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The Friendship Free Library Receives ACAF Grant

Friendship – The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $146.35 grant to the Friendship Free ...

The Whitesville Library Receives ACAF Moogan Grant

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $375.00 grant to the Whitesville Public Library to help support their summer reading program. This money is being provided by the Moogan Fund which is managed by the Foundation. This fund was created by by long-time Wellsville residents Thomas F. and Laura L. Moogan for the purpose of promoting and assisting volunteer charitable and educational organizations throughout Wellsville and Allegany County.

Karen M. Smith, library director, stated, “This grant money will be used to bring Moreland the Magician to their summer reading program to perform for children of all ages on July 24th. Moreland will share the importance of reading and the library using magic and stories.”

The Whitesville Public Library will be hosting summer programming for all ages, preschool through adult. Some of our Build A Better World programs include making clay glasses taught by Marsha VanVlack, jewelry fun with Kristin Vossler-Wigent and building a quilt with Ruth Benson. They will also have weekly programs throughout the summer.

The Whitesville Public Library first opened in 1923 on Main Street in Lincoln Hall. After several relocations over the years the library moved to its current location in 1996. To learn more about this library please visit their web site at: www.whitesvillelibrary.org.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the attached check presentation picture (L to R):  Karen M. Smith, library director and Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.

Ardent Solutions Receives ACAF Grant Money

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a $1,000 check to Ardent Solutions to help combat the opioid and heroin crisis in Allegany County. This grant will support the efforts of the Allegany County Heroin and Opioid Abuse Ad-Hoc Committee whose mission is to influence, support and secure resources for communities, organizations, and individuals impacted by addiction. The purpose is to ensure that appropriate prevention, treatment, and recovery assets are available to all Allegany County residents while advancing policy and enforcement efforts at the local, state and federal level.

The Allegany County Heroin and Opioid Abuse Ad-Hoc has worked diligently to identify community needs, current resources, and opportunities for advancing local efforts. This grant award will engage one of the most important allies in the war against opioid abuse, pharmacists.

“Evidence-based teaching and training for medical professionals on opioid addiction prevention can help bridge the gap in knowledge and practice for those in the medical field; including pharmacists,” explained Carrie Whitwood, Executive Director at Ardent Solutions, Inc. “According to the National Safety Council, nearly half of opioid painkiller users are unaware that these drugs are as addictive as heroin and may be a gateway to illicit drug use and abuse.”

Collaborating with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, this funding will assist in providing the most up-to-date knowledge and skills training to area pharmacists around the topics of the increased use of prescription opioids, strategies to minimize abuse and misuse, and the pharmacist’s role in preventing misuse and abuse.

“The Allegany County Heroin and Opioid Abuse Ad-Hoc Committee will be inviting pharmacists to the training scheduled for late summer. If pharmacists are interested in registering now, they may contact Helen Evans at 585-593-5223, ext. 1011,” continued Whitwood.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8.5 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at: www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the picture: Carrie Whitwood, Executive Director at Ardent Solutions, Inc. & Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation.

The Cuba Circulating Library Receives ACAF Grant

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $500 grant to the Cuba Circulating Library to help them improve their “Tween” seating area. The grant money will be used to help purchase a new area rug, some floor rocker chairs, and a few throw pillows. This will help provide a new seating area for the children ages 9 – 12.

Tina Dalton, Youth Services Coordinator at the library said, “The library will be more well suited to serve the recreational needs of students, while providing a welcoming place that supports students’ interests and appreciation of reading and learning. The new seating space will also allow the library to bring people and information together in a comfortable atmosphere.”
The Cuba Circulating Library has served the Cuba community since 1872. It is open: Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 pm; and on Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. For more information please visit their web site at: www.cubalibrary.org .

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets over 8.5 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. The endowed fund continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of our Allegany County citizens. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444.

In the picture (L to R): Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director; Leah Weber, Cuba Library Director; Tina Dalton, Children’s Coordinator and Karen Williams ACAF Board Member.

Scholarships Awarded from The ACAF Dollars for Scholars Program

On May 21st 124 recipients from across Allegany County were awarded a total of $247,500 from the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program. These recipients were chosen from a total of 248 applicants who plan to attend college in the fall. Of the total number of recipients 54% were current high school seniors while the other 46% were already attending college.

The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars manages thirty different scholarships.  This year two different scholarships were awarded for the first time. They were the Ann Swift Memorial Nursing Scholarship and the Betty Embser Wattenberg Community Service Scholarship.

Heather Haas, a current senior at the Cuba Rushford Central School, received the first Ann Swift Memorial Nursing Scholarship. She recognized Mr. Josh Tompkins for having a great influence on her high school career.

Sydney Sisson, a current senior at the Wellsville High School, recieved the first Betty Embser Wattenberg Community Service Scholarship. She recognized Mrs. Bev Sweet for having a great influence on her high school career.

The Foundation wishes to thank all of its donors who make this event possible each year! Your are welcome to view our complete list of our 2017 scholarship recipients.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8.5 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR FOUNDATION, YOUR LEGACY

The Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages donations totaling more than $8 million and uses the proceeds from those funds to encourage educational, social, cultural and civic projects benefiting the residents of Allegany County. The Foundation awards scholarships to individuals and grants to community organizations. It also helps organizations secure their futures by managing endowment funds and ensures that individuals’ desires for a legacy come to fruition by administering funds to benefit the areas or organizations they specify.  For more information please contact the Director at:director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or call 585-808-8444.