Vassar Today

Record Total for 2005 Community Works Campaign

By Samantha Soper '91

Many people give back to their local communities throughout the year, and the members of the Vassar College campus are no exception. The 2005 Community Works Campaign raised a total of $88,500, surpassing last year’s $83,000. Funded by donations from employees and students, Community Works is a philanthropic campaign whose mission is to provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit organizations. The campaign was established in 2001 as an alternative to the United Way of Dutchess County, which chose to accept the decision of the Boy Scouts of America, a member agency, to retain its legal right to discriminate based on sexual orientation. “This year’s campaign focused on local organizations that work toward positive social change, and I think it really moved people to contribute,” said Professor and Chair of Geology and Community Works Committee Chair Jill Schneiderman. Some of the local groups included a shelter for victims of domestic violence, a library focused on the African contribution to American history and culture, an organization encouraging independence for people with disabilities, a theater company producing works that face the mystery of racial hatred, and a shelter providing services to children and teens. “One of the best things about Community Works,” added Schneiderman, “is that we are working with long-term neighbors and continuing to build partnerships with essential support agencies in Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County.”