Wednesday, November 22, 2006

DURING THE HOLIDAYS HELP THE HUNGRY AND HOMELESS

During the holiday season lots of Greenburgh residents are interested in helping the hungry and homeless. This is a time to appreciate our good fortune. Bloggers may be concerned about leaves, A & B budgets, parks & zoning issues. These are important issues. Unfortunately, there are people out there who worry about issues that are evening more important: finding shelter in the evening and food for their children.
There are many organizations that provide help to the less fortunate. Here are a few:
*Union Baptist Church, Manhattan Ave, Greenburgh (948-6439)--the church has a food pantry for the hungry. They welcome donations.
*Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless - 48 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite 35-37, White Plains, NY 10601 Phone: 682-2737. The coalition has a long list of many organizations that seek donations.
*The Sharing Community, 1 Hudson Street, Yonkers serves a Thanksgiving Day meal on November 23rd at noon. Volunteers needed. Call 963-2326.
*YWCA of Yonkers (shelter and food pantry), 87 S Broadway, Yonkers -will distribute holiday food for Thanksgiving. Volunteers needed 963-0640 X 102
*El Centro Hispano (St Bernard's Church), 346 South Lexington Ave, White Plains distribute holiday foods to clients. Donations of spanish foods, rice and non perishable items are needed. Call 289- 0500.
* Grace Church Community Center, 33 Church Street, White Plains serve Thanksgiving meals. Donations welcome 949-3098 X 100
*ARCS Hawthorne 40 Saw Mill River road, Hawthorne --food donations welcome 785-8356
*Community Opportunity Center of the Tarrytown's, 105 Wildey Street, Tarrytown 631-7340. Food donations welcome.
The above is just a small sampling of groups. If you know of any other organization that is searching for volunteers or donations please post your comments on the blog.

ON another matter- a few weeks ago I reported that a Dobbs Ferry family faced eviction from a Greenburgh owned apartment that the town acquired due to foreclosure. The building is substandard and is unsafe. Good news---the family found a new apartment in Greenburgh and will be moving into their new new home on December 15th. We raised $1241 to help the family pay their one month security. Thank you for your help! This family will have a happy and stress free holiday season.

4 comments:

Roz Leviatin said...

Thanks for letting us know about the Dobbs Ferry family. We rarely get to hear about the results of direct appeals for help, and I am happy to learn that the situation seems to be ending well. This blog is a simple and excellent way to communicate with constituents in a public forum, and I continue to be mystified by potential liabilities that are of concern to the other Town Council members.

Anonymous said...

Very nice message to share with us during the Thanksgiving holidays. Happy Thanksgiving, Paul.

Anonymous said...

I am happy that the family living in Dobbs Ferry found an apartment. Thank you for your efforts.

Anonymous said...

PAUL FEINER WROTE:
"During the holiday season lots of Greenburgh residents are interested in helping the hungry and homeless. This is a time to appreciate our good fortune. Bloggers may be concerned about leaves, A & B budgets, parks & zoning issues. These are important issues. Unfortunately, there are people out there who worry about issues that are evening more important: finding shelter in the evening and food for their children. "


This is not something we should be interested in only around the holidays. This should be a year around effort for us all, this isn't only an issue during the holidays.

Also, we should realize there are numerous people living below the poverty line right here in the town.