The Junior League of Central Westchester’s community projects for the 2021 – 2022 year include:
Supplying 8,000 to 12,000 diapers and wipes every month to caregivers of infants and toddlers helping to relieve stress from already stretched families. The JLCW operates the diaper bank and distributes the diapers through the Westchester County Department of Social Services.. Learn More >
The Sharing Shelf is Westchester’s Clothing Bank for Children founded to combat clothing insecurity and meet basic material needs among low-income children and families in our community. The program collects new and gently used clothing for infants, children and teens. Donations are sorted by quality, size, season and gender then distributed to local, low income children at no cost through nonprofits, schools, hospitals and community groups in Westchester County. The children we serve receive a Wardrobe Pack – a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to their sizing needs. We also host a series of free shopping days for low-income teen girls called Teen Boutique and each summer launch our Backpacks to School initiative to fill and distribute new backpacks with new grade appropriate school supplies. The Sharing Shelf was founded by a volunteer and relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. Learn More>
Abbott House is dedicated to supporting nearly 2,500 children in foster care and unaccompanied immigrant children in the New York Metropolitan Area and the Hudson Valley. Their goal is to help them create a durable sense of family, home and community, and prepare them for a promising future. The organization provides services to children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years old. In 2020 and 2021, the Junior League of Central Westchester has partnered with Abbott House to assist with their annual holiday toy drive. Abbott House plans to provide 1500 children with gifts for the holiday season. The JLCW is one of several sponsors in Westchester that will contribute to the annual holiday toy drive with the goal of gifting children with items from their holiday wish lists
New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC)
The New York State Public Affairs Committee (NYSPAC) is a coalition of 17 Junior Leagues across New York, formed to educate and take action on public policy issues relevant to The Junior League Mission. Representing over 7,500 women, NYSPAC identifies issues that resonate with our members and develops strategies for tackling them. This advocacy takes many forms—it can be as straightforward as building awareness and educating the public about a pressing problem, or as ambitious as sponsoring and writing a bill that ultimately becomes a law.
Helping Hands with Hearts & Homes for Refugees
Hearts & Homes for Refugees was started in 2016 in Westchester County, NY to mobilize the most powerful and untapped resources in our communities—the passion and the goodwill of its one million residents to welcome refugees. Junior League is partnering with Hearts & Homes for the first time this year through the Helping Hands program to support 2-3 families new to the US, to provide them with services and donations of goods to ease their transition to the area. In addition, the Junior League collected coats & boots for their coat & boot drive.
We are fortunate to be the custodians of Scarsdale’s historic Wayside Cottage. Historians believe Wayside dates back to around 1715, making it the oldest landmark in the Village of Scarsdale and one of the oldest preserved residences in the United States. Since then, the JLCW has carried out widespread restorations and returned it to its rich Colonial past. It is our great honor to call this historic landmark our home. In addition to acting as the home of the JLCW, the cottage serves many functions in the community. Tours of the cottage are given to schoolchildren, who learn about colonial living from JLCW guides dressed in period clothing. Learn More>