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Local Girl Scouts lend a hand for a good cause

Eleven-year-old Piper Altman of Laurel attaches stickers to envelopes at the library in Mattituck.

Girl Scouts from four North Fork troops gathered at Mattituck-Laurel Library yesterday afternoon to stuff and address envelopes for the Mattituck Community Fund’s annual fundraising drive.

Each year the Mattituck Community Fund runs a campaign to raise money that will benefit 14 local organizations including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League and Community Action Southold Town.

The Mattituck Community Fund was started in 1952 to help fund small organizations in Mattituck. The non-profit MCF, headed up by Eileen Solomon of Mattituck, is 100-percent volunteer run and all proceeds from the fundraiser go directly into the community.

Last year the fund raised $30,000 — their best year ever. Their goal for this year is set at $25,000. Beneficiaries of the money that the Mattituck Community Fund raises are chosen by committee.

“Many of the organizations we donate to have been doing good work in the community for years,” said Solomon. “New beneficiaries are added as the need arises.”

The organization solicits donations twice a year by sending out mailings to all Mattituck and Laurel residents. People can choose to donate to a particular organization that is on the list or have their money put into the general fund, which is then divided up equally.

This year, for the first time, an online payment option using PayPal will be available soon to make donating even easier.

Visit the Mattituck Community Fund website here.

SouthodlLOCAL photos by Katharine Schroeder

Katharine is a writer and photographer who has lived on the North Fork for nearly 40 years, except for three-plus years in Hong Kong a decade ago, working for the actor Jackie Chan. She lives in Cutchogue. Email Katharine