Gardiner Is Part Of The Family
By Eileen Gulbrandsen-Glenn
From Issue 23: Summer 2014
Did you know? Family of New Paltz provided over 60,000 units of service (food pantry, walk in crisis intervention center, etc.) in its communities during 2013.
Did you know that Family also provides services to citizens of other communities such as Gardiner, Highland, Rosendale, Modena, Wallkill and others? Family representatives estimate that at least 25% of the services it provided during 2013 were to residents of Gardiner.
As a provider of critical human services, Family must use its resources to provide its many lifesaving programs. Thus, funds are not available to properly maintain the physical plant at 51 North Chestnut Street. This situation affects not only the clients and staff, but Family’s many community volunteers as well. When the New Paltz Community Foundation learned of the desperate need for repairs and refurbishment, it made a needs study and undertook a two-phase project to provide extensive rehabilitation to the buildings. Phase I, which was a complete gut rehab of the interior of the building, at a cost in excess of $75,000, has been completed and paid for through donations. Phase II, which is a complete rehabilitation and repair of the exterior of the buildings, to include landscaping, is estimated to cost $122,000. To date, $96,289 has been donated for Phase II.
We are lucky to live in a community of caring people who have already donated their time and money to such a worthwhile project. What has proven to be a great plus for this endeavor is the way people from all walks of life have come together to support this critical need in the community. 279 donors, which includes individuals, local businesses and local organizations, have already responded generously. Whether modest gifts or large donations, the Foundation has received them all with gratitude.
In order to complete the work, $26,000 must still be raised and New Paltz Community Foundation, Inc. is in the midst of a fund-raising project. To learn more about the project and what donations have been made to date, visit the Foundation’s website at www.newpaltzfoundation.org. You can make a donation by mailing a check, payable to New Paltz Community Foundation, to PO Box 1112, New Paltz, NY 12561, or you can use the Pay Pal button on the Foundation’s website. The Foundation will be pleased to acknowledge your donation on its website. Donations of $500 or more will be honored on a plaque to be installed inside the Family of New Paltz building. In addition, feel free to call (845) 256-1945 for additional details about the project.
The Board of New Paltz Community Foundation hopes the people of Gardiner will want to support this important endeavor. Because the Foundation has been recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) organization, your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.