Swimming Pool / Community Center Project
Sixth Annual FirstGiving Online Fundraiser Begins
Dear Parents, Families and Friends,
We want you to be part of our team. This year we will again be designating our FirstGiving efforts towards our Capital Campaign Project for the expansion and renovation of a new Swimming Pool & Community Center at Hawthorne Country Day School / Hawthorne Foundation Inc. in Westchester. Once completed this Community Center will be a wonderful resource for our children, adults and families. But we need your help.
We need to raise more than $450,000 to make this dream a reality. Only the combined efforts of our network of friends and partners will make it happen. Our Sixth Annual FirstGiving Online Fundraiser is your best chance to spread the word about the fine services provided by Hawthorne Foundation Inc. while supporting an excellent project that will benefit so many for years to come.
To participate, go to www.firstgiving.com/hfdc and click Donate to make your contribution. You can also create your own personal fundraiser page for Hawthorne Foundation Inc. so that you can invite your friends and family members to donate to your page. Just go to www.firstgiving.com/hfdc/2015 and click on the Fundraise button. From there, register yourself as a fundraiser and urge others to contribute to this great cause.
We already have parents and staff members busy Helping Hawthorne Grow. We know that you can write a wonderful story of how Hawthorne Foundation Inc. has helped your child and family. Do this and then spread the word to everyone you know. You will be surprised at how many of your family, friends and colleagues will be happy to help Hawthorne Foundation Inc.
As a special announcement, we are in the process of opening a "Brokerage Account" for Hawthorne Foundation Development Corporation. This account will accommodate those of you who are interested in making donations in the form of stocks. More information on this will follow.
If you prefer to mail your donation by check rather than online, checks may be written out to Hawthorne Foundation Development Corporation and mailed to:
Hawthorne Foundation Development Corporation
5 Bradhurst Avenue
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Thank you for your support
Eileen M. Bisordi
The Hawthorne Foundation
The Hawthorne Foundation is a private, not-for-profit organization that has, for over thirty years, provided an education to children who are challenged by serious disabilities. In 1981, The Margaret Chapman School (predecessor to Hawthorne Country Day School) became the first ABA (applied behavior analysis) based educational program to provide services to individuals who were diagnosed with severe developmental disabilities, autism and other behavior disorders. HCDS is the longest running and most successful ABA program in New York State. Over subsequent years, we have expanded our programs to include a full continuum of care for children -- birth to adult.
Early Intervention - Consistent with our behavioral philosophy, services including instruction and family training are offered to children from birth to three years of age and their families in the home. For more information, please click on “Overview” and go to the “Programs” link or contact Kelly Hobbins, Early Intervention Program Director, at 914-592-8526, ext.1004 or
Preschool (3-5 years) - Located at 5 Bradhurst Ave. Hawthorne, NY 10532- The HCDS preschool is a center-based program for children ages 3 to 5 years who are diagnosed with a disability. The program focuses on verbal behavior, play skills, social skills, and academic readiness through intensive 1:1 and small group instruction. For more information, please click on “Overview” and go to the “Programs” link or contact Kelly Hobbins, Director of the Early Childhood Program, at 914-592-8526, ext. 1004, or email her at
School-age (5-21 years) - Located at 5 Bradhurst Ave. Hawthorne, NY 10532- Our school-age program is the largest of our programs and serves children diagnosed with autism/PDD, intellectual disabilities, speech and language impairments, multiple disabilities, and other special needs. The students are grouped in classes by age (within 36 months) and skill level to form the most conducive learning environment. For more information, please click on “Overview” and go to the “Programs” link or contact Daren Cerrone, School Age Program Coordinator, at 914-592-8526, ext. 2111 or
Manhattan Annex - School Age (5-12 years) - Located at 156 William St., New York, N.Y. 10038 - The Annex serves children who are diagnosed with autism and the classes are grouped by age (within thirty-six months) and skill level to form the most conducive learning environment. Our class sizes include a ratio of six or eight children, one teacher, and two teaching assistants. Classes are conducted from 8:30 to 2:30 daily and Parent Education, Speech, OT and PT are available, in addition to physical education. For more information, please call 212-281-6531 or email Michelle Zrinzo, Program Coordinator, at
For admissions questions, please contact Ann Marie Babcock, Director of Admissions, at 914-592-8526, ext. 3165, or email
Group Homes - Hawthorne Foundation owns and operates three group homes for adults with disabilities. These homes are located on beautiful properties throughout Westchester County and provide opportunities for adults to participate in their communities and maximize their self-determination skills. For more information, please click on "Overview" and go to the "Programs" link. You can lso contact Anna Chopra, Community Program Supervisor, at 914-494-8806, or email her at
Day Habilitation - This program offers adult participants a structured environment in which they learn work readiness skills nd experience a range of community integration and life exploration activities. Hawthorne Foundation also provides Medicaid Service Coordination that assists adult participants and their families in coordinating all medical, educational, recreational, and vocational services. For more information, please click on "Overview" and go to the "Programs" link. You can also contact Renee Pili, Day Habilitation Community Program Coordinator, at 914-372-7173, or email her at