Non-profit organizations in Westchester and Putnam counties that support everything from mental health care access to water monitoring in the Bronx will soon benefit from more than $824,000 in grants from the Westchester Community Foundation.
Grants include $159,000 to support cleanup and water quality monitoring in the Bronx and Saw Mill rivers, Mianus River Gorge, and the Long Island Sound, and $90,000 to expand access to mental health services and other supports for youth.
“Westchester’s environmental community is at the forefront of cleaning our rivers and working with one another and with local officials for wider watershed planning. We are so pleased to support these collaborations,” said Program Officer Tara Seeley.
Some of the grants will also focus on mental health care and substance abuse for the area's youth: "Our community’s young people continue to be at high risk for depression, and substance abuse, especially heroin and opioid abuse,” said Executive Director Laura Rossi. “Expanded access to mental health services in our region can hopefully save more lives.”
Grants were recently awarded to the following:
- Bedford 2020 Coalition, $5,000, to expand an environmental innovation competition for students in grades 6-12.
- Bronx River Alliance, $35,000, to coordinate watershed management efforts for the Bronx River in Westchester County.
- Cancer Support Team, Inc., $30,000, to provide bilingual, culturally sensitive case management support to medically uninsured and underinsured cancer patients.
- City of White Plains, $100,000, for an education and workforce training program in White Plains.
- Community Center of Northern Westchester, $15,000, to provide supplemental food to hungry Ossining residents.
- Community Resource Center, $30,000, to help low-income immigrant families become self-sufficient.
- Connecticut Fund for the Environment, $15,000, to monitor water quality along the Westchester shoreline of the Long Island Sound.
- Copland House, $20,000, for a fellowship program for composers.
- Don Bosco Workers, Inc., $10,000, for a countywide campaign against wage theft.
- El Centro Hispano, Inc., $20,000, to help low-income immigrants become self-sufficient.
- Family Services of Westchester, $20,000, to provide ex-offenders who are mothers with parenting classes and job training services.
- Food Bank for Westchester, Inc, $25,000, to strengthen the food distribution network in Westchester through data collection and training for local food providers.
- Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, $10,000, to support college trips and SAT prep classes for low-income Tarrytown juniors.
- Hudson Valley Justice Center, $25,000, to provide free legal services for immigrant children facing deportation.
- Latino U College Access, Inc, $10,000, to support low-income Latino youth in Tarrytown to prepare for college.
- Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Inc., $20,000, to provide mental health services to immigrants affected by trauma.
- Mianus River Gorge Preserve, $20,000, to determine the health of the Mianus River and its watershed.
- Nonprofit Westchester, $25,000, to strengthen nonprofits in Westchester.
- NYLCVEF, $15,000, To build public support and promote policy recommendations for the adoption of electric vehicle infrastructure in Westchester.
- Ossining Union Free School District, $30,000, to support a leadership program for immigrant parents.
- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, $20,000, to support a family literacy program for immigrants living in Tarrytown.
- Putnam Family & Community Services, $20,000, to expand mental health services to youth in crisis in Putnam County.
- Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, $10,000, for a civic engagement project in Port Chester.
- Tarrytown Music Hall, $15,000, to support free and low-cost family-friendly concerts and events in Tarrytown.
- The Rye Arts Center, Inc., $30,000, to expand arts programs for children in Port Chester and Mamaroneck.
- Tri-State Transportation Campaign, $30,000, to advocate for bus rapid transit on the New NY Bridge and expanded bus service in Westchester County.
- Volunteer New York!, $25,000, for leadership training for Westchester’s nonprofit staff and boards.
- Westchester Green Business Challenge, $25,000, to expand membership in a certification program that promotes environmentally sustainable business practices.
- Westchester Jewish Community Services, $20,000, to provide emergency cash assistance to support the basic needs of poor Jewish youth.
- Westchester Jewish Community Services, $15,000, to expand access to youth mental health first aid training.
- Westchester Land Trust, $14,000, for a conservation easement to protect 30 acres in Ossining along the Hudson River.
- Westchester Library System, $40,000, to promote community dialogue on criminal justice issues.
- Westhab, $50,000, to extend post-employment support to graduates of a workforce readiness program.
- Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Inc., $30,000, to support a vocational training program for young men at the county’s youth shelter.