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Green Chimneys Children's Services Charity Profile
Green Chimneys is the nationally renowned, non-profit organization with a mission of restoring possibilities and creating futures for children with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges through educational, therapeutic and outreach services, while providing care for animals and nature, thereby promoting a philosophy of dignity and worth for all living things.
Recognized as the worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and activities, Green Chimneys operates residential treatment for children and a special education school. Green Chimneys offers specialized treatment and educational and recreational services. Each year, Green Chimneys' restoration system gives hundreds of children and their families the tools that enable them to positively experience their youth, regain a sense of self-worth and create hope for the future as independent, positive and productive adults.
Green Chimneys was founded in 1947 by the Ross Family, who purchased a 75-acre farm from the widow of NY State Senator Ward Tolbert of Pelham Manor, NY. The farm, in the Town of Patterson, Putnam County, NY, was to house a private school where children could interact with farm animals. In June 1948, Green Chimneys Farm for Little Folk opened its doors with 11 students. The property has since expanded to nearly 200 acres with an additional 350 acres at Clearpool Education Center. Green Chimneys School has nearly 200 students: 100 in the residential program, and more than 80 in the day school
Green Chimneys provides innovative and caring services for children, families and animals and targets its services at restoring and strengthening the emotional health and well-being of children and families, and fostering optimal functioning and independence. We strive to develop a harmonious relationship between people, animals, plants, nature and the environment through an array of educational, recreational, vocational and mental health services. We are a voluntary, non-sectarian, multi-service agency.
Green Chimneys Children's Services Volunteer Information
Volunteers are the lifeblood of social service organizations and at Green Chimneys, we have many opportunities for those who want to "give back to the community." We also offer internships at our farm and in our school. Volunteers are essential to the ongoing success of our programs. Volunteerism is a way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain insight, grow personally and build a better society for everyone.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Visiting Sunday Volunteer
Spend quality time with a child who has no family resources. Enjoy group activities with the child at a monthly visiting Sunday. Must be at least 20 years old. Reading Tutor: Work one-on-one with a student to help him or her with reading skills. Two mornings a week preferred. Experience required.
Assist librarian with card cataloging, typing, etc. No special time frame but must be consistent.
Language Enrichment Volunteer
Talk and interact with a student three times a week for a half-hour. Activities include playing games, reading and engaging in conversation. Some experience required.
Nature's Nursery Public Day Care Program
Volunteers are needed for all day care and before- and after-school care. Morning hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon, and afternoon hours are noon to 6 p.m. Choose your days and times to help. Must be at least 16 years old.
Farm and Wildlife Conservation Center
If you like animals, you’ll love Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Conservation Center. There are more than 350 animals to care for daily. Help is always needed and appreciated. Weekend volunteer positions are also available for guides to give farm tours to the public. Must be at least 18 years old.
Sidewalkers and leaders are needed for horseback riding program with physically and mentally challenged individuals. Weekday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. and some Saturday mornings and afternoons. Must be at least 18 years old.
Green Chimneys Children's Services Donation Information
Established as a vehicle for raising funds, the Friends of Green Chimneys graciously accepts unrestricted monetary donations and offers products for purchase online that benefit Green Chimneys.
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