Community Leaders’ Round Table October 13

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Up to $4,500 in Grants Will Be Distributed  September 18, 2009

The Junior League of Pelham will hold their annual Community Leaders’ Round Table meeting at the Pelham Art Center on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. This Round Table was originally scheduled for October 15. Each year since 2000, the JLP Community Affairs Council has brought together leaders from organizations in Pelham and neighboring communities to foster an open discussion about local initiatives and issues, and to coordinate project efforts where appropriate. This year’s theme is “Thriving in Difficult Economic Times,” focusing on each organization’s best practices for coping under tough fiscal constraints.  Over 35 community leaders attended last year’s event, including the then mayors Ed Hotchkiss and Tom Lavin, of Pelham and Pelham Manor respectively, and representatives from the Girl Scouts, Boys Scouts, Westchester Family Services and more. Another key topic will be the JLP’s Community Grants Program for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.  Introduced in 2005, the program establishes criteria by which local not-for-profit community organizations can apply for grants on an annual basis. Grants are awarded for projects and programs that support the League’s mission, vision and focus areas: healthy families, education and Pelham improvement. Up to $4,500 will be distributed for this year, with individual grants ranging from $100 and up. Applications will be available at the end of October. Any non-profit organization based in Pelham and the surrounding communities is welcome to attend the meeting.  For more information about the JLP Community Affairs Round Table or the Community Grants Program please contact Kara McLoughlin, JLP Community Affairs VP, The Junior League of Pelham is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Learn more at