How to Be a Better Westchesterite

No one can do everything; everyone can do something. Here’s our list of 82 organizations you can help to make your little corner of Westchester a better place to be.


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Save a Life

It doesn’t cost you a cent, takes about an hour, hurts only for a second or two, and is just plain good karma. Everyone has blood to spare, yet there’s not enough to go around, and there is no substitute for the real thing. Knowing you can save a life (sometimes up to three lives with just one donation) brings about a noble afterglow (that’s dopamine at work). You can donate whole blood every 56 days and platelets every three days. And did you know that the one pint they take equals one pound? So you leave feeling righteous—and thinner (unless you overdo it with the free Lorna Doones and Oreos offered while you recover—but that is totally up to you). Call (800) 933-2566 to donate.


It costs nothing to turn over your driver’s license and sign the donor agreement on the back. If, God forbid, you or a loved one dies unexpectedly, the organs can save a number of lives. Call the New York Organ Donor Network (646) 291-4444 or visit Of course, you don’t need to do something as drastic as dying to make a difference. There are currently nearly 105,000 people on the national waiting list for a kidney, and healthy folks really only need one. After searching for (and finding) a kidney for their father, three sisters from Pleasantville launched a non-profit organization to help others with their search. The Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America provides matching services all across the country; the group is already responsible for two transplants. Visit for details.

Even if those big-ticket gala dinner dances are out of your range, you can support all the major charities just by getting out and moving. Here are some worth supporting:

Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk
(800) 272-3900

American Cancer Society Relay for Life
(800) ACS-2345

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Guts & Glory Walk
(914) 328-2874

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Walk and Fun Day
(914) 493-5414

MHA (Mental Health Assocation) on the Move
(914) 345-5900

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
(914) 694-1655

Bear Mountain Walk for MS
(914) 694-1655

Tappan Zee Bridge Ride for MS
914) 694-1655

Pediatric Cancer Foundation Annual Bikeathon
(914) 777-3127

Miles of Hope Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament
(845) 264-2005

United Way 5-K Health Walk
(914) 997-6700

Support Connection Support-a-Walk
(914) 962-6402

Walk to Cure Diabetes
(914) 686-7700

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk
(914) 949-0084

Sound Shore Stride & Health Walk
(914) 637-1628

Make-A-Wish Foundation 2.5-mile Walk For Wishes
(914) 478-9474

Junior Achievement Bowl for Kids
(914) 524-9760

Burke Rehabilitation Wheelchair Games
(914) 597-2850


Organizations like My Sisters’ Place (914-683-1333, and Hope’s Door (formerly known as the Northern Westchester Shelter, 914-747-0828, provide a safe haven (and a variety of other services) for victims of domestic violence. Ways to help? Plan and implement fundraising events; provide childcare at the shelter (help kids with homework, take them on outings); assist with community outreach and awareness; perform administrative duties (data entry, mailings, filing, answering phones); participate in Adopt-a-Family (donate specific items to a particular needy family); or offer a service in your field of expertise. In addition to volunteers, the organizations can use furniture, toiletries, and clothing for women and children.

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