donate funds or a Corporate Contribution can be made so Teens can pick out their own clothes * Organize a Company Team to volunteer at our “Shop With A Teen” Nights in August and September * Hold a Backpack & School Supply Drive * Schools can share this community service project with their students. You can too with the children in your life.  Any questions, call Connie Kennedy at 914 697 2792.  Annual “KICKOFF”, TAL INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER CORPORATION, 100 Manhattanville Road, Purchase, NY 10577, (914) 697 2792, June 27th, 2012, 5:30pm, www.backtoschoolclothes.org.

Used clothing home pick up, 914 963 4453.  We take:  Men`s, Women`s, Children`s Clothing, Shoes (all seasons), toys, books, towels, blankets, curtains, and sheets.  Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester distributes items to needy families throughout Westchester or sells them to benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.  In addition to home pick ups, you can drop off your clothing at any of these locations: Westchester Natural Cleaners, 405 Bedford Road, Armonk.  Manara Laundromat, 544 E. Main Street, Mount Kisco.  Mt. Kisco Mobil, 120 N. Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco.  Collection Office, 9 Romaine Avenue, Yonkers.  Office hours 9am-6pm Monday through Friday, 914 963 4453.  Big Brothers, Big Sisters is the oldest mentoring program in the nation and the only one of its kind in Westchester.  Our unique service matches adult volunteers to children of single parent families.  Professional staff provide careful screening, training, and supervision to ensure that volunteers and children enjoy all of the rewards of the relationship.

The Blood Donor Center is open every weekday 8:45 am – 4:00 pm.  Saturday hours are available.  Donors must be 17 – 75 years of age, in good health and weight at least 110 lbs.  Appointments are recommended. Call 914-681-1056.  For more information on upcoming community blood drives, call 914-681-1056.  White Plains Hospital Center, 41 East Post Road, White Plains, NY.

Music and dinner to benefit women’s charities.  The Barbara E. Giordano Foundation and Support Connection, Inc. announce a special fundraising event: “Bringing Nashville to Westchester! A Feel Good Evening of Great Music and Great Food for A Great Cause.”  The event will take place at  on Friday, November 30, from 7pm-11pm, at The Travelers Rest, 25 Saw Mill River Rd. (Route 100) Ossining, New York 10562.  Proceeds from the evening will be used to support wellness programs.   The highlight of the evening will be a performance by Courtney Shayne of “A Patsy Cline Experience.”  The music and memories of Patsy Cline come to life with this lively, interactive performance. From “Crazy” to “I Fall to Pieces,” you’ll be singing along to all the familiar favorites! For more info on the performer, visit www.courtneyshayne.com.   Tickets are $50 per person which includes a complete dinner, soft drinks, coffee and the show. Cash bar will be available, as well as raffles and a silent auction.  Reservations required. To reserve online: nashvilletowestchester.bpt.me/  To pay by check: Checks payable to: The Barbara E. Giordano Foundation, 405 Tarrytown Road, Suite 1581, White Plains, NY 10607 OR Support Connection, Inc., 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. For information, contact Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or info@supportconnection.org.

This Winter We’re Thinking Sunshine!  Celebrate The Fresh Air Fund’s 138th Summer.  Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Join host families in and around the Westchester County, NY area for our 138th summer and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child! Each summer, over 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year.  For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Heather Stobin at 914-232-6323 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.

Turn your celebration into funds for causes you care about!
Giving is always better than receiving. That’s the inspiration behind Charity Panda, a website you can use to raise funds for your favorite charities. Make giving part of your next celebration: a child’s birthday party, a holiday gathering, a dinner party, or any other memorable milestone event.  With Charity Panda, it’s easy:  You invite guests to your event and ask them to donate to your chosen charity in lieu of gifts. Their donations will be tax deductible, and Charity Panda takes care of everything electronically– from personalized invitations and reminders to thank you notes.  To learn more, visit www.charitypanda.com — and plan some FUNraising  today!

The Children`s Hope Chest has just completed its second year of providing hope to children in need, children who face despair and suffering on a daily basis in the tri-state area. We create programs that encourage the participation of children in an effort to create social change. We offer hope to those in need by linking with established organizations that help families. Our organization is comprised of concerned individuals who wish to promote volunteerism and goodwill in order to lift despair. The Children`s Hope Chest partners with the following agencies to reach out to children who are suffering. Andrus Children`s Center: Provides assessment, treatment, education and preventative services for children who have or are at risk for developing behavioral health problems. Carver Center: mission is to provide educational programs and services to help at risk children maximize their potential for growth and self-sufficiency. Friends of Karen: Giving financial, emotional and advocacy support to families of children with life-threatening illnesses. My Sisters` Place: Offering shelter, education, and advocacy for battered women and their children. Neighbor to Neighbor: Providing essentials (i.e. food and clothing) to over 250 Fairfield County families each week. YMCA of Greater NY: Building strong kids, strong families and strong communities through the values of respect, honesty, responsibility and caring.  For more information on how to get involved please visit our website www.childrenshopechest.com or contact us at (914)696-1176.

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:00pm – 10:00pm.  Hosted by the Hudson Valley Chapter of the PKD Foundation.
Vintage Restaurant and Lounge, 171 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Save the date and join us for Cocktails for a Cure as we raise awareness and funds for the PKD Foundation. Enjoy great company, great food, and live entertainment by The Past Masters!  A big thanks to our sponsors:  Charles J. Newman Co. Insurance, www. charlesnewman .com, Dr. Stuart Kahn, Mount Sinai Hospital, Diane Kahn, Certified Independent Health Coach with Take Shape for Life, www.dianekahn.tsfl.com – 917.653.5933
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