Community Partners

Below is a partial listing of placements connected to the office of Community Partnerships. Please note this is a sampling of sites with whom we partner. We have many other sites we work with, so stop by the office (Bates 320) or contact Mara Gross at (914) 395-2588 or Jason Beck at (914) 395-2573 to explore all options.

Adaptive Design Association Inc.
http://www.adaptivedesign.org
ADA provides customized equipment made from three-ply cardboard for children with disabilities to help them achieve full integration in their homes, schools, and communities. Each piece of adaptive equipment is inspired by individual needs and made from recycled cardboard and paper materials.

African Services Committee
http://www.africanservices.org
African Services Committee provides health, housing, legal, educational, and social services to refugees currently living in New York City that have been affected by war, persecution, poverty, and global health inequalities.

Center for the Urban River
www.beczak.org
The Center for the Urban River offers many opportunities for interactive educational programs to help children and adults to understand the complexity of the Hudson River and to encourage them become part of the solution to maintain this great river. 

Center for Community Alternatives
http://www.communityalternatives.org/
The Center for Community Alternatives works with people who would otherwise be incarcerated. CCA also provides addiction treatment and recovery, HIV and AIDs, and educational and employment services. All of CCA’s work is intended to build healthy individuals, healthy communities, and to prevent the destructive cycle of crime and incarceration.

CLUSTER Community Services
http://clusterinc.org
CLUSTER works to create a better future for the communities of Yonkers, Westchester, and Rockland County by providing mental health services, mediation centers, youth and family programs, and housing resources.

Community Gardens/Greyston Foundation
http://greyston.com
Greyston seeks to support low income individuals and families through an integrated network of programs that provide jobs, workforce development, housing, youth services, community gardens, and health care. Sarah Lawrence students volunteer at the Greyston Community Gardens to help educate and bring together youth within the community.  Students can also volunteer in other agency programs as well.

Don Bosco Community Center
http://www.donboscocenter.com/
The Porchester Day Laborer’s Center at Don Bosco seeks to improve the lives of day laborers in the United States. It is an affiliate of the Westchester Hispanic Coalition and a member of the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLDN), which unifies and strengthens its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership and mobilize day laborers in order to expand their civil, labor, and human rights.

Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
www.drugpolicy.org
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health, and human rights.

Family Services Society of Yonkers
http://www.fssy.org
FSSY seeks to provide human services for the Yonkers community including home health care, family supports, guardianship, and advocacy.

Girl’s Inc. of Westchester
http://girlsincwestchester.org
Girl’s Inc. seeks to provide resources for parents and educators, inform policymakers about girl’s issues, educate the media and public, and teach girls to use knowledge and strength to promote positive change for themselves and their communities.

Greenburg Nature Center
http://greenburghnaturecenter.org/
GNC is a significant wildlife habitat whose 33 acres house both indigenous species and hundreds of migratory birds.

Groundwork Hudson Valley
http://www.groundworkhv.org
GHV seeks to deal with the revitalization and renewal of inner city and rural communities through practical projects, local empowerment, and sustained focus.

Hour Children
http://hourchildren.org
Hour Children’s mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. Hour Children’s services range from community programs like employment training, housing, childcare, and food services to prison advocacy and alternative education.

Iglesia de San Andres
http://sanandres.dioceseny.org/ministries.html
Situated in the middle of Southwest Yonkers, San Andres provides the local community with a variety of services from a food pantry to much needed immigration assistance and a K-5 afterschool program.

1199 Health and Hospital Workers – Institute for Continuing Education (ICE)
http://1199seiubenefits.org/funds-and-services/training-and-employment/continuing-education-and-certificate=programs/institute-for-continuing-education/
1199 ICE is responsible for both professional training and recertification programs and for political and other education of the 1199 membership. The 1199 internship teachers students about the strengths and weaknesses of working within an established, self-funded union organization.

Planned Parenthood of Hudson Peconic
http://www.pphp.org
Planned Parenthood seeks to provide exceptional health services, accurate information and education, and fearless advocacy for reproductive rights and justice – all the while respecting the cultural sensitivity of all communities.

Queers for Economic Justice
http://q4ej.org
QEJ seeks to address poverty, particularly among homeless LGBT youth, the majority of whom are homeless because they are LGBT and were evicted by their families. Homeless LGBT youth are often physically abused in NYC homeless shelters and many therefore live on the streets.

Riverside Language Program
www.riversidelanguage.org
The Riverside Language Program works with the New York Public Library to offer free classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to immigrants and refugees from all over the world currently residing in New York City.

Wartburg Adult Care Community
http://www.wartburg.org
The Wartburg Adult Care Community seeks to create programs that make life easier and afford a range of choices, with varying levels of assistance, independence, and financial options.

Women’s Prison Association
www.wpaonline.org
WPA is a service and advocacy organization committed to helping women criminal justice histories realize new possibilities for themselves and their families. They seek to make it possible for women to obtain work, housing, and health care, to rebuild their families, and to participate fully in civic life.

WJCS/Mary J. Blige Center for Women
http://www.wjcs.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=MaryJBligeCenterforWomen&category=Children%20and%20Adolescents
The Mary J. Blige Center for Women is committed to providing girls and women with skills, knowledge, resources, and supports that will empower them to pursue their personal goals and become self-sufficient, confident women.

Yonkers Riverfront Library
www.ypl.org/riverfront
The Riverfront branch of the Yonkers Public Library offers a full range of modern public library services and collections. The library also has a community gallery, the curator of which is a Sarah Lawrence College faculty member.

YpIE – Yonkers Partners in Education
http://ypie.org
YpIE is a private, not-for-profit local education fund focused on building a district-wide culture that promotes academic achievement and strives to ensure that all students who attend the Yonkers Public Schools have the tools, support, and guidance needed to complete high school.

YWCA Yonkers
www.ywcayonkers.org
The YWCA is a global movement of women brought together by the hope and acknowledgement that together we can create a better world, free from violence against women, sexual abuse, illiteracy, homelessness, and inclusive of justice, health, human dignity, freedom, and care for the environment. The YWCA of Yonkers is a non-profit organization serving women, girls, and their families in a community of rapidly increasing diversity.

Brady and Lucy in the Buena Vista Community Garden


Speaking from Experience

"I basically became an assistant to the program directors who design the programs for girls. I absolutely loved my role and giving input for possible programs. Facilitating workshops was the most important…I brought up my readings from class at Girls Inc. and included their [supervisors and girls in program] thoughts in my homework."

Student who worked at Girls Inc. of Westchester