United Way Of Scarsdale Announces 2012 Grant Recipients
Scarsdale, NY - United Way of Scarsdale-Edgemont has announced the 2012 Local Presence Program grant recipients.Over $5,400 in grants were awarded following the recommendations of United Way Local Presence Committee Members Janice Cohen (chair), Sidney Witter, and Alfredo Gonzalez.
These modest grants awarded by United Way’s Local Presence Program help fund local community-based human and health service organizations that do not currently receive United Way funding. Organizations that receive funding share with United Way the fundamental belief that education, income, and health are essential for a better life.
2012 Local Presence Grants were awarded to: The Edgemont Scholarship Council; Friends of Scarsdale Library; Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester; Westchester Coalition for the Hungry & Homeless, Inc.; Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund; and The Scarsdale Foundation.
The Edgemont Scholarship Council is focused on ensuring no child is denied a college education due to insufficient finances. Each year, with the help of fellow community members, the Council awards thousands of dollars in need-based scholarship money to eligible Edgemont High School Graduates so they may further their studies and open up worlds. The Local Presence Grants will be used to sustain these achievements through financial aid.
Friends of Scarsdale Library are dedicated to supporting the Scarsdale Public Library as it serves their community. The organization strives to focus public attention on the library’s services, facilities, and needs as they pertain to enhancing the education and wellness of its constituents. Funds from the Local Presence Grant will be used to provide innovative programs that promote social, emotional and academic development for children with special needs, including educational performances, yoga classes, and films.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester provides extraordinary and dignified comfort, care and compassion to individuals and families within the Westchester community facing serious or life-threatening illness. Through their awarded Grant funds, the organization will continue to support and expand their Complementary Care Program, focused on providing therapeutic massage, reflexology, reiki, art, music, and acupuncture therapies for hospice patients and their families. Westchester Coalition for the Hungry & Homeless, Inc. is a not-for-profit focused on alleviating issues related to hunger and homelessness in the Westchester area. Through a network of member agencies, WCHH assists community members in 72 food pantries, 38 soup kitchens, 31 shelters and service organizations. The Local Presence Grant funds will provide the aid the organization needs to support these member agencies to make food purchases as well as provide technical assistance and access.
Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund provides one year grants to graduating seniors of Scarsdale High School to use toward their first year of college. These grants are given to need-based students after their families have exhausted all other resources. The Grant funds will be used to further their efforts of encouraging students requiring financial aid to continue their higher education.
The Scarsdale Foundation promotes civic welfare in the community of Scarsdale by providing support for institutions and individuals that encourage education and human development. Through their awarded Grant funds, the Foundation intends to continue their efforts to provide need-based scholarship support to Scarsdale students entering their sophomore, junior and senior years of college.
United Way of Westchester and Putnam is at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. They can be reached at 914-997-6700 or by visiting www.uwwp.org.