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January 2021

Nonprofit Westchester Honors the Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic

Nonprofit Westchester (NPW), the county’s only membership organization solely dedicated to advancing the needs of Westchester’s nonprofit sector, the people and communities it serves and the nonprofit workforce, held its annual meeting on December 3rd.   The organization paid tribute to nonprofits heroes, particularly those frontline workers who feed the hungry, provide essential services in nursing homes, domestic violence shelters, child care centers and out of school time programs, medical clinics and residential programs for people with disabilities and those who are homeless.


NPW members elected new members to the agency’s Board of Directors - leaders in the community who represent diverse organizations that have stepped up in significant ways to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in Westchester both before and during the pandemic.  “NPW is proud to welcome these dynamic leaders to the 2021 NPW Board of Directors.   We know their talents and experience will enrich our work.  As individuals, and collectively,  they will move our sector forward in addressing critical issues of our time such as to racial equity, affordable housing, healthcare, food insecurity, the environment and engagement with the LGBTQIA community,” stated Anahaita Kotval, CEO of Lifting Up Westchester and President of Nonprofit Westchester.


“I am thrilled to become a member of the Board of NPW.  At no time in recent history has the work been more consequential. I plan to bring the unique health care perspective of those who are the most vulnerable among us.  I look forward to working with Anahaita Kotval, the Board , and Jan Fisher, Executive Director in the advancement of the mission of NPW,” said Judith Watson, CEO, Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center.


 Outgoing members of the NPW Board of Directors were honored for their service and vision in forming NPW nine years ago in response to an opportunity to increase the social impact of Westchester’s nonprofit sector through learning, training and professional development, collaboration and joint advocacy.


The graduates of NPW’s Emerging Leaders Program, an 11-month rigorous professional development program dedicated to developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders, were also recognized.


County Executive George Latimer, Chairman of the Board of Legislators Benjamin Boykin, Congressman-elect Mondaire Jones, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Shelly Mayer brought greetings and praise for the nonprofit sector.


Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) is Westchester’s only membership organization dedicated solely to advancing and advocating for the needs and interests of the county's nonprofit sector and the people and communities they serve. Representing 180 nonprofit organizations and business members, the mission of NPW is to strengthen the visibility, capacity and impact of the nonprofit sector in Westchester County.  www.npwestchester.org.