Charitable Programs

We feel strongly that it is important to participate in and give back to our community, customers, friends and family. The following are some of the programs and projects we support from local organizations to support kids to private crowdfunding campaigns. If you have an interest in promoting your charity on this page, please contact Sheryl at

If you would like to request a donation, please download and complete our donation request form and send to:

PO Box 16
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

The Retreat

The holiday season is upon us. At The Retreat, it proves especially difficult for the families we serve, as parents who struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs are forced to explain to their children why they may not have gifts to open this year or even the means to provide a holiday meal. Through our holiday programs, we are inviting the community to help make this season a bit brighter for a family in need.


The Retreat’s Adopt A Family Program pair generous sponsors with families in need, providing a Christmas they could not afford themselves. The Retreat collects donations or gift cards to local food stores so our clients can shop on their own and provide a fruitful holiday experience for their families.

Adopt A Family Program

The best gift a struggling family can receive is a gift for their child. The Retreat counseling, advocacy, and shelter staff interview families currently enrolled in our programs to determine each child’s specific needs, clothing sizes, interests and hobbies and will determine the family’s area of greatest need. In addition to gifts, gas and grocery gift cards are also much appreciated. Whether it’s a holiday meal, gifts for the children or assistance with a special need, your support will make a meaningful difference in the life of a local family this holiday season. We have 76 families to adopt out, totaling 237 individuals.

Whatever you decide to do, or can afford, The Retreat is always in need of monetary or item donations and volunteers. Helping women of abuse, and children from those homes, can be very hard and grueling work, but is so important and in turn, can be so rewarding. You will be helping to change lives, no matter how much time or money you can invest.

About The Retreat

For almost 30 years, The Retreat has provided safety, shelter, and support for victims of domestic abuse, and worked to educate families and the community about healthy relationships. Just last year, we provided 4,665 safe nights; 3,160 counseling sessions; follow up to 2,365 police reports; and response to 3,636 hotline calls.

The Retreat is a community focused, non-profit, domestic violence agency.  Our agency maintains eastern Long Island’s only 24/7 domestic violence hotline, operates a residential shelter for adults and children, provides individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, programs to engage troubled fathers and other men who may be at-risk for committing family violence, and in-school violence prevention education programs. 

How to Give

If you want to contribute to the Thanksgiving drive, checks and gift cards can be sent to The Retreat, 13 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, New York 11937 and must arrive by November 14. For those interested in contributing to the Holiday Giving programs, please call The Retreat’s Holiday Help Line at 631-329-4398. Holiday donations can also be made online at

Katy's Courage
Katy’s Courage is a not-for-profit organization honoring Katy Stewart, a precious little girl who inspired all who knew her throughout her lifetime. She died of a rare pediatric cancer at 12 years young. Her smile and kindness shine on in the memories of those who loved her, and her courage motivated the creation of this organization.

Katy’s Courage, founded in 2012, is dedicated to education and support for families and children through scholarships, children’s bereavement support and pediatric cancer research. We are an ever-growing organization with a dedicated focus to expanding our abilities and resources to provide help for those that need it.

Project MOST - Eileen's Angels
Project Most is a unique after school program founded in 2001, providing the children of East Hampton with the means to become successful learners and citizens, regardless of their ability to pay. Project MOST meets the unmet need of After School Enrichment Programming providing scholarships to needy children with the mission of closing the achievement gap. 

The Seedlings Project is a garden classroom that was created following the model of The Edible Schoolyard, a garden established by Alice Waters, Owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. With land allocated by the Springs School District, the center of the project is a greenhouse for teaching, learning, and growing. 


McCann Family Crisis Fund

On February 20, 2015, our dear friend Chris McCann was struck down in the prime of his life at age 51 by an extremely rare form of cardiac cancer – spindle cell primary angiosarcoma. This cancer is so uncommon that a diagnosis eluded numerous physicians who treated Chris and performed multiple tests and procedures over the past five months, as they tried to determine the cause of his troubling symptoms and declining health. Several times Chris rallied back, his spirit and will to heal so strong, only to be knocked down harder than before.

Despite the heroic efforts of his wife Lisa, who relentlessly sought answers and advocated on his behalf, this menacing and aggressive disease advanced rapidly through Chris’ body, spreading to his liver and bones. The doctors at VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia were finally able to provide a diagnosis on Wednesday, February 18. Chris died two days later, surrounded by family and friends who rushed to his bedside from near and far to provide comfort, love, and companionship as he made his final transition.

The McCann family embodies the spirit of giving, of showing up for others in their hour of need and contributing their time, talent, and passion to help friends and enhance life in their community. This is a family that lives big and out loud with spirit, laughter, love, hugs, enthusiasm, strength, a sense of adventure, and a value for service to others.  

Now it’s our turn to give back and help the McCann’s. Chris had not been able to work for many months while battling his illness, and Lisa’s work and income has suffered dramatically while she was caring for Chris. The family has taken a hard hit financially due to medical bills and lost wages. Their savings have been completely exhausted and Chris had no life insurance. Lisa is reeling from the sudden loss of her husband and does not know how she will pay the medical bills that keep coming and provide for her family on her own. She needs to get back on solid financial ground and needs our help to do that.