Each year the Community Foundation makes monetary grants to a number of local organizations that provide important services or support to area residents in need. All the money we distribute comes from local supporters who contribute to our Annual Fund or other fundraising efforts. We receive no government support. 100% of the funds we raise in donations each year goes directly to these organizations. When you donate to the Community Foundation, we pass your full donation on to them. All of our administrative expenses are covered by our Endowment Fund.

The Community Foundation is well-known and highly regarded by our donors. They look to us to further our common goal of supporting important local programs integral to the well-being of our neighbors. The Community Foundation is a valued partner of these organizations by decreasing their fundraising burden.

Last year the organizations we supported had over 31,000 participants in their programs. These organizations rely on our support to help sustain the important work they do. All have seen severe funding cuts over the past several years, including hugely decreased government funding, but the demand for their programs and services keeps increasing. The Community Foundation is an important vehicle through which local residents can help to fill that funding gap.

Below are the organizations we assist. Please hover of their name to find out more information about the organization and to visit their website.

Youth and Family Counseling Agency (YFCA)

Executive Director: Barbara Rakusin, LCSW, ACSW
YFCA is a multi-service community based organization that provides a wide range of mental health and social welfare services designed to strengthen the lives of individuals and families. The organization offers the following services in both English and Spanish without regard to the individual’s ability to pay: Supportive Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Psychiatric Services, Crisis Intervention and Emergency Assistance. YFCA oversees the Parent- Child Home Program, The YFCA Summer Experience and the Bulluck Horizons Program.

Please visit their website for more information.

Hispanic Cultural Center known as Centro Cultural Hispano

Program Coordinator: Johanna Velasquez, Executive Director: Luz Torres
CCH is A grass roots organization dedicated to the educational, social and economic development of the Hispanic and immigrant community of Oyster Bay and East Norwich. CCH helps approximately 1100 participants per year with its programs and activities. Current programs include an After School Enrichment Program for students in grades K-8 that improves academic achievement of students, a Youth Group Program, English as a Second Language Classes for adults, and Outreach and Advocacy.

Please visit their website for more information.

Parent-Child Home Program

Coordinator: Melanie Paez, LCSW
An innovative home-based literacy and parenting program that strengthens families and prepares toddlers to succeed academically. Home visits are at the heart of the program, emphasizing a parent’s role as a child’s first teacher, building reading-readiness and preparing children for their first school experience.

Please visit their website for more information.

The WaterFront Center Education & Recreation

Executive Director: David L. Waldo
The Waterfront Center educates people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds so that they can become active stewards of the marine environment. Promotes community sailing and other environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the waters of Oyster Bay. With Community Foundation support,  the Waterfront Center offers sailing, marine environment education and other programs at little or no cost to children who would not otherwise be able to participate in these programs. Visit their website for more info.

Oyster Bay Main Street Association

Executive Director: Meredith Maus

A non-profit organization focused on the revitalization of the hamlet of Oyster Bay. Through community involvement and support, the Association is committed to making the downtown pedestrian-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and economically viable, while maintaining its historic integrity. To accomplish this, the organization follows the Main Street Approach to downtown revitalization, as established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with four grass roots committees focused on design, economic restructuring, promotion and organization.

Oyster Bay Main Street Association (OBMSA) is dedicated to enhancing and promoting an attractive and thriving downtown, while maintaining its historic integrity.

Please visit their website for more details.

The Life Enrichment Center formerly Doubleday Babcock Senior Center

Executive Director: Judy Palumbo
The Center offers vital services and social activities to individuals 55+ in Oyster Bay and the surrounding communities. Vital services include a hot lunch program, comprehensive transportation services, routine medical screenings by a registered nurse and a full range of social services providing a direct connection to other agencies, entitlement screenings and needs evaluations. Monday through Friday, the Center provides a full range of social activities including dance, fitness and wellness programs, card games, entertainment and a social adult day care program to address the needs of frail or memory-impaired individuals. The Center also offers the entire community a fitness center, evening classes, a thrift shop and support groups for veterans and caregivers.

Visit their website for more information

Bulluck Horizons Program

Director: Beth Vendryes Williams

Through the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay, the Community Foundation funds the Bulluck Horizons mentorship program for students of our community who otherwise lack the resources to pursue their avocation under the guidance of a dedicated professional adult.

Please visit their website for more information.

The YFCA Summer Experience

formerly known as BOB, The Better Oyster Bay Program
Day and evening programs designed to provide local summer activities for children ages 12-18, exposing them to experiences they might not other- wise be able to enjoy.

Executive Director: Barbara Rakusin, LCSW, ACSW

Please visit their website for more information.

Community Social Action Committee (CSAC)

PO Box 231, Oyster Bay NY 11771

Contact: Carol Daub

The Community Social Action Committee (CSAC) is a part of the Inter-religious and Human Needs Council of Oyster Bay (IHNC). IHNC serves as a vehicle for coordinating various social outreaches and facilitating joint efforts by religious and social welfare groups in Oyster Bay. The current focus of CSAC is to coordinate the Annual Food and Toy Drives that take place in Oyster Bay in November and December. They work with local schools, Centro Cultural Hispano (CCH), the Youth and Family Counseling Agency (YFCA) and St. Dominic Outreach to develop a list of individuals and families in need, who receive the food and toys collected during the drives. The groups supporting these annual collections include: First Presbyterian Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Catholic Daughters Court #370, North Shore Community Church, Hood AME Zion Church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Congregation L’Dor V’Dor, The Boys & Girls Club, CCH, YFCA, The Life Enrichment Center, and individual members who support and donate to these projects.

Harmony Heights

Kathryn Nastri, LCSW, Executive Director

Founded in Oyster Bay in 1974, Harmony Heights provides therapeutic and educational services to girls with special emotional needs that cannot be served adequately in the traditional high school setting. The facilities include an accredited high school in East Norwich that every student attends and a home in Oyster Bay where girls who require additional services live year round. Their mission is to provide the emotional, psychological and educational support for these girls to reach their potential in a caring, supportive atmosphere.