WESTCHESTER EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN'S SCHOOL
The Northeast Westchester Rotary Club (NEW) is an engaged supporter of the Westchester Exceptional Children's School. WEC serves up to 80 students, ages 5-21, with learning disabilities, with over 50% on the autism spectrum. We funded the equipment for a space where children/youth, who are experiencing sensory integration issues, can go with a staff member, who is trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, to “chillax.” The room has already become a good place for them to self-regulate.
Rotary International is a worldwide organization founded in 1905 and today has more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries. The Northeast Westchester (NEW) Rotary Club combines the former Katonah Rotary Club chartered in 1929 and the former Somers Rotary Club chartered in 2002. We offer opportunities for community, national, and worldwide service, fellowship, and networking with other professionals.
A few of our past and present projects are:
*Publishing “On My Mind”, an award winning book of writings from diverse high school students
*Constructing a water filtration plant in Honduras
*Conducting an annual coat and sweater drive for needy local families
*Supportlng a school in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere
*Hosting a delegation from Ukraine
*Supporting MicroFinancing in Haiti
*Aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy
*Partnership with the Rotary Club of Cape Town, South Africa to support an education project in Kamiesberg
*Installation of a multi-media unit at the Westchester Children’s Hosp.
*Collecting used computers locally and shipping them to developing countries
*Support of landmine clearance
*Purchasing wheelchairs for disabled persons who could not afford them
*Support of “Mothers to Mothers to Be”, an AIDS project in Africa
*Hosting of Rotary International exchange professionals to further world understanding
*Local road clean-up.
*College Scholarships for local High School students
*Library books for a school damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
*Collecting used fireman coats for a poor town in Argentina that could not afford them
*Support to local families in dire circumstances
*Announcement video screens at the Somers Library.
The NEW Rotary was the lead club together with eight other Rotary clubs and Cornell University in building a water filtration plant for the 3,000 impoverished residents of Tamara, Honduras. In addition to raising funds, this was a hands-on project with club members traveling to Honduras to help in the construction.
ON MY MIND LITERACY PROGRAM
This project brings together the writings of high school students from both suburban schools and inner-city schools. At the completion of the project, there is a book launch party at which all the students meet each other and discuss their writings. The New York Times called this undertaking, “A remarkable effort to bridge the void between poor and rich, urban and suburban, in a way that almost never occurs.
COAT & SWEATER DRIVE
The Coat & Sweater Drive has become an annual town tradition. Every year we collect several tons of clothing and distribute it to community centers and social service agencies..T
About the NEW Rotary Club and what we do:
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Northeast Westchester Rotary Club
Somers, Katonah, North Salem
in New York's beautiful Lower Hudson Valley