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Good Deeds Earn Discounts In Westchester Restaurants

Volunteering in Westchester can earn you a discount at dozens of restaurants throughout the county.
Volunteering in Westchester can earn you a discount at dozens of restaurants throughout the county. Photo Credit: Flickr user Redbroom

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- First question: Did you know there are more than 5,700 non-profit organizations in Westchester County? The next question is, are you hungry?

Dozens of restaurants are doing their part to honor volunteers across Westchester County by offering special culinary discounts to those who volunteer their time to local or national organizations.

The program, Volunteer Appreciation Nights, takes place every Wednesday, excluding holidays. Participating restaurants will give a 20 percent discount on food and soft drinks to patrons who show that they volunteer. Proof of volunteering is required in the form of a volunteer ID or letter from the organization for which the person donates their time. If the company or group does not issue ID cards, the organization can obtain an ID card from the sponsoring organization, ThankYouForCaring , (914) 424-8888.

Examples of volunteer efforts include working with churches, synagogues, civic groups, sports teams, school, hospitals, volunteer firefighters and ambulance corps, charity events, community groups and others.

The program encourages restaurant-goers to tip their servers based upon full menu price -- not the discounted total. Patrons are advised that the discount is not valid with any other restaurant offers, and is subject to change. Check the ThankYouForCaring website before visiting a participating restaurant  to ensure up-to-date listings and offerings. ThankYouForCaring, an Elmsford-based business owned and operated by John Higgins, connects local non-profit organizations and businesses through a merchant-based discount program. ThankYouForCaring provides a discount card to organizations to distribute to those who volunteer or donate their time that can be used at more than 300 local businesses.

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