Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00
Submitted by the Manhasset Community Fund
In July 2003, the Greentree Foundation, founded by the late Mrs. John Hay Whitney of Manhasset, established the “Greentree Good Neighbor Fund” to address priority needs in the Town of North Hempstead. Since then, Greentree Foundation has made substantial annual donations to this fund totaling over $1,150,000.
The 2010 Greentree Good Neighbor Grant recipients were recently announced and Manhasset organizations Adventures in Learning, Manhasset / Great Neck EOC, Manhasset SEPTA, and St. Ignatius Retreat House will all receive funding. In addition, many groups serving our neighbors throughout the Town of North Hempstead also received awards to support their efforts in a wide range of areas including educating at-risk children, promoting affordable housing, fighting hunger and providing assistance for the infirm and our seniors.
The availability of Good Neighbor Grants was especially important this year as the impact of the economic slowdown continues. While more people seek the aid and services offered by charities, the charities themselves face decreased government funding and lower private donations. Therefore, the impact of these grant funds will be especially significant and essential to many important local programs.
The Greentree Foundation entrusted the grantee selection process to a committee made up of members of the Manhasset Community Fund. The Selection Committee members included Iliza Bartels, Sheila Brennan, Dennis Denerlein, Rita Eredics, and Roger Goodwin. Once again, Thomas P. O’Malley, former co-president of the Community Fund, chaired the committee and reported that over 600 Requests for Proposals were sent to various North Hempstead organizations. After a thorough and thoughtful selection process that included over 30 on-site visits, 2010 Greentree Foundation Good Neighbor Grants were awarded to these deserving local charities:
Adventures in Learning ($10,000): To fund an early reading program for at-risk children in Manhasset and Great Neck.
CancerCare of Long Island ($5,000): To aid treatment transportation for low-income cancer patients.
Child Abuse Prevention Services ($10,000): To expand bully prevention and internet safety education.
EOC of Nassau County ($5,000): To provide summer swimming instruction to needy youngsters.
Family & Children’s Association ($10,000): To enlarge the senior bill-payer assistance program.
Hispanic Counseling Center ($7,500): To fund increased education/training for immigrant parents.
Island Harvest ($7,500): To provide training to teachers to address child food issues and to fund a “Weekend Food” Program for needy elementary school children in Westbury.
Littig House Community Center ($10,000): To support the summer and after-school education program for deserving children in Port Washington.
Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank ($10,000): To increase food distribution to the needy.
Lutheran Church of Our Saviour ($5,000): To create temporary housing for homeless families.
Manhasset/Great Neck EOC ($10,000): To begin youth internships and career development training.
Manhasset SEPTA ($8,000): To provide a “Saturday Adaptive Program” for special-needs kids.
MPowering Kids ($10,000): To support this after-school program in Westbury for promising disadvantaged students.
North Shore Child & Family Guidance ($10,000): To improve its crisis response capabilities.
North Shore INN ($8,000): To support an expanding soup kitchen.
Port Washington Senior Citizens ($5,000): To fund recently reinstated recreational programs.
Port Washington Twin Pines ($5,000): To institute a handicrafts market for goods made by immigrants and seniors.
St. Aloysius Church ($10,000): To further outreach to the needy in Great Neck.
St. Ignatius Retreat House ($10,000): To provide retreats on aging for seniors.
Sid Jacobson JCC ($8,000): To add student mentors to an after-school program for disadvantaged children in Roslyn.