Grant Recipients

2020 Grants    

During the COVID -19 pandemic, all programs were offered both virtually and in-person, when appropriate.

AFYA Foundation    Yonkers, NY                                                                                                            $25,000

Building Skills for Meaningful Employment                                                                                                      

Support for work with clients with disabilities who are homebound during the Covid - 19 

pandemic so that they retain their skills for future employment      


America on Tech     New York, New York                                                                                                     $35,000                                     

Internships and Alumni Relations Manager  

Support for staff dedicated to procuring internships for students and maintaining strong 

relationships with graduates of the program


Artists for Humanity   Boston, MA                                                                                                              $50,000                       

Arts Micro Enterprise Program                     

Support for youth run micro-enterprise program for at-risk teens designed to develop

business and career skills as well as provide a commercial outlet for their talents


Asperger's Association of New England      Watertown, MA                                                                                             

Director of Children and Teen Services in MA                                                                                                  $35,000

Support for director of program working with youth and families dealing with the challenges

of Asperger’s Syndrome

Family Support Services in NY                                                                                                                       $10,000

Support for staff working with youth and families dealing with the challenges of Asperger’s



Backyard Sports  White Plains, NY                                                                                                              $5,000

Friday Night Teens Plus

Support for evening social programming for youth with disabilities


Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC   Oceanside, NY                                                                                     $45,000                       

The Ezra Center for Special Services           

Support for expansion of virtual and in-person social and recreational programming for adults and

children with special needs

Blythedale Children's Hospital   Valhala, NY                                                                                               $50,000

Training for Parents and Caregivers of Chronically Ill Children

Support to ensure that parents and caregivers have the skills and confidence to care for

their children once they leave the hospital

Boston Casa   Boston, MA                                                                                                                           $25,000                                 Court Appointed Youth Advocates

Support program using volunteers who are appointed by the court to serve as ad litem

guardians for youth in foster care.


Boston Jewish Film Festival    Boston, MA                                                                                                 $20,000

ReelAbilities Boston

Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities


Boston Medical Center   Boston, MA                                                                                                           $50,000                       

Pediatric Assessment of Communication in Autism Clinic

Support for educational advocate in the autism clinic to help low income families receive

appropriate educational placement and services for their children


Bottom Line    Jamaica Plain, MA                                                                                                                 $25,000

College Access and Success Program in Boston

Support for college bound program that incorporates college guidance and up to six

years of on campus emotional, academic, and career guidance for inner city

youth to assure they graduate from college successfully


Bottom Line    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                        $35,000

College Access and Success Program in New York

Support for program that incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus

emotional, academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to assure college success


Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester      Dorchester, MA                                                                               $70,000

Project B.I.N.D.

Support for inclusion programming for youth with disabilities in club-wide after-school



Brookview House   Dorchester, MA                                                                                                             $25,000

Above and Beyond Youth Development Programs 

Support for year-round programs that provide customized academic, emotional and

behavioral supports to formerly homeless youth so that they stay in school and are

productive both in school and out


Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk   Boston, MA                                                                                   $37,000

Family Advocacy Program

Support for program that assists children and their non-offending caregiver receive

the services and support they need following incidences of family violence


Citizens' Committee for Children   New York, NY                                                                                       $10,000                       

Youth Action

Support for advocacy training for high school students


COLAB Theater Group                                                                                                                                       $15,000    


Support for theater program for people of all ages with disabilities


Commonpoint Queens      Queens and Little Neck, NY                                                                                                                       

Butler Special Needs Center  - Sam Field Y                                                                                                      $80,000                                    Support for programs designed to enhance social skills and community inclusion

opportunities for people with disabilities with a special focus on programming to attract

young adults ages 19-40. 

CQY Butler Center  - CQY                                                                                                                              $40,000

Support for social and recreation programming for youth with disabilities


Scholarship Assistance  - Sam Field Y                                                                                                             $27,000                         Scholarship assistance for children with disabilities attending after school, day camp,

preschool programs

COVID - 19 Emergency Funding for Food Pantry                                                                                              $50,000

Support for food pantry personnel to assist with distribution

Community Servings  Jamaica Plains, MA                                                                                                    $50,000

Nutrition Program

Support for home delivered medically designed nutritional meals for adults, children and families

affected by life threatening illnesses

Dancing Dreams   Queens, NY                                                                                                                    $20,000

Dancing Dreams

Support for ballet dance program for youth, boys and girls, ages 5-21 with significant

physical/mobility challenges


Doc Wayne    Boston, MA                                                                                                                            $50,000

Chalk Talk Group

Support for sport-based group therapy program for youth with mental health challenges


Educational Alliance – 14th Street Y       New York, NY                                                                              $25,000

Special Needs Programming at the 14th Street Y

Support for special needs recreational programming in lower Manhattan that increases

socialization for individuals and families and provides workshops for parents to help them

understand their children’s educational, social, recreational needs and identify

appropriate supports for them. 


Enroot      Cambridge, MA                                                                                                                            $20,000                              

Mentoring Program for Immigrants

Support for mentoring program for immigrant students in Cambridge and Somerville

that provides 1:1 tutoring, leadership development and civic engagement seminars and

internship opportunities.

Feeding Westchester   Elmsford, NY                                                                                                           $25,000

Food Pantry

One time emergency support for food distribution during the COVID - 19 pandemic


Greater Boston Food Bank                                                                                                                                $25,000

Food Pantry

One Time emergency support for food distribution during the COVID - 19 pandemic


Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF)   New York, NY

HEAF Continuum                                                                                                                                          $50,000

Support for under-served youth from middle school through college providing rigorous 

year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure and leadership training

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hebrew Educational Society (HES)   Brooklyn, NY                                                                                      $40,000

Special Needs Family Center and Coordinator of Special Needs Programs   1st Installment                                                     

Support for on-going programming and capacity building in preschool, after school,

summer camp and parenting programs for children with disabilities and their families

Food Pantry                                                                                                                                                 $25,000

One time emergency support for food distribution during the COVID - 19 pandemic 


Food Pantry Supervisor                                                                                                                                 $45,000

Support for personnel in the food pantry during the COVID - 19 pandemic                                                                                                                          

IncludeNYC   New York, NY                                                                                                                         $40,000

Project Possibility Plus                                                   

Support for transition work with young adults with disabilities to increase their opportunities

for higher education and work options while teaching them critical self-advocacy skills


Intrepid Sea and Air Museum   New York, NY                                                                                             $35,000

All Access Maker Camp                                                                                                                                    

Support for three one-week vacation camps for youth ages 8-13 on the Autism Spectrum.


JCC of Manhattan    New York, NY                                                                                                                    

Access Coordinator                                                                                                                                       $40,000

Support for program to help families of people with disabilities understand their rights and

how to navigate the NYS governmental systems (Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver and SSI) as

well as help them connect with the Medicaid Service Network and Coordinators 


Assistive Technology                                                                                                                                     $15,000

Support for program that works with staff and people with disabilities to provide them with

assistive devices that will improve their quality of life and their abilities to communicate

in general           


ReelAbilities Film Festival                                                                                                                               $25,000                                Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities


JCC of Mid-Westchester     Scarsdale, NY                                                                                                    $28,725


Support for CLASSP, a youth development and training program for high school students,   

that work in after school programs with youth with disabilities 


JCC of Greater Coney Island  Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                 $25,000

Food Pantry 

One time emergency support for food distribution during the COVID - 19 pandemic 

JCC of Staten Island   Staten Island, NY                                                                                                      $40,000                       

Program Director Special Need Department                                                                                                      

Support for Director of programs for children and families challenged by developmental,

learning, physical and behavioral disabilities


JCH of Bensonhurst     Bensonhurst, NY      

Special Needs Center                                                                                                                                    $45,000                       

Support for summer camp and after school educational enrichment, socialization and

recreation services for children 5-12 with special needs


Butler Center for Educational Advancement                                                                                                     $75,000

Support for comprehensive educational services for Russian émigré families


Jewish Museum   New York, NY                                                                                                                  $25,000                       

Project Access            

Support for access programs for people with disabilities


Kings Bay YM-YWHA          Brooklyn, NY                                                                                      

Coordinator Special Needs Programs                                                                                                              $55,000

Capacity building support for a full-time coordinator of the Special Need Department


Kingsbridge Heights Community Center   Bronx, NY                                                                                 $35,000                          Special Needs Coordinator and Compliance Consultant

Support for a full-time program coordinator to expand and enhance programs and a part-time

quality assurance consultant to insure that program personnel and billing are in line with

current regulations.


Legal Outreach   Long Island City, NY                                                                                                          $75,000

College Bound Program                                                                                                           

Support for 4 year after-school, college bound program using law related subjects to

build academic skills and professional opportunities for low-income, urban high school

students in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens and the Bronx


Marion and Aaron Gural JCC    Cedarhurst, NY                                                                                                 $50,000


Support for program to reduce the isolation of people with disabilities especially during

the pandemic 

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)   Boston, MA                                                                       $40,000                 

Latino Special Education Advocacy Project                                                                                                       

Support for Spanish speaking lawyer to provide workshops and a HELP line to

provide Latino families with intensive outreach, training and advocacy to help them

navigate the necessary systems so their children with disabilities will be successful in school.


Met Council   New York, NY                                                                                     

Cash Assistance        (1st Installment)                                                                                                            $62,500                               Support for emergency cash assistance for victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Helpline                                                                                                                            $45,000

Support of text helpline for victims of DV as violence has escalated during the pandemic                                                                                                                            

Food Bank                                                                                                                                                   $25,000                               Support for Kosher food assistance  


Mid Island Y JCC   Plainview, NY                                                                                            

Adler Center for Special Needs                                                                                                                       $50,000

Support for social worker and specialists for social, recreational and educational programs

for youth with special needs


Butler Service Coordinator                                                                                                                             $95,000

Support for program to help families of people with disabilities understand their rights and how

to navigate the NYS governmental systems (Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver and SSI) as well as help

them connect with the Medicaid Service Network and Medicaid Coordinators   


Butler Service Coordinator Expansion                                                                                                             $40,500

Support for expansion of Service Coordination Program to HES and Shorefront JCC  in Brooklyn


Mid-Westchester JCC    Scarsdale, NY                                                                                                        $28,725


Support for CLASSP, a youth development and training program for high school students,

that work in after school programs with youth with disabilities


Montefiore Medical Center   Bronx, NY                                                                                                      $170,000  

School Health Program                                                                                                                                

Support for personnel to build out the infrastructure of the school health programs in the Bronx


More Than Words    Waltham, MA                                                                                                              $50,000

Bookstore and Cafe

Support for transitional employment program for youth 14-21 in residential programming

focusing on employment, entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities by running an

online and store front bookstore business. 


Mosholu Montefiore Community Center   Bronx, NY                                               

Family Choice Project                                                                                                                                   $50,000

Support to work with families of middle and high school students to identify and explore

educational options for both neuro-typical and students with special needs in NYC schools


Caregiver and Special Needs Program  in Coop-City                                                                                         $50,000

Support for social worker with expertise in special needs to work with this very at risk

population of youth and their caregivers to help them navigate the DOE and get the services

they need.

Food Pantry                                                                                                                                                $50,000

One time emergency support for food distribution during the COVID - 19 pandemic

Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center   New York, NY                                                                              $65,000                       

Legal Advocate

Support for on-site medical/legal partnership with Youth Represent providing an on-site legal

advocate to address the educational, social, legal issues of economically and socially

disadvantaged young people ages 10-24


Museum of Modern Art   New York, NY                                                                                                      $10,000                       

Access Program          

Support for access programming for people with disabilities

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)   New York, NY                                                                     $25,000                       

Climate Center Team   

Annual support for environment projects


New Alternatives for Children   New York, NY                                                                                           $50,000

Camp Scholarships

Support for camp scholarships for medically fragile youth


New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)   New York, NY                                                                         

LegalHealth                                                                                                                                                 $50,000                       

Support for legal assistance for low-income patients and advocacy training for health-

care professionals in NYC hospitals


Special Education Unit                                                                                                                                   $50,000                       

Support for free legal services for low income children with physical, developmental and

learning disabilities

Opportunity Network   New York, NY                                                                                                          $30,000

OpNet Fellows

Support for after-school and summer program that works with underserved high

school students from their sophomore year through college exploring careers, providing

paid summer internships and building networks that will lead to robust careers


Publicolor   New York, NY                                                                                                                            $75,000                       

Color Club/Next Steps Program and Professional Development                                     

Support for professional development and after school apprenticeship/educational

enrichment programs serving at-risk middle and high school youth


Ramapo for Children   New York, NY    

College CLASSP                                                                                                                                            $83,525

Support for CLASSP program for college age students who earn 6 college credits,

a stipend and work 250 hours with people with disabilities at community agencies

throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester

Ramapo Training  and Parent Workshops                                                                                                       $100,000

Support for virtual and in-person, when appropriate, professional training and staff development

for program staff and youth workers in community-based organizations serving high-risk youth

and children with special needs in New York.  New this year, virtual parent workshops to provide

parents with a toolbox of supports to help them cope during the challenging times of the

COVID - 19 pandemic. 

Rocking the Boat   Bronx, NY                                                                                     

After School and Summer Youth Development Programs                                                                                  $50,000          

Support for after-school and summer on water and boat building programs


Middle School Summer Program                                                                                                                    $50,000

Support for virtual environmental summer program for middle school campers in the Bronx


Row New York    Long Island City, NY                                                                                                         $20,000

Para Rowing

Support for full time staff person for year-round adaptive rowing program for people

with developmental and physical disabilities


Shames JCC on the Hudson   Tarrytown, NY                                                                                              $12,000

Westchester Network for People in Transition                                                                                                                                   Support for teens with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to adulthood

through the provision of appropriate social and recreational activities for the teens and

help for their families to explore post -secondary school options


Shorefront YM-YWHA    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                        $65,000                         Family Autism Center   

Support for social, recreational and educational services for people with developmental

disabilities and autism 


Silver Lining Mentoring   Boston, MA                                                                                                         $35,000

Integrated Service Model

Support for long-term mentoring for youth ages 14-21 emerging from the foster care system

Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center   Commack, NY                                                                                 $40,000                         Butler Special Needs Center                        

Support for after-school, vacation, camping, recreational and socialization programs for

people with special needs, ages 4-15 


Tech Kids Unlimited   New York, NY                                                                                                           $25,000

TKU Teens and T3 Digital Agency

Support for tech programs for youth ages 7-20 with disabilities such as ASD, Asperger’s,

ADD/ADHD, OCD and other learning and social/emotional challenges


The Go Project  New York, NY                                                                                                                    $35,000

Support both summer and year-round programming for youth with and without IEPs who have

been identified by their schools as needing extra support to succeed.  

The New Jewish Home      New York, NY                                                                                                   $50,000

Geriatric Career Development Program                                                                        

Support for workforce development program to introduce inner city students to career

opportunities in the field of geriatrics


The Wily Network   Dedham, MA                                                                                                               $25,000                        Mentoring College Students in Foster Care

Support for 1:1 mentoring of college students to insure they complete college and develop

a network of support


UJA-Federation   New York, NY                                                                                                                  $20,000

Older Adult Technology Program   (OATS)                                                                                                                                           Support technology assistance and training for older adults particularly hard hit by the isolation

of the pandemic


University Settlement   New York, NY                                                                                                        $30,000

EXCEL Program

Support to expand programming for people with disabilities


Urban Arts Partnership   New York, NY                                                                                                      $15,000

School of Interactive Arts

Support for technology-based game design program that teaches students in Title 1

public school new skills that improve grades and give them a strong grounding in

computer science options that they often pursue in college.


Waypoint    Newton, MA                                                                                                                             $25,000

Waypoint Adventure

Support for outdoor adventure program the inspires people with disabilities to go beyond what

they thought possible


Westchester Jewish Community Services   White Plains, NY                                                                     $30,000

Craft House

Support for coordinator of support services for people with disabilities living in a new apartment

complex in New Rochelle


YM & YWHA of Washington Heights   New York, NY                                                                                  $60,000

Special Needs Services

Support for year round programming and for children with special needs at the Y and

at camp Twelve Trails in the summer


Total                                                                                                                                                                    $3,624,365