Our mission is to support neighbors in our community that struggle to meet basic human needs.
(Why) We Exist
(914) Cares was founded with the goal of helping to take care of our neighbors struggling with even the most basic needs: food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care. In the beginning, we simply acted as a conduit for donations of goods and volunteer hours for some amazing local nonprofits doing extraordinary work.
As we delved deeper, we realized that there was poverty right next door and all throughout Westchester. We were shocked and alarmed that this level of need existed in our own County. We also quickly realized that we had a strong base of supporters who wanted to help. So, we grew organically, first by increasing our geographical focus to include all of Westchester County, and then by expanding the programs within (914) cares. Today, we are proud to have both Empty Bowls Westchester and Kids’ Kloset as successful programs within our organization.
Additionally, as a mom of 2 (almost always) amazing kids, I found myself struggling with teaching them the importance of volunteerism. The more parents I spoke with, the more I realized that we all wanted the same thing: to teach our children empathy. With that in mind, we embarked on another expansion of our mission to include Family Volunteer events. We have created family events packing bags at Kids’ Kloset, cooking food for the clients of Neighbors Link, hosting parties for the children at the Cottage School, making holiday cards for kids in the hospital and many other opportunities, all with the goal of fostering actionable generosity in our youth.
Moving forward, our focus will continue to be helping our neighbors in need by supporting local nonprofits as well as maintaining and growing our existing programs, with the ultimate goal to eradicate the cycle of poverty in Westchester.
We are so thankful for our supporters and volunteers all throughout the County. Together, we will strengthen the spirit of 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.