Community Partners




The Office of Community Partnerships deeply values the relationships it has established over the years with a diverse array of community-based organizations. These agencies provide an important role in educating our students while they provide invaluable resources and services to the neighborhoods in which they are located.

Below is a sampling of the organizations with whom we have partnered over the last few years. We hope this listing will help faculty members and students consider linking community-based work to course work, conference work, research projects, student-led initiatives and to many other kinds of collaborations. To explore opportunities with these organizations and more, please contact Mara Gross by phone at 914.395.2573 or email. Also feel free to visit the Office of Community Partnerships located at 320 Bates.

Visit the Community Partners page on MySLC for examples of the types of work done by each of these partner organizations.

1199 Health and Hospital Workers, Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) provides professional training, recertification programs and other educational opportunities. The 1199 internship teaches students about both the strengths and weaknesses of working within an established, self-funded union organization.

Adaptive Design Association provides customized equipment made from three-ply cardboard for children with disabilities to help them achieve full integration in their homes, schools, and communities. Each piece of adaptive equipment is inspired by individual needs and made from recycled cardboard and paper materials. 

ArtsWestchester creates an equitable, vibrant and sustainable Westchester County in which the arts are integral to and integrated into every facet of life.  ArtsWestchester supports the arts in Westchester through leadership, funding, programming, education, advocacy, audience cultivation and professional development, ensuring the accessibility and diversity of the arts, at every level for every resident and visitor in Westchester County.

Blue Door Art Center is dedicated to bringing the arts to local communities throughout Westchester that are currently underserved by art programs and exhibition venues.

Catholic Charities provides services to people in need, advocates for justice in social structures, calls the entire church and other people of goodwill to do the same. Sarah Lawrence and Catholic Charities collaborate around refugee resettlement in the Yonkers and Westchester

Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB) provides children and adults with interactive opportunities to explore and appreciate the natural wonders of the Hudson River.

CLUSTER provides many services to several communities in Westchester including Yonkers.  Some of the work they do includes: mental health services, mediation centers, youth and family programs, and housing resources.

Family Service Society of Yonkers seeks to provide human services for the Yonkers community including home health care, family supports, guardianship, and advocacy.

Girls Inc. of Westchester seeks to provide resources for parents and educators, inform policymakers about girl’s issues, educate the media and public, and teach girls to use knowledge and strength to promote positive change for themselves and their communities.

Greenburgh Nature Center is a significant wildlife habitat located in Westchester (near Sarah Lawrence College) whose 33 acres house both indigenous species and hundreds of migratory birds. 

Groundwork Hudson Valley seeks to deal with the revitalization and renewal of the Yonkers community through a sustained focus on practical projects and local empowerment.

Hour Children's mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. Hour Children’s services range from community programs like employment training, housing, childcare, and food services to prison advocacy and alternative education.

Hudson River Museum engages, inspires, and connects diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley works to ensure fairness in the justice system for those who can’t afford an attorney and are at risk of losing the basic necessities of life, including food, shelter and safety. LSHV attorneys and staff are dedicated to protecting the rights of those in need of legal assistance.

The Mary J. Blige Center for Women is committed to providing girls and women with skills, knowledge, resources, and supports that will empower them to pursue their personal goals and become self-sufficient, confident women.

Neighbors Link aims to strengthen the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants. Our mission is achieved by filling a service gap for new immigrant families, offering education and empowerment programs, involving longer-term residents in volunteer opportunities and creating substantive partnerships with other local organizations. Efforts to educate, empower and employ families include a Worker Center, English as a Second Language (ESL) education, legal services and advocacy, workforce development, parent education, early childhood programs and academic support for school-age children of immigrants.

Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC) provides free legal services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse.

Planned Parenthood of Hudson Peconic seeks to provide exceptional health services, accurate information and education, and fearless advocacy for reproductive rights and justice.  Planned Parenthood provides these services while respecting the cultural sensitivity of all communities.

The Riverfront Branch of the Yonkers Public Library offers a full range of modern public library services and collections. The library also has community gallery and the curator is a Sarah Lawrence College faculty member.

The Wartburg Adult Care Community seeks to create programs that make life easier and afford a range of choices, with varying levels of assistance, independence, and financial options.

Westchester Hearts and Homes for Refugees is a nonprofit grassroots humanitarian organization that works with U.S. State Department-designated agencies to welcome, assist and advocate for refugees. We are a growing network of volunteers — families, neighbors, community organizations, and people of goodwill from all faith and civic groups — committed to offering refugees hope and opportunity. In keeping with time-honored American tradition, we offer refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution and identify and tap resources that aid refugee populations. We use our expertise and experience to educate, inspire and equip others to welcome the stranger.

HHR is an apolitical initiative that welcomes concerned individuals from every religious, faith-based and civic background and does not represent any specific faith or community group except its own.

WestHab combines housing and social services to create a comprehensive community development approach— developing affordable and supportive housing, operating homeless shelters, and providing youth programs and employment services.

Yonkers Arts is dedicated to developing a strong, effective, and cooperative network of “creatives” while creating impact through the arts.

The Yonkers Sanctuary Movement educates and mobilizes immigrants and allies in Yonkers to keep immigrant families safe from detention and deportation, and to fight for justice for the undocumented community of Yonkers.

YPIE - Yonkers Partners in Education is a private, not-for-profit local education fund focused on building a district-wide culture that promotes academic achievement and strives to ensure that all students who attend the Yonkers Public Schools have the tools, support, and guidance needed to complete high school.

The YMCA of Yonkers' unique mission is to help improve an individual’s quality of life through the myriad services theyprovide to address hunger, violence, and youth development. They do this with a lens of equity and inclusion, ensuring all have access to opportunity and growth.

The YWCA Yonkers is a global movement of women brought together by the hope and acknowledgement that together we can create a better world, free from violence against women, sexual abuse, illiteracy, homelessness, and inclusive of justice, health, human dignity, freedom, and care for the environment. The YWCA of Yonkers is a non-profit organization serving women, girls, and their families in a community of rapidly increasing diversity.