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Tree House Receives Large Gift to Support Grief Counseling & Services Related to COVID-19 PDF Print Email

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By Janet Lyons, Marketing & Development, Bereavement Center of Westchester/Tree House

Apr. 29, 2020: The Bereavement Center of Westchester/Tree House (BCW Tree House) has received an anonymous gift of $25,000 to help support grief counseling and services for those who have lost a family member to the Covid-19 virus. 

“We are so very thankful for this donation. The loss of lives in Westchester has been devastating. Our services are particularly meaningful to families and children during this pandemic.” said Anne Marie Conlan, Director of the BCW Tree House, “In just a matter of weeks, these families’ lives have been drastically impacted. Their children are no longer attending school and are confined to the house with no contact with friends and extended family. The grieving experience can be extremely isolating, and the emotional impact of the loss magnified. ”

“The Treehouse will most certainly be a vital resource for long term Covid-19 grief support in our communities,” said MK O’Shaughnessy, Tree House Fund Board Co–Chair “Since the Tree House is free of charge and is funded entirely by donations, this kind of generosity is even more important due to the loss of normal fundraising activities. We are especially indebted to those who feel the Tree House plays a vital role in times of grieving.” 

School administrators and guidance professionals throughout Westchester have also been reaching out to the Tree House for guidance on the best way to support their school communities during these difficult times of loss. “Even the most experienced administrator or clinician needs guidance, direction and support when their faculty, staff, and students are grieving,” Conlan added. 

Fund Board Co-Chair, Betsy Putnam, is especially grateful for this donation. “There are so many questions about what is going to happen when life gets back to normal. But thanks to this incredible gift, one thing is certain, the Tree House will be there to give our community and our schools the inner strength they need to see a brighter tomorrow.” 

For more information on Tree House counseling go to BCWTreehouse.org

Photos courtesy Tree House

 

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Food Drive at Christ Church on Sunday, May 3, 2020 PDF Print Email

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By Kevin Cook & Jody Maier, Christ Church Bronxville Volunteers

Apr. 28, 2020: Neighbors and friends are invited to drop off groceries destined for the Saint James Fordham Food Pantry in The Bronx during Christ Church Bronxville’s monthly food drive set for Sunday, May 3 between 11:00AM and 4:00PM.

Volunteers will greet donors in front of the church at 17 Sagamore Road and gladly make ‘no contact’ in receiving the gifts.

Christ Church collects food items for St. James on the first Sunday of every month. Last month’s donations provided 5400 meals, and this month the need is expected to grow by over 25%.

Time and again the guests last month exclaimed, “Thank you for being here for us!”

Donors are asked to shop from the following list:

-16 oz cans of any fruit, corn, pigeon peas or black beans

-6-8 oz cans of tuna fish or Vienna sausages

-1 lb. packages of rice or pasta

-10-12 oz packages of healthy cereal such as Cheerios, Special K, Oatmeal*

-Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese*

-Shelf stable milk boxes*

-Paper bags and reusable bags are very much needed to help with the distribution* 

*Most urgently needed.

The May 3rd collection will again be supported with a generous grant from Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 non-profit financial services organization based in the Midwest, the mission of which is to help its members be wise with money and live generously to strengthen their families and communities.

Photo courtesy Christ Church Bronxville


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Rotary Club of Bronxville Has New COVID-19 Matching Fund PDF Print Email

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By Ann Coyle, Rotary Club of Bronxville

Apr. 15, 2020: The Rotary Club of Bronxville, in a rapid response to urgent situations, established and prefunded with a $5,000 donation, an Emergency Fund to be used for the purpose of meeting COVID-19 related needs in Bronxville and surrounding communities, including such needs of businesses and their employees in those communities. 

This may be an ongoing crisis, so any donations from the public are encouraged and can be made through the Bronxville Rotary Club (BRC) website www.bronxvillerotary.com.

In this photo Rotarian Martin Schulman made the initial disbursement of funds on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Photo courtesy The Rotary Club of Bronxville

 

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Junior League of Bronxville: Feeding the Frontlines PDF Print Email

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By Jennifer Colao, member, Junior League of Bronxville

Apr. 15, 2020: On March 21, 2020, the Junior League of Bronxville (JLB) launched Feeding The Frontlines to provide meals to local first responders helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic that is gripping our community along with much of the world.  

As of April 7 (less than three weeks later), over 200 donors have contributed more than $26,000. This has allowed the JLB to partner with more than 16 local restaurants to provide over 1,500 meals to 21 organizations on the front lines.    

As Outreach VP Amy Brown stated, "Feeding The Frontlines started as a simple idea, but with the support of the amazing women of the JLB, it has become a powerful way for the community to come together in support of local restaurants and to honor our frontline heroes."  

A core committee of six JLB leadership team members has worked tirelessly with 17 other active JLB members to coordinate the purchase of meals from local restaurants for delivery to local hospitals, including NY Presbyterian/Lawrence, Montefiore, St. Joseph's, and St. John's Riverside.  

They have also provided meals to the Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester police departments, to EVAC, as well as to Value Drugs and Grassy Sprain Pharmacy. They have fed our local DPWs, Fire Departments, and other charitable organizations, such as Feeding Westchester and Westhab Volunteers.   

A full list of the organizations served, and the participating restaurants is provided below.  

This week, Feeding The Frontlines is launching a new team challenge, where local groups (PTAs, affiliation groups, neighborhood associations, etc.) can raise additional funds for Feeding The Frontlines. 

The teams can choose their frontline hero and local restaurant to support, and the JLB will coordinate to make it happen. 

Teams can register through the JLB website www.jlbronxville.org.  

As JLB president Deirdre Doheny stated, "if there is any silver lining to this dark COVID cloud hanging over all of us, it is having an opportunity to offer a 'thank you' to the heroes around us and to support the men and women who run the local restaurants we love."

Restaurants Participating:

Aldo's Pizzeria

Bagel Land

Chantilly Patisserie

Coal's

Columbus Diner

Girl Scouts - Troop 02616 -2nd Grade Brownies 

Lincoln BBQ

Lusiadas

Mickey Spillane's

Nutmeg

Park Place Bagels

Pete's Park Place Tavern

Polpettina

Retro 520

Diner Root and Vine

Tuckahoe Station Café

Topp's Bakery

Carlo's Restaurant 

Fleetwood Deli

La Stella Deli & Café

De Costa's Restaurant

Organizations Served/Scheduled to be Served:

DPW Bronxville

DPW Mt. Vernon

DPW Tuckahoe

DPW Eastchester

ECAP

Empress EMT

EMS BXV/East/Tuck

FD BXV/East/Tuck

FD Mt. Vernon

Grassy Sprain Pharmacy 

Montefiore Hospital Mt. Vernon

NY Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital

PD BXV

PD Tuckahoe

PD Eastchester

St. Joseph's Medical Center

St. John's Riverside Hospital

Feeding Westchester

Westhab

National Guard

The Guidance Center of Westchester

Photo courtesy Jennifer Coleo


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The Community Fund Launches $250,000 Relief Fund for Local Agencies & Non-Profits PDF Print Email

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By Amy Korb, Executive Director, The Community Fund

Apr. 8, 2020: The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe (TCF) today announced the launch of the Community Fund COVID-19 Relief Fund in response to the impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 and the subsequent growing needs of its community.  

The new fund is intended to offer immediate relief to community programs that address social, economic, and other repercussions of the novel coronavirus in Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe as well as offer assistance to neighboring communities in Mount Vernon and Yonkers. 

Up to $250,000 will be made immediately available to assist local agencies and organizations that are supporting those that have already been hit the hardest by the pandemic. 

Designed to be flexible and nimble to support trusted frontline community organizations, the fund’s purpose is to complement the work of local officials and expand capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible through the nonprofit sector.  

“Because this crisis is global in scale, it’s easy to feel powerless,” said Amy Korb, TCF Executive Director. “But we can take back our power by lending a helping hand to our neighbors and community members that are suffering the most. This is the true meaning of community. ” 

The application process is now open. The application can be found on the Community Fund website. Click here. 

Aiming for a quick turnaround, the Community Fund Grants Committee will review all proposals from local agencies and respond on a rolling basis.  

About The Community Fund

The Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized to provide funding and support for social service agencies and community programs serving the health, education, and welfare needs of local residents. For further information about The Community Fund and the Resiliency Fund application, please log onto their website at www.thecommunityfund.org.

Photo courtesy Community Fund

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