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Program In Pleasantville Will Benefit From United Way Grant

Rose Rothe (center), executive director of SPARC, Inc., and Marcel Hegglin (right), United Way of Northern Westchester Local Presence Chair, with the kids and staff of the “Summer Magic” program at the Bedford Village Elementary School.
Rose Rothe (center), executive director of SPARC, Inc., and Marcel Hegglin (right), United Way of Northern Westchester Local Presence Chair, with the kids and staff of the “Summer Magic” program at the Bedford Village Elementary School. Photo Credit: Provided

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The United Way of Northern Westchester has announced its 2012-13 Local Presence Program grant recipients. More than $5,000 in grants was awarded following the recommendations of United Way Local Presence Committee Members Marcel Hegglin (Chair), Nancy Gould and Susan Tansey.

These grants awarded by the program help pay for local community-based human and health service organizations that do not currently receive United Way money. Organizations that receive money share with United Way the fundamental belief that education, income, and health are essential for a better life.

This year's recipients were: Charles L. Brieant Community Center; SPARC, Inc; The Mental Health Association of Westchester – Mount Kisco Clinic; and Westchester Exceptional Children’s School.    SPARC, Inc., Special Program and Resource Connection, founded in 1989, enhances the lives of people with developmental disabilities through high quality therapeutic recreation activities. United Way’s support will enhance staffing levels for “KIDZ TIME,” a distinctive recreation therapy program at Pace University in Pleasantville, for children with autism spectrum disorders, ages 4-12. This grant will aid in reducing the program's waiting list and help serve new families.

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