GV Youth Mentoring Sept 27 2018 photo

ACAF Contributes to Almond Park Project

The Allegany County Area Foundation has awarded $1000 to Alfred-Almond Community Sports Associates for the construction of the Greg Norton Memorial Park in the village of Almond.

The park project includes basketball and multi-purpose courts, a well-equipped playground area, seating, security features, and a pavilion. “At present” notes AACSA committee member Dan Hegarty, “there is no playground within the Almond Village. This will provide children with a safe place to play.” AACSA, which will look after and maintain the park, has managed local youth sports leagues for many years.

With assets of $9.5M, ACAF manages several dozen scholarship and grant funds. If you would like to know how you can establish a fund to support students or your community, contact the foundation’s executive director, Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616.

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New Fund will Support Andover Free Library

The Allegany County Area Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of an endowed fund that will benefit the Andover Free Library

Established by Andover native Robert Grossman, the Fund for The Andover Free Library will provide annual support for the library’s collections, operations and facility.

A 1956 graduate of Andover Central School, Bob earned a degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University, while working part-time at Vars’ Pharmacy. He then entered the US Army (2LT Armor) where he served for 21 years, including two tours in Viet Nam and several years in Washington DC. Retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Bob joined United Services Life Insurance Company, from which he retired as Vice-President of Marketing. Along the way, he earned a master’s degree and CLU and ChFC credentials.

Bob’s appreciation for the library is derived in part from his friendship with Andover’s long-time librarian, Rema Baker. “I visited her weekly all during my college years”, he recalls. “Rema had me culling books in the library for many months and I became very knowledgeable of the library.”

Andover Library Director Linda Adams notes that private support like this is vital to small public libraries, and “always put to great use. It helps keep the collection up to date, and the doors open. It’s awesome when people from Andover who have relocated still remember the community.”

Donations to the Fund for The Andover Free Library are tax deductible and can be directed to the Allegany County Area Foundation at 6087 State RD 19N, Belmont NY 14813.

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Scholarship and Grant Application Deadlines

Applications for ACAF/Dollars for Scholars scholarships are due by midnight on January 31. The application can be accessed through the scholarships page of this web site.

Allegany County non-profit organizations seeking grant funding should have completed applications submitted by March 1. The ACAF Grants Committee will be meeting next in mid-March.

Questions about either process can be addressed to Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616 or director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org

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New Scholarship will help Friendship, Genesee Valley students

Family, friends and coworkers of the late Penny Jo Hooker-Cavanaugh have established the Penny’s from Heaven Scholarship with the Allegany County Area Foundation. Honoring Penny’s memory, the award will go to a Friendship and/or Genesee Valley Central School senior who has overcome adversity and is planning to pursue college or a trade or technical school course of study. ACAF anticipates awarding the first Penny’s from Heaven Scholarship in the spring of 2020.

Raised in Angelica and graduated from the former Angelica Central School, Penny lived a life of service to others, both in her work and in the community. Many came to know her through her involvement the Friendship House Community Center. She also participated in FCS’s Merry Little Christmas and was a founding organizer for the Allegany County Breakfast with Santa activities through Literacy West, NY Inc. A single mother of four, Penny was familiar with challenge and perseverance, and used her experience and insight to support others.

Donations to the Penny’s from Heaven Scholarship can be directed to the Allegany County Area Foundation at 6087 State RD 19N, Belmont NY 14813.

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ACAF Grant Supports Youth Mentoring Programs

Programs serve Whitesville and Genesee Valley students

The Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF) recently presented a grant of $850 to Family Service Society to support the agency’s youth mentoring programs at Genesee Valley and Whitesville Central Schools. This award came about through the foundation’s Allegany Fund – an endowment that supports a variety of local projects each year.

According to FSS Youth Services Director Mike Foster, the grant will be used for a mural project at Genesee Valley, and also to fund pottery classes at Whitesville. “Genesee Valley used last year’s funding for pottery classes, and the children loved it” Foster noted. “We wanted to give Whitesville students that same opportunity. Both programs,” he added “will use the funding for yoga classes. This is a brand new opportunity for our youth to learn important coping skills and relaxation techniques.”

The GVCS and WCS mentoring programs are expected to serve 20 and 40 students, respectively. Participants and high school student mentors are identified through GVS/WCS faculty and staff recommendations. Ms. Erica Grantier serves as coordinator for both sites.

Family Service Society is now affiliated with the New York State Mentoring Program (formerly affiliation with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program). Research has demonstrated that students involved in a mentoring program are more confident and caring, and significantly less likely to fight, skip school, or abuse drugs or alcohol.

pictured (L to R): Bruce Campbell and Erica Grantier (Allegany County Program Coordinator).

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