#MyDSStory – Sibling Power!

During Down Syndrome Acceptance Month, we asked our families and community to share stories as part of a #myDSstory campaign. This submission is from an amazing sibling who is constantly changing the way the world views Down Syndrome! "My sister, Ali, who is fourteen months younger than me, is the...
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Spring Literacy Project Series – Rejected Love Short Story

As our Spring 2022 session comes to a close, we are delighted to share some amazing Level 3 projects from our participants. In the first of a series, we would like to introduce you to Molly. Molly and Samantha at the 2021 Gala. Molly is 20...
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Welcome to GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester

Krystal - Operations Coordinator We are thrilled to welcome Krystal Valera as our new Operations Coordinator. Krystal joined our Team at the beginning of April and has enjoyed meeting families this month both at the playhouse and virtually. Krystal resides in Yonkers, NY with her husband...
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Volunteer Appreciation 2022

GiGi's Playhouse Westchester loves our Volunteers! We cannot do what we do without the enthusiasm, dedication, generosity, and motivation of our outstanding volunteer team. Susie is our wonderful Ballet teacher - thank you for teaching us ballet and jazz. Since 2021, we have welcomed 168 new...
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2021 In Review

As 2021 ends, we look back at the challenges, successes, and accomplishments of this year!   2021 was another tough year, still dealing with the fluid nature of the Pandemic. Our planning consisted of many questions that we did not know the answers to. Can we reopen yet? Is it safe to welcome families...

It’s Not Goodbye but rather See Ya Later!

  Time Flies When You're Having Fun From a Literacy Tutor to the Literacy Coordinator, to Co-Leader of The Cooking Club (now GiGi's Kitchen), to Recipient of the 2018 Westchester's Above and Beyond Award for Outstanding Volunteerism (my favorite honor ever), to my present role of Site Manager for the...

‘Tis The Season For Giving

Please consider supporting us on Giving Tuesday (November 30th), which is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday is ‘a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.”  We are continually grateful to all our volunteers, donors, and supporters for making a...

Self Advocate, Dancing And Celebrations!

Every year at our Gala we choose an amazing self-advocate to speak and spread words of inspiration to our community.  Samantha with her friends Molly and Ella     Our 2020- 2021 Self Advocate is Samantha, she began attending GiGi’s Playhouse when she was 13 and soon became...

Popsicle Courses and Best Of All’s This Summer!

This Summer, we had the pleasure of welcoming an Occupational Therapy Graduate Student from Iona College - Hannah. As part of her Fieldwork course, she tutored four students, introduced our first fully in-person program, and created a Parent Workshop Series focusing on different topics such as emotional regulation, self-care, and...
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Volunteer Appreciation Month

Volunteer Appreciation Month  As we wrap up our Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to highlight even more volunteers that have stood out this month. April may be the month that we show our appreciation, but we never stop being thankful for our dedicated, generous, motivated, enthusiastic volunteer team that grows...
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Help Us To Celebrate Our Volunteers!

“Volunteering is an act of heroism on a grand scale. And it matters profoundly. It does more than help people beat the odds; it changes the odds.” – William J. Clinton GiGi’s Playhouse is 99% volunteer-led. As an organization, we are extremely proud of this. We cannot do what we do...

Meet Our Volunteers

This month, we are very excited to introduce you to two of our new volunteers who cannot wait to meet you all! They found our organization through the website Volunteer New York and responded to our posted Volunteer opportunity – we are very thankful that they found us!   Sarah...