Recent Grant Recipients

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Every year the Junior League of Pelham distributes up to $5,000 to community programs and projects in Pelham and surrounding communities that address our focus areas of healthy families, education and Pelham improvement. Following are recent grant recipients. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please click here for our Community Grants Guidelines.

 

2016 Recipients

Bereavement Center of Westchester is an organization providing support for children, teens and families as they grieve the loss of a loved one. The JLP provided $1,500 in grants to support the Bereavement Center in their efforts to support families, including 7 local residents of Pelham.

DARE is a not-for profit program targeting school-aged children, aiming to keep them off drugs and avoid violence and bullying. The JLP’s grant of $500 provides funding for program supplies which are vital to educate and empower children.

Ladies of Charity of the Pelhams is devoted to women’s and children’s causes. This group knits crochets handmade mittens, blankets, and other items, and distributes them to children in need. The JLP’s grant of $500 will be used to buy yarn and fabric.

Manor Club is an organization which fosters interest in and promotes charitable, education, literacy, and cultural activities in Pelham. The JLP provided $1,000 in grants to support a two-part symposium this May in partnership with the Women’s Empowerment Group at Pelham High School to address and educate on the issues of “Safety on College Campus” and “What is Consent.”

Pelham Art Center is an organization dedicated to providing local families quality exposure to the arts. The Pelham Art Center received a grant of $1,500 to support and expand dozens of ongoing art enrichment classes, many of which are free and open to the public.

2015 Recipients

Young Life Lower Westchester

Young Life works to address the gap that exists between teenagers and being secure in a world that sends mixed messages about their worth and value.  Young Life bridges the gap through friendships with leaders and high quality adventure.  Young Life Trips encourage teenagers to focus on caring for others, message of compassion, love and acceptance.  The Junior League of Pelham is pleased to grant $1,250 to partially fund scholarships to Pelham teens for the Young Life Summer Trip in 2015.

The Wartburg Home of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

Wartburg provides Senior Day Care, Independent and Nursing Home services for Seniors of Lower Westchester County. They are expanding their program of Music and Memory for their Alzheimers and Dementia residents. The Junior League of Pelham is pleased to grant $1,131 for the purchase of 20 Ipod Shuffles with adaptors to their Adult day care program and assisted living residents.

The Picture House Regional Film Center Inc.

The Picture House shows new, independent and classic cinema and provides students of all ages with the opportunity to learn about the art, science and business of film.  The Junior League of Pelham is pleased to grant $1,000 to cover the administrative costs of running the theater for two screenings of OMG – I love that Movie, The Picture House’s teen movie series, geared for teens.

Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel)

EcoPel is a grassroots organization that aims to serve as the umbrella body for all  interested  groups  within  the  villages  of  Pelham  and  Pelham  Manor  that  have environmental goals.  EcoPel aims to educate and inform the community, as well as to provide  resources  that  will  aid  in  environmental  initiatives  that  directly  benefit  the Pelhams.  The Junior League of Pelham is pleased to grant $809.50 for the partial purchase of recycle bins to place around Pelham.

Young Men’s Christian Association of New Rochelle, INC. (YMCA)

The YMCA provides swimming classes and gym activities to the surrounding community.  Pelham Recreation Department rents outs the facility once monthly in the winter for Pelham Teen Nights.  Additionally, 300 Pelham residents currently use the facility.  On November 2014 the pool had to be closed for major repairs.  The roof collapse needs to be addressed otherwise the facility will have to close.  The Junior League of Pelham is pleased to grant $809.50 to provide partial funding for the pool facility renovation.

The Ladies of Charity of the Pelhams

Through their “Layette Program”, this group makes and distributes handmade mittens, blankets, and other items for children in need. Barbara Neus accepted the grant on behalf of the organization and showcased several beautiful handmade items made by the groups members. The grant of $500 will be used to buy yarn and fabric.

2014 Recipients

The Pelham Children’s Center

A not-for-profit Early Child Care and Education Center that offers high quality and developmentally appropriate childcare, education and enrichment programs to a culturally and economically diverse group of children.   The JLP’s grant of $1,500 provides funding for a children’s music enrichment program to enhance the daily curriculum and overall program of the Pelham Children’s Center.

The Ladies of Charity of the Pelhams

Through their “Layette Program”, this group makes  and distributes handmade mittens, blankets, and other items for children in need. Barbara Neus accepted the grant on behalf of the organization and showcased several beautiful handmade items made by the groups members.  The grant of $500 will be used to buy yarn and fabric.

Environmental Coalition of the Pelhams (EcoPel)

A grassroots, non-partisan organization that serves as the umbrella body for all in Pelham who are concerned about the environment.  EcoPel  educates and informs the public, and facilitates environmental initiatives that directly benefit the community.  The $500 grant from the Junior League of Pelham funded an Earth Day screening of the documentary film Plastic Paradise, in conjunction with The Picture House.

The Pelham Art Center

They received a grant of $1,500 to support installation of a rotating series of public art installations in the Pelham Art Center’s open courtyard, a free workshop led by the artist, and educational discussion on the benefits of public art.

Hutchinson Elementary School PTA

They received a grant of $1,000 for purchase of books for a new Early Literacy Center for K-2 students at the school library.  The grant will expand the selection of easy readers, beginning chapter books, and quality non-fiction books for emergent readers, with particular emphasis on titles related to the Science and Social Studies curriculum.

2013 Recipients

The Friends of the Town of Pelham Public Library

Received $1,000 for their Pelham Reads! One Book, One Community program.  This event will be a celebration of literature, art, the creative spirit and Pelham.  Residents will be encouraged to read a selected book and then to participate in events related to that book and its themes.

The Ladies of Charity of the Pelhams

Received a $500 grant for their “Layette Program” (described above)

Girls Inc. Westchester 

Received a $1,000 grant. This group provides programs for girls and resources for parents and educators. It also educates the media and public about critical challenges facing girls.  The JLP grant will help fund two outreach programs for girls in the New Rochelle area on the topics of body image, highlighting a healthier perspective on ‘realistic’ beauty and self-esteem, and violence prevention.

The Pelham Arts Center

Received a grant of $1,500 to host a Habitat for Artist temporary studio in the public courtyard as an on-going interactive art in process project.  The Habitat for Artists is an artist run group that explores the nature of creativity and the role of the artist in our communities.

The Picture House Regional Film Center

Received a grant of $1,000 to help fund a safe and healthy activity for teenagers in Pelham and surrounding communities on weekend nights.  In partnership with the SyFy Channel, the Picture House will design and offer a “Teen Chiller” film series, which is targeted to launch in June 2013.