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Check Presented for the MCAC/Ian Gregory Bole Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Allegany County Area Foundation was recently presented a check from the Greater Allegany County ...

ACAF Grant Will Help Bring Ordinary Days to Allegany County

Olean Community Theatre #2The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $500 grant to the Olean Community Theatre. This grant money will be used to help bring the Production of ORDINARY DAYS to the Palmer House, in Cuba, NY on April 22nd – 24th. This show is directed by Paul Nelson and Eric Van Druff with music and lyrics by Adam Gwon.

From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps…but probably should at some point!

ORDINARY DAYS tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love…and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life.

An original musical, ORDINARY DAYS is for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.5 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

The shows times are Friday April 22 at 7:30pm, Saturday April 23 at 2pm & 7:30pm and Sunday April 24 at 2pm. For more information about this production please visit the Olean Community Theatre’s web site at: http://www.octnow.com/aboutOrdinaryDays.html.OCT-OrdinaryDays

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars and continues to add new funds each year. 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 your community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.  Also, our next grant deadline is May 15th.  The application is on our web site.

In the picture (L to R): From the Olean Community Theatre: Mary Kay Worth & Jennifer Simpson and Evelyn Alessi, an Allegany County Area Foundation Board member.

Allegany County Senior Foundation Receives Grant

Allegany Senior Foundation 2016The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $500 grant to the Allegany County Senior Foundation to help fund a one day outing for grandparents and their grandchildren to the Dresser Rand Challenger Learning Center located on the Saint Bonaventure Campus in Allegany New York. Their goal is to bring twenty grandparents and twenty children to the Center. One group will participate in a mission while the second group participates in hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities such as rocket building. At the conclusion of the first mission the two groups will switch so each group participates in both activities.

This experience at the Challenger Learning Center will provide an opportunity for seniors in Allegany County to spend quality time with a grandchild or surrogate grandchild at a rate that is affordable. The center, opened in 2009 and was conceived by the families of the astronauts lost in the 1986 Challenger Disaster, provides opportunities for children and adults alike to simulate the experience of manning a space mission to Mars, Rendezvous with Comet Halley, Earth Odyssey and much, much more. The activities and opportunities at the center bring the STEM skills to life for children but is an equally enjoyable experience for adults. The Center regularly runs missions for community members and private organizations as well as school groups. There are only 50 of these centers in existence and one is in our own backyard!

For more information about the work of the Allegany Senior Foundation please call 585-268-9390. Their office is at 6085 State Rt. 19JN, Belmont, NY. To learn more about the Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center please visit their web site at: http://drclc.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 thchallenger-001e 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 above (L to R): Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director, and Senior Foundation Board members: Madeleine Gasdik, Sandy Blake, Kim Toot, Reita Lynch, Robert Christman and Alice Heineman.

Grant to Fund “Cribs for Kids” in Allegany County

Southern Tier Health Care System 2016Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. (STHCS) is a certified Cribs for Kids partner for Western New York.

Through Cribs for Kids, STHCS has been able to purchase Graco Pack ’n Plays and provide them at no cost to needy families who cannot afford a crib or Pack ’n Play on their own. This program has the potential to save the lives of newborns by creating a safe sleep environment for them. The Allegany County Area Foundation provided a $500 grant to enable Allegany County residents to take advantage of this program.

Sleep-related death is the number one killer of infants 1 to 12 months old in the United States. Although sleep-related infant deaths have declined in recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said almost 2,500 infants die in the US each year while sleeping and napping.

Since 1998, Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative has been making an impact on the rate of babies dying of sleep-related death in unsafe sleeping environments. The mission of Cribs for Kids® is to prevent these deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for their babies and by providing Graco® Pack ‘n Play® portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.

Southern Tier Health Care System is the founding agency of the Southern Tier Child Health and Safety Team. This team is a state-certified child fatality review team tasked with investigating the causes of unexpected and preventable child deaths in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. The team is supported by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. For more information about the work of the Southern Tier Health Care System please call 716-372-0614 or visit their web site at: http://www.sthcs.org/.

Grants such as this one are made possible through the generous gifts of Allegany County residents. The ACAF Grant Committee, chaired by Rod Bennett, awards grant. Non-profit organizations may apply online. Please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org for more information.  The application due date for the next grant cycle is on May 15, 2016.

In the attached picture (L to R): Abbe Kahm, Prevention Coordinator for the Southern Tier Health Care System and Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.

The Allegany County Association for the Blind Receives Money for Technology

Blind Association 2016The Allegany County Area foundation recently awarded a $500 grant which will help The Allegany County Association for the Blind purchase a new desktop computer. Kathryn Kirsch, Director, said that a new computer will help to improve client services and office efficiency.
The Allegany County Association for the Blind is committed to assist the visually impaired achieve their highest level of independence in all levels of their lives. Their  overall goal is to provide support and aid to the visually impaired in Allegany County and the surrounding areas.  They do this by providing financial aid, a Low Vision Clinic, Amblyopia Screening and by networking with other agencies.

 

An example of their networking is a workshop being held on Monday, May 2nd at the American Legion on Jefferson St. in Wellsville from 10am-12pm, titled “See All That You Can See”. The public is invited to attend this workshop.  For more information please call 585-593-2023 or e-mail: blind4@verizon.net. 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 picture (L to R): Kathryn Kirsch, Director of the Blind Association; Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director and Janette Thomas, Secretary of the Blind Association.

ACAF Awards Grant to Help the Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

IMG_0296The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce a $500 grant awarded to the Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Handicapped from the ACAF Allegany Endowment Fund. This nonprofit organization has used the grant money to purchase a laptop for their office. Director Kathryn Kirsch stated, “With today’s technical environment, it is essential that we have the ability to maintain our client’s records accurately.  With this grant, we are now able to do this.  We thank the Allegany County Area Foundation their support and confidence in us.”

The Association’s program and mission statement is the same, “To provide the highest level of independence to the visually impaired in Allegany County”. Dr. Rundquist, their low vision specialist, works with the NYS commission for the blind and also helps their clients that have low vision but are not legally blind.  They network with other Allegany County agencies and are able to provide their clients with low vision aids and appliances to help them with activities of daily living.

You can visit their office at 18 Jefferson St., Wellsville, NY or call 585-593-5023. Their hours are 9:00 to 1:00, Tuesday through Friday.

Contributions to Allegany Fund may be mailed to the Allegany County Area Foundation, 6087 State Route 19N, Belmont, NY 14813 or visit the Foundation web site to make an online donation at:  www.alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the attached picture (L to R): Bev Kruger, Treasurer of the Blind Association; Kathryn Kirsch, Director of the Blind Association; and Lori Dzielski, ACAF Board President.