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Holiday Joy | Giving back to New York


When The Trust launched an Annual Fund last year, I was pleased to pitch in. After I left Vienna on a Kindertransport in 1938, New York became my home. I went to public schools in Manhattan and the Bronx, then public college in Brooklyn. This City gave me a second chance.

Some of you gave, too. Together, our gifts helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by encouraging clean energy investments... promote the health of Jamaica Bay’s watershed… provide an afternoon science program for high school students… and prepare disadvantaged young people for careers in health care and geriatrics (see photo, below).

During this season, many New Yorkers think about charitable giving. The Annual Fund, starting its second year, will raise money for several causes. Modest donations are fine, because they’re pooled together. You can choose where yours goes:

  • HOUSING: Create and protect affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers.
  • JOBS: Help train job-seekers for careers, and connect employers with skilled workers.
  • JUSTICE: Make the justice system work for low-income and minority New Yorkers.
  • CRITICAL NEEDS: Respond to New York’s unforeseen, urgent problems.

The Annual Fund introduces many of you to the savvy work done by The Trust’s program staff. At the same time, your gift makes life better for all of our neighbors. That’s a great feeling for those of us lucky enough to be able to give back. Please give to our Annual Fund and make New York better for everyone.

Contact Bob Edgar: (212) 686-2564 or Log on to MyNYCT.

ACROSS GENERATIONS: Your gifts to the Annual Fund have helped The New Jewish Home (formerly Jewish Home Lifecare) train high school students in the growing field of geriatric health care. Above: students in the program are mentored by elders such as Drucilla Marshall (center).

“My elder mentor, Drucilla, has taught me to take responsibility for my actions and to learn from my mistakes.” —Vivica West, (right) 
































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