Coming Together for HOPE & Campership

This difficult economy has been particularly hard on the underprivileged residents of New Rochelle. As a community, we can come together to ensure that all of our neighbors have access to the basic necessities. Among many other good options for donations and volunteer service, let me draw your attention to two organizations doing very valuable work.

HOPE Community Services

HOPE Community Services operates the largest soup kitchen and food pantry in our region. Its dedicated staff and volunteers serve hundreds of thousands of meals every year to the elderly, the infirm, young parents with infants and small children, and the unemployed. Unfortunately, as Thanksgiving approaches, HOPE is experiencing a dramatic increase in demand, and hundreds more Thanksgiving meals are needed. To meet this challenge, the City and School District have teamed up to launch a Thanksgiving Food Drive. You can help by making a donation of either food items or money

Food items needed include: Turkeys, Cranberry Sauce, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Vegetables, and Pies. Perishable items should be donated directly to HOPE Community Services at 50 Washington Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at Room B-3 in the City Hall Annex from 8:30am to 4:30pm. From November 16th through 20th, non-perishable items can also be dropped off in the main lobbies of the following schools: Columbus, Davis, Jefferson, Webster, Isaac Young, and New Rochelle High School.

If it is more convenient for you, then simply write a check to HOPE. Checks are payable to “HOPE Community Services” and can be mailed to 50 Washington Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Please note “City-School Food Drive” in the memo section of your check. Contributions to HOPE are tax-deductible. A donation of $30 covers the cost of a single Thanksgiving meal.

New Rochelle Campership Fund

Learn about the Campership Fund.

Read about Lance Cohen.

The New Rochelle Campership fund is the only not-for-profit organization in our community that exists solely to send children of financially needy families to summer camp. Since 1957 it has helped 21,831 children enjoy the summer of their lives. Because Campership is run by an all-volunteer board, virtually 100% of every donation goes toward its mission. You can learn more about the Campership Fund and obtain information about making a donation at Or contact the Chair of the Campership Fund, Martin Friedrichs, at 914-632-8798.

Finally, for an inspiring example of community spirit, read about Lance Cohen, age 12, who is Campership’s largest single contributor this year, having devoted his Bar Mitzvah project at Beth El Synagogue to this great cause.