Our 2022 Give Local Leader is a company that not only makes a measurable impact through its community support, but sets an important example about the power of good corporate citizenship that is sure to inspire others. With a grant from RXR's COVID-19 Relief Fund, we were able to provide child care scholarships for essential working families in New Rochelle during the pandemic, helping to ensure that children were safe, loved and learning and enabling their parents to return to work at critical jobs.
"At RXR, we know that we are more successful as a company when the communities where we operate also succeed. Affordable, quality childcare is key to building stronger communities. We're proud of our support of the Child Care Council of Westchester throughout the pandemic and we look forward to continuing our partnership as we move towards a new normal."
RXR is an innovative investor, developer, and place-maker committed to applying a customer and community-centered approach to building properties, services, and products that create enduring value for all stakeholders. Headquartered in New York with a national platform strategy, RXR is a 500+ person, vertically integrated operating, and development company with expertise in a wide array of value creation activities. The RXR COVID-19 Relief Fund was created by RXR to support the immediate needs of the residents and organizations of New Rochelle directly impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, as well as the eventual long-term recovery of the city.
We can't think of any organization more deserving of the Transformative Impact Award than the Westchester Community Foundation (WCF). For more than 45 years, WCF has funded programs and projects that drastically improve the quality of life in Westchester for so many. We are fortunate to be among the many nonprofits supported through the Foundation, most recently with a grant to fund child care scholarships for essential workers, whom the WCF stepped up to help at a most critical time. This funding ensured children had access to safe, quality child care and their parents could return to work serving the community during the pandemic.
"Everyone benefits from a stable network of safe, high-quality child care. An investment in early childhood development benefits the child, their family, local businesses, government, taxpayers and society-at-large. The Foundation values our long partnership with the Child Care Council of Westchester, because we share a vision of a Westchester where children have every opportunity to develop into healthy, educated, and confident adults."
-Laura Rossi, Executive Director, Westchester Community Foundation
The Westchester Community Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of of life for all Westchester residents by connecting past, present, and future generous Westchester residents with nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community.
Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Workforce Solutions Webinar
Executive Director, Kathy Halas, and Director of Family and Employer Services, Nicole Masucci, spoke to employers throughout the Mid-Hudson region on a February 11th webinar presented by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council. Child care issues are a major obstacle for workers, especially women. The CCCW, as well as its partner child care resource and referral agencies in the region, can make finding care so much easier for parents, and in some cases, help parents access financial resources as well for what is often the biggest bill in the household.
Part of the Mid-Hudson Workforce Solutions Webinar Series, you can view the CCCW presentation, “Child Care Resources for Employers” here.
View the Webinar Slides here.
After more than 16 years of Board service, including four as President, we can't wait to celebrate Craig Ruoff at Dream Big on April 7th at Captain Lawrence! He is a committed, energetic leader and a passionate ambassador for our organization and those we serve.
"Through the Child Care Council, I have learned and witnessed that quality child care makes all the difference, and I strongly believe that every child should have access. I'm proud to make that happen, and grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization."
Craig is an Executive Managing Director with Colliers International, where he specializes in tenant and landlord representation in Westchester and Fairfield counties, as well as on a national and international basis. Considered one of the market's most accomplished brokers, he has 30 years of experience and is known for his ability to save clients money and protect their interests by crafting creative solutions.
Our 2022 Dream Big "Children's Champion" has received numerous awards and honors over his long career, including being named a 40 Under 40 Rising Star and Ambassador of the Year by the Business Council of Westchester.
SPEAK UP FOR CHILD CARE -
BECAUSE THEY CAN'T!
A big thank you to the hundreds of parents, child care professionals, advocates, child care resource and referral (CCR&R) staff and boards who joined our Mid-Hudson Regional NYS Child Care Briefing last Friday.
Seventeen (17!) elected officials participated in our Briefing and we thank them for making child care a priority.
Now we urge Governor Hochul and the NYS Legislature to work together to make our child care system stronger THIS YEAR! A $5 billion investment will open up child care to many hard-working families, give thousands of young children the start they need, and begin to pay the child care workforce a decent wage.
Please take 2 minutes and send your letter of support to Albany, just CLICK HERE!
If you missed the Briefing, or you want to be inspired all over again, here it is, just CLICK HERE!
Read the details of our advocacy ask here.
With your help we can make New York THE state for child care!