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The holiday season is a time that inspires reflection. It is during the holiday season that we most often find ourselves counting our blessings and reaching out to help others. This year, due to the public health crisis, we are seeing more people in need in our community. Every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give - So Spread Some Cheer and Volunteer your time and/ or your resources! Listed below are links to a sampling of local organizations that depend on volunteers and/or donations to fulfill their mission of helping our neighbors (Please note: Due to COVID-19 many volunteer opportunities are available virtually).
The Mayor's Youth Board Annual Thanksgiving Basket Program for White Plains families. The Thanksgiving Basket Program serves White Plains families who are experiencing economic hardship. The program anticipates serving 135 families. Youth Council members are seeking donations for the program. A ShopRite or Stop & Shop gift card provides a family with a full Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey. Donations of stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables are also appreciated. Donations are needed by Monday, November 16th, 2020 to the Youth Bureau at 11 Amherst Place, White Plains. For more information, contact Eric Rios at 914.422.1378.
Lifting Up Westchester Holiday Lift Program: 35 Orchard Street, White Plains. Lifting Up Westchester's mission is to restore hope to Westchester County’s men, women and children in need by providing them with food, shelter and support – and lifting them to greater self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. Lifting Up Westchester operates the Open Arms Men's Shelter, Samaritan House Women's Shelter, Supportive Housing, Neighbors Home Care and Youth Services for the community.
For over 40 years, Lifting Up Westchester has opened the doors of its soup kitchen on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day to provide holiday meals for our neighbors in need. They have done this with the help of community and corporate food donations and food drives. This year, due to the pandemic, LUW is not accepting food donations. But they still need the community's assistance to provide 4,000 holiday meals. You can help by purchasing virtual holiday food bags. Do it individually or make it a team effort. To volunteer or donate items please contact: Nancy Inzinna, Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager, 914.949.3098 x 9735, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calvary Baptist Church 188 Orawaupum St., White Plains, NY (914) 948-2875 .email@example.com Founded in 1935 is A Ministry to the City of White Plains and Beyond; . Their mission is Discipling the Believers, Engaging the Community, Imparting into the Family, Impacting the Nations Calvary Baptist Church is requesting volunteers to help prep for the Love Harvest at the Father's Table Community Thanksgiving to be held on Wednesday, November 25th from 11AM to 5 PM. Volunteers are needed Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th from 10 AM to 5PM to help prep and on Wednesday, November 25th from 8AM to 5PM to help distribute food and supplies. Please contact Jacqueline Perkins at 914.439.5047 or email Ms. Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Rotary Club of White Plains Thanksgiving and Holiday Drive. Rotary Club encourages and fosters the ideas of service as a basis of worthy enterprise. Email Rotary Club of White Plains.
The Thomas H. Slater Center, 2 Fisher Court, White Plains, NY The Slater Center's mission is to improve the quality of life, and maximize the potential of the people we serve, by providing them with the tools, resources, services and programs for success. The emergency food pantry located at the Slater Center has requested the following donations which can be dropped off at the Center, 2 Fisher Court, between 9 AM - 5PM:
Donation Request for 11-16-2020
Donation Request for 12-14-2020
White Plains Public Safety Food Drive In the spirit of good community partners, and helping those less fortunate during these trying times, the Department has placed several food drive collection boxes within the Public Safety Building. We asked that our members consider contributing to the Slater Center food bank in whatever way possible and the contributions collected so far have been considerable and much appreciated. The effort will continue from month to month concentrating on different community food banks around the city and particular food items that are most needed. We are very proud to help the community we serve in a new way, by making this small donation and we thank all of our members who have made donations. Spread the word and let’s keep this going strong!
Mt Hope AME Zion Church 65 Lake St # C, White Plains, NY, Telephone 914.948.6372 is requesting gift cards to distribute at their food distribution program scheduled for November 21st.
The White Plains Youth Bureau 11 Amherst Place, White Plans, NY Adopt a Child's Holiday Wish List Program. The mission of the White Plains Youth Bureau is to provide children and youth ages 5 through 24, with the tools they need to become good citizens, and to acquire the skills needed to become competent leaders of the 21st century. The Youth Bureau provides opportunities for today's youth to apply their energies and skills thus enabling them to believe in their futures and themselves. The Adopt a Child Holiday Wish List program maintains a list of White Plains families who have demonstrated a financial need and who appreciate the assistance to provide a happy holiday season for their children. Contact Eric Rios at the White Plains Youth Bureau 914.422.1378, email@example.com
(914) CARES: operates the Diaper Depot as well as the Kids Kloset. (914) Cares distributes diapers and clothing to many organizations, agencies and school districts.
Aging in Place, White Plains An independent not-for-profit helping White Plains seniors to remain at home independently and safely.
American Red Cross Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
ArtsWestchester Challenge Help ArtsWestchester raise money and awareness for Westchester arts organizations this fall. Take the Art$WChallenge and donate to any of the eligible organizations listed on their website. Your donation will provide much needed funds to support cultural programs and services in Westchester. Every new dollar donated (up to a maximum amount set forth in our guidelines per organization) from now through December 31, 2020, is eligible to be matched by ArtsWestchester with the support of Westchester County Government. Support these arts organizations in downtown White Plains: Downtown Music at Grace, The Play Group Theater & White Plains Performing Arts Center
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, a member of the Montefiore Health System, is one of the nation’s premiere leaders in rehabilitation medicine. For over 100 years, we have provided high quality, innovative and compassionate care to patients at our 150-bed adult acute rehabilitation hospital in White Plains, New York. We also provide care through an extensive network of outpatient locations across the region.
Catholic Charities USA The Mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.
Child Care Council of Westchester The Child Care Council of Westchester is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that champions the healthy development of children, families and our community by promoting quality early care and education.
The City of White Plains Mayor's Scholarship Fund A donation to the Mayor’s Scholarship Program helps subsidize families who have demonstrated a financial need and wish to provide recreational opportunities, such as youth sports, after school activities and summer camp, for their children
The City of White Plains Youth Bureau Volunteer and Mentor Programs Adult Volunteer Opportunities: There are many ways adults can volunteer with the White Plains Youth Bureau. Whether you have one hour per month or several hours each week; whether your skills and interests are clerical or direct youth involvement, we'd love to have your energy, support and volunteer hours. Contact Nicolette Johnson at 914-422-1378, x 2106, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorot Westchester Generations Helping Generations is a non profit organization addressing the challenges of an aging population. We serve our clients with a diverse range of programs and services. We deliver these programs and services through intergenerational programs and services through intergenerational connections with volunteers of all ages. Volunteer, Donate
El Centro Hispano El Centro Hispano’s mission has not really changed since its beginning more than forty two years ago – to assist, support, and strengthen Hispanic families; to help them become self- sufficient; and to ease their transition into their new culture while maintaining and enriching their own. El Centro will have its scheduled food distribution program on Thursday, November 19th, December 3 and December 17th at Post Road School at 3PM. El Centro Hispano is requesting gift cards for the holiday season. Please call 914 289.0500.
Elizabeth Seton Children's Foundation, 317 North Street, White Plains, NY 10605; Mission Statement: Creating possibilities for medically complex children and their families, inspired by the love of St. Elizabeth Seton.
Feeding Westchester The mission of Feeding Westchester is to end hunger in Westchester County. As the heart of a network of more than 300 community partners, we source and distribute food and other resources to towns across Westchester County, helping to ensure that none of our neighbors are hungry. Together we are Feeding Westchester.
Family Services of Westchester FSW is a beacon of hope to vulnerable residents, including foster children, veterans, low-income families and abuse survivors. Our FSW community suffers from extreme adversity including poverty, domestic abuse, mental illness, hunger, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, gun violence, dementia and HIV/AIDS. Annually, FSW enables 30,000 clients to learn, earn, heal and thrive. At a time when our services are most needed, many of our funding streams are severely reduced. As essential workers, we have been responding to the increased call for service, through virtual visits and a wide range of COVID resources and support.
Friends of White Plains Public Schools Friends of White Plains Public Schools is dedicated to supporting our students by 1) Funding academic and cultural enrichment programs inot included in the District's budget and 2) Encouraging greater involvement in and support for the schools by parents, the community and alumni.
Friends of the White Plains Youth Bureau Friends of White Plains Youth Bureau (FoWPYB) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to raise funds from individuals, businesses and endowments in order to make significant contributions to support the work of the White Plains Youth Bureau. Our organization's goal is to support the activities and programs of the White Plains Youth Bureau through fundraising efforts and initiatives. In doing so, the Friends of White Plains Youth Bureau has the larger goal of helping the young people of White Plains develop into healthy and productive adults who, in turn, give back to their community, improving the civic health of the wonderful city of White Plains.
The Friends of the Youth Bureau had a fundraising target of $100,000. Over $30,000 has been raised to date. As a strategy to help meet this target, the Friends established a 'Local Love' Campaign. We are asking friends, supporters, neighbors and Youth Bureau relations to donate $50 per person to help achieve this goal. Moreover, we are asking you to share this Campaign on any social media platform, perhaps others would like to help us meet our goal.
Furniture Sharehouse Furniture Sharehouse provides free furniture to economically disadvantaged individuals and families living in Westchester County, giving them the basic household furnishing that enable them to rebuild their lives and live with dignity.
Gilda's Club The mission of Gilda’s Club Westchester is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens, children and families.
Grandpa's United Are you a Grandpa? Join the team! Help us build a network of support and become mentors for our community's youth. Come learn about this new movement. For more information, contact Laura Montoya, White Plains Youth Bureau, 914-422-1378. or email email@example.com.
Humane Society of Westchester Want to make a difference in our community? Adopt a dog or cat and provide a loving home for them! Support our efforts by making a financial contribution that will help us feed and care for the animals. Volunteer your time at our facility to assist us with feeding, walking and other chores. The resident pets will love you and so will we!
Junior League of Central Westchester The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) is a nonprofit women’s organization committed to promoting volunteerism; developing the potential of women; and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Kids Kloset/Westchester Kids’ Kloset is part of the 914 Cares Network and is a volunteer-driven program that provides under-served Westchester County children with donated clothing and related items.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Works every day to protect individuals from domestic violence, defend seniors against abuse, serve veterans on the home front, support the right of the disabled, ensure that LGBTQ individuals are free from discrimination, promote children's well-being and keep families in their homes.
Meals on Wheels White Plains Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains delivers more than just food. We deliver some companionship to people who otherwise might be alone all day. We deliver independence to neighbors who are now able to stay in their own home. We deliver security. Part of our responsibility is to serve as a “safety check” on our clients and calling 911 or family members in case of an emergency.
New York State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins is looking for Angels. The 5th Annual Angel Project.matches gift-giving “angels” with grandparents in our district who face unending challenges in raising their grandchildren when their parents cannot care for them. We are asking if you would like to be an angel this year. We are partnering with Family Service Society of Westchester, Family Ties of Westchester, and the Greystone Community Garden Project. These agencies, on our behalf, will ask their grandparents to give us up to three items for less than $75 for their holiday wish list. We will then forward to each “angel” the list from their grandparent. Angels can choose to give one, two or all three on the list. Sign Up Here Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, I cannot host our regular angel/grandparent luncheon where we distribute the gifts. However, plans are already in place to have the agencies give them out personally. If you would like to be an “angel” this year, please click here or call my district office at (914) 423-4031. A member of my staff will contact you with your grandparent’s name and wish list.
We ask that all gifts be received at my office, 28 Wells Avenue, 5th Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701 no later than Friday, December 18th. Presents should be wrapped or put in a gift box and labeled with your name and the name of your grandparent. If you plan to have the gift mailed or delivered to the district office, please ensure it will arrive in time. Delivery services like Amazon do not deliver to the district office on weekends or after 5 p.m. Your participation will make a profound difference in the lives of a grandparent in Westchester County. I hope you will consider being an angel to a grandparent this year. In this difficult time, your involvement is even more meaningful.
Progressive Foot Care Holiday Shoe Drive 95 Church Street, White Plains. Donate gently worn footwear to Progressive Foot Care's Annual Holiday Shoe Drive. Everyone that donates before December 15 will be entered to their raffle. Prizes include gift certificates from local businesses.
St. Bartholomew's Church at 82 Prospect Street is collecting for three programs 1) the Grab and Go Sunday meals, 2) Their Annual Coat Drive and 3) Holiday Gift Bag Program- With the COLD WEATHER upon us, our COAT COLLECTION resumes. If you have clean, gently used coats, please consider donating them to the Soup Kitchen. To arrange a drop off, please contact me at 914-450-3360. Lastly, we are beginning to collect items for our Holiday Gift Bags. Each year St Bart’s Soup Kitchen provides each guest with a gift bag containing a new zippered hoodie sweatshirt, a t-shirt, gloves, a winter hat, socks and toiletries. We hope to fill 50 bags for men and 5 bags for women. If you wish to donate to this effort, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call my cell (914-450-3360) to arrange for drop-off or pick up. Also appreciated are donations of face masks, bottle water and hand sanitizer.
The Salvation Army 16 Sterling Avenue, White Plains Since 1880, The Salvation Army of Greater New York has been shielding New Yorkers with grace, steadfast determination, and a commitment to providing love and compassion. Across New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley, The Salvation Army serves the most broken among us through a holistic ministry, meeting physical, spiritual, educational, and emotional needs to improve the quality of life for those who have so little. Consider participating in the "Wish Upon A Star" Program, the Red Kettle Program or Food Pantry or Donating gently worn clothing to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Soles for Souls At Soles4Souls, we turn unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty.
The LOFT Community Center 85 Bryant Avenue, White Plains The mission of the LOFT is to Advocate, Educate and Celebrate ▪️To further the cause of inclusion, diversity, and pride through education, advocacy, and celebration.
The Sharing Shelf The Sharing Shelf is a free resource for nonprofits, school and government agencies in Westchester County and provides clothing for low-income children newborn to 19 through the Clothing Bank, Backpacks For School and Teen Boutique Programs.
Toys for Tots The Marine Toys for Tots Program has been delivering a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters since 1947.Over 97% of your donation goes directly to our mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children. The 3% spent on support principally covers fundraising expenses — not one donated dollar goes to salaries or any other manpower costs.
Tourette Syndrome Association Tourette Syndrome has long been misunderstood. It is a complex diagnosis that affects all races, ethnicities, genders, and ages and often comes with other co-occurring conditions such as ADHD, OCD, anxiety, behavior problems, depression, difficulty with social skills and relationships, and rage. The White Plains Department of Public Safety recently had the opportunity to learn more about Tourette Syndrome thanks to Tourette Association of America Youth Ambassador Noah Brick, a White Plains resident. Noah created a training video for the White Plains Police. Noah said, “It is my mission to encourage others to help spread awareness about TS and what it is like for those of us who live it. Through the local NY Hudson Valley Chapter of the Tourette Association, I have two younger little buddies who have Tourette and I want to make it easier for them. I want to erase the stigma associated with TS and replace it with a better understanding of this complex disorder.” For more information about Tourette Syndrome, visit the Tourette Association of America website at: www.tourette.org or the NY Hudson Valley Chapter of the Tourette Association at: www.taa-nyhv.org. Ways to Help
VA Montrose Hospital During these unprecedented times, the Valhalla American Legion Post 1038 is making food accessible to Veterans in Need locally. VA Montrose Veterans Food Pantry Extension at the Valhalla American Legion Post 1038, making food more accessible for Veterans in Need! Mondays from 9 AM - 12 PM, American Legion Post 1038 27 Legion Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595. Now through early January 2021. Veterans in Need are welcome to stop for contactless drive-through and pick-up of grocery items. questions, please call Commander John Creskey at 914-282-3169.
Westchester Independent Living Center A not for profit, community-based, cross-disability resource, advocacy and training center dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Donate
WestCOP Holiday Toy Drive. WestCOP's mission is to mobilize and efficiently manage resources through partnerships and collaborations to help the low-income and at-risk populations in the Hudson Valley region to achieve greater self-sufficiency. Volunteerism plays an integral part in WestCOP’s mission. Whether you’re knitting blankets for newborns, donating books, reading to children, or spending your personal time helping out, WestCOP is always very appreciative. WestCop is holding a Children's Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 12th and are requesting new wrapped or unwrapped toys. Deadline to receive gifts is November 30th. Please call Doris Inzar at 914.631.7340.
WestHab Westhab was founded in 1981 to address the affordable housing crisis in Westchester County. In our early years, we acquired vacant buildings and renovated them into quality transitional and permanent housing. In response growing homelessness, Westhab expanded its focus to renovate and operate shelters in Westchester. As our organization grew, we looked for ways to improve entire communities by engaging resident leaders and neighborhood stakeholders. Always intent not just on addressing the problem, but working to find a solution, Westhab began to provide employment services and youth programs, supporting families to break the cycle of poverty. We also undertook ground-up development of attractive, new affordable housing residences, including housing targeted toward seniors, veterans, young adults, and the disabled. Will you support our work with a year-end contribution? Your support fills critical budget gaps and allows us to deliver our very best to every client as we build communities and change lives one success story at a time. Your donation will lead to homes, jobs, and life-changing services.
Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) strengthens communities by helping people of all ages and backgrounds overcome emotional, cognitive, physical and social challenges. Every year the WJCS Have a Heart for the Holidays Drive helps to ensure Westchester's most vulnerable youth feel some holiday cheer. Last year generous donations and contributions reached over 1,000 children in our programs. This year, the need is even greater. You can support the annual WJCS Have a Heart for the Holidays Drive by Donating directly to the drive HERE or Donating a $25 Amazon.com gift card, click HERE. Donating a new, unwrapped toy, You can shop our amazon.com list to send toys and gift cards directly to WJCS. Please note: The last day to collect donations for this drive is December 4th, 2020. Contact Alexandra Luciano, Database & Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com or 914.761.0600 x2239 with any questions.
Westchester Residential Opportunities WRO promotes equal, affordable & accessible housing opportunities for all residents in our region.
The White Plains Historical Society the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about history, past and present, of the City of White Plains. Particularly the preservation of historic buildings, sites, monuments, and cemeteries; and to promote public interest, awareness and to generate pride in our historic heritage.
White Plains Library Foundation Community contributions supplement essential funding from the City of White Plains by providing on-going support for storytimes and performances for children, teen activities, technology instruction, language learning, author visits, more large print and audiobooks, new mobile Hot Spots, content-rich newsletters to thousands of subscribers, and more. The Library’s resources are keeping us connected and engaged during these unusual times. Donate today, and help the Library stay strong and responsive in 2021.
White Plains Professional Fire Fighters Santa's Express White Plains Professional Fire Fighters collect gifts to distribute at schools, hospital and senior centers. This year's Santa Express will social distance and sing carols outside the institutions. Please consider making a donation of a gift card or cash. Contact Kevin Clampett for drop off details
United Way of Westchester and Putnam The United Way of Westchester and Putnam is dedicated to improving the lives of 40% of our neighbors who live in poverty or paycheck to paycheck. These are often hardworking families struggling to make ends meet and provide a better life for their children. United Way partners with nonprofits, government agencies, and schools to invest and leverage our resources in communities throughout Westchester and Putnam.
Volunteer New York! Volunteer New York!’s core mission is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits, and strengthen the quality of life in our community.
White Plains Hospital White Plains Hospital believes everyone should have access to high quality advanced care, close to home. The support received from our generous donors is essential to helping us continue to provide our community with state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional care for generations to come.
White Plains Performing Arts Center 9 City Center Place, White Plains, NY Love live theatre, music, dance, visual art and arts education? The White Plains Performing Arts Center is the center of White Plains cultural community. Located in the heart of downtown at the White Plains City Center, the PAC is convenient to all. Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available.
Support the theater by live streaming the Four C Notes LIVE concert presented in partnership with BroadwayWorld. Celebrate this iconic musical catalog with an authenticity that similar tributes simply cannot match. All you need is a high speed internet connection suitable for streaming and any smart device (ie: smart phone, tablet or smart TV) to watch from the comfort of your own home. Tickets are available for the world premiere live stream event on Sunday, November 15 at 7 pm OR on demand from November 15 until November 22. Proceeds will support The White Plains Performing Arts Center. Learn more and purchase tickets.
YES SHE CAN 4 Martine Avenue, White Plains. Yes She Can operates Girl AGain, a resale boutique for American Girl dolls and all their accessories and books, as an authentic business, serving as the venue for our job skills development program. The mission of Yes She Can is to help teen girls and young women with autism spectrum disorders to develop transferable job skills to enable them to join the competitive workforce and achieve greater independence. Girl AGain boutique in White Plains is open for business. Our job skills program continues to operate virtually through Zoom so that our participants are receiving coaching, counseling, and social engagement from home. Ways to Help, Donate Your American Girl Doll
YWCA White Plains and Central Westchester 515 North Street, White Plains, NY Since 1929, the YWCA has pioneered social change through innovative programs that improve the lives of women and families. With a budget of $6 million, the YWCA serves thousands of Westchester residence weekly and provides a home for 193 low-income women. This holiday season may look different than prior years but our goal is to create a memorable holiday for the 193 women who live at our Residence. The Women’s Residence Wish List - How YOU can help. The Women’s Residence is seeking donations of the following items: Canned goods - non-perishable pantry items - turkeys - ham - toiletries - laundry baskets - shower caddies - slippers - bathrobes - laundry detergent and softener - cleaning supplies - disinfecting wipes and aerosol spray - hand sanitizers - gifts for kids (boys and girls) - gift cards - new or gently used jackets, socks - gloves - hats - scarves - pots, pans, and dishware - tablets - hotspot. Please note we are not accepting additional clothing items at this time. Please contact Isabella Malouf to schedule a drop off appointment. Your gifts will be distributed by the YWCA on Friday, December 18, 2020. (Please note that it would be helpful to receive the gift cards by December 15th).
Additional possibilities to Make a Difference:
Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving - December 1, 2020. A Global Generosity Movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Over the past seven years, the effort has inspired hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Donate Blood, platelets and plasma contact American Red Cross or NY Blood Bank
De-clutter your home, donate unwanted items to charity.
Donate antibacterial soap and masks to local nursing homes.
We wish you a holiday season of good health, happiness and giving! Spread some cheer and volunteer!