Kendal residents are generous, providing time, sympathy and understanding to one another and those beyond Kendal, often informally and sometimes through organized programs, activities, and contributions.
The Welcoming Committee aims to make the move to Kendal on Hudson as smooth as possible for new residents. One new resident said recently, "People here make it so easy to talk with them."
The Co-Pilot Program is designed to provide assistance and moral support to any Independent Living Resident who needs to be transported to Phelps Memorial Hospital in the event of an emergency.
The Tuesday Morning Club was organized to help people with varying forms of dementia. Residents help other residents with activities designed to encourage conversation, exercise, games and puzzles, sing songs, and carry out do-able craft activities.
Friendly Neighbors is a resident-designed program of the Health and Wellness Committee to assist residents with simple chores such as collecting their mail, watering plants, shopping if they are temporarily infirm or away, or escorting them to special events.
There are several support groups for people facing various challenges. The Loss Committee formed a Support Group for Caregivers and one for Parents and Grandparents of Special Needs Children. In addition, there are Parkinson's and Cancer Support Groups for persons coping with those physical challenges.
Other residents volunteer in local organizations, including Sing Sing Prison.
Each February, residents are asked to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Kendal on Hudson Residents Association Annual Appeal to support the work of the Council and its various committees. A generous portion of the Annual Appeal donations supports local non-profit organizations that have special meaning to Kendal residents and to deserving groups that serve the local community. In 2015, contributions were made to:
- The Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, entirely manned by volunteers and are on-call to Kendal.
- Rockwood Hall State Preserve, that glorious Olmstead creation, which forms our northern boundary (and, in warm weather has a herd of sheep and some goats).
- Warner Library, which graciously provides courier service to our readers.
- The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, for a second and third grade field trip.
- Open Door, which provides medical care for needy local residents.
- Community Food Pantry, for fresh food.
- Kids Club, Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de Tarrytowns (AHFT) and RSHM Life Center, primarily serving local Hispanic youth with pre-school, after school, summer camp, and similar programs.
The residents association also contributed and installed a half dozen teak wood benches in Rockwood Park for the benefit of everyone who uses the park.
One of a number of teak benches Kendal contributed to Rockwood Hall Park.
Last edited 4/02/16