A fundraiser for a new summer cabin for children with special needs
Hometown Heroes Cabin pic

Our Message is:
"I am proud to be part of this fundraising effort and a Hometown Hero for Jawonio."

Hometown Heroes gather at Unoodles!
unoodles gathering
Dear Rockland County Alumni,

You know the David Bowie song “Heroes” well -- we believe that we can all be a 2018 Hometown Hero for the amazing organization called Jawonio located in your hometown of Rockland County, NY.

As you may know, Jawonio started in New City 70 years ago as the Rockland Center for the Physically Handicapped, then named “Camp Jawonio” and now Jawonio.
Did you know that Jawonio:
  • is the Native American word for "Independence"
  • serves over 10,000 individuals with special needs every year in Rockland, Westchester and Orange counties
  • employs more than 1,100 people
  • provides amazing lifespan person-center services for infants, toddlers, school age children, adults, and senior citizens with disabilities, including autism & cerebral palsy as well as mental health challenges along with chronic medical needs?
Alumni from Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South and other High Schools throughout Rockland County are getting together to help Jawonio raise funds to build a brand-new 4,000 square foot summer camp cabin, that will include classrooms, therapy and recreational space for more than 100 children with special needs, ages 5-21 as part of a 16 acre Campus Transformation project "Building for Tomorrow."

OUR GOAL: To raise $250,000 between 5/15/2018 and 9/15/2018

We hope you will join us and here’s how you can help:
1. Make your tax deductible contribution of $100, $50, $25 or an amount of your choice in the donation box above. No donation is too big or too small!
2. Create your own post on Facebook post about why you have decided to be a Hometown Hero for Jawonio, and ask others to do the same! We suggest you include "As an alumnus of _______ (name of your former high school) I am participating in the Rockland Hometown Heroes Campaign for Jawonio. I have made a gift to this campaign to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs." Share any personal or professional relationship you have with Jawonio, and share this donation page in your post as well: or just share the Facebook event.

3. Make sure you include #HometownHeroes4Jawonio in your post and share with your friends.
Here are some local High Schools: Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South, Nanuet, North Rockland, Nyack, Ramapo, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tappan Zee. Spread the word to your alumni friends!

Join us at our next Rockland Hometown Heroes Meet Up Event!

Jawonio Hometown Heroes Bowl-A-Thon
When: Tuesday, July 24th
Where: New City Bowl and Batting Cages, 90 N. Main Street, New City, NY 10956

We hope you will join us in this fundraising effort and be a Rockland Alumni Hometown Hero for Jawonio!
To join a Hometown Heroes Bowling team, click the flyer below!
Bowlathon flyer

What Happens at the Jawonio Summer Education Program?

Click the picture to below to see the News 12 story.
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For more information, please contact Diana Hess at 845-708-2022 or