Assemblywoman Sandy Galef speaks with Jean Glassman of For All Seasons and Martin Englehardt, President of the Ossining Food Pantry about how their organizations got started, the astonishing extent of their activities in the Briarcliff, Ossining area, and their hopes for the future. Glassman describes a group of activist volunteers in Briarcliff who are on the lookout for gaps in the social fabric that they can fill. She describes three of their established programs that make a real difference in peoples lives- sending underprivileged children to camp, the distribution of back packs filled with school supplies in the fall, and filling holiday wish lists for those in need. She also describes the Little Things Program in which local social workers, schools, churches, IFCA, and others tell them about ways that they can help their neighbors. Martin Englehardt recounts the 25 year trajectory of the Ossining Food Pantry in which volunteers from one church that served one person on their opening day has grown to a community-wide enterprise that has distributed 5,000,000 meals to people in need. This all volunteer program collects and buys food, then packs and then distributes it at Trinity Church on North Highland Ave in Ossining on Thursday nights, and Friday mornings, at two day care centers, and to the homebound, as well as maintaining a 24 hour emergency food delivery. Both Glassman and Englehardt praise their communities for their unfailing support, and renew their efforts to reach a new generation of volunteers so their work can continue. “These wonderful well-run organizations that are sensitive to people’s real needs, make a huge difference in our communities,” said Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. “They also offer opportunities for volunteers to do satisfying work.” Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
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(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
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