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Letter from the chair to kick off the 2016 campaign

Vassar College Community Works Campaign 2016

4 November, 2015

Dear Members of the Vassar Community,

On behalf of my fellow committee members I am pleased to announce the start of the fifteenth annual Community Works fundraising campaign. We once again ask for your generosity to support a small group of dedicated non-profit organizations that provide crucial services in Poughkeepsie and greater Dutchess County.

The eleven agencies this campaign will support reflect the priorities that Community Works has grown to focus on over the years, as a result of nominations from Vassar employees: hunger relief, affordable housing and homelessness, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, LGBTQ services, youth support and empowerment, health, the environment, animal welfare, and the arts.

This year’s group is particularly strong in two vital areas: poverty (hunger, housing, and homelessness) and youth (after-school programs, affordable childcare). Our committee chose these eleven organizations because together they provide a broad array of key services, and because we believe your contributions will make a significant impact on their operations.

As in past campaigns each non-profit will receive an equal share of the contributed funds, and we only ask them to continue to do their work well. They have no reporting or paperwork requirements of any kind. Vassar also continues to cover the entire administrative cost of conducting Community Works, so that 100% of the funds we all contribute go directly to the agencies.

You can make your tax-deductible donation via payroll deduction, credit card, or check. Use the Community Works website for all but payment by check. Checks should be sent to Community Works at campus box 9. To contribute through payroll deduction your request must be received by one of these deadlines, depending upon how often you are paid: December 18 (bi-weekly), January 6 (monthly).

Together over the years through Community Works we have generously contributed more than $1 million to local agencies that make a profound difference here in our backyard. But our campaign has grown to be more than just a way to contribute money. It has strengthened and enriched Vassar’s relationships with the greater Poughkeepsie community, and helped us as a college community to see the importance of these relationships for Vassar and the general public alike.

On behalf of the sponsored agencies and their clients, and the Community Works Campaign committee, I thank you for your consideration and support.


Tom Ellman, Chair
Community Works Campaign