Our mission is to support local Westchester based non-profits that focus on basic human needs.
(Why) We Exist
(914) Cares (FKA Chappaqua Cares) was founded by Jessica Reinmann and Dawn Greenberg in 2014 with the goal of raising awareness about local non-profits doing extraordinary work – – helping to take care of local residents who were struggling with even the most basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care.
They were shocked to learn the extent of poverty throughout Westchester County and the organization grew organically, from a defined Northern Westchester base to a Countywide one. In 2015, Jessica and Dawn created Empty Bowls Westchester to help county pantries and other food support programs. We were overwhelmed by the willingness of our communities to help our neighbors in need.
It also became clear that local parents were struggling with finding opportunities to teach their children about the importance of volunteerism and empathy. So, they embarked on another expansion of the mission to include events for families to give back to their communities.
(914) Cares’ goal moving forward is to support non-profits throughout the county and to create a larger community of supporters which will not only help to support local charities but also help to strengthen our community.
(Who) Inspires Us
Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.
At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished . . . it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.