Last Updated on October 12, 2023

BCF table at the September 2023 Fruits of our Labor

December Comments from the Council President

Generosity is a quality displayed in Charlestown time and time again. Whether it be just kindness and concern toward each other, volunteering of time and talents, or supporting charities by contributing materials, food and money, Charlestown residents express their generosity daily. Our employees, too, have been generous. The daily care and attention they give to our needs exceed what is expected of them and many have become like family. We give each other a listening ear, hugs, affection, and comfort when needed. We have all been negatively affected by the economy, yet your generous contribution to the Staff Appreciation Fund will help our wonderful employees have a nicer holiday season. Thank you; they so appreciate your generosity.

As we celebrate the winter holidays, let’s try to celebrate what went well this year instead of dwelling on what went wrong, especially if it was beyond our control. Let’s find something to be grateful for. Many dream of what we are blessed with: a wonderful home, delicious food at our table, medical care at our doorstep and the opportunity to make new friends just by stepping out of your door. Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity! Smile! It’s the best anti-depression medicine.

I am grateful for you and wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season. May you be continued to be blessed!

Merci Izquierdo-Whitaker,
Residents’ Council Presidents 2022-2023

Benevolent Care Fund Committee Activity Report  2021-2022


August 2021 to July 2022

Benevolent Care Fund letter was written for the Charlestown Philanthropy 2021 Annual Report.

Benevolent Care Committee Report was written for the Charlestown 2021 Annual Report.

Charlestown’s celebration of Benevolent Care Month in September included a Benevolent Care Fund campaign, the 2nd Annual BCF Telethon, Philanthropy Fridays on 972, an ELLIC BCF Facts/Myths presentation, and BCF information tables.

Funds were received from realized planned gifts, residents, Cars for Care, resident clubs, employees, the Board of Directors, vendors, tribute gifts, Treasures Sales stores, the Treasure Sales, grants/foundations.

A “Did You Know?” segment about philanthropy was read by Jean Eichenlaub on 972.

A philanthropy article appeared in September’s Sunburst newspaper.

A “Voices of the Council” interview on 972 highlighted the work of the Benevolent Care Fund Committee.

972 recorded an Amazon infomercial featuring Louise Dempsey.

Treasure Sales occurred in May 2022 and July 2022.

The Benevolent Care Fund Committee’s description in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Residents’ Council was revised.

The Benevolent Care Fund Committee is focused on encouraging planned gift giving, legacy giving, and developing innovative fund raising ideas.

The Benevolent Care Fund Committee works closely with the Philanthropy staff.

** See the Charlestown Philanthropy 2021 Annual Report for fund raising totals.

       Submitted by Eugenia High, BCF 2021-2022 Committee Chairperson