#GivingTuesday, May 5, 2020
Giving Tuesday will take place on May 5, 2020. “It is a day of global unity and generosity intended to unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. This year, #GivingTuesdayNow, will respond to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.” In honor of this movement, we ask that you help support organizations that are serving our local community with “boots on the ground.”
We know that many of you are suffering personal financial hardship and are asking only those of you who can, to make a donation in any amount that is meaningful to you. Big or small, your contribution will help those who are suffering to survive this crisis.
We put together a short list of local organizations that are doing amazing work; we know there are many others. If there is an organization close to your heart that you would prefer to support, please do.
Harold & Elaine Shames JCC on the Hudson:
Among many other things, the Shames JCC on the Hudson serves as a connector between agencies, organizations, resources, and people. We leverage the power of our incredible community and our resources to connect “boots on the ground” service organizations with the volunteers, funds, and supplies they need. Click here to give.
UJA Federation of New York:
Your support today helps UJA serve those who are counting on them most, including isolated seniors, Holocaust survivors, and those facing newfound financial hardship. They’re on the front lines with their partners during this critical time — providing protective equipment, supporting food pantries, and ensuring dignified free burials. They need your help now more than ever to help meet our community’s needs. Click here to give.
Afya is delivering personal protective equipment to New York healthcare workers, with a special focus on healthcare systems supporting vulnerable populations. Click here to give.
Dobbs Ferry Midnight Run: Midnight Run has adapted to the times and continues to work tirelessly to provide essentials to our area’s most vulnerable. Family groups who have been social-isolating together, are replaced, randomized volunteer groups. They are providing identical supply kits to the homeless, in order to avoid at-risk individuals needing to stand in line. They currently need: toiletries, plain men’s t-shirts, underwear, socks, protective masks, and, as always, financial support. They are always delivering readymade lunch bags. Contact Dale Williams [email protected] for more information.
My Sister’s Place—Unfortunately, domestic violence is on the rise while many have to shelter in place with their abuser. My Sister’s Place unceasingly serves to aid and protect the mostly women and children who are suffering. Please consider donating via their website, or contact Christina Knowles, Development Associate, (914) 683-1333 x 142 to contribute over the phone. Finally, please pass on their hotline number 800-298-7233 (SAFE) to anyone you fear may be at risk. My Sister’s Place also provides ideas for creative ways you can provide assistance. See their Virtual Volunteering page.
The LIFE Center—Residents of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown depend on the RSHM LIFE Center for direct service to recent immigrants and/or those who are already struggling financially during the best of times. Now that they’ve had to close their doors, their staff has been working tirelessly to stay connected to the children and families they serve all year round. Their legal office and mental health departments are particularly stretched thin. They serve as a distribution point for meals 2-3 per week. To see how you can help, or to make a donation, contact Sister Sue Gardella at 914-366-9710, or [email protected].
The Community Food Pantry of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow—Due to these difficult times, The Community Pantry has been working overtime to fulfill the needs of the food insecure in our area. They are distributing bags of food twice a month and can always use donations of food, or financial contributions. Call Rachelle at (914) 332-0182, visit their website, or simply drop food donations off in their collection bins on the corner of South Broadway and Elizabeth Street. Please note: they accept baby food, nutritional supplements, or opened/expired packages. They are most in need of: Healthy cereal, plain oatmeal, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, 2 lb. bags rice, dried beans, pasta, and tuna/sardines.