Finding Inspiration for 2022 - The Westchester Community Foundation
January 5, 2022   |   By The Westchester Community Foundation
Finding Inspiration for 2022

As we welcome the new year, we have many reasons to be hopeful.

Our community continues to show resilience in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Philanthropists are devoting more resources to community needs. And Westchester’s nonprofits are delivering programs and services of high quality in a time of increased need.

Looking for some inspiration? Here’s some of the work we are supporting:

A better system of care for young adults

The harris project is collaborating with mental health service providers to provide an integrated approach to therapy for Westchester’s young adults experiencing substance abuse addiction and mental health issues. With improved results, the project can make the case for better treatment options for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Feeding the hungry, employing the newly released

Meals on Main Street (Caritas)  is partnering with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison to expand access to fresh, nutritious food for the hungry while training and employing formerly incarcerated individuals.

A healthier, more diverse nonprofit workforce

Westchester’s service providers are working harder than ever, yet burnout and vicarious trauma are taking a toll. The Garrison Institute is bringing its Contemplative-Based Resilience program to the nonprofit workforce. Now, more workers will have the tools for self-care, so they can continue to care for others.Beginning in 2022 the next generation of Westchester’s social change leaders, including young people of color, will participate in transformative leadership training provided by the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

Overcoming the stigma of mental illness 

With depression, anxiety, and suicidal risk on the rise, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to the Ossining and Peekskill School Districts, St. Vincent’s Hospital, the WMCHealth Post-Covid-19 Recovery Program, and Westchester Jewish Community Services to support mental health outreach and treatment and to prepare Westchester for the 2022 launch of 988, the new dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

We’re proud to share these highlights from our grantmaking in 2021.

In 2022 we’ll continue to focus on immediate needs for all of our one million residents, provide ongoing support to ensure a strong and resilient nonprofit sector, and invest in diverse and inclusive programs that address long-standing and persistent inequities.

Now that’s reason for hope.
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