Raising funds for a Summer Education Cabin for children with special needs.

Our Message:
I am proud to be a Hometown Hero for Jawonio supporting children with special needs!

Calling all Rockland County Alumni, we need your help!

Do you know the David Bowie song, “Heroes”?
Well, we believe that we can ALL be Hometown Heroes for the amazing Jawonio organization located in our hometown of Rockland County, NY.


Our goal is to raise $125,000 for our Building for Tomorrow Capital Campaign!

In 2018, alumni from all Rockland High Schools came together to help Jawonio raise funds to build a brand new 4,000 square foot summer camp cabin, that includes classrooms, and therapy & recreational space for more than 100 children with special needs, ages 5-21. This beautiful cabin is situated on our 16 acre Jawonio Campus. Learn more about our Campus Transformation project, and how Hometown Heroes like you can help Jawonio continue "Building for Tomorrow."

As we are always recruiting more Heroes, we hope you will join us in this effort! We'd also like to take the opportunity to thank our current committee members.

Rockland Hometown Heroes Committee:

Albertus Magnus - Mathew Konecni
Clarkstown North - Carly Porath, Linda Roeder
Clarkstown South - Lenia Abraham-Chapklin, Dan Caprara, Jeff & Gail Cosseboom, Dana Ferraro, Diana Hess, Joanne Lupo, Alice Rubano Lenna, Michael Sherman
North Rockland - Sheriff Lou Falco, Maribel Morgese, Hon. Paul Piperato
Nyack - Nancy Hausman
Pearl River - Christine Neidhart
Ramapo - Donna Gorman Silberman
Spring Valley - Tiffany Mason

We hope you will join us and here’s how you can help:

As you can see below, we had a ton of fun working together throughout 2018 and 2019. There are many ways you can get involved!

Here is how you can help:

-Spread the word on your social media pages by using the hashtag: #HometownHeroes4Jawonio

-Donate to help make a difference for the lives of children with special needs.

-Call or email Dana Ferraro to find out more details: 845.708.2000 ext. 1332;


February 15, 2020 - Our 2nd Annual Casino Night at Hudson Valley Harley Davidson!


Our 2nd Annual Bowlathon, July 23, 2019 at New City Bowl!

Our first Hometown Heroes Meet-Up in June of 2018, at UNOODLES!

Our Hometown Heroes at the July 2018 Bowl-A-Thon!

Some of our Hometown Heroes gathered at Norcina in New City.

Our Hometown Heroes representing Jawonio at the 2018 Rockland Community Dodgeball Tournament!

Learn more about how you can become a Hometown Hero!

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The Yang Family Story

Timothy is a former camper, and also attended the Jawonio Pre-School.
Make a difference for children and families like the Yang's by 
becoming a Hometown Hero. Check out Timothy's full story on our blog

What Happens at the Jawonio Summer Education Program?

Click the picture to below to view the News 12 story.

For more information, please contact Diana Hess: 845-708-2022 or

About us

We provide care for thousands of children and adults with special needs each year.

Our mission

Jawonio is a registered 501c3 organization and the premier provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley of New York State for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions. 

Jawonio is dedicated to advancing the independence, well-being, and equality of people with disabilities and special needs.