School Supplies Program
2019-2010 School Year
The Croton Caring Committee recently completed it 2019 School Supply Program which provided school supplies to forty-four (44) school-age children-in-need in Croton. Each child received: (1) a backpack in the color of their choice; (2) all of the school supplies on their class supply list; and (3) $25 gift cards to Office Max and Modell’s for any additional supplies and athletic wear that might be necessary. In all, more than $6,000 in backpacks, supplies and gift card were distributed to those in need.
The Croton Caring Committee would like to thank all of those in the community who made this program possible. Backpacks and gift cards were provided by “adopter” families in our community, and we purchased the supplies using donations received through the generous support of our donors. The Croton Caring Committee would like to give special thanks to Robbins Pharmacy, which provided discounted school supplies organized by the appropriate class list and to Molly Lemeris who coordinated the adopting families’ efforts.
Helping Bag Hunger
ShopRite of Croton - 9/18/19
On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, ShopRite of Croton hosted an event in support of their Partners in Caring campaign which supports local food banks and organizations engaged in the fight against hunger. Our friends at ShopRite asked community partners, including the Croton Caring Committee (CCC), to help with bagging groceries on this day to promote awareness about the issue of hunger.
We are proud to say that many CCC Board members and volunteers came out in support of this initiative and stood proudly alongside the ShopRite team and community organizations including the Croton Lions Club and the Croton-Harmon Fire Department as Partners in Caring!
Senior Pizza Party
September 9, 2019
As we conclude our summer pizza lunch program for seniors, the Croton Caring Committee wishes to acknowledge and thank Pronto Pizza for all they did to make the lunches a success. From the friendly and accommodating staff, to the wonderful service, to, of course, the delicious food, Pronto helped make the three lunches, held on July 1st, August 5th and September 9th, extra special for the roughly 50 seniors at each lunch. Thank you to our friends at Pronto, and thank you to all who participated.
Looking forward to our fall Senior Luncheon series which will re-start in October!
The Senior Education Session entitled "Healthy Nutrition" which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 10th has been postponed (date TBA).
Our apologies for any inconvenience. Please keep an eye out for details on when this session will be re-scheduled.
National Senior Citizens Day Celebration
August 21, 2019
The Senior Breakfast hosted by the Croton Caring Committee on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, was extra special. Not only was it a gathering of friends to enjoy a delicious meal at the Croton Colonial Diner, but it was also a celebration of National Senior Citizens Day.
National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the achievements of seniors and provides an opportunity to show our appreciation for their dedication, accomplishments, and services they give throughout their lives. The CCC was happy to honor and celebrate so many local seniors on this very special day. We thank the Croton Colonial Diner and their staff for a wonderful morning.
The Senior Education Session entitled "Automobile and Home/Renters Insurance & Insurance Term BINGO" which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 13th has been postponed (date TBA).
Our apologies for any inconvenience. Please keep an eye out for details on when this session will be re-scheduled.
August 5, 2019
The Croton Caring Committee’s second pizza lunch of 2019 was held on Monday, August 5th. Approximately 45 Croton seniors enjoyed a delicious lunch of garlic knots and pizza as they celebrated the summer with friends, new and old.
Thanking Pronto Pizza for a delicious lunch! See you in September!!
Medicaid & Estate Planning
July 9, 2019 Education Session
Thanking Eileen Henry, Esq. (Law Office of Eileen Henry) and Lauren Enea, Esq. (Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP Attorneys at Law) for an informative session on Medicaid and Estate Planning for Seniors. Thanking Bethel Springvale Inn Assisted Living for hosting the event (@BethelSeniorLiving).
Our next education session on Automobile and Home/Renters Insurance & Insurance Term BINGO will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 and will be presented by Alana Jessie, CISR, Vice President, Donn Gerelli Associates Insurance Agency.
Please call or email the Croton Caring Committee at 914-271-4979 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Relaunch of Education Series: Senior Facts and Snacks - June 11, 2019
The Croton Caring Committee, in collaboration with Bethel Springvale Inn Assisted Living, kicked off our "Senior Facts and Snacks" education series on Tuesday, June 11th. Those in attendance received tools on how to recognize and prevent frauds and scams.
The presentation was given by Roberta S. Goodman, Esq. and Susan Carroll, Esq., both from the Pace Women's Justice Center in White Plains. We are grateful to Roberta and Susan for sharing valuable information on this important topic.
Our next session, "Medicaid and Estate Planning for Seniors" will be held on Tuesday, July 9th. Please call (914)-271-4979 or email email@example.com for more information.
June 8, 2019
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, nearly 70 Croton seniors attended the Croton Caring Committee’s (CCC)) Luncheon in honor of Father’s Day. The Croton Rotary Club, who have long partnered with the CCC as a Luncheon sponsor, provided a full barbeque, complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, iced tea, lemonade and, fortunately, sunshine! In addition to providing the meal, members of the Croton Rotary Club volunteered before, during and after the Luncheon.
Those in attendance were able to meet Rotary Club members, including new President, Seaver Wang, and were also able to give best wishes to former Rotary Club President, Dr. Greg Schmidt, whose participation at the Luncheons has spanned decades and who will be relocating out of Croton. Attendees were also led in a sing-along by Rotary Club member, Rob Abbot.
As always, Len Franco and Don Simons provided musical entertainment, the Westchester Balloon Company provided festive balloons and Girl Scouts Troop 2729 provided beautiful centerpieces. In all, it was a great afternoon and celebration of Father’s Day!
thank you to the local businesses whose generosity and support made our summerfest raffle a success!
A Night to Remember
May 17, 2019
On Friday, May 17th, the Croton Caring Committee and the Croton-Harmon School District co-sponsored a dinner/dance for Croton seniors at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School (PVC). The event, referred to by many as a ‘Seniors Prom’ was attended by nearly 50 Croton seniors who were treated to a delicious meal from Fratelli’s Trattoria, dessert from Baked By Susan and amazing balloons by the Westchester Balloon Company. Attendees also enjoyed listening to and dancing to classic songs from the past, some of which were performed by the PVC and Croton-Harmon High School jazz bands.
The evening was made extra special by the more than 25 volunteers in attendance, the majority of whom were PVC students. Beyond helping with event set up, registration and coat check, dinner service and clean up, the students contributed to many other aspects of the event including planning, making decorations, taking photos and, most importantly, dancing. Many attendees commented on the volunteers’ dedication and enthusiasm throughout the evening, both at the dinner table and on the dance floor!
The Croton Caring Committee would like to thank: Dr. Deborah O’Connell (Superintendent, CHUFSD) who supported and attended the event; Michael Plotkin (Principal, PVC) and Lauren Scollins (Assistant Principal, PVC) and the PVC students for their tireless efforts planning and attending the event; the Croton Teacher’s Association and the District’s staff who gave their time to help; our photographers, Steve Giacobello and Vincent Duffy; and Baked By Susan, Fratelli’s Trattoria and the Westchester Balloon Company whose generosity and support make many of our programs possible.
It was a very special and memorable evening!
May 11, 2019
On Saturday, May 11, 2019, over 60 seniors attended the Croton Caring Committee’s (CCC) May Luncheon. The Luncheon, in honor of Mother’s Day, was sponsored by the Croton Teachers’ Association (CTA). The CCC was excited to partner with the CTA and to add them to our list of exceptional sponsors who have enabled us to offer the Senior Luncheon series for many years. Many CTA members volunteered before, during and after the Luncheon. They also decorated the Luncheon tables with art work, special messages and poetry created for attendees by CET and PVC students and also provided dessert.
Guests enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Pronto Pizza.Many met and spoke with special guest, District 9 Legislator Catherine Borgia, who was in attendance. As always, Len Franco and Don Simons provided musical entertainment, the Westchester Balloon Company provided festive balloons and Girl Scouts Troop 1557 provided beautiful centerpieces. In all, it was a great afternoon and celebration of Mother’s Day.
Thank you to St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church!
On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, approximately 40 local seniors were treated to a lovely afternoon tea, hosted by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Attendees enjoyed an assortment of finger sandwiches, brownies, cookies and, of course, tea! They also enjoyed the company of many volunteers from St. Augustine’s, including the Rector, The Rev. Jenny Owen, who both prepared and served the afternoon’s refreshments.
Delivering food to neighbors
in need - April 17, 2019
On the afternoon of April 17, 2019, more than a dozen volunteers helped the Croton Caring Committee with its Easter/Passover Holiday Food Basket Program which provides food to families in need in the Croton community. Food baskets contained non-perishables obtained through food drives organized by the Croton Lions Club, the Cortlandt Community Rowing Association, Bethel Springvale Inn and Blue Mountain Middle School to which the Croton Caring Committee added perishables (milk, bread, butter and eggs), loaves of bread donated by Baked by Susan, and hams donated by the ShopRite of Croton and many community members. In all, 102 boxes of food were delivered to 39 Croton families comprising 134 individuals. Thank you to the community for your continued support!
April 17, 2019
The 2019 Croton Caring Committee Senior Breakfast series relaunched on Wednesday, April 17th. This Program provides an opportunity for Croton seniors to socialize and enjoy breakfast at the Croton Colonial Diner. Approximately 35 seniors gathered to make the relaunch a success! Thank you!!
A Holiday Celebration
April 6, 2019
Croton Caring Committee Celebrates the Easter and Passover Holidays at its April Luncheon, sponsored by the Croton Lions Club
April 8, 2019
On April 6, 2019, nearly 70 seniors attended the Croton Caring Committee’s April Luncheon in honor of the Easter and Passover holidays. The Luncheon was sponsored by the Croton Lions Club, whose members volunteered before, during and after the Luncheon and who also served as judges for our annual Easter Hat Parade! This year’s outcome was a 10-way tie!
Guests enjoyed a delicious meal provided by the Croton Colonial Diner. As always, Len Franco and Don Simons provided musical entertainment, the Westchester Balloon Company provided beautiful balloons and Girl Scouts Troop 2919 provided wonderful, holiday-themed centerpieces. In all, it was a very festive and fun-filled afternoon!
To the Croton Lions Club and to the Community
On Saturday, March 30th, the Croton Lions Club sponsored a food drive to support the Croton Caring Committee’s Spring Holiday Food Basket program. In short, it was a tremendous success! Thanks to this effort, 17 large boxes of food were collected, as well as ShopRite gift cards and monetary donations, all of which will go a long way toward supporting this Program which provides food to Croton individuals and families in need.
Thank you to the many Croton Lions Club members, Croton Caring Committee members and community volunteers for helping with this effort. And, of course, thank you to the community for your donations!
Croton Lions Club Sponsors Food Drive to Support Spring Holiday Food Basket Program
March 27, 2019
The Croton Lions Club will be hosting a food drive to support the Croton Caring Committee’s Holiday Food Basket Program which provides food baskets to local individuals and families in need during the holidays.
Date: March 30th
Time:10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: ShopRite of Croton.
Thank you to our friends at the Croton Lions Club and to the community for your support of this program!
The Croton Caring Committee Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at our March Senior Luncheon
March 21, 2019
The Croton Caring Committee held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon on Saturday, March 9th. The 75+ Croton seniors in attendance enjoyed a traditional holiday meal of corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes, provided by our friends at the Croton Colonial Diner.
In addition to enjoying songs by regular luncheon entertainers, Don Simons and Len Franco, guests were treated to a performance by The 1601: The Queen's Singers, who performed a selection of spring-themed madrigals. Additionally, invited guest, Tom Waitkins, the Town of Cortlandt & Village of Croton Assessor, shared information about changes to the ENHANCED STAR exemption program. In all, the afternoon was both fun-filled and productive.
Croton Caring Committee Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Members of the Croton Police Department at its February Senior Luncheon
February 14, 2019
On Saturday, February 9th, the Croton Caring Committee held its annual Senior Luncheon in honor of Valentine’s Day. The Croton Police Department, who sponsored the Luncheon, made the event extra special by providing festive décor, delicious meal accompaniments and, most of all, their presence. In all, 80 seniors attended and more than 15 members of the Police Department, including Cadets from the Croton Youth Police Academy, were on hand to help before, during and after the Luncheon. It was a wonderful opportunity for attendees, as well as Croton Caring Committee members, to thank our local police for all they do.
Croton Caring Committee Teams with the Local Houses of Worship to Celebrate the Holidays at its January Senior Luncheon
January 16, 2019
On January 12, 2019, more than 75 seniors attended the Croton Caring Committee’s January “Holiday Celebration” Luncheon sponsored by the local houses of worship. More than 10 student volunteers, some representing the various houses of worship, volunteered to serve a wonderful meal provided by the Croton Colonial Diner. A special thanks to Asbury United Methodist Church for providing a wonderful selection of cookies and cakes for dessert.
As always, Lenny Franco and Don Simons provided musical entertainment, the Westchester Balloon Company provided wonderful balloon centerpieces and the Girl Scouts (Troop 1235 and 1242 lead by Troop Leaders Kristen Zamora and Liz Poling) provided beautiful holiday-themed table decorations.
The organization’s next luncheon celebrating Valentine’s Day, and sponsored by the Croton Police Department, will be held at the Municipal Building on February 9, 2019 from 12-2PM.
Croton Mayor Recognizes the Croton Caring Committee
January 10, 2019 (Brian Pugh, Mayor – Letter to the Editor)
USA Today has ranked Croton-on-Hudson as the best place to live in New York State as part of its “best cities to live in every state across U.S.” ranking last Friday. This is a real honor and a tribute to each contributing member of our community. . . . I would like to thank everyone who contributes to the outstanding quality of life of our community in big ways and small.
Our village benefits from a diligent and hardworking professional staff. Particularly this time of year we appreciate the dedication of our Department of Public Works. We are blessed with some wonderful non-profits and local voluntary organizations, the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry, the Croton Caring Committee, the Croton Arboretum and the Lions and Rotary Clubs. Finally, we should appreciate our law enforcement officers and first responders—especially our fire department and emergency medical service volunteers.
As mayor, I will continue to work with my colleagues on the village Board of Trustees to keep Croton a great place to live.
Croton Caring Committee’s Relaunched Medical Transportation Program Passes the 50 Ride Mark in Less Than Three Months
January 1, 2019
Less than three months after relaunching its Medical Transportation Programon October 1, 2018, the Croton Caring Committee has provided more than 50 medical rides. The organization’s Medical Transportation program provides free, round-trip transportation to medical appointments for Croton residents who have no other means available.
As demand for this much-needed program grows, so does our need for volunteer drivers. The time commitment is flexible (e.g. once per month, once per week, etc.) and based on your availability (you can decline rides that do not work with your schedule). In short, you can drive as much or as little as you want. Every little bit helps. The commitment for each appointment can range from 1-4 hours (though it is usually on the lower end). We maintain insurance to protect our volunteers, and the only requirements are a valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
Please consider donating your time to help us to continue to make a difference! Please contact Carrie Sena at 914-271-4979 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Croton Caring Committee Thanks its Donors and Volunteers
Gazette – December 20, 2018 (Carrie Sena, Executive Director – Letter to the Editor)
The end of the year is typically a time of reflection. A time to take stock of all that has happened over the past year, and also a time to look forward to the future.
As 2018 comes to a close, we at the Croton Caring Committee find ourselves feeling proud of what we have accomplished over the past year. We also feel enthusiastic about what is to come in 2019. Mostly, however, we feel incredibly grateful.
To the many community members, as well as groups and organizations that have contributed their time, resources, ideas and compassion to support our programs and initiatives, we say, “Thank You!”
Without you, much of what the Croton Caring Committee does would not be possible. We look forward to partnering with all of you to continue caring for Croton in 2019.
Croton Caring Committee Honors Pete Tsagarakis and the Croton Colonial Diners and Delivers Holiday Food Baskets and Gifts
Gazette – December 20, 2018
The Croton Caring Committee hosted its December/”Thanksgiving Luncheon” last Saturday afternoon in honor of Pete Tsagarakis and the Croton Colonial Restaurant & Diner for their more than 40 years of generous support and service to the community.
The event, held in the Community Room as the Stanley J. Kellerhouse Municipal Building, was attended by almost 80 residents of the village. A full turkey dinner with all the trimmings was supplied by the Croton Colonial Diner for the seniors and almost 15 CCC volunteers.
“Special thanks was extended to all of the Croton Caring volunteers who organized and served the meal and beverages, and a shout out to all of the young volunteers who did a great job and enjoyed giving a helping hand. They now have a better understanding of service and caring and, hopefully, that will continue as they grow older,” said Bob Anderson, a CCC volunteer.
Mr. Tsagarakis was presented with a plaque recognizing him for his “unparalled support, generosity and service to the Croton Caring Committee and the Croton Community.”
In addition, the CCC announced that it has re-named its high school scholarship, the “Pete Tsagarakis Scholarship.”
Entertainment was provided Don Simons, Lenny Franco and Jimmie Halperin; decorations were by the Girl Scouts; transportation as needed was from the Knights of Columbus; and a rousing round of Christmas songs was led by Barbara Fries.
“A good time was had by all and no one left hungry,” Mr. Anderson said.
On Wednesday, Croton Caring Committee volunteers were busy delivering holiday food baskets to 38 Croton families comprising more than 150 village residents. Accompanying the food baskets were gifts for each, which include more than 80 children.
Honoring our Veterans
The Croton Caring Committee held its November luncheon last Saturday at the Stanley H. Kellerhouse Municipal Building in honor of Veterans Day. The luncheon, sponsored by ShopRite, was attended by approximately 90 seniors who, with Executive Director Carrie Sena and ShopRite representatives Sandra Puglielle and Cathy Grisanti, recognized Croton’s men and women who served including veterans Mel Giarolo, Janet Meyer, Thomas (“Tex”) DInkler, Donald Divney, Hugh Flynn, Don Simmons, who performed at the Luncheon, John Giglio, John Manco, Joseph Martinelli, Robert Ferguson and Bernard Goodman, and Mr. Goodman’s wife, Hilda Goodman.
Then next day, the Croton Caring Committee delivered holiday food baskets and turkeys to more than 35 families representing more than 145 Croton residents. (Gazette – November 22, 2018)
Croton Caring Committee Launches is 2018 Annual Fundraising Appeal. Please Help Us to Continue to Make A Difference!
Gazette – November 1, 2018 – (Carrie Sena, Executive Director, and Hollis Anzani, President – Letter to the Editor)
Established nearly 40 years ago, the Croton Caring Committee’s members and volunteers work tirelessly in furtherance of its mission to enlist the resources of the Croton community to help the frail, elderly, homebound, handicapped, and families in need of temporary assistance, enabling them to maintain their independence and dignity.
Our programs support hundreds of Croton residents and, by way of example, include Senior Luncheons (which provide a venue for 60-90 seniors to socialize and engage with other community members); Medical Transportation (providing free, round-trip transportation to medical appointments within a 15-mile radius of Croton); and School Supplies (Croton-Harmon School District students in need of assistance are provided with vouchers to purchase much-needed school supplies at local Croton businesses).
Our work would not be possible without the generosity of so many community members who have supported us through their donations. As the holiday season approaches, we would again ask that you consider donating to the Croton Caring Committee. First, we would be grateful if you would consider donating food to our Holiday Food Basket Program which provides food to approximately 50 Croton families at Thanksgiving, Christmas/Chanukah and Easter/Passover. For our Thanksgiving baskets, you can donate your free frozen turkey by requesting that ShopRite hold it for the Croton Caring Committee. Non-perishables, such as instant/canned potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, canned vegetables, bread/biscuit mix, cake mix/icing and canned pie filling, can be dropped off on the front porch at 11 Eklof Court between November 1stand November 17th. A full list of the food needed is available at this link.
Second, our annual fundraising appeal will be mailed on November 1st. Please consider making a monetary donation. As always, all support will stay in Croton and be used to benefit Croton residents. For those of you who are not on our mailing list, please see a copy of our annual appeal and learn about ways to donate at this link.
We are grateful for your continued support. Please contact Carrie Sena at (914)-271-4979 or email@example.com any questions or to learn about ways to become a volunteer!
Carrie Sena, Executive Director
Hollis Anzani, President
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Now through November 18th!
Each Thanksgiving, Christmas/Chanukah and Easter/Passover holiday, the Croton Caring Committee prepares and delivers food baskets to local individuals and families in need. We would be incredibly grateful for your donation of food. See this link for particular items in need.
In addition, you may also donate your free frozen turkey by asking ShopRite to hold it for the Croton Caring Committee. Thank you!
Harry Chapin Memorial Run/Walk Against Hunger
Assembly ay pierre van cortlandt middle school
The Croton Caring Committee thanks the Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger for the invitation to speak about our organization at a recent assembly at PVC Middle School. The assembly, attended by all PVC students and staff, provided a platform to discuss the genesis of the Harry Chapin Memorial Run Against Hunger in Croton, a venue to highlight organizations that benefit from the Run, and a forum to inspire students to get involved with the Run and in other community service.
The Croton Caring Committee is grateful to the Run Against Hunger for its long-standing support of our programs and for this unique opportunity.
celebrating National Senior Citizen's Day
On Tuesday, August 21st, approximately 50 Croton seniors gathered at Pronto Pizza for a celebration. The party was in honor of National Senior Citizen’s Day, and also served as the ‘kick off’ event for the new season of Senior programs planned for the coming year.
“We’re honored to celebrate National Senior Citizen’s Day alongside our community friends, many of whom I am just getting to know,” said Carrie Sena, the Croton Caring Committee’s new Executive Director. “I look forward to meeting and spending time with more of our community’s Seniors in the coming months.”
Additional programs planned for Seniors include monthly luncheons, as well as summer breakfasts and lunches.
Assistance for School Supplies Now Available
The Croton Caring Committee is pleased to announce that we will continue our program of helping families in the Croton-Harmon School District who need assistance with the cost of school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year.
Vouchers for school supplies are available and can be presented at Save Mor Pharmacy to allow students to pick up the items they need for classwork and homework for the upcoming school year.
Individuals interested in this program should call the Croton Caring Committee, at (914)-271-4979 to inquire about more details or request a voucher.
New Executive Director and Board Members
The Croton Caring Committee is pleased to welcome Carrie Sena as its new Executive Director. Carrie comes to the Committee with extensive experience in project management, event planning and grants administration which she amassed throughout her career in healthcare and research administration. She has lived in Croton for close to three years during which time she has observed and been inspired by our community’s sense of caring and giving.
As Executive Director, Carrie will administer the Committee’s existing initiatives, and, in parallel, develop new programs. Her immediate plans will include speaking with and learning from members of the community and thinking creatively and collaboratively about how we, as a community, can further the Committee’s mission.
We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our three new board members: Grace Bender, Mary Gilligan and Maria Rykowski. Together, the Board of Directors and Executive Director will continue to fulfill our mission: to enlist the resources of the community to help the frail, elderly, homebound, handicapped or families in need of temporary assistance, enabling them to maintain their independence and dignity.
Please keep an eye out for opportunities to meet Carrie, and for the relaunch of many of our programs.
President, Croton Caring Committee