WELC History

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In 2001-2002, the Health Advocacy Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College and the Service Board of Jansen Memorial Hospice jointly organized “Understanding the End of Life,” a series of six educational programs for the public.

The sessions were very well attended by concerned citizens and professional health care workers from around Westchester County. All expressed the need and desire to improve the end-of-life experience in our community. The Westchester End-of-Life Coalition was founded to build on the interest and energy this series created.

In July 2002, the Coalition was formally registered with Rallying Points, a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation-funded initiative to support the efforts of community end-of-life coalitions. We began building our membership base in September 2002, an effort that continues.

During the fall and winter of 2002-2003, the Coalition continued its educational programs offering three lectures and discussion forums for the public. The Coalition has held many educational programs each year since then. For a full list of programming, see our past calendars

Our campaign, “Everybody Needs a Proxy,” began in 2005, funded in part by the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.  This widespread effort to promote the completion of New York State Health Care Proxies has gained County-wide recognition and was featured in a Journal News editorial.

The Westchester End-of-Life Coalition was incorporated in New York State in July 2003. The Coalition is registered as a not-for-profit corporation with tax-exempt – 501(c)(3) – status and is eligible to receive tax-exempt donations.