The purposes of the Pawling Community Foundation are charitable or educational with its incorporated purpose defined "to protect, conserve, enhance, maintain and perpetuate public places, districts, sites, buildings, structures, parks and monuments in the Village and Town of Pawling for the benefit of the general public." The Foundation remains dedicated to civic improvement in all areas of Pawling.
Since 1976, the Pawling Resource Center has provided direct services to the Pawling community that include transportation to medical appointments, a food pantry, the loan of medical equipment, photocopying, and information and referrals. Begun as a coalition of the Christian churches in Pawling, the Pawling Resource Center is located in a quaint carriage house on the grounds of the historic John Kane property. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization which charges no fees for any of its services and relies entirely on grants and gifts to fund the programs that benefit hundreds of local residents each year. A major component is the transportation program, comprised of requests from individuals most of whom are senior citizens, for transportation to medical appointments at area hospitals, doctors’ offices and other medical facilities. The Pawling Resource Center serves individuals and families who live, work or worship in Pawling. Programs assist residents to remain in their homes as viable members of the community. Volunteers are the core of the organization and are recruited year-round to assist with the various program activities.
Pawling Library was chartered in 1921 and was initially located on the second floor of the Village Municipal Building. Today, the Pawling Library occupies two buildings: a main library (built in 1963 and expanded in 1973) and the yellow house next door, our Annex.
In its one-hundred years the library has expanded its offerings to include a variety of services, programs, and materials. Despite this, our core mission has stayed the same: to offer high-quality library materials to all community members free of charge, for personal enjoyment, self-improvement, or academic inquiry. By meeting the community members’ needs, we hope to encourage enthusiastic readers of all ages, who are dedicated to personal enrichment and learning.
The Akin Hall Association
The purpose of the Akin Hall Association as originally stated by Mr. Akin and his associates, was "the promotion of benevolence, charity, literature, science, and mutual improvement in religion and all kindred knowledge and providing and maintaining a place or places of education, moral training and worship…" How does the Association live up to its stated purpose today? With a membership of over 400 friends and neighbors from the greater Pawling area, it maintains the Akin Library. The Association also grants five scholarships annually to graduating Pawling High School seniors, and through a 99 year lease gives Christ Church on Quaker Hill the free use of Akin Hall as a church, and the adjacent Thomas Center for a Sunday School, nursery school and multipurpose meeting area.