NPW 2021 ADVOCACY and Public Policy AGENDA
The nonprofit sector – under the leadership of Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) and its nearly 200 members – has always provided vital services that are essential to our community.
There has never been a time where our impact has been more important.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with government, the nonprofit sector stepped up to meet the unprecedented need for essential services. We have faced the disproportionate impact of this virus and its corresponding economic fallout head on, supporting vulnerable populations concerning matters of life and death. We’ve also stood with the Black community and all communities of color, and responded to a renewed call for community solidarity and equity has been required. We are supporting the communities most in need and helping create a path forward for our County.
The nonprofit sector is now needed more than ever to ensure the health and safety of all people who live and work in our County. We have significantly contributed to efforts that foster economic stability and advance emotional and financial recovery. Nonprofit organizations help government partners to provide both mandated and other necessary services to the citizens of Westchester at a considerable cost-savings to the County and they taxpayers. We will lead in Westchester’s recovery.
During these unprecedented times, as Westchester prepares for winter and to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases, NPW will focus advocacy efforts that support our sector’s capacity to achieve positive – and necessary - social impact related to the following urgent focal issues:
Hunger and Food Insecurity
Needs have grown tremendously since the start of the pandemic. We must meet this most basic human need.
Homelessness Prevention and Affordable Housing
Westchester lacks housing that is affordable to our community and our workforce, including for our frontline essential workers. We need to support people in maintaining their housing and boldly push forward to create the new affordable housing that Westchester desperately needs.
COVID-19 has had a disproportionate and deadly toll on communities of color. The pandemic has caused unprecedented stress to individuals and families confronting unemployment, hunger, educational challenges, illness, death of loved ones, and uncertainty and trauma. We must meet the need for access to mental and physical health services for all members of our community.
Immigrant families and individuals have been excluded from federal stimulus opportunities, and have faced disproportionate job loss. NPW will advocate to ensure the safety, stability, and rights of immigrant communities.
Youth Safety, Well-being and Education
In virtual learning, the digital divide between youth of color and their white peers continues to have serious negative impacts related to equity in education and overall health and safety. NPW will advocate to address these inequities and ensure that all young people in Westchester have the opportunity to thrive.
While these focal issues represent urgent priorities, this is not presented as an exhaustive list of the value and impact of NPW’s broad and diverse membership.
The Nonprofit Sector’s Ability to Meet Current and Increasing Demand for Services
Regardless of federal stimulus funds, NPW and its members allow Westchester to meet urgent needs, ensure the stability of our community, and pursue equity.
We pledge to continue to be a strong and active partner to Westchester County. We will stand together with government and other stakeholders to overcome the challenges that our community faces and actively participate in our community’s recovery efforts.
Please contact, Jan Fisher, Executive Director at email@example.com or 914-332-6670 (office),
(914) 439-0203 (cell)
2020 NPW Board of Directors
Anahaita Kotval, Lifting Up Westchester - President
Richard Nightingale, Westhab, Inc. - Vice President
Barbara Finkelstein, Legal Services of The Hudson Valley - Vice President
Terry Kirchner, Westchester Library System - President Emeritus
Erica Martinson, Brown & Brown of New York, Inc. - Treasurer
Heather Miller, The Thomas H. Slater Center - Secretary
Allison Lake, Westchester Children’s Association
Marjorie Madfis, Yes She Can, Inc.
Michelle A. Nicholas, Girls Inc. Westchester
Maurice Segall, Pro Bono Partnership
Samuel Wallis, Yonkers Partners in Education
Jane Veron, The Acceleration Project
Carola Bracco, Neighbors Link
Karen Cheeks-Lomax, My Sisters’ Place
Robert Cordero, PFK O’Connor Davies
Kathleen Halas, Child Care Council of Westchester
Maria Imperial, YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester
Tracy Kay, Westchester Children’s Museum
Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester
Jirandy Martinez, Community Resource Center
Charlotte Östman, Mental Health Association of Westchester
John Tolomer, The Westchester Bank
Nonprofit Members, Business Partners, and Sponsors
(914) Cares, Inc.
5 Steps to Five, Inc.
A Voice - Language & Training Services, LLC
Access Equestrian, Inc.
Accreditation Guru, Inc.
African American Men of Westchester
Alliance for Safe Kids, Inc.
Arc of Westchester Foundation
Ardsley Public Library
Association of Development Officers
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Backyard Sports Cares, Inc.
Bedford Free Library
Bedford Hills Free Library
Bethel Homes & Services
Boys & Girls Club of Mt. Vernon
Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle
Briarcliff Manor Public Library
Brieant Youth Alliance
Bronxville Public Library
Brown & Brown of NY Inc.
Buzz Creators, Inc.
Cadge Productions Inc.
Cancer Support Team
Caritas of Port Chester
Catholic Charities Community Services
Center for Aging in Place
Cerebral Palsy of Westchester
Change Create Transform Foundation
Chappaqua Children's Book Festival
Charles Newman Co.
Child Care Council of Westchester
Clay Art Center
CLUSTER Community Services
Community Capital New York Inc.
Community Housing Innovations
Community Resource Center
Coordinadora General de los Dominicanos Residentes en el Exterior (DORENEX)
Cora Greenberg Consulting
Crossover Yoga Project, Inc.
Croton Free Library
Dobbs Ferry Public Library
Dorf & Nelson
Dr. TEA, The Leader in Edutainment
Eastchester Public Library
Emergency Shelter Partnership
Erica Winter LLC - Ethics Training & Harassment Prevention
Evan's Team Inc.
Family Service Society of Yonkers
Family Services of Westchester
Family Ties of Westchester, Inc.
Friends of Karen
G.O.O.D. for Girls, Inc.
Gilda's Club Westchester
Girls Inc. Westchester
Glickhouse Consulting, Inc.
GoodWorks Advisory Group, LLC
Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson
Green Business Partnership
Greenburgh Library Guild
Greenburgh Nature Center
Greenburgh Public Library
Groundwork Hudson Valley
Harrison Public Library
Hastings on Hudson Public Library
Heavenly Productions Foundation
Hendrick Hudson Free Library (Montrose)
Her Honor Mentoring
Hit a Home Run Against Drugs
Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center
Hospitality Resource Group
Housing Action Council
Hudson River Museum
Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc.
Hudson Valley Justice Center
Human Development Services of Westchester
Impact 100 Westchester
In Better Words Marketing
Innovative Microsystems Consulting, Inc.
Interfaith Council For Action
Irvington Public Library
JGT Public Relations
Jill Singer Graphics
John C. Hart Memorial Library
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Katonah Village Library
Kunhardt Film Foundation
Larchmont Public Library
Latino U College Access
League of Women Voters of Westchester
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund
Levitt-Fuirst Associates, Ltd.
Lewisboro Library (South Salem)
Lifting Up Westchester
Literacy Solutions NY, Inc.
Maier Markey & Justic LLP
Make the Road New York
Making Headway Foundation
Mamaroneck Public Library
Meals on Wheels of White Plains, Inc.
Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA)
Mount Kisco Child Care Center Inc.
Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry
Mount Kisco Public Library
Mount Pleasant Public Library
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center
Mount Vernon Public Library
Mount Vernon United Tenants, Inc.
Mutual of America
My HR Department
My Sisters' Place
NAMI Westchester, Inc.
NCADD/Westchester , Inc.
Nepperhan Community Center, Inc.
New Rochelle Day Nursery
New Rochelle Public Library
North American Family Institute
North Castle Public Library (Armonk)
Northeast Stem Starter Academy at Mount Vernon
Northern Westchester Hospital - Northwell Health
NYPALC - New York Portuguese American Leadership Conference
Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc.
Ossining Children's Center
Ossining Public Library
Pace Women's Justice Center
PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP
Plan A Advisors
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc.
Pleasantville Community Television
Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library
Pound Ridge Public Library
PRB Wealth Management
Pro Bono Partnership
Purchase Free Library
Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley
RSHM LIFE Center
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library (North Salem)
Rye Free Reading Room
Rye Youth Council
Scarsdale Public Library
Sharp Again Naturally
Sister to Sister International, Inc.
Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP
STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck
Stepping Stones Foundation
Strategic Services Inc.
Student Advocacy Inc.
Student Assistance Services Corporation
Taylor Black, LLC
Teatown Lake Reservation
Teens Under Construction, Inc.
The ABLEities Foundation
The Acceleration Project
The Center at Mariandale
The community Fund of Bronxville, EAstchester, and Tuckahoe
The Event Department
The Field Library
The Guidance Center of Westchester
the harris project
The Legal Aid Society of Westchester
The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center
The Matthew Wallace Foundation
The New Millennium Community Development Corporation Inc.
The New York Milk Bank, Inc.
The Ossining Micro Fund, Inc
The Picture House Regional Film Center
The Warner Library (Tarrytown)
The Westchester Bank
Thomas H. Slater Center
Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers
Town of Pelham Public Library
Tuckahoe Public Library
United Community Center of Westchester
United Hebrew Geriatric Center
United Way of Westchester and Putnam
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Volunteer New York!
Westchester Alphas Education Foundation
Westchester Children's Association
Westchester Children's Museum
Westchester Community Foundation
Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc.
Westchester Institute for Human Development
Westchester Jewish Council
Westchester Library Association
Westchester Library System
Westchester Parks Foundation
Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services
Westchester Putnam School Boards Association
Westchester Putnam School Boards Association
Westchester School for Special Children
White Plains Public Library
With Ribbons We Fight Foundation Inc
Women's Enterprise Development Center
Yes She Can, Inc.
Yonkers Community Action Program, Inc. (YCAP)
Yonkers Partners in Education
Yonkers Philharmonic (Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers, Inc.)
Yonkers Public Library
Youth Community Outreach Program (YCOP)
Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Inc
YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester