PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — The annual Appeal Campaign for Carver Center, 400 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, is back, with fundraising co-chairs Stephanie Barrett of Greenwich, Conn., and Tom Murphy of Rye trying to raise $300,000 by June 30.
The Carver Center recently created a new after-school program at Port Chester's five elementary schools, and Barrett, a public school teacher, said those are the types of programs the Carver Center is attempting to ensure will have sufficient funding.
“As funding becomes tighter across school districts, Carver helps to meet growing need by providing college prep classes for high schoolers, after-school homework help and daily hot meals for 1,300 children," Barrett said.
"I want to be sure that the annual appeal goal is met so that these programs can continue."
With a total fundraising goal of $3.7 million almost complete for fiscal year 2015-16, funds raised through the annual appeal support critical needs such as the pool, food pantry and maintenance of the facility.
“Port Chester has a 16 percent poverty rate, so it’s critically important for Carver to continue offering a fully stocked food pantry as a way to minimize food insecurity," Murphy said.
"Also, Carver provides the only community swimming pool in the area. Everyone should have access to water safety lessons, no matter the cost.”
Carver’s stated mission is to "build brighter futures through programs that serve, educate and empower."
Each year, over 10,000 children, adults, seniors, and families are served through the community center.
Annual appeal contributions can be sent to Ariana Aguilar, Carver Center, 400 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, NY 10573 or on the Carver Center website .