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May 1, 2013
The Springwater Center Board of Trustees has long been concerned with the financial needs of those who have served on staff for many years. The current situation of our founder, Toni Packer, has propelled the Board's effort to address these concerns. Toni has strongly expressed her wishes to remain in her home as long as possible. She currently requires 24 hour care and her financial resources are almost exhausted. Our response is the creation of a special fund, the Staff Emergency Assistance Fund, to provide short-term financial assistance to current and former long-term staff who find themselves in emergency situations.
We are writing to you now to ask for your charitable donation to this fund, which may be tax-deductible for you.
For over thirty years members and guests have benefited from the efforts of our dedicated staff members. From organizing and running retreats to extensive building and ground maintenance, our current and former staff members have been crucial for the growth and vitality of the Center. And typically these are people who have chosen staff life over the salary levels and other financial opportunities that they might have found in other pursuits.
The Center's unique approach to spiritual work, as evidenced in our silent retreats and teacher and dialogue meetings, is a testament to the on-going efforts of our staff, especially Toni. She has given unsparingly and generously of herself since the Center's beginnings, and now finds herself totally dependent on home health aides for her non-medical care - such as bathing, dressing, as well as household management and maintenance.
One of our goals in this fund drive is to help Toni continue to get the care that she so clearly needs.
We are asking you to join us and honor those who have devoted their time and energy to the Center over many years. Thanks to the profound inspiration of Toni, the efforts of volunteers and staff, and the participation and support of members and friends like yourself, Springwater Center has grown and continues to thrive. Please give as generously as you are able.
With heartfelt thanks,
on behalf of
Board of Trustees
The Staff Emergency Assistance Fund is to be disbursed
as deemed appropriate and effective by the Board of Trustees.
Springwater Center is a 501( c )(3) Organization.
Your contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law.
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