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September 2020

New Yorkers Called to Action in Spirit of Resilience

In honor of those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Westchester County Executive George Latimer will join with Volunteer New York! to host the 10th annual “9/11: Serve + Remember.” Volunteer opportunities are available through Friday, September 11 with a major focus on a special #911day Covid-19 Relief Healthy Food Drive initiative throughout Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. This community-wide action event is sponsored by Robison Oil.


“Food insecurity has always been a serious concern here in Westchester. Due to Covid-19 and its deleterious impact on our community, the issue has reached new heights. Our pantries – and volunteers – are stretched thin and efforts like those taken here by Volunteer New York! aim to combat this rising tide,”  Latimer said.


 Additional #911DAY DIY (Do-it-yourself) volunteer opportunities that can be done from home include making protective face masks for those in need, writing letters to our troops overseas and making no-sew fleece blankets for children’s hospitals. DIY project supplies will be provided for free upon registration and available for no-contact pickup on a first come, first served basis and while supplies last.


Volunteer New York! Executive Director Jeanette Gisbert said, “Every volunteer on September 11, 2001 risked something by showing up to help. On this #911DAY we call on all New Yorkers to show up in this same spirit of resilience and community once again ready to give in whatever way they can. You don’t have to go it alone either, consider getting your family, office or friends to join you. We’re stronger together.”

Online registration for any/all of these #911Day opportunities is required and will be available at volunteernewyork.org/service.


This year, as participants are limited in how one can volunteer together, Volunteer New York! calls on all New Yorkers to join them for the  most important day of service ever -- as they focus the power of community and volunteering on a single goal: fighting food insecurity.


Feeding Westchester has reported that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented 40% spike in food insecurity in the community, some local pantries have seen a 300-900% increase in people requesting food, which has been shown to be disproportionately devastating to the Latino and African-American community members. The following food pantries on Westchester have joined to support a community-wide Covid-19 relief healthy food drive to help alleviate this intense and timely need: Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill (CHHOP)/ Fred's Pantry -  Peekskill; Hope Community Services -  New Rochelle; Community Food Pantry of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow - Tarrytown; Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry -  Mount Kisco; Don Bosco Community Center -  Port Chester; United Community Center of Westchester -  New Rochelle; Thomas H. Slater Center -  White Plains; Life Progressive Services Group, Inc. - Mt. Vernon and Ossining Food Pantry - Ossining.

This #911DAY Covid-19 Relief Healthy Food Drive will be available through Friday, September 11. To register and to receive a list of approved/requested healthy donation items visit volunteernewyork.org/service. Food pantries kindly ask that you only donate items that have been explicitly requested. For all related questions contact Nicole Lowrance at nicole@volunteernewyork.org or 914-948-4452.


The core mission of Volunteer New York! (volunteernewyork.org) is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support non-profits and improve the quality of life in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. For 70 years the organization has encouraged adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to lead, mature adults to share their wisdom and businesses to engage through volunteerism.