Our Story

More than 30 years ago, members of the Southampton community came together to found an organization to help those in need.  A small food pantry and an emergency assistance outreach were launched.  The organization quickly grew, and in 2003 Heart of the Hamptons (HOH) became a non-profit organization registered with the state of New York.   From the very beginning our mission was to help those in need in our community.   Over the years we developed a network of programs and dedicated volunteers to strengthen our outreach and effectiveness.

Today, HOH assists more than 2,000 people each year with the help of more than 50 dedicated volunteers, and an active Board of Directors.   The headquarters at 168 Hill Street in Southampton Village is home to the Southampton Food Pantry serving over 400 households, the Clothing Room, and an outreach office for Executive Director Hilton Crosby.  Services include a multi-faceted Assistance Program offering crisis intervention, medical assistance funding, aid for seniors, school supplies and summer lunches for school children, and a meals program for the homebound. HOH also connects people in need with resources available in our local community.

All our services are offered with respect for clients’ privacy and dignity. HOH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the state of New York.  HOH works hand-in-hand with the local schools, government and civic organizations, churches, and other food pantries to make sure the need is met wherever it arises.

Our main annual fundraiser, the Polar Bear Plunge, held each December at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton Village, is a much-anticipated event that attracts hundreds of people who jump in the ocean to support their community. We welcome all volunteers and donations.

HOH Mission: To help people in our local community who are in need, without discrimination, in a dignified manner. 

The Team

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Hilton Crosby

Executive Director

Hilton Crosby was appointed Executive Director of Heart of the Hamptons in October of 2015. He has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and worked in residential group homes for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Brooklyn, NY for seven years before moving to Southampton. He enjoys family, the outdoors and keeping things simple. He is president of the Hamptons Surf Fishing Club.

Hilton@heartofthehamptons.org

office: 631-259-3550

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MaribelRamos

Food Pantry Manager

Maribel Ramos began working as Food Pantry Manager in March of 2016. She was born in the Canary Islands, Spain and speaks fluent Spanish. She enjoys cooking, swimming, fishing and being with family.

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maribel@heartofthehamptons.org

office: 631-283-6415

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MaripazRamos

Clothing Room Manager

Maripaz Ramos began working as Clothing Room Manager in January of 2017. She was born in the Canary Islands, Spain and enjoys gardening, fishing and spending time with friends and family.

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maripaz@heartofthehamptons.org

office: 631-283-6415

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Carol Gilbert

Fundraising Coordinator

Carol Gilbert began working for Heart of the Hamptons in 2004. She assists with the fund-raising events and does all correspondence with donors and friends.  She also manages the Wednesday Meal Program. Carol is an active supporter of other local community organizations: Hamptons United Methodist Church, radio station WPPB, and the Southampton Historical Museum.

carol@heartofthehamptons.org

office: 631-283-6415

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BILL PELL

President

MELISSA LYNCH

Vice President

CYNTHIA D’ANDREA-NEELY

Treasurer

SUSAN TURESKI

Secretary

ROSANNE GENTILE

BILL SICKELS

LAWRENCE STRICKLAND

JEANETTE MAGNUSON

NICK EPLEY

MICHAEL SENDLENSKI

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