Community Food Pantry
The Community Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Parish in Mohegan Lake, New York, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide emergency and supplemental food to families and individuals who live in the Yorktown-Cortlandt area. The Community Food Pantry also assists its patrons with nutritional, health, educational, and employment assistance. The Community Food Pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers and serves, on average, over 90 households per week. The Community Food Pantry is very close to the heart of an important member of our Sacred Heart Community, Mr. Doyle, who currently serves as the coordinator of the Operations Executive Committee.
CSH Summer Outreach Program
The Sacred Heart Summer Outreach program is dedicated to giving opportunities to children from low-income families. The goal is to have the children grow intellectually, culturally, and socially over the summer. This program allows students to participate in both educational and out-of-classroom activities to develop healthy minds and bodies. Two members of our Sacred Heart community, Sister Sheehan and Lisa Lyons have been instrumental in running the Summer Outreach program.
Northeast Westchester Special Recreation Inc.
Since it was established in the early 1970s, Northeast Westchester Special Recreation has served children and young adults with developmental disabilities in Westchester County. Headed by program director, Nancy Bellini, this unique agency is the second largest of its kind in the State of New York and aids the members of the nearby community with a variety of programs, including therapeutic recreation programs to enhance the physical, emotional and social growth of children and young adults with developmental disabilities.
The Evergreen Network was founded in 1987 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and began its work by assisting children whose parents or guardians were affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2008, Evergreen expanded its support by reaching out to children whose parents were affected by other catastrophic illnesses or violence. This Sunshine Kids annual summer camp focuses on giving kids a “renewed sense of self-worth and a joyful holiday that refreshes both body and soul.”
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian nonprofit hunger relief organization that was founded in 1987. FMSC works to address the needs of children suffering from hunger by providing them with nourishing meals. The food is packaged solely by volunteers, and more than half of these volunteers are under the age of 18. Christian and humanitarian relief organizations partner with FMSC to deliver food to children in more than sixty countries. In 2008 alone, more than 310,000 volunteers joined Feed My Starving Children and packaged 73.6 million meals for children around the world.
Kids in Crisis
Kids In Crisis is a local organization founded in 1978, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, that provides free, temporary shelter, therapeutic counseling, comprehensive medical care, and specialized educational support for children struggling with a wide range of issues including abuse, neglect, abandonment, family health issues and family conflict. More than 96,000 families and children have been helped by Kids in Crisis, a place for children who need safe, loving places to live when home is not an option.
RSHM Life Center
RSHM Life Center is an organization focused on educating children in math and literacy among low income immigrant children in an after-school program. The program seeks to assist at-risk children through academic training, social development, and constructive recreation, with a focus on helping non-English speaking children develop English-language proficiency, learn good study habits, and succeed in school.
Villa Infantil is an orphanage located in Jalisco, Mexico, that runs a program called S.A.F.E., which stands for Save a Future with Education. Save a Future with Education strives to ensure a complete education for children who otherwise might not be able to receive it. The sisters of Villa Infantil believe very strongly that education is the first step to improving the children’s lives.