2017 Westchester Community Foundation grants


Behavioral Health

Aisling Irish Community Center, to provide mental health services to Irish immigrants, June, $30,000

Health Services

Community Health Care Association of New York State, to produce a report and analysis of health disparities and social determinants of health in Westchester County, February, $18,000

The Newburgh Ministry, to support a mobile health clinic and outreach for the medically underserved, April, $20,000

Westchester End-of-Life Coalition, for a Spanish language program to promote advance health directives, June, $20,000

Westchester Jewish Community Services, to provide support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in Westchester County, October, $30,000

People with Special Needs

ITAV 10591, to develop a volunteer handyman service to assist seniors who are aging in place, February, $12,000



Behavioral Health

CoveCare Center, to expand mental-health services to youth in Putnam County, December, $20,000

Human Justice

Neighbors Link, to provide free legal services to immigrants, June, $35,000

RSHM Life Center, to provide free legal assistance to immigrants seeking relief from deportation, June, $40,000

Hunger and Homelessness

Community Center of Northern Westchester, to provide food to hungry Ossining residents, October, $15,000

Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, to support a food pantry and home-delivery services to seniors in Tarrytown, February, $15,000

Lifting Up Westchester, to support a mentoring program for at-risk and homeless youth, December, $10,000

Westchester Jewish Community Services, to provide emergency cash assistance to support the basic needs of poor Jewish youth, October, $20,000

Jobs and Workforce Development

City of White Plains, for an education and workforce training program in White Plains, October, $100,000

Westhab, to provide extended post-employment support to graduates of a workforce development program, October, $50,000

Social Services and Welfare

El Centro Hispano, to help low income immigrant families become self-sufficient, October, $15,000

Family Services of Westchester, to provide ex-offenders who are mothers with parenting classes and job training services, October, $15,000

IFCA, to provide credit counseling, financial literacy training and small emergency loans to low- and moderate-income individuals in Ossining, December, $13,000

Westchester Jewish Community Services, to provide comprehensive services to low-income single mothers while they attain their high-school credential and seek employment, June, $30,000

Youth Development

Center for Safety & Change Inc., in Rockland to support a Creative Expressions for Healing program for traumatized youth, February, $11,000

Edward Hopper Landmark Preservation Fund, to support the creation of a docent training program for youth, February, $11,000

Family YMCA at Tarrytown, to increase the number of low-income youth with access to programming that builds motor and social skills, April, $15,000

Focal Point Project, to facilitate four participatory photography workshops for 60 troubled youth in residential care, June, $10,000

Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, to support a pilot program to prepare at-risk pre-school children for success in school, December, $65,000

Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, to support college trips and SAT prep classes for low-income Tarrytown juniors, October, $10,000

League of Women Voters of Westchester Education Foundation, to support the annual Running and Winning workshop for high school juniors and senior girls, April, $1,500

Pelham Art Center, to support arts access for youth in underserved communities, December, $20,000

Project Morry, to support Westchester youth in a nine-year leadership development program, June, $30,000

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, to support a family literacy program for immigrants living in Tarrytown, October, $20,000

Sing Sing Prison Museum, to support a collaboration between the Sing Sing Prison Museum and the Ossining School District in the study of criminal justice and in the planning of the Museum, December, $40,000

The Guidance Center, Inc., to support a comprehensive academic success and college preparation program, June, $125,000

The Rye Arts Center, Inc., to bring arts programming to underserved youth in lower Westchester, December, $20,000

VCS Inc., to support a mental-health counseling program for youth at Spring Valley High School, February, $6,000

Westchester Community College Foundation, to support continued development of the StepUp on Campus program, December, $80,000

Westchester Community College Foundation, to provide scholarship assistance to students attending Westchester Community College, June, $100,000

Yonkers Partners in Education, to support a college access and retention program for Yonkers School District students, June, $80,000

Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, to support an after-care program for youth from the Shelter, December, $30,000


Arts and Culture

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, to support a summer concert and reading of essays exploring the work of composer Franz Schubert, April, $5,000

Clay Art Center, to support a one-year residency for an emerging ceramic artist from Westchester, April, $16,000

Copland House, to support two fellowships for emerging artists working in the Peekskill and Lakeland School Districts, June, $16,000

Copland House, to support two concerts showcasing 20th century German composers, June, $10,000

Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers, to support a free concert by the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra featuring the works of Beethoven, April, $12,000

Jacob Burns Film Center, to support residencies for three emerging filmmakers, April, $30,000

Jazz Forum Arts, to present 16 free summer concerts at two venues in Tarrytown, June, $10,000

Lifetime Arts, Inc., to build the capacity of senior-serving organizations in Westchester to deliver creative arts programs, June, $30,000

Lyndhurst, to make tours of Lyndhurst free for Tarrytown residents, June, $15,000

Music Conservatory of Westchester, to promote the story of the rise of the piano in 18th and 19th century Germany, April, $15,000

Rivertowns Village Green, to provide cultural and educational programming at the Tarrytown farmers market, June, $20,000

SPACE on Ryder Farm, to support a six-week summer arts internship program for two emerging Westchester artists, April, $5,000

Tarrytown Music Hall, to support free and low-cost family-friendly concerts in Tarrytown, October, $15,000

Wartburg, to support a creative arts programs for seniors and the community, April, $25,000

Westchester Philharmonic, to support community concerts and classroom education programs on the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, October, $20,000


Civic Affairs

Child Care Council of Westchester, to expand access to child care for working families through increased parent advocacy, December, $8,000

Community Governance & Development Council, for a civic engagement project in Yonkers, June, $50,000

Community Resource Center, to help low-income immigrant families become self-sufficient, October, $35,000

Community Voices Heard, to engage low-income residents in advocating for improved housing conditions, October, $30,000

Family Service Society of Yonkers, to support leadership development and advocacy training for grandparents providing kinship care to grandchildren, December, $10,000

Hudson Valley Justice Center, to provide legal counseling and representation to low-wage workers who are victims of workplace abuse, October, $25,000

New York Immigration Coalition, to expand access to driver’s licenses for residents who do not have a social security number, October, $20,000

Ossining Union Free School District, to support a leadership program for immigrant parents, October, $30,000

Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, to advocate for electoral reform in Port Chester, December, $15,000

Westchester Children's Association, to train Westchester youth to be advocates for public policy reforms benefitting youth, June, $13,000

Conservation and Environment

Allied Community Enterprises, to support a septic repair and replace program for low-income residents in three towns in Northern Westchester, April, $10,000

Clean and Healthy New York, Inc., to enforce legislation protecting children from eight harmful chemicals, April, $20,000

Connecticut Fund for the Environment, to monitor water quality along the Westchester shoreline of Long Island Sound, December, $30,000

Hudsonia, Ltd., to map the biodiversity of the Long Island Sound watershed within the town of Pound Ridge, June, $15,000

Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, to advance water protection in the Lower Hudson Valley watersheds through water quality testing, October, $30,000

Westchester Green Business Challenge, to expand membership in a certification program that promotes environmentally sustainable business practices, October, $25,000

Westmoreland Sanctuary, to increase biodiversity through native plant restoration, June, $10,000

Technical Assistance

Pro Bono Partnership, to provide free legal services to the nonprofit sector, December, $25,000

Volunteer New York!, to provide leadership training for Westchester’s nonprofit staff and boards, June, $25,000


Jacob Burns Film Center, to support a series of documentary films and panel discussions on topics of local interest called “Community Matters,” October, $12,000

The Loft:  The Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, Inc., to support the activities connected to the LGBT Needs Assessment, September, $5,000