Over 800 View Virtual Nonprofit Leadership Summit

Over 800 viewers streamed the 18th annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit, which was hosted by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam last week. The weeklong virtual summit celebrated diversity, equity, and inclusion, by having five keynote speakers share why creating a diverse environment that supports equity and inclusion is important for nonprofits and other organizations. The goal was to help encourage nonprofit organizations to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values throughout their operations, programs, and leadership. 

“Even though we had to re-imagine this event as a virtual summit, the theme that we planned is not only still relevant today, but it is essential,” said United Way of Westchester and Putnam President and CEO Tom Gabriel, who opened each day’s program. “Through this summit we are privileged to add our voices to the chorus celebrating and embracing diversity, equity and inclusion. It is our fervent hope that this week’s summit in some small way will help us all better value the visible and invisible qualities that make us who we are.” 

This year’s virtual event featured distinguished speakers including Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy for American Express, who closed out the week’s programming. Brown, a Westchester resident who attended Greenburgh Schools, said he has worked in philanthropy for 30 years at six different companies, much of the time focusing on diversity. He said in his current position at American Express he is deeply involved in combatting systemic racism and promoting and advancement. 

“We are in this very critical moment,” said Brown. “This isn’t simply a black moment, or a person of color moment, this is an American moment. America would be better if this DEI movement takes roots because the weight of racial bigotry, the detrimental effects of anti-black racism, and the debilitating impact of systemic racism is a burden America has had to bear for centuries. And freeing America from this bondage will liberate us all. And I’m so happy we have an opportunity for this moment, and for all of us to do something together. And I do believe, really, that we all will benefit as a country for this”. 

Other speakers throughout the week included:Marco Davis, President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, former Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational  Excellence for Hispanics who discussed creating a more equitable social sector. See his presentation here. 

Sean Thomas-Breitfield, co-director of the Building Movement Project, and co-author of the Race to Lead Report, discussed the nonprofit racial leadership gap. See his presentation here. 

Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, a nonprofit consultant, coach, fundraiser, and author/blogger for “Secret Lives of Leaders”, spoke about promoting diversity in your marketing and fundraising efforts. See her presentation here. 

Chitra Aiyar, a TED Speaker who is the former Executive Director of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and co-producer of “Claiming Our Voice See her presentation here.

A recap of the five days of programming as well as additional educational materials can be viewed here.

Continuing education credits are available through Fordham University’s School of Social Service for a fee for those who complete the educations materials in each session.

Thank you to the Nonprofit Leadership Summit sponsors: TD Bank, Con Edison, Nonprofit Westchester, Council Services Plus, HRG – Hospitality Resource Group, Marks Paneth, Paycor, Association of Development Officers, Fordham University, MVP Healthcare, Pace University, Westchester Local Development Corp., and Westchester Library System.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam Hosts Sold-Out Day of Golf

White Plains, N.Y. (September 2020) – United Way of Westchester and Putnam honored Kevin J. Plunkett, Esq., Director of Strategic Initiatives at Simone Development Companies and Former Westchester Deputy County Executive at its 2020 Day of Golf, presented by PepsiCo at Scarsdale Golf Club on September 14.

“Kevin has been a longstanding supporter of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. Specifically, he was instrumental in getting our 211 Helpline recognized as an official County partner,” said United Way President and CEO, Tom Gabriel. “Today, our 211 Helpline answers tens of thousands of calls each year from frightened residents here in Westchester and throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.”

Funds raised help to support United Way’s continuing COVID-19 pandemic response efforts and the local nonprofit community. The Day of Golf Committee members included Plunkett, John M. Flannery, Esq. of Wilson Elser, Bud Hammer, and Cathy Hoffman of Atlantic Westchester Inc., and William Mooney III, Esq. of Signature Bank.

“United Way has distributed more than 310,000 lbs of groceries and prepared meals to over 14,000 households,” Gabriel continued. “We have donated more than $2.3 million in essential goods to assist people with their basic human needs and have distributed over $1.3 million in grants to nonprofits serving our most vulnerable residents.”

United Way of Westchester and Putnam recognized Kevin Plunkett as the honoree of their 2020 Day of Golf. Pictured Margaret Tramontine, Chief Development Officer, Tom Gabriel, President and CEO, honoree Kevin Plunkett, and Rebecca Snyder, Director of Special Events and Development

The sold-out event featured a round of golf with contests, BBQ lunch on the course, a cigar rolling station, and a grab and go gourmet dinner. Players also took their best shot in a “Beat the Honoree” contest, to try to hit farther on a par 3 hole than the event honoree.

“I am very proud to be recognized by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam,” honoree Plunkett said. “Over 400,000 households have been helped in Westchester and Putnam counties by United Way over the last year. It is a great honor to be here, to be recognized, and to have a golf outing in these tough times to support this great cause.”

The tournament’s Long Drive contest winners were Bill Winters of Tompkins Mahopac Bank and James McHale III of JP McHale Pest Management and the Closest to the Pin winners were James McHale Jr. of JP McHale Pest Management and Desmond Lyons of Lyons McGovern LLP. The Day of Golf event was generously sponsored by Allan M. Block Agency, Inc., Apple Bank, Atlantic Westchester, AtwoB, Casamigos Spirits Company, Charles Newman Co., CPL Architecture Engineering Planning, Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, Jean Marie Connolly, and Mark Iannucci, JP McHale, Kensico Cemetery, LeChase Construction, Levitt-Fuirst, Lyons McGovern LLP, Matthew Lyness, Mutual of America, PCSB Bank, PepsiCo, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 21, Plunkett Attorneys at Law, Bill and Tom Mooney at Signature Bank, Simone Development Companies, Skunktown Distillery, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, and Westfair Communications.

United Way Non-Profit Leadership Summit to Focus on Encouraging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Westchester County, N.Y. (September 2020) – United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2020 will focus on a topic that now more than ever is relevant in the corporate and not-for-profit worlds: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

The theme for this year’s summit is “Preparing for the Success of Tomorrow Begins with Embracing Equity Today.” The goal is to help encourage not-for-profit organizations to focus on diversity and inclusion as core values throughout their operations, programs, and leadership.

“This year we have seen that the message of equity, diversity, and inclusion is more relevant than ever before,’’ said United Way of Westchester and Putnam President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We cannot move forward into the future by holding onto to old ways that don’t serve our communities or our nation. Leaders of the future should be reflective of the communities we represent.’’

Over five days, this year’s virtual event will feature high-level speakers including Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy for American Express, who will close out the week’s programming.

The summit will be held virtually from Monday, October 5, through Friday, October 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each day will have a 1:1 speed networking session followed by a keynote presentation and ending with a Q&A session. The event is $25 for a weeklong pass thanks to the generous underwriting of TD Bank. Continuing education credits and certificates of completion are available to those who attend all of the keynote presentations.

The goal of the Nonprofit Leadership Summit is to build professional excellence in the purpose-driven organizations of Westchester and Putnam counties. The keynote speakers will speak on this theme through the lens of the nonprofit sector.

Speakers for this week will include:

Monday, Oct. 5

Marco Davis, President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, former Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will discuss creating a more equitable social sector.

Tuesday, October 6  

Sean Thomas-Breitfield, co-director of the Building Movement Project, and co-author of the Race to Lead Report, will address the nonprofit racial leadership gap.

Wednesday, October 7

Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, a nonprofit consultant, coach, fundraiser, and author/blogger for “Secret Lives of Leaders”, will speak on promoting diversity in your marketing and fundraising efforts.

Thursday, October 8

Chitra Aiyar, a TED Speaker who is the former Executive Director of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and co-producer of “Claiming Our Voice,” will discuss cultivating space for marginalized populations.

Friday, October 9

 Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy at American Express, who will talk about the importance of diversifying the current landscape of nonprofit leaders and transforming an organization’s capacity to attract, develop, and retain leadership talent.

Each day’s schedule will be as follows:

11:30 a.m. – 1:1 speed networking (5-minute intervals)

12:00 p.m. – Keynote

12:55 p.m. – Q&A

1:30 p.m. – Event Ends

Tickets can be purchased here.

The Summit attracts a diverse audience of professionals and volunteer leaders in the nonprofit sector – across disciplines, fields, and experience levels. Last year over 600 people from over 250 organizations attended the event.

In addition to the generosity from TD Bank. The United Way of Westchester and Putnam would like to thank the Summit sponsors Con Edison, Nonprofit Westchester, Council Services Plus, HRG – Hospitality Resource Group, Marks Paneth, Paycor, Association of Development Officers, Fordham University, MVP Healthcare, Pace University, Westchester Local Development Corp., and Westchester Library System.

United Way Releases Latest ALICE Data on Financially Struggling Families

Even before COVID-19 hit, 38% of households in Westchester and Putnam counties were already one emergency away from financial ruin, setting the stage for an unprecedented economic crisis in the Hudson Valley for the next several years, according to the latest local ALICE® Report released by United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

ALICE® stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but less than they need to afford a basic survival budget. There is no room in their household budgets for emergency expenses.

The 2020 ALICE® report shows that low-income families in Westchester and Putnam systematically lost buying power and financial stability as the cost of essentials outpaced wages. Meanwhile, the number of jobs that provide a living wage did not keep pace with the state’s population. The result was that 141,922 of the households in Putnam and Westchester counties were ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), a large number even before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The 2020 ALICE® NY Report provides a reliable baseline of pre-COVID ALICE households to best direct resources,” explained Tom Gabriel, President and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “We can use this information to ensure we don’t leave ALICE behind again as we recover from the current economic and health crisis.”

The report calls for stakeholders across all sectors to use its findings to remove obstacles to financial stability, identify gaps in community resources and build data-driven solutions to help ALICE families achieve economic stability, bolstering the state’s economy overall.  United Way of Westchester and Putnam offers key resources for those living paycheck to paycheck, including our 24/7 211 Helpline, our ALICE $ense Financial Empowerment program, and the FamilyWize prescription discount program

The most recent ALICE report shows that over the last few years, New York and the Hudson Valley’s economy rebounded and the state made investments to assist those living in poverty. However, there is still a large number of Hudson Valley residents who lack sufficient income and resources to pay for housing, food, child care, transportation, and health care. The report continues to show that ALICE lives in every part of our region, from our largest cities to our most rural areas.

Using data from the census and a number of economic studies produced in 2018, The 2020 New York ALICE report shows that:

  • The City of Peekskill jumped from 55% in 2016 to 61% in 2018 of its population falling below the ALICE threshold. Peekskill now has the highest percentage of households living as ALICE or in poverty as compared to any community in Westchester or Putnam.
  • To meet the ALICE threshold for survival, a Putnam 4-person household (two adults, two children in care) must earn $109,236 in Putnam and $78,156 in Westchester.
  • To meet the ALICE threshold for survival, a single person must earn $42,636 in Putnam County or $27,321 in Westchester County to meet the household survival budget.
  • 71% of Single-female headed households with children in Westchester or Putnam are considered ALICE or in poverty.
  • While seniors, ages 65+, account for 27% of the households they comprise 38% of those who struggle to make ends meet in Putnam.
  • While Blacks, African Americans, and Hispanics make up 36% of the household population in Westchester, they are 52% of those falling into the ALICE or poverty categories.

The report debuts a new measurement called the ALICE Essentials Index. This Index chronicles how the cost of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and a smartphone plan rose at nearly twice the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

To read a copy of the report and find county-by-county and town-level data on the size and demographics of ALICE as well as the community conditions and costs faced by ALICE households in the Westchester and Putnam counties, visit www.uwwp.org/alice

Regional Launch of ALICE 2020

For those that aren’t familiar with the term, ALICE stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” At its core, it is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn just above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough for a survival budget.

ALICE families struggle to meet even their most basic needs such as housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, and necessary technology. When funds run short, these families are forced to make impossible choices between child care or paying the rent… filling a prescription or fixing a car

On Thursday, August 13, at 11 a.m., three Hudson Valley United Ways (United Way of Westchester and Putnam, United Way of Rockland and United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region) presented a virtual workshop on ALICE® 2020 in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties.

Learn more about the 2020 ALICE Report from the recording below of the webinar, UWWP hosted yesterday in partnership with United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and the United Way of Rockland County.

Even before COVID-19 hit, 38% of Hudson Valley households were already one emergency away from financial ruin, setting the stage for an unprecedented economic crisis in the Hudson Valley for the next several years, according to the latest state ALICE® Report released by United Way of New York State.

The 2020 ALICE® report shows the Hudson Valley’s low-income families systematically lost buying power and financial stability as the cost of essentials outpaced wages. Meanwhile, the number of jobs that provide a living wage did not keep pace with the state’s population. The result was that 273,609 of the Hudson Valley’s 723,177 households in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties were ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) or in poverty, a large number even before the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.  READ THE REPORT

“The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is showing critical areas of need for our economy, health care system, and education capacity during a national crisis. No one is immune to its direct or indirect effects, but ALICE families are particularly vulnerable to hardship from both illness and economic disruption,” said Brenda Episcopo, President and CEO of United Way of New York State, who commissioned the report. Episcopo will be a featured guest during the Virtual Workshop on ALICE® in the Hudson Valley.

The report calls for stakeholders across all sectors to use its findings to remove obstacles to financial stability, identify gaps in community resources and build data-driven solutions to help ALICE families achieve economic stability, bolstering the state’s economy overall.

The most recent ALICE report shows that over the last few years, New York and the Hudson Valley’s economy rebounded and the state made investments to assist those living in poverty. However, there is still a large number of Hudson Valley residents who lack sufficient income and resources to pay for housing, food, child care, transportation, and health care. The report continues to show that ALICE lives in every part of our region, from our largest cities to our most rural areas.

Using data from the census and a number of economic studies produced in 2018, The 2020 New York ALICE report shows that:

  •       To meet the ALICE threshold for survival, a Hudson Valley 4-person household (two adults, two children in care) needs an average annual income of $99,242.40 or $49.62 per hour.
  •       An individual living in the Hudson Valley needs an average annual income of $35,510.40 or $17.76 per hour, to meet the household survival budget.
  •       Economic data show that the number of low-wage jobs increased by 33% from 2007 to 2018 and accounted for the largest number of jobs in New York in 2018.
  •       All but one of New York’s 62 counties have 30 percent or more households earning less than what is needed to afford a basic household budget.

The report debuts a new measurement called the ALICE Essentials Index. This Index chronicles how the cost of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and a smartphone plan rose at nearly twice the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Here are links to the presentation deck, the 2020 NYS ALICE Report, and the NY page on the United for ALICE website.

United Way Distributes $1 Million Worth of Socks to 100 Nonprofit Agencies Across the NY Metro Area

Nanuet, NY (July 21, 2020) – A million dollars’ worth of socks was gifted to thousands of individuals and families in need thanks to a corporate and nonprofit partnership in the New York Metropolitan area.

On Monday, July 20, the United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) in partnership with The Building Blocks Foundation, a nonprofit that helps homeless children in New York City, and Bombas, comfort-focused apparel brand with a mission to help those in need, distributed 100,000 pairs of socks to 100 not-for-profit agencies across the metro area.

“This partnership was a match made in heaven,’’ said Tom Gabriel, President and CEO of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “Thanks to the generosity of Bombas and the resourcefulness of The Building Blocks Foundation and our team at United Way, thousands of people across the region will have the luxury of having something so basic, but so essential, to make their lives a little more comfortable.”

For The Building Blocks Foundation founder and CEO, Jay Mota, partnering with UWWP provided a silver lining to the public health emergency. “We usually work with the New York City schools to distribute the Bombas socks to children in need, but with the COVID-19 pandemic we had to change the way we reached the students,” he explained. “By working with the United Way of Westchester and Putnam we were able to connect with organizations that help families in need in both New York City and Westchester County. It has been an incredible partnership.”

Bombas was pleased with the opportunity to work with UWWP also.

“We remain inspired by the tireless work of United Way of Westchester and Putnam,” said Bombas VP of Giving Kelly Cobb. “Their ability to respond to their community in times of uncertainty is noteworthy. We’re so grateful for all that they do and are proud to call them a Bombas Giving Partner.”

As part of its mission, Bombas donates a specially-designed item for every item sold. To date, they have donated more than 35 million items to those in need with the help of more than 3,000 Giving Partners comprised of homeless shelters and community organizations.

A truck carrying more than 400 boxes of Bombas donation socks arrived at the U-Haul Storage in Nanuet on Monday morning, and before 2 p.m. most of the socks had found a home among grateful organizations.

More than 100 organizations in the metro area benefitted from the distributions including those in The Bronx, Harlem, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Peekskill serving the homeless, low-income families with children and others. Among the organizations were:

NYC

The Children’s Village
Midnight Run
NYC Police Athletic League

Rockland

Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center
Rockland Community Action Program

Westchester

Hope Community Services
The Guidance Center of Westchester
Westhab
WestCOP
YWCA Yonkers

“At Hope Community Services we are serving more than 5,000 families a month since the start of COVID-19 and through the generous help of United Way of Westchester and Putnam we have been able to provide not just food but essential goods such as these socks,” said Benito Ceja, program manager at Hope Community Services in New Rochelle.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam has increased its donations during the pandemic, announcing two rounds of grants totaling more than $1 million to not-for-profits. It recently gave away more than $50,000 in toys, school supplies and other goods to Westchester Parks Foundation’s Camp Morty for underprivileged children, and more than 150 mattresses to Westhab’s transitional housing program in Yonkers.

United Way Donates Supplies to Camp Morty

White Plains, NY (June 30, 2020) – As the camp season begins, the United Way of Westchester and Putnam has partnered with the Westchester Parks Foundation to make summer a little bit happier for underprivileged youth who will be unable to attend camp in person this year.

The Westchester Parks Foundation announced that it will move to a free virtual summer camp for its annual Camp Morty program. Applications have been extended on a first come first serve basis to include one- and two-week sessions to 1,200 children currently part of Westchester County’s Department of Social Services, from home they must be receiving services to be eligible to apply. Camp starts July 6.

United Way donated hundreds of activities, toys, books and other supplies that will be part of a package sent home to campers each week along with curriculum and video instructions so they can participate in online activities. United Way also provided sandals, backpacks and school supplies for fall. The total value of the items donated is about $50,000.

“The generosity of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam will have an incredible impact on the Camp Morty campers and their families,’’ said Camp Morty Director Mary Ehring. “The ability for our parents to not have to worry about purchasing things such as backpacks and school supplies for next year, especially given the current pandemic, will be such a huge economic help for them.”

Camp Morty was founded in 2006 and is operated by the Westchester Parks Foundation in partnership with Westchester County’s Department of Social Services, Department of Community Mental Health and Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation. The camp provides a quality outdoor traditional summer camp experience for children ages 8 to 15, many of whom are in foster care, live in homeless shelters, or are under child protective services.

New camper applications can be completed using this link. For more information about Camp Morty, visit http://campmorty.com/.

United Way Donates 150 Mattresses to Westhab Housing Program

White Plains, NY (June 23, 2020) – United Way of Westchester and Putnam has donated $150,000 worth of  Tempur-pedic twin mattresses to Westhab to help its transitional housing program in Yonkers.

The donation came through United Way’s Gifts-in-Kind program which partners with Goods 360 to provide essential goods to individuals and families in need through the nonprofits that serve them.

Rich Nightingale, President and CEO of Westhab Inc., said that the mattresses would go to help families moving into permanent housing.

“It’s donations like these that fuel our efforts and keep us building communities and saving lives,’’ said Nightingale. “United Way, thank you for your incredible partnership.’’

Tom Gabriel, President and CEO of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, said that in the past year, United Way has provided $2 million of donations through the Gifts-in-Kind program, which helps to funnel millions in corporate and other donations to the public through its not-for-profit partnerships.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Goods 360 which allows us to provide new clothing, furniture, and other essential goods to people in our community who are in need,’’ said Gabriel. “It’s partnerships like these that help us to fulfill our mission to lift up people in crisis to self-sufficiency.’’

United Way Offers Free Financial Wellness Webinar in Partnership with Key Bank

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is partnering with KeyBank to help guide individuals and families through this economically challenging time by hosting a free, Financial Wellness Webinar on Friday, June 26, at 11 a.m. This one-hour, virtual event will grant Westchester and Putnam community members an opportunity to become more financially literate in essential topics such as saving, budgeting, and managing debt.

“The COVID-19 Public Health Crisis has changed the financial aspects of so many people’s lives and this financial wellness webinar will help them identify how to start picking up the pieces and what resources are available to help.  said Tom Gabriel, President and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. “KeyBank has been a longtime partner with the United Way and has committed itself to working with us to help those who are living paycheck -to-paycheck or in poverty.”

The Webinar is sponsored through KeyBank’s Young Professionals Business Impact and Networking group and will be presented by Key@Work Relationship Manager Sara Camacho, and Area Retail Leader Matt Lake. The session offers tools and guidance to help attendees assess their financial health, define their financial goals and objectives and build a path to financial success.  It will also include time for attendees to ask financial questions to the presenters.

“Strong and sound financial habits are built over time,” said Camacho.  “Making the decision to become financially well is the first step of a journey that can take several months to several years.  The good news is everyone can become more financially healthy by putting good habits in place.”

Registration for the webinar can be done online at uwwp.org/financialwebinar.

About the presenters

As a Key@Work Relationship Manager for KeyBank, Sarah Camacho, delivers forward-thinking financial wellness and objective advice to clients, including individuals and families, professionals, retirees, business owners, executives, and organizations. Sarah guides her clients to financial success by providing them with resources and advice in debt and credit, saving and budgeting, homeownership, investing and retirement, and other financial wellness topics. Sarah has over 15 years of experience within the financial industry. She earned a B.A from Pace University and is certified in Leadership and Communication from Toastmasters International. Sarah has also worked with many community organizations delivering financial literacy to support people on their path to self- sufficiency.

Matthew Lake is the Area Retail Leader for KeyBank in the Metro Fairfield area, providing leadership and coaching to the retail teams of 14 branches in Westchester County, Manhattan, and Fairfield County. He is passionate about employee development and engagement and believes strongly in coaching his team to live out KeyBank’s mission of impacting the financial wellness of our clients. Matt has over 15 years of experience in senior-level banking. He is well-versed in business development, sales and service leadership, and the overall planning of market strategy within the financial industry. Matt earned his degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He is active in his community and is a volunteer member and mentor at Junior Achievement USA.

About KeyBank

KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $156.2 billion at March 31, 2020.

Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,000 branches and approximately 1,400 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

About United Way of Westchester and Putnam

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) provides strategic resources and tools to residents in crisis or who are marginalized due to personal or life’s circumstances. These include the 2-1-1 helpline, early literacy programming for preschoolers, job skills training and financial empowerment for adults, as well as access to health services.

UWWP is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. Phone: 914-997-6700 Website: www.uwwp.org. Facebook: www.facebook.com/UnitedWayWP and Twitter @UnitedWayWP

United Way Announces $1 Million in Emergency Food and Shelter Grants to Westchester and Putnam Nonprofits

White Plains, NY – June 16, 2020 – The United Way of Westchester and Putnam announces that $1 million in grants have been distributed among more than 50 local, nonprofit organizations responding to unprecedented needs driven by COVID-19.
“COVID-19 has created an economic crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen in 90 years,” said United Way President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “In response, the United Way is honored to be able to distribute $1 million in Emergency Food and Shelter funding to help our nonprofit partners address the basic human needs of families in our community. As a result, we estimate that more than 300,000 families will be helped through this funding.’’
The funds were made available through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Boards in Westchester and Putnam counties. This program provides federal funding which helps to extend currently available services for the hungry or homeless or at risk of eviction. The United Way of Westchester and Putnam is the administrative agent of the Local EFSP Boards in Westchester and Putnam counties.
The Bridge Fund of Westchester is extremely grateful for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funding,” said Grace Perry, director of The Bridge Fund. “We primarily service client households that are employed but sit right on top of the poverty line and often do not qualify for public benefits, such as food stamps. However, these clients struggle monthly to meet a barebones budget and any crisis can give way to a missed rent payment, food insecurity etc. The pandemic only exacerbates these circumstances. The EFSP grant funding allows organizations like The Bridge Fund to help not only meet these most basic needs for individuals and families, but also ease their worry and give a sense of hope”.
This is the second round of grants that has been awarded to nonprofits through the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. In May, 31 local nonprofit organizations were collectively awarded $120,000 in grants thanks to the United Way’s John M. Bendheim Community Disaster Response Fund and Bonwit Fund, as well as The PepsiCo Foundation.
Here is a list of organizations that received funding in the latest round.
ANDRUS
Bethel Temple of Praise
The Bridge Fund
Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill, Inc.
Catholic Charities Community Services
Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Inc.
The Children’s Village
CHOICE of NY
Church of the Ascension
Community Center of Northern Westchester
Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry
Don Bosco Community Center of Port Chester, Inc.
Feeding Westchester, Inc.
First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown Food Pantry
Family Resource Center of Peekskill
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
Friends of Karen
Family Services Society of Yonkers
Giving Tree Global, Inc.
Gullotta House
H.O.P.E. Community Services
Hillside Food Outreach
Holy Name of Mary Church DBA Loaves and Fish Soup Kitchen
Hope’s Door
Jawonio Inc
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Life Progressive Service Group, Inc.
Lifting Up Westchester
Meals-on-Wheels of New Rochelle, Inc
Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry, Inc.
My Sisters’ Place, Inc.
Neighbors for Refugees Inc.
OLMC-Elmsford Community Food Pantry
Port Chester Carver Center
The Preservation Company, Inc.
Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center
Putnam CAP
Salvation Army
SPRING Community Partners
St. Christopher’s Inn
St. Mary’s Food Pantry – Mohegan Lake
St. John’s Food Pantry – Mahopac
Sts. John Paul & Clement Food Pantry
Westchester Community College Foundation
WestCOP
Westchester Jewish Community Services
Westhab
Westchester Residential Opportunities
YMCA of Yonkers
Yonkers Community Action Program
Youth Shelter of Westchester
YWCA of White Plains
United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) provides strategic resources and tools to residents in crisis or who are marginalized due to personal or life’s circumstances. These include the 2-1-1 helpline, early literacy programming for preschoolers, job skills training and financial empowerment for adults, as well as access to health services.
UWWP is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. Phone: 914-997-6700 Website: www.uwwp.org. Facebook: www.facebook.com/UnitedWayWP and Twitter @UnitedWayWP