While all the stores advertise to us what we should be wanting and getting, we like to take a moment to do a bit of unconditional giving. With offices in bucolic Mount Kisco, NY, and bustling Manhattan, we’re blessed to be able to give back and get involved with organizations that support both of our agency “homes.” This year we chose two organizations close to our hearts: Food Bank for Westchester and Second Chance Rescue NYC. If you would like to donate to these wonderful causes, their information is listed below along with ways you can help or volunteer.
And here’s an interesting Ted Talk about how money can “buy” happiness…it’s all in the way you spend it: http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_norton_how_to_buy_happiness.html
Food Bank for Westchester is the core of the county’s emergency food distribution network. It solicits, acquires, warehouses and distributes food to over 265 front-line hunger-relief programs throughout the county, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and adult, child-care and treatment centers. The Food Bank provides over 95% of all the food these front-line programs distribute to feed some or all of the estimated 200,000 Westchester children, seniors and their families who are hungry or at risk of hunger. The Food Bank receives an average of 102,000 requests for food every month. The Food Bank distributes about 14 tons of food a day and nearly 7.5 million pounds of food a year. To date, the Food Bank has distributed over 100 million pounds of food to feed hungry Westchester residents. To make a difference at someone’s dinner table, visit http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org/index.shtml
Second Chance Rescue NYC was formed on the belief that all animals deserve to be cared for and no animal should ever be abused, neglected or homeless. Their mission is to facilitate the adoption/rehoming of animals of all ages that have been abandoned or given up by their former owners, and place them in new loving homes. The organization is 100% not for profit and relies solely on donations from the public.
For more information on Second Chance Rescue and donate visit them at http://nycsecondchancerescue.org/about-us/.