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Van Hornesville Community Corporation
PO Box 16, Van Hornesville, NY 13475

The Van Hornesville Community Corporation, founded in 1938 by Owen D. Young, is a not-for-profit educational and charitable corporation whose goals are to promote the well-being and well-doing of the inhabitants of Van Hornesville and the near neighborhood. It is a tax-exempt organization qualified to receive tax-deductible gifts and contributions, as well as matching gifts. Annual membership dues, $25 for an individual and $35 for a couple, are tax deductible.

There are at present 73 members of whom all but 22 live in this village or nearby.  They include both active and retired farmers, executives from businesses and cultural organizations, housewives, public employees, merchants, builders, lawyers, educators, librarians, writers, editors, artists, a physician, a ship's captain, a soldier, and a minister. Thirteen are members of the extended family of Owen D. Young. The corporation welcomes new members who would like to have a say in how this community looks and functions, and to work to maintain and improve it.

The VHCC owns its office and library building, the village park, the millpond and its surrounding green, the Millpond Community Center (formerly Millpond Church), the stone gristmill (presently leased to the Milk Producers Co-op), the firehouse (leased gratis to the Fire District), and the woodland area east of the Owen D. Young Central School, where the school's Robert B. Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center is located. The maintenance of the buildings and grounds, gardening, and other beautification efforts, cause the VHCC’s largest expenditure of funds and are the most visible example of its work. But it is responsible for other things as well. These include sponsorship of the popular music concerts on the village green in summer, and the Janet Nevins Young Christmas concert. The VHCC also arranges shows of the work of local artists and ODY schoolchildren, makes grants to the school for prizes, to the school superintendent's discretionary fund for special projects, to the Town of Stark for a summer youth recreation program, and to the Van Hornesville Food Pantry, to aid needy neighbors.

Additionally, the VHCC attempts to monitor policies and events at the local and state level that might affect the village and its affairs. Officers and directors have attended state-sponsored meetings on rural affairs and are in regular touch with school officials and the town board. The corporation does not take positions on political questions; it must, by law, be non-political. But this does not prohibit our keeping up with what's going on around us.

At the annual meeting in November, the members elect a board of directors of five to nine members for two-year terms. The directors, in turn, elect the president and vice-president for two-year terms, and appoint the secretary and treasurer, to serve at the pleasure of the board. The board may also appoint an executive director. Officers and directors receive no compensation. They attend to the business of the corporation between meetings of the general membership, which are held at least twice each year. Committees have been set up to deal with maintenance, horticulture, and fundraising. All members are encouraged to participate actively in the affairs of the VHCC.

The normal operating expenses of the VHCC include the upkeep of buildings and grounds (except the mill, firehouse, and some of the Outdoor Learning Center costs), utilities and heat, taxes, insurance, concert expenses, and grants. The annual fund appeal furnishes most of the revenue, while a  modest amount comes from investment income, and from rental of the mill. Additionally, an effort is underway to increase our revenues from foundations and through other grants.


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