Pelham Civics’ Good Neighbors Program helps good neighbors


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Civics selling raffles outside of DeCicco & Sons.

The Pelham Civic Association’s Good Neighbors Program has been providing services for less-fortunate Pelham community members for almost 75 years, focusing on assisting those in a wide variety of ways with holiday season support, clothing, medical assistance and flood damage relief.

The Pelham Civics has more than 100 committed members who help it achieve its goal of serving the needs of the community. The Civics raise money through donations and fundraisers throughout the year, including at the annual fall gala, the Toonerville Music Festival and a spring golf outing. The group allocates all of its funds to members of the Pelham community. 

“We assist people in their time of need to deal with their insufficiencies,” said Stan Trocchia, a member of the board of directors for the Pelham Civics. 

The Good Neighbors Program has a wide scope of people and situations where assistance is provided. Those who receive help are kept confidential. One major project is supplying full meal baskets during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Another is the children’s holiday gift effort during Christmastime, where the Civics donate presents to youth in Pelham ages three to 18.

“Civic members, their families and friends purchase gifts, wrap the presents and deliver these gifts to brighten the season for children whose parents might not be able to provide them,” said Rich Davidian, vice president of community programs for the Civics. He has run the Good Neighbors Program for decades. “Our members are often touched by the gratitude the parents express for this gesture of goodwill during a period of deep anxiety.”

Trocchia thanked community members and other organizations for their commitment to helping all those in need and to leaving no one behind.