August 4, 2020
Greetings, FCWC Friends and Supporters---
Thanks to our conservationist supporters, the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County has been able to address the paramount environmental concerns of Westchester residents for 55 years, with a dedicated focus on educating residents, communicating with County leaders, and collaborating with diverse groups as we help to plan for the future.
Through the COVID-19 "pause," FCWC has continued to be active, largely via ZOOM. Our yearly gathering of Federation Member Organizations in May had over 55 on-line participants sharing priority environmental and climate issues. We have also hosted three student-led webinars on student-chosen topics: student activism, student engagement with local government, and most recently, food waste reduction through food rescue and composting of food scraps. Our 55th Annual Meeting in June was also conducted as a virtual gathering of over 60 members and member organizations.
We have taken this time to reflect and refocus the work FCWC will address in the upcoming years, organized as five pillars of action. We are committed to:
the impact of climate change,
air quality, and
Some issues such as water and air quality, have always been our concerns. A few years ago, we changed our mission statement to include climate change. This might be the biggest issue we ever fight. Our two new action areas are environmental justice and student advocacy. These pillars allow us to engage more Westchester County residents and foster leadership among the upcoming generations.
Due to the virtual nature of our work this year, we have also decided to send our summer appeal to you via email. This is a first for FCWC. We are proud to be able to live a little lighter on the Earth and try new ways to raise essential operating funds. If you are not currently a member, but have appreciated the work FCWC does, there has never been a better time to join. In the coming months we will host and co-sponsor a variety of webinars with informed experts, political leaders and community activists to generate deeper involvement with communities and leverage limited resources into functioning solutions. As a member of FCWC you can join forces with dozens of environmental organizations and individuals committed to fostering a sustainable Westchester County for generations to come.
Please take a moment to become an FCWC Member or to renew your membership by clicking here:
If you are already a member, we thank you for your membership! Additional donations are much appreciated at this time.
With the support of fellow environmentalists, together we can continue to lead Westchester to a greener future.
On behalf of the FCWC Board & Staff,
President, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County
FCWC's members, made up of individuals and organizations, are and always have been a central part of the organization. Our members are citizens and local non-profit organizations whose missions correspond with FCWC's mission to protect Westchester's natural resources and to support sustainability in all aspects of our lives.
Our coalition benefits from the support of our members as it allows FCWC to act as an umbrella group, uniting Westchester’s concerned citizens, environmental and community-based organizations. We are able use our membership base, and our fifty years of environmental experience, like a clearinghouse for sharing environmental information. We welcome the input of our members on an ongoing basis and at periodic meetings of our "federation.”
With a membership, individuals and organizations are given the opportunity to share in the process of identifying Westchester’s environmental issues. Members are kept up-to-date on the status of Westchester’s environment with interesting and relevant articles in our monthly E-News, posts on our blog, and informative pages (like FCWC’s selected environmental issues for 2015, and our Green Resources) on our website. Additionally, we share upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and Action Alerts from our members. Members are also provided discounted tickets to certain conferences and events.