Editor's Note: Below are Letters to the Editor from community agencies and organizations that have benefited from grants by The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe. The letters are listed as they arrive. Each describes the specific projects The Community Fund has funded for their organization, and are well worth reading.
10. Letter to the Editor: Kimberly Wildey on the Community Fund's Contributions to The Maxwell Institute
The holiday season is a time to celebrate family, friends and hope. However, in these times of uncertainty, we at The Maxwell Institute see many losing their jobs, security and dreams.
Under the festive cheer, many of our neighbors are wondering who is looking out for them and their families. They are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loneliness. It is not surprising that alcohol consumption increases significantly during the holidays, and even less surprising that the potential consequences can be devastating. One embarrassing moment in front of the boss at a holiday party, one decision to drive the family home after a dinner, or one drink too many on New Year's Eve can result in a lifetime of regret.
This is why we turn to the twinkling light of hope in our communities. Through the dedicated efforts of community members, we can reach out our hands and help those who need us most.
Our communities are extremely fortunate to have an establishment such as the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe. Through its generous support and tireless efforts they raise funds for organizations in the area.
Thanks to their dedication the Maxwell Institute is able to provide compassionate and exceptional outpatient treatment for individuals and families suffering from substance abuse as well as offer professional education services to the schools and community.
The Maxwell Institute of Saint Vincent's Westchester, a division of Saint Joseph's Medical Center, is proud to be associated with the Community Fund and urges you to continue the legacy of caring by supporting the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe this season.
Kimberly Wildey, LMHC
The Maxwell Institute of Saint Vincent's Hospital Westchester
Dec. 1, 2010
9. Letter to the Editor from Susan Snyder on the Contribution by the Community Fund to the Eastchester Teen Scene Program
The Eastchester Recreation Department serves all residents of the Town of Eastchester, which includes the Villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, from pre-school to adult, by offering positive opportunities for the use of one's leisure time. The benefits of recreation range from physical fitness to socialization to general wellness and the overall improvement of one's quality of life.
Specifically, our Teen Scene program, for youth in grades 7 through 9, offers fun events throughout the school year such as drop-in game nights, DJ dances and karaoke, and trips to adventure courses, paint ball, professional sporting events, movies, ice-skating, and more. During the summer months, Teen Scene members can attend popular pool parties at Lake Isle Country Club.
Simply put, recreation programs cost money. We charge user fees requiring those who participate in programs to pay for them.
Because of a generous grant from the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe, we can offer our Teen Scene activities to our youth at an affordable rate.
Without having positive choices for recreation experiences in the local community, there is a greater risk our youth would make poor choices for their recreation experiences.
Won't you please give generously to the Community Fund and keep our Teen Scene thriving?
Susan Snyder, CPRP
Superintendent of Recreation
Dec. 1, 2010
8. Letter to the Editor from Chief John Costanzo on the Community Fund's Contribution to the Tuckahoe Police Department
The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe continues to partner with the Tuckahoe Police Department to provide youth and safety programs for our community.
Through grants provided by the Community Fund, the Tuckahoe Police Department has been able to host events such as "Safe Riders Bicycle Safety Day," "Cops for Kids" softball tournament and "National Night Out" crime prevention evening.
Programs that provide our youth with valuable life lessons such as D.A.R.E. and the Police Explorer Post are supported by the Community Fund. Because of these programs, we continue to build strong partnerships and break down barriers between young people and our officers.
Again, I thank the Community Fund for being such a great benefactor of our youth programs. I ask our friends and neighbors to generously support its fundraising efforts.
Chief of Police, Tuckahoe
Dec. 1, 2010
7. Letter of Appreciation from Patty Donovan-Duff on Contribution by The Community Fund to The Bereavement Center
I am writing to acknowledge and thank The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe for their supportive and generous presence in our community.
The Bereavement Center, located in Tuckahoe, has been one of the recipients of their fundraising for many years. For small programs such as ours, their steadfast support has been extremely important.
Not only have they funded programs such as The Tree House Program for grieving children but have also been helpful over the years in offering educational opportunities and guidance to non-profits as they grow and mature.
We are truly blessed to live in a community where there is such awareness and support for programs like ours. As we approach this holiday season, please be generous in your giving to their Annual Campaign.
Patty Donovan-Duff, Director
The Bereavement Center of Westchester
6. Letter to the Editor: Kathleen Suss on The Community Fund's Contribution to Concordia Conservatory
To the Editor:
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe for their generous support of a program entitled Musical Adventures at the Library.
Over the years, it has been Concordia Conservatory's privilege and pleasure to provide Musical Adventures at the Library through funding by The Community Fund to the public libraries of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe. This program is designed to fill the needs in our communities which may not have access to music literacy services and to further enhance current language arts and music curricula in the schools of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe.
Your support is vital to The Community Fund so they can continue their amazing work in OUR community. It is my hope that all residents of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe will consider a gift of any size to this year's Community Fund drive.
With sincerest regards,
Executive Director, Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art
Nov. 24, 2010
5. Letter to the Editor: Nina Richter on Contribution by The Community Fund to the Bronxville Youth Council
Thank you for allowing The Bronxville Youth Council the opportunity to inform the public of the wonderful volunteer work which many of our Bronxville High School students are involved in.
With the support and help of The Community Fund we are able to touch many lives within our school and the surrounding neighborhoods.
We have 20+ students on our Executive Committee supported by another 70+ general members. Nearly half the freshman class joined our membership this year.
Here is a brief description of the programs that our students are involved in. Each month we deliver Meals-On-Wheels to the elderly of our community; we also work with homeless families through Westhab, a program that the Reformed Church of Bronxville specifically reached out to us for more volunteer assistance, organizing lunch and fun activities, and offering them a safe place to gather on Saturday mornings.
We also help out with some of the Midnight and Breakfast runs over the course of the year and organize coat, jean or t-shirt drives when the need arises. For all major holidays we host a meal for the children of Graham-Windham along with monthly outings that range from trips to Barnes & Noble to Project Adventure at the school gym.
At Christmas we make stockings for each of the children staying at Graham Windham. Furthermore, our students join developmentally challenged adults to play basketball during the winter months, which is held at the school and organized entirely by the students. We are also hoping to continue our weekly tutoring of children in the Bronx through the City Squash program. In addition to all these programs we support Hearts to Home, a program that sends calling cards to our troops stationed in Afghanistan.
The Youth Council is also the single club which organizes and puts on the beloved Halloween Parade and Haunted House every Halloween, a true local gem that every age looks forward to.
We produce the Talent Night in the spring for aspiring young talent in our own school and host a Winter Semi-formal for the High School Students, thus drawing the grades closer together and increasing awareness of the BYC. In our continued effort to touch all of the students in our school some of the Youth Council members meet twice monthly with our life skills students, taking them to lunch, making Valentines with them and creating a special bond between them and the entire student body. We are even hoping to host a prom this spring for those students along with the students registered with the Southeast Consortium.
With out the continued support of The Community Fund many of the programs we are engaged in simply could not continue.
We are deeply thankful to The Community Fund for their support and their continued belief in what our students do. It is remarkable that given these students very hectic lives they feel the need to give back to the community at large and we deeply thank The Community Fund for making it possible. Please remember to support The Community Fund this season.
Nina Richter/Parent President
Bronxville, Nov. 24, 2010
4. Letter to the Editor: EVAC on Ambulance Made Possible by Community Fund
The Eastchester Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC) has benefited greatly over the last 30 years from generous donations from The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.
EVAC, which is not supported by tax dollars, has been receiving donations from The Community Fund since the late 1970's and in 2000 began specifically using funds for the purchase of new vehicles.
The Community Fund now enables us to purchase a brand new, state-of-the-art ambulance every 3 years, a tremendous asset to the community.
We just recently took delivery of our newest addition to the "Community Fund Fleet," a 2010 Ford E-350, and this would not have been possible without the Community Fund's assistance.
We urge you to continue to support The Community Fund so they can continue to support the many organizations such as ours that are invaluable resources to the town.
The Volunteers of EVAC
Eastchester, Nov. 24, 2010
3. Letter to the Editor: Judith Dobrof, Executive Director Cancer Support Team
I am writing to ask the community's support for The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe's Annual Campaign.
Cancer Support Team is the only Westchester based home care program licensed by the New York State Department of Health that provides services free of charge and without regard to insurance coverage.
We offer in-home nursing services, counseling, advocacy, transportation assistance and other support services to individuals and families living in lower Westchester who are affected by cancer. More information about our services is at www.cancersupportteam.org.
Because our services are provided at no cost to our clients, it is only through the support of organizations such as The Community Fund that we can continue to offer assistance.
We hope that you will consider a donation to The Community Fund in your annual giving.
Judith Dobrof, DSW
Executive Director, Cancer Support Team
Nov. 17, 2010
2. Jean Yankus, Senior Citizens Council Chairperson, on The Community Fund
Loneliness and isolation are two of the major problems facing the elderly today. The Bronxville and Tuckahoe communities are fortunate to have two successful and thriving centers serving seniors in the area. Staffed by paid professional directors, the centers offer educational and entertaining activities, senior support services and opportunities for social interaction and friendship.
The Senior Citizens Council oversees these centers and raises funds for their continued operations. For many years, The Community Fund has been our major contributor.
This year, the Senior Citizens of Bronxville faced a funding crisis due to village cutbacks. As we have done in the past, we turned to The Community Fund for emergency assistance. Through their steadfast support, we were able to operate our planned programs without making drastic cutbacks. We are immensely grateful.
Your generous contribution to The Community Fund will ensure that our seniors will remain active and valued members of our community.
Senior Citizens Council Chairperson
Nov. 17, 2010
1. Ed Dinan, CEO of Lawrence Hospital, on The Community Fund
Over the years funding from The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe has enabled Lawrence Hospital Center to expand numerous services for people in our community.
This year The Community Fund is providing a grant to provide free flu shots to the community. Flu shots sessions were held at Lake Isle, the Reformed Church and the Tuckahoe Community Center.
The Community Fund is also completing a commitment to support the Hospital's Centennial Anniversary year.
The Community Fund is a vital resource to many agencies, including Lawrence Hospital Center, and we urge residents to generously support its fundraising efforts.
Edward M. Dinan
President and CEO
November 10, 2010