Who We Are
Our Mission Statement:
The Community of Windham Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501 © 3 organization serving the full-time and seasonal residents and visitors to the Town of Windham. The Foundation’s mission includes support in the following areas:
The Arts & CulturePurpose: To support the community with assistance in development and promotion of various cultural and artistic organizations and activities indigenous to our area.
Goals & Objectives: To create a positive atmosphere to foster the arts in and around Windham; to raise the awareness of and potential for Windham to become a destination for the arts; to assist other existing organizations in obtaining grant funding to support the arts.
Historic PreservationPurpose: To preserve a link to our past by creating and disseminating information about historical significance and development of the Town as well as assist in the general beautification and enhancement of its present appearance, including preserving its historic character.
Goals & Objectives: Raise public awareness of our rich local history and the importance of historic preservation; preserve and protect our historic resources (i.e. buildings, landscapes, artifacts, etc.); enhance the aesthetic appearance of the Town; assist with projects designed to preserve and/or rehabilitate properties with special historic significance.
RecreationPurpose: To foster more and better public recreational opportunities in the Town for residents and visitors of all ages.
Goals & Objectives: To upgrade and enhance existing recreational facilities in the Town and assist in the development of new ones; to support existing youth groups and sports organizations that provide recreational opportunities; to promote greater public access to and enjoyment of state-owned and city-owned lands within the Town of Windham; to provide more recreational/social opportunities for seniors; to promote Windham as a world class year-round recreational destination
John Quinn, Chairman
Francis X Driscol
Mike & Jane Avella
A Remembrance Gathering of Family, Friends & Neighbors
Saturday May 3rd, 2014 –
At the VFW Post 1545
11 am – 3 pm
On December 11, 2013 Mike Avella, founder and former chairman of the Community of Windham Foundation, passed away after battling cancer. In less than a month his devoted and beloved wife Jane died on January 18, 2014. We will greatly miss their love, friendship and dedication to making our community a better place to live.
Mike, a St. Bonaventure University graduate, Knights of Columbus and Marine Corps League member, exemplified the tradition of valuing human relationships and providing help for one’s neighbors. Jane’s endearing smile and the love she and Mike shared was admired by all who knew them. We are honored and pleased to extend an invitation on behalf of the family to all of Mike and Jane’s mountaintop friends and neighbors to a May 3rd Remembrance Gathering.
We welcome your sharing recollections and personal memories about Mike and Jane. The Foundation plans to keep their memory alive through the establishment of the Mike and Jane Avella scholarship that will be awarded to a Windham Ashland Jewett CSD student to pursue a career in the arts or environmental science. A donation will be made in their honor to the Windham Area Recreation Foundation to further the development of the multi-use recreational trail that will connect Windham and the surrounding hamlets. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 3rd at the VFW Hall. Please bring your stories and share the legacy of Mike and Jane with family and friends.