On Sunday, October 22, UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester and J-Teen Leadership volunteers came together at JCCA’s Edenwald Center for a fall “refreshment” volunteer experience. Families, teens, and Edenwald residents painted murals and decorated tiles to beautify this residential treatment facility for children with emotional and cognitive disabilities in Pleasantville run by UJA’s partner agency, JCCA.
Participants, who came from all over the county and spanned all ages, also packaged donated toiletries as a special treat for the young people living on the JCCA campus, many of whom are in foster care.
Event chairs were Ben Brucker of Scarsdale, Kate Eichel of Scarsdale, Ben Friedland of Scarsdsale, Elissa Strauss of Irvington, Anya Wiebke of New Rochelle, and Mauri Zemachson of Scarsdale, as well as our teen chairs from J-Teen Leadership, Alix Weiss of Armonk and Jessica Baden of Stamford, Connecticut. Amy Gutenplan of Mount Kisco serves as UJA’s Westchester Community and Volunteer Services Chair.
Since 1822, JCCA’s mission has been to provide the highest quality child welfare and mental health services to New York’s neediest and most vulnerable children. They are guided by the Jewish mandate of tikkun olam — the responsibility of every person to make the world a better place. They work in partnership with 17,000 children and families every year to build on their strengths, preserve the family when possible, and help create new families when necessary, so that all children may thrive in a safe and loving place they can call home. Visit www.jccany.org for more information.
For more information on J-Teen Leadership, visit jteenleadership.org.