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Eastchester Letter: Community Fund Launches Annual Fundraising Campaign

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EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Eastchester Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Please send letters to eastchester@dailyvoice.com .

To the Editor: I am writing to remind all of our residents that The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester, and Tuckahoe has launched its annual campaign for 2014­15.

While we are off to a strong start, we have a lot of ground to cover to reach our goal of $550,000. As president of The Community Fund, I often am asked why one should donate to the Fund. I respond by asking them to imagine our community without the EVAC ambulance or transportation, home help and activities for our seniors through the Senior Citizens Council and Gramatan Village.

Our Community Fund supports counseling services at subsidized rates for those in need at The Counseling Center, drug and substance abuse education through The Maxwell Institute, support for children and adults in our community who have suffered the loss of a loved one through The Bereavement Center of Westchester and, my personal favorite, free flu shots with New York­ Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.

These are just some examples of the wonderful agencies we are fortunate to have at our grasp. Many thanks to those of you who already have made your contribution. Your early support helps us determine the level of financial assistance we can provide to the 24 agencies and programs that service our area. I strongly encourage those who have not yet made a donation to do so. A contribution to the Community Fund is a fantastic return on your dollar.

What better way to insure we continue living in a safe and desirable community? Every dollar raised here stays here! Please visit http://www.thecommunityfund.org for information on the agencies and programs the Community Fund supports and/or to donate online. And if appropriate, please remember The Community Fund in your company's matching gift, employee giving or United Way campaigns. Very sincerely, Katharine Outcalt President, The Community Fund

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