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Vassar College's annual Community Works fundraising campaign for local non-profit organizations totals more than $100,000.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Vassar College employees and students combined to contribute $103,063 to the college's annual Community Works fundraising campaign for local non-profit organizations, the second highest total in the nine-year history of the campaign (http://communityworks.vassar.edu/). Ten organizations had been selected to receive equal grants from the money donated: Battered Women's Services, Celebrating Community, Children's Media Project, Circles of Planned Parenthood, Dutchess County Arts Council, Dutchess Outreach, The Living Room of Mental Health America of Dutchess County, Queens Galley, Real Skills Network, and Rural and Migrant Ministry.

"We wouldn't exist without Community Works and Vassar College student interns," said Tree Arrington, director of the Real Skills Network, which concentrates on developing personal responsibility and community building for inner-city youth.

Since its inception in 2001, Community Works has raised more than $800,000 and funded 40 different organizations in the Hudson Valley. Recipients are chosen each year by a committee of employees and students, and all the administrative costs of the Community Works campaign are paid by Vassar, so one hundred percent of contributions go to the recipient organizations.

"The organizations we will support meet some of the most urgent human needs in our area, all the more so while the economy struggles to recover," said Nicholas de Leeuw, a senior lecturer in psychology who chaired the Community Works campaign. "We're proud that the campus responded so strongly this year."

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 23, 2010