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Last January, Harvard lost one of its great civic leaders, Charlanne Van Wormer. Her passion to help the homeless and hungry in our community led to the founding of Loaves & Fishes and the annual Good Friday Walk. As a member of the Council on Aging, she worked to improve quality of life issues for the seniors in our community. Whether she was in the forefront leading the cause or behind the scenes encouraging the work of others, Charlanne’s civic involvement and commitment to serve others were a true inspiration.

The Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church was Charlanne’s spiritual home. Today the Church is undergoing a capital campaign to build a new fellowship building. We would like to memorialize Charlanne’s great contributions in our community by naming the large meeting room after her. Our hope is that the larger community will use this room for lectures, discussion groups and other educational events.

We have received an initial gift of $25,000 to be used as a matching grant. If you would like to join us and the Van Wormer family in honoring Charlanne’s memory in this way, please send your tax-deductible contribution to The Charlanne Van Wormer Community Room Fund c/o Cary Browse, P.O. Box 187, Still River, MA 01467.

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