At this time of grateful reflection, we thank you for being an important part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County family. Maybe you are a longtime volunteer or have enjoyed being a SPAT member. Perhaps you raised your children with the expert guidance of our human development specialists. Or, you own a farm or nursery and have relied on our unbiased, research-based information. Your children may have been a part of our 4-H clubs or you may have just been a casual visitor to the Suffolk County Farm and enjoyed carefree days with your family! In any event, your family is an important part of ours.
We all have felt the economic and social impact that the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has caused. Economic shortfalls are being felt across Suffolk County. Today, all of New York is being tested like never before. However, CCE-Suffolk's resolve has never been stronger. Across the state, our people are answering the call. Finding new ways to work and new ways to connect.
However, severe budget cuts are being felt across Long Island. While we partner with Cornell University, CCE-Suffolk’s working budget is largely dependent on regional funding and individual gifts. Therefore, due to Suffolk County’s fiscal situation, many of our programs are facing a 25% to 100% budget cut. What does that mean for you?
The 100% elimination of Family Health & Wellness and Diabetes Management programs means:
A 25% cut to Agriculture, Marine, 4H Development and the Suffolk County Farm means:
A 25% cut to our Administrative budget means:
These are tough times but we are determined to be creative and industrious. We are reaching out to all of our networks and strategizing to reduce the impact on the communities we serve.
How can you help? We ask that you please consider becoming a first time donor or increasing your annual gift this year. As our tagline says: #cceresponds and we are continuing to do so – but only with your help!
As always, thank you for your commitment to the mission of CCE-Suffolk. We wish you many blessings in the year to come. Stay well and stay safe!
With sincere regards,
Vanessa Pino Lockel
Last updated December 22, 2020