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A New Endowment Fund Created by the Friends of the Allegany Arc

The Friends of the Allegany Arc have created a new endowment fund at the Allegany County Area Foundation. The annual earnings from this fund will be used to fund the new Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award.
This new award has been created in memory of Joseph Damiano, whose Direct Support Professionals enriched both his life, as well as his family’s, by demonstrating an exemplary level of performance over the course of their relationship and consistently demonstrating commitment to improving the quality of Joseph’s life.  When Joseph passed away in 1984, Direct Support and Community Resources for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities were still in their infancy.  He would be gratified by the professionalism and support that are available today.  Through this award the Friends of the Arc will acknowledge the invaluable work of a direct support professional who provides services within Allegany County, New York, and consistently demonstrates excellence, creativity and commitment in providing supports to people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
To nominate an individual for the Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award the nominee must provide direct support, supervision and assistance to a person with an intellectual or other developmental disability living in Allegany County, New York, and served by Allegany Arc. The nominee must also be a current member of Allegany Arc.  Nomination forms will be available on the Allegany Arc web site at: https://alleganyarc.org.  The first recipient of this award will be recognized at the Allegany Arc’s Annual Membership Dinner in May of 2018.
Those who would like to contrbute to this new fund may donate online ( by selecting the Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award Fund on the pull down menu) or make a check payable to: The Allegany County Area Foundation, 6087 State Route 19N, Ste. 180, Belmont. NY 14813. Please write : The Joseph Damiano Fund on the memo line.
If you would like more information on how you can create a scholarship fund or a community grant fund to honor a loved one in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.
In the picture: Joseph Damiano
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The Alfred Box of Books Library Receives Grant for Literacy Initiative

Alfred, NY – The Alfred Box of Books Library recently received a grant from the Allegany County area Foundation for an early literacy initiative which will be a collaborative effort with all of the libraries within our county. This initiative will be led by the Allegany County Public Library Directors Association.

The grant money will help the libraries prepare an informational brochure on storytime or other literacy programs routinely held at each of the seventeen libraries around the county. Most of our county libraries offer a weekly storytime for infants, toddlers and/or preschool age children and their caregivers. This is an opportunity for caregivers to engage with their young children, encourage early literacy and create positive library experiences.

In addition to the information on early literacy, the libraries would create bags to provide to Jones Memorial Hospital’s maternity department and to local pediatrician’s offices that would include books, bookmarks, a toy, and library card registration information. These bags will help promote library services to families.

Melanie Miller, director of the Alfred Box of Books Library, submitted the grant application for this initiative. She stated, “Libraries have a lot to offer our county residents, and this initiative will help inform them of the available services and resources they can take advantage of.”

If you would like to make a difference in your community by l
eaving a legacy, please contact Denis Dahlgren at the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org. The Foundation welcomes tax-deductible gifts in any amount, including memorials to friends and loved ones.

In the attached picture (L to R): Judy Johnson (Richburg); Nikki Gordon (Wellsville); Leah Weber (Cuba); Roxanne Baker (Fillmore); Michelle Hill (Friendship); Denis Dahlgren (ACAF Executive Director); Melanie Miller (Alfred); Karen Smith (Whitesville); Cathy Fuller (Bolivar); Janine Preston (Belfast); Chris Gallman (Angelica); Raeanne Smith (Little Genesee).

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Art for Rural America Receives ACAF Grant for GreenSpace Project

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $720 grant to Art for Rural America. This non-profit organization plans to build a new green space in an empty lot in Wellsville where the old Fassett hotel was located which is next to the former Pizza Hut building. They are calling this project the, “The Fassett GreenSpace”.

The plans are to transform the vacant lot into a sculpture park for the public to explore as urban meditation. It will include a large-scale concrete meditation labyrinth created with 3 foot wide by 16 inch tall rounded garden beds. There will be a 3 foot wide path between the garden beds.

Art for Rural America envisions that The Fassett GreenSpace will become more than just a set of raised vegetable beds. It will be an outdoor classroom for local schools and adult programs, a tool to combat food insecurity for local residents, and a showcase of resilience, creativity, and collaboration within Allegany
County.

The plans for this project are to start construction in April with a completion date some time in May. If you would like to support this project, you can mail a check to: Art for Rural America, 130 Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 9 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 provide a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact Denis Dahlgren at 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): Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director; Elaine Hardman, Art for Rural America Board Member; Cassandra Bull, President of Art for Rural America and Andrew Harris, Art for Rural America Board Member.
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The Scio Memorial Library Receives Grant Money

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a $598.57 check to the Scio Memorial Library. This check comes from the current earnings of an ACAF endowment fund established by the Hydramec Corporation in Scio back in 1989. This fund was created for the purpose of promoting free public library services for the Scio community.

Mrs. Gloria Meiss, Scio Memorial Library Board President, explained that this grant money will help finance their library holiday programs such as Santa’s visit. Santa will make a visit to the library on Wednesday, December 20th. Children of all ages are invited to attend, so watch for more details on this special event!

The Scio Memorial Library has been serving the residents of Scio since 1906. The library is open on Wednesday (2PM – 7PM), Thursday (11AM – 5PM), Friday (11AM – 4PM), and Saturday (11AM – 3PM). For more information please visit their web site at: http://sciolibrary.org/.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 9 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 e-mail Denis Dahlgren at: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the attached picture (L to R): Carolyn Miller, ACAF Board Member and the following Scio Memorial Library Board members: Belinda Thompson, Sue Moyer, Corrine Glass, Gloria Miess, and Mary Zdrojewski.

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ACAF SCHOLARSHIP WEB PORTAL IS NOW OPEN!


The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars web portal is now open to accept scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year. The web site address is: http://www.alleganycountyareafoundation.dollarsforscholars.org.  All applications must be completed by January 31, 2018.

Last year the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded $243,000 in scholarships to 124 students selected from a total of 248 applicants.

Please note that both current high school seniors and college students are welcome to apply for these scholarships. Our recipients are primarily students who attended a high school in Allegany County.

All students will complete their applications online including those applying for the Dresser-Rand Scholarships and the Wellsville Rotary Club Scholarships. Students are urged to begin working on their application prior to Christmas in order to meet the January 31st deadline. Those who applied last year can log back in and update the information they entered last year to apply again.

For more information about the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program please e-mail Denis Dahlgren at: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or call 585-808-8444.

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