Monday, November 23, 2015

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park - How You Help to Bring Youth, Community and Nature Together

Dear Friend:
We are thankful for YOU!  2015 was one of the organization’s most successful years for programming, trail improvements and overall advocacy for the park.  With your support, we have achieved our goals for “Bringing Youth and Community Together.” 
Programs.   During fiscal year 2015, the Friends actively engaged the largest number of participants in our history with 6,653 children and adults participating in our programs.  Milestones achieved:
  • Reached over 2,500 students through our Van Cortlandt Adventures educational programs;
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  • Hired 12 interns for a Summer Teen Trail Crew internship who completed several trail restoration projects over seven weeks;
  • Ran our Youth Run Farm Stand internship program at two sites that provided fresh local grown produce to the local communities
Trails Friends worked with over 1,600 volunteers on garden, forest, and trail restoration projects.  We have also secured funding to continue our Trails Project Manager staff position and extend his work to wetlands through grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
VCP 2034 Master Plan FVCP’s advocacy directly resulted in millions of dollars of capital  funding of three major components of the 2034 VCP Master Plan—(1) the pedestrian bridge across the Major Deegan Expressway; (2) a new children’s playground in the Northwest Corner of the Park and (3) John Kieran Trail improvements that are a part of our Trails Plan.

Your Support.  Your financial support through this annual appeal will help us continue our cherished programming, trail work and advocacy for Van Cortlandt Park.  Please take a moment to make a tax deductible, end-of-year contribution.  With your support, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park will be able to enter in the New Year with resources that ensure Van Cortlandt Park is even more vibrant in 2016.
Thank you and best wishes,

Christopher Rizzo, Chairman & Christina Taylor, Executive Director

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