As a valued partner and friend to Bancker and the Beyer Family, we are reaching out to ask you to join us in support of a project of special significance to us. ELIJA is a Long Island-based nonprofit that supports children, young adults, adults and families affected by autism. One in 54 kids born in the United States today is diagnosed with autism, up 10% from only two years ago and up approximately 300% since 2000.

ELIJA [Empowering Long Island's Journey through Autism] originated in 2002 as an organization advocating for those affected by autism. Today the organization includes programming for this population from diagnosis to adulthood, including: ELIJA School for school-aged children; Transitional Program Services for young adults transitioning out of school and entering adulthood; ELIJA Farm, which provides a safe and enriching environment for young adults and the community; and now the launching of innovative adult housing alternatives.

The ELIJA Farm's greatest need on its Huntington property is to have a greenhouse, which would allow for year­round farming and programming. We are committed to helping ELIJA make this a reality. The projected cost of the 30' x 60' greenhouse structure is $180,000.

Bancker is planning to begin construction of this greenhouse within the next few weeks, laying the concrete foundation for the project. We are reaching out to you- our friends- in the hopes that you will join us as we seek to fully fund this ambitious project. The goal is to complete it as soon as possible as it will provide a tremendously valuable work space for ELIJA's special population.

Obviously, 2020 has been a turbulent year for all of us. We realize we are asking for your help at a time in which it may be more challenging or simply not possible to participate. But this turmoil has significantly impacted ELIJA's autistic population and now more than ever, they need the stability, comfort and security that ELIJA Farm provides. This greenhouse will enable ELIJA Farm to be a four-season farm, which is key to supporting ELIJA's individuals and families.
Please take a few moments to review the greenhouse rendering and then, if you are able to, please lend your support.

Thank you for your help in making this concept a reality for a truly exceptional local cause.



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