All Our Energy
With a focus on advocacy, education, and empowering people to support renewable energy development and act on environmental protection, All Our Energy is near and dear to our hearts. They educate the public and empower local volunteers to raise awareness, advocate for change, and take action in local beach, waterway, and open space clean-ups.
Some of All Our Energy’s recent successes include the Long Beach and Sea Cliff reusable bag initiatives, which keep millions of needless bags—most of which are made of fossil fuels—from becoming pollution every year.
By contributing to All Our Energy through our Charity of the Month program, we’re all taking a step toward a brighter future for the planet. Thank you, as always, for your support!
Bayville Village Church Food Pantry
The Mimi Mernis Food Pantry (aka the Bayville Village Church food pantry) was started as a small outreach service almost 20 years ago and operated out of a small shed at the rear of the church. At the time, and until very recently, they relied totally on private donations.
With the onset of the coronavirus, and the devastating effects on many families’ economic security, the Food Pantry expanded their services and moved to a conference room in the Village Church. They are currently open Saturdays, from 9am -12pm for drive up/no contact distribution.
Currently, they are serving about 50 families/200 individuals per distribution date, offering dry goods, produce, meats and dairy items, etc. Private donations still make up much of the Food Pantry’s stock, along with donations through an affiliation with Island Harvest Food Bank and the generous partnerships with the local IGA and now, as the Charity of the Month, through Rising Tide.
Cove Animal Rescue
Cove Animal Rescue, located right here in Glen Cove, strives to help eliminate the fear and stress that make an animal difficult to present for adoption. They do so by providing cage-free environments such as the cat wing mentioned above, and the recently completed outdoor dog runs and play areas.
Stop in to visit, choose a wonderful animal to adopt, or become a volunteer; Cove Animal Rescue is always looking for loving volunteers to give the animals affection and attention to prepare them for when they go home with their own human. Volunteers must be 16 and older, or 14-16 with an adult. And while the nonprofit shelter is partially subsidized by the City of Glen Cove, they also accept volunteer fundraisers to help raise money to pay for food, medical care and staffing.
Finley Food Pantry
The Food Pantry at Finley Middle School provides fresh and shelf-stable food items to residents of Glen Cove. Staffed by student and teacher volunteers, the pantry goes above and beyond to serve 10-60 families each week – taking special orders, sending food home with students, and making deliveries for families lacking transportation. Though it might be a bit different this year, the Food Pantry continues to ensure local families get what they need. We’re proud to be donating to this amazing program making such a difference in the lives of our Glen Cove neighbors.
This nonprofit organization was created by the Sea Cliff-based all-female rock band, Antigone Rising, to empower and inspire girls and LGBTQ kids to pursue careers in STEAM fields.
Girls Rising uplifts kids and builds self-esteem by sharing personal stories at outreach workshops and live performances. Included at their workshops are inspirational special guests from other STEAM fields to create a panel of diversity. Girls Rising awards grants and scholarships to students in underserved school districts, and provides kids with opportunities through their Girls Rising Music Festival.
We agree with Girls Rising: girls and LGBTQ youth need to see strong role models they can emulate and identify with in positions of leadership. Girls Rising’s outreach workshops aim to do just that by bringing successful women and queer people of all ethnic backgrounds to their attention.
The Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club
The Club serves nearly 600 youth (ages 6 -18) annually in the Glen Cove community with after-school programs in education, sports, recreation, dance, technology and art—all designed to enrich and enhance learning and build self-esteem. And in a few weeks when school’s out, the Club will be providing a fun, affordable summer program with creative and imaginative activities designed to keep kids interested in learning while having fun with their friends.
Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club’s mission: To provide a safe and caring environment that will inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens.
The Glen Cove Youth Bureau
Since 1981, the Bureau has been dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment to allow all youth, all families, and the entire community to achieve its potential. This month, we’re happy to support the Bureau’s Fill-A-Bookbag program, helping them to raise the funds for back-to-school supplies for 300 children, K-12, who would not otherwise have the tools needed for a successful academic year. Thank you for helping us to help these students, and for making a very real difference in our community.
GREEN INSIDE AND OUT
With the mission to empower and educate consumers about better alternatives for low-environmental impact living, Green Inside and Out seeks to educate people on how best to protect themselves and the environment through their daily choices, for the benefit of all. Green Inside and Out seeks to remind us that sometimes things we use every day can be toxic to our health or the environment. Without a clean environment, life on earth, human or otherwise, is unsustainable.
Founded by Beth Fiteni in 2011, Green Inside and Out has several programs including a podcast and radio show, an educational blog, and a multitude of campaigns focused on Ecofashion, Toxins and supporting a Vegan Lifestyle.
We support this charity because it aligns well with our mission to serve and nourish our community through the products we sell and the knowledge we share. We strive to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle with fewer toxins while reducing our environmental impact.
Harnessing the healing power of art and laughter, Sea Cliff-based Healing Headbands works with people with serious illnesses (children and adults) to create joy. Run by certified laughter leaders and co-founders Barbara Grapstein and Joanie Accolla, Healing Headbands has worked with more than 1,000 children, conducting workshops in hospitals, schools, with Girl Scout troops, corporations and everywhere healing is needed.
The workshops begin with 20 minutes of simple improv-style laughter exercises, scientifically proven to shift brain chemistry and get participants ready to “paint their joy”. The colorful art created is then printed on ultra-soft micro fiber with UV protection up to 50 percent. Headbands are made from the art and can be custom-sized for special purposes (i.e. casts or bandages). Now the children can “Wear their Happiness”.
Since its founding in 2013, Grapstein and Accolla have integrated healing workshops in 12 major hospitals in the United States with plans to duplicate and expand the program nationally. Contact Barbara and Joanie at firstname.lastname@example.org to bring the project to your community.
Living Water for Women
The hundreds of women released each year from Nassau County Jail are giving little more than a week’s worth of psych meds, if applicable, and a Metrocard. Their chances of making a fresh start under these circumstances are severely compromised by their lack of resources. What’s the solution? In 2014, Living Water for Women established a structured transitional home for women who are struggling with addictions, some of whom may also have been incarcerated. These women are already living in the midst of our communities; Living Water provides them with adequate housing along with counseling and job training to keep them off the streets.
While the program provides basic needs such as food, clothing and toiletries, it relies on outside support to enable them to provide life skills, job training, spiritual guidance, counseling and mentoring. Consider volunteering if you have a skill that would benefit these women.
Living Water’s mission is one that stands to benefit every last one of us: to help disenfranchised and formerly incarcerated women, struggling with addictions, to overcome their weaknesses and nurture their strengths so that they may become vital members of the community.
North Shore Sheltering Program
Twenty-three years ago, two homeless men—in separate incidents—froze to death in Glen Cove. It was this double tragedy that brought religious and community leaders together to found the North Shore Sheltering Program, housed every year since in the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove.
The volunteer-based North Shore Sheltering Program provides homeless men with food and shelter in the winter months (from late November through March). Every evening from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the program accepts up to 25 men a night (they have had 30 on some bitter cold winter nights), and allows them to see a nurse, have a hot, nutritious supper, sleep in new sleeping bags, watch television, read, talk with counselors, and have access to a shower. Hot meals and supplies are all donated by local organizations.
The mission of the program is simple and one we are very proud to support: No man will ever freeze to death again on the streets of Glen Cove.
If you want to contribute to the Shelter independently of our fundraising at Rising Tide, tax-deductible donations can be mailed to NSSP, P.O. Box 415, Glen Cove, NY 11542. Visit the North Shore Sheltering Project on Facebook or Instagram.
North Shore Soup Kitchen/NOSH
The North Shore Soup Kitchen has been feeding the hungry at the First Baptist Church in Glen Cove since it was founded in 1989, 31 years ago. NOSH was created March 15th in response to the coronavirus pandemic. NOSH’s mission is to provide food assistance by delivering bags of groceries to the homes of North Shore residents impacted by the pandemic.
Now united by a common goal, to feed the hungry with dignity and respect, NOSH is now a program of the North Shore Soup Kitchen. Working together, the two organizations will continue the ever growing need for food assistance across our area.
Orkestai Farm is a regenerative, pesticide and herbicide free vegetable farm located at the planting fields in Oyster Bay, providing hands-on education in sustainable farming for teens and adults of all skill levels in addition to workshops in the Arts. Its educational programs foster healthy living, social engagement, creativity, and more from the community at large, including those with developmental and emotional needs. Members learn to grow food and feel empowered and confident about who they are and what they can achieve.
Volunteers for Wildlife
Volunteers for Wildlife is a nonprofit wildlife hospital and education center located on the grounds of Bailey Arboretum in Locust Valley. It’s mission: to rescue, rehabilitate, and release wild animals who have been injured, sick, or orphaned, and to educate the public about the importance of wildlife and ecological conservation. Each year, VFW accepts nearly 2,000 patients (mainly songbirds, waterfowl, and small mammals), all native to Long Island.
Children (3+) and adults can learn about our local furry friends through educational programming created by the VFW. Scout groups, library programs, guided nature hikes, night walks—there is something for everyone. To coordinate a program for your group, reach out to the Education Coordinator at email@example.com.