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Winter 2017
Supporter Newsletter |

Message from the Board
     Happy New Year!  We hope the holiday season was one filled with family, friends and celebration and that the year ahead brings health and happiness to all.  We on the Board of GBW are indeed blessed by and thankful for all of the support you have shown us through the year and, in turn, by the difference GBW is making in the greater Bedford area.  While we are always saddened to learn about the crises that emerge in people's lives, we are happy GBW is here to help.
     In 2016, GBW distributed $13,412.61 in requests. The graphs below indicate the dollar amount of the distributions by assistance category and by the percent of total requests made, which numbered 44.  GBW also distributed a lump sum of $2750.00 to five schools in our service area.  Since our inception, we struggled to establish solid relationships with counselors in the schools because of the districts' need to respect the privacy of their families.  After many Board conversations and consideration of our supporters and GBW's mission, we determined that providing school counselors with upfront funds was a way GBW could readily and meaningfully support needy children and families. Essential clothing, supplies, snacks, etc. are now provided discreetly and immediately.  
     Since our inception, GBW has distributed close to $40,000 to those in need, a total of $16,162.61, nearly 40% of all distributions, being granted in 2016 alone.  It's clear that GBW is an organization that people are increasingly turning to for support. Our validators have more than doubled in number since the fall of 2013, our requests for aid are rising, and we have distributed more money in 2016 than in any previous year.  
    We hope you will continue to support GBW in the year ahead so we can continue to help those in crisis  Your financial contributions remain critical to the depth of our impact in the greater community~~people are counting on all of us to help make a positive difference.  Thank you for all you continue to do for GBW!  

     With appreciation, Debby Fedder, President
What a difference you make!  Please enjoy some notes of thanks below from those you've directly supported...
...And so much more to be thankful for!
It felt great to give back...
Please join us for a GBW hosted event not to be missed...
...more exciting events are on the way! We'll update you as the dates become finalized.
GBW recognizes and appreciates its annual sponsors...
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