The United Way of Scarsdale-Edgemont has picked the recipients for more than $5,400 in grants in the 2012 Local Presence Program. The grants go to local community-based health and human service groups that do not receive United Way funding.
The recipients are:
- The Edgemont Scholarship Council: The council awards thousands of dollars in scholarship money each year to Edgemont High School graduates based on financial need.
- Friends of Scarsdale Library: Money from the grant will be used to provide programs for children with special needs, including educational performances, yoga classes and films.
- Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester: The organization will use the money to support and expand its Complementary Care Program, which provids therapeutic massage, reflexology, reiki, art, music and acupuncture therapies for hospice patients and their families.
- Westchester Coalition for the Hungry & Homeless Inc.: The grant will help the coalition’s food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and service organizations buy food and also provide technical assistance and access.
- Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund: The money will help fund one-year grants to graduating seniors of Scarsdale High School to use toward their first year of college. The need-based grants are awarded after a family has exhausted all other resources.
- The Scarsdale Foundation: The grant funds will go toward need-based scholarships for Scarsdale students entering their sophomore, junior and senior years of college.
The grants were awarded based on recommendations of the United Way Local Presence Committee members Janice Cohen, Sidney Witter and Alfredo Gonzalez.
Elizabeth Bermel, director of the Scarsdale Public Library; Kathy Gray, president of the Friends of Scarsdale Library; Janice Cohen, board member of United Way of Scarsdale-Edgemont and chair of the Local Presence Committee; with Barbara Josselsohn, president of the Scarsdale Library Board of Trustees. Contributed photo.