A major point of pride for our town is the extensive network of volunteer corps and societies which work tirelessly to protect, educate, and preserve the history of our small but strong community. The Volunteer Fire House and Volunteer Ambulance Corps foster a strong backbone of empathetic young people and community-minded adults who donate more than just their time to keeping their neighbors safe and secure. Putnam Valley Free Library provides priceless contributions to the lives and livelihoods of Putnam Valley residents, young and old; a sense of our history is palpable at the Grange Hall, a center of agricultural life, at the Adams Corners Schoolhouse and Historical Society, and the VFW. A major group of unsung volunteers are the army of coaches who volunteer to teach our young people the basics and beyond in a wide variety of sports and activities. Our Parks and Recreation Department quietly recruits and guides these volunteers in programs that are self-sustaining, meeting their own funding needs. Bravo! Putnam Valley is filled with amazing people. I myself am honored to have been a consistent supporter of the MAGMAH special needs soccer program since its inception, as well as a Volunteer at the Putnam Valley Food Pantry where I’ve even earned the good-natured title of the “Bread Man” while supporting those in need. These are just a few of the altruistic and engaged groups of individuals in our town, and I wish to make sure that organizations such as these are given the support they deserve.
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