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Hope’s Door: A wonderful in-kind gift has a tremendous impact
We are proud to announce the opening of Hope’s Door Ossining. Like its big sister in Pleasantville, our new center will provide potentially life-saving services for victims of domestic violence and their children. Future generations figure strongly in our plans as this location will become the gathering place for our teen program, STAR—Students Terminating Abusive Relationships, facilitated by Hope’s Door teen educators and counselors.
This new opportunity opened the moment that Dr. Arthur Turkin, an Ossining physician, offered to donate his professional space in Ossining to Hope’s Door. As in most communities in Westchester County, Ossining has been affected by domestic abuse. In 2010, residents of the Village of Ossining filed 181 Domestic Incident Reports with the local police, while in the Town of Ossining, 24 such incidents were reported. Sadly, this number is likely to be larger, as many episodes of domestic violence go unreported, unmentioned and unresolved.
ThankYouForCaring introduces Volunteer Appreciation Nights in Westchester
Did you know that there are over 5,700 Not-For-Profit organizations in Westchester County? Dozens of restaurants are doing their part to honor volunteers across the county by offering special culinary discounts to anyone who volunteers their time to local or national organizations. The program, entitled Volunteer Appreciation Nights, was conceived by ThankYouForCaring and will take place every Wednesday, all year long, excluding holidays. Participating restaurants will give a 20% discount on food and soft drinks to patrons who can show that they are a volunteer.
Proof of volunteering is required in the form of a volunteer ID or letter from the organization for which the person volunteers. If the company or group does not issue ID cards, the organization can obtain an ID card from ThankYouForCaring at no charge by calling (914) 424-8888. The host organization can also provide cards to their volunteers by contacting The Volunteer Center of the United Way in Tarrytown, Monday through Friday, 9-4.
The card is also given out at local thrift shops accepting donations, clothing drives and home pick-up, and blood drives. Examples of volunteer efforts include churches, synagogues, civic groups, sports teams, school, hospitals, volunteer fireman and ambulance corps, charity events, community groups, etc. For more information and a list of restaurants offering discounts, log onto www.ThankYouForCaring.com.
Paula Barbag ADO’s co-president, is the new director of development for the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. Learn more about this cause at www.rsds.