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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Put your old prescription glasses to good use: donate yours to the Give the Gift of Sight foundation. Drop boxes can be found at LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, BJ’s Optical, and Sunglass Hut stores. The nonprofit donates used eyeware to the underprivileged. Call (888) 935-4589 or visit for more information.

(Almost) Everything Else

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
400 King St, Chappaqua
(914) 238-4900
This upscale resale shop is staffed solely by volunteers; proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. The ACS accepts just about everything, including clothing (gently used are okay), furniture, bric-a-brac, china, crystal, artwork, lamps, and brand-new toys.

Golden Shoestring
149 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont
(914) 834-8383
The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound takes artwork, bedding, bric-a-brac, china, crystal, glassware, kitchen items, working appliances, clothing furniture, housewares, toys, small furniture pieces, decorative items, accessories, and bedding—so long as they are clean, in current fashion, and in good condition. No records, space heaters, vaporizers, computers older than three years, bathing suits, socks, underwear, and books (other than children’s and current bestsellers).

New Rochelle Humane Society Thrift Shop

313 North Ave, New Rochelle
(914) 633-7683
This consignment shop accepts gently used goods from nearly every category: clothes, jewelry, DVDs, electronics, furniture, etc. You can clean out your closet here, too; bring some of your own items to donate next time you stop by to go shopping for a good cause.
—Marisa LaScala

Make Someone’s Day

Simple everyday things that anyone can do:
■ Bake an extra batch of cookies or muffins and deliver them to your local fire or police department.
■ Thank a veteran for his or her service to our country.
■ Visit a nursing home or hospital and cheer up a lonely patient.
■ If you see a parking meter about to expire, put some change in. Who knows—next time someone may do the same for you.
■ Smile—just the act will make you feel better (those feel good brain chemicals at work again!) and can be contagious—in a good way.

Environmental Groups That Can Use Your Help

Bronx River Parkway Reservation Conservancy preserves the park-like ambience and recreation activities along the BRP (914-779-7744).

Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition is a group of organizations devoted to protecting and improving the waters in our region (914-234-6470).

Federated Conservationists of Westchester County is a coalition of local environmental groups and individuals working to protect Westchester’s natural resources (914-422-4053).

Friends of Westchester County Parks supports the enhancement of Westchester’s parks (914-864-7032).

Hudson River Audubon Society of Westchester advocates for birds and other wildlife and their environment (914-237-9331).

WESPAC Foundation advocates socially responsible production practices and supports alternative energy and waste-stream reduction (914-449-6514).

Westchester Land Trust is the umbrella organization devoted to preserving open space and educating the public on land-use preservation issues (914-241-6346).

Westchester Trails Association promotes outdoor recreation, maintains and creates trails, and preserves public forest and recreation lands (914-843-4784).

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