Beverly Brewer-Villa, executive director of the Mamaroneck Community Action Program Center for thirty-six years, is resigning, effective July 24. The CAP Center Advisory Board is inviting the community to join them in celebrating “over 30 years of love and service Beverly Villa has given to us.” The event will be at the CAP center, 134 Center Avenue in Mamaroneck Village, on July 19 from noon to 4 pm.
“I’m deeply saddened by it, although I knew that inevitably she would have stepped down,” said Keith Yizar, chair of the CAP Center Advisory Board. “Bev has been a backbone of the Mamaroneck community – she’s made it a life commitment.”
Ms. Brewer-Villa’s first association with the center was as manpower director of the Neighborhood Youth Corp in 1971, when Mr. Yizar was a senior at Mamaroneck High School and president of the Youth Corp. She took over as executive director of the center in 1973.
By then Mamaroneck already had a daycare service and other community action programs operating under WestCOP (Westchester Community Opportunity Program). With Ms. Brewer-Villa at the helm, programs expanded to included services for seniors, a daytime nutrition program, the Washingtonville neighborhood beautification project, a summer camp, an in-school and out-of-school employment program and numerous other educational and service programs.
“In different years, when funding dried up, she continued – with the benevolent support of the tri-municipal community,” said Mr. Yizar. “Bev was instrumental to getting the communities to back efforts of the CAP Center.
The Advisory Board is particularly reaching out to the many, many individuals who have been impacted by Ms. Brewer-Villa. ”We would like all those whose life she has touched to please attend.”
The celebration will be informal – and include a lot of eating. The board asks “that you prepare a dish that will feed 10-12 people and join us.”
For more information , email Susan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Darleen (914-315-1374) or Sarah (914-686-0156).