A message from the Community Works Committee

September 30, 2021

Dear friends and colleagues,

Vassar College faculty, staff, and administrators are about to embark on the 2022 Community Works campaign. Last year, our combined contributions provided over $80,000 to agencies in our area. The greater Poughkeepsie area is still suffering from the effects of the Covid pandemic which has disrupted our community and our local economy and we would like to surpass last year’s total to assist our neighbors.

Past recipients have included agencies that work in the areas of hunger relief, homelessness, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, environmental issues, arts in the community, LGBTQ services, and youth empowerment.  The recipients are based upon nominations from the Vassar community.

Do you know of a local nonprofit agency that does exceptional  work? Community Works at Vassar College is seeking nominations for agencies to benefit from our 2022 campaign. Nominating a group you think should be included in Community Works is easy.  Simply fill out the attached Google form


Please note that all eligible organizations must present documentation of their tax-exempt status and adhere to Vassar’s non-discrimination policy in the provision of services and in regard to their staff and volunteers.  The Community Works Committee made up of faculty, administrators, and staff will review the nominations and select the recipients. In order to prepare for the campaign, the deadline for nominations is October 22, 2021.

Thank you for all your contributions to the community. If you are interested in joining the Community Works Committee you may e-mail communityworks@vassar.edu.

The Community Works Committee,

John Bradley, Mary Ann Cunningham, Doreen Hammell-Backer, Matthew Righter, Nicole Scalessa, Laura Street, Tracy Wright-Mauer