Abingtonyhosting Giving Campaign Get involved to make democracy work
To the editor:
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Once each year, the Abington vMCA enlists community assistance in its Annual Giving Campaign. Every dollar raised in the campaign goes directly to supporting programs and activities right here in our community. We raise these funds so we can keep our promise that no one will be turned away from the v due to an inability to pay.
vour contributions support before-school and after-school care for Abington students, leadership and mentoring pro- grams for teens, swim instruction, summer day camps, Camp Magic for children with special needs and abilities, and special needs programs.
Over the next several weeks, staff and volunteers will be reaching out to the community for assistance. Please help us to support the Abington community by mailing your tax-deductible check, payable to Abington vMCA, 1073 Old vork Road, Abington, PA 19001.
To see the community and programs in action, please stop by the Abington vMCA for a tour. For more information, call us at 215-884-9622.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Sean Elliott group vice president Philadelphia Freedom Valley
vMCA Abington Branch To the editor:
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