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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 ...

Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Receives Bartoo Grant

 

     The Allegany County Area Foundation, recently presented a check for $4,240 to the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society (RWHS). This money comes from the earnings of the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Endowment Fund which is held and managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This fund was created by the estate of Beatrice S. Bartoo. It was the vision, tireless efforts and financial support of Francis and Beatrice S. Bartoo that made the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society and Museum a reality back in 2001. The earnings from this endowment fund will benefit this organization for many years to come. President Melanie Johnston said, “This money will be used to help put a new roof on our museum.”

Beatrice Bartoo was born in Olean in 1919, and graduated from the Richburg Central School. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in library science and a master’s degree in education. She went on to become a school librarian for Bolivar until her retirement in 1976.

Beatrice also served as the Town of Wirt historian, and she and her husband Francis founded the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society. Beatrice died in 2009, and in her will she left a very generous donation to create an endowment fund to benefit the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society. Each year they receive a check from the Bartoo Fund to help support their mission.

The Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Museum is located at 243 Main Street in Richburg, NY. For more information about the museum please call 585-928-9478.      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 here in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or e-mail: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.

In the picture (L to R): Lori Dzielski, ACAF Board President; Lee Johnston, RWHS Trustee, Melanie Johnston, RWHS President; Laura Manners, RWHS Trustee; Dick Baker, RWHS Museum and   Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.

The Alfred Montessori School Receives Grant

The Alfred Montessori School recently received $450.00 to help them purchase Montessori “Works” for their classrooms. Judith Rose, director of the Alfred Montessori School, stated, “These Works provide activities used to teach the students in subject areas such as language, mathematics, practical life, and an array of seasonal topics. They will greatly enhance the learning experiences for our students.”

AMS was founded in 1983 by two Alfred University professors who wanted to create a rich educational pre-school program for their own young children. Since its inception, the school has provided a strong foundation of learning and care for our community’s children. We are more than a daycare. When you chose us, you chose to invest in your child’s education and development.

The success of any Montessori School, but especially AMS, is very dependent on parents’ involvement. We are a non-profit organization, and the school’s operation relies on family and community support. We encourage you to become involved with your child’s program, supporting the educational and social experiences, and sharing in the joys and satisfactions the child experiences in his or her own learning. Plan to attend parent-teacher conferences, fund-raising activities, and any other events. We have always maintained an open door policy and invite you to come to observe your child often. You will discover much more about what your child is learning by observing.

The Alfred Montessori School is located on South Main Street in Alfred. They offer programs for: infants (6 weeks – 18 months), toddlers (18 – 36 months), preschool (3–6 years) and after school (5-12 years). For more information about the Alfred Montessori School please visit their web site at: www.alfredmontessori.com.

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.

In the attached check presentation picture (L to R):  Judith Rose, director of the Alfred Montessori School and Dawn Wildrick-Cole, ACAF Board Member.

Mikayla Rix Receives Scholarship America® Dollars for Scholars’ Student Volunteer Award

The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program is pleased to announce that Mikayla Rix has received a Student Volunteer Award from Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars. Mikayla was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her postsecondary education and was chosen for her dedication and service to her community, as well as strong academic achievement at the Cuba-Rushford High School. Fifteen students from across the country were chosen to receive this $1,000 scholarship based on volunteerism, community service and academics.

During the past four years in high school, Mikayla has also participated in many community service activities including: teaching Karate, helping with St. Mary’s Church Events, Cuba Little League Events, Cuba Youth Football Events, Blue Devils Basketball, Single Tree Ranch, United Way Drives, Cuba Rod & Gun Club Events, School Lock-Ins, Karen Landcastle Cancer Corner, New Hudson Fire Department Events, Youth Court, CRCS Outdoors Fisheries and Wildlife Events and Cub Scouts.

Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, stated, “Mikayla Rix plans to attend Hibert College in the fall and is planning to pursue a degree in criminal justice. We wish her much success!”

“On behalf of Scholarship America, we are honored to be able to award such a talented and giving young woman with this scholarship,” said Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America. Mikayla Rix embodies exactly what Scholarship America and our Dollars for Scholars program is about—serving communities at a grassroots level to improve the lives of local citizens from the ground up.”

The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program
The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Program recently awarded a total of $247,500 to 124 recipients from across Allegany County. The recipients were chosen through a blind selection process from a pool of 248 applicants including both high school seniors and current college students. The online application process will open up again on this November 1, 2017 for the 2018-2019 academic year at: director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org.  Call 585-808-8444 for more information.

About Scholarship America
For 60 years, Scholarship America has worked directly with students, parents, donors, colleges, businesses and communities to empower people to achieve their educational goals. As the nation’s largest private education support organization, having distributed over $3.7 billion to more than 2.3 million students, Scholarship America is now working to further engage the private sector to support programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education and help students overcome barriers to access, persistence and attainment. More information is available at www.scholarshipamerica.org.

The Next Generation Youth Center Receives ACAF Grant

The Next Generation Youth Center in Cuba, NY recently received a grant check for $500.00 from the Allegany Endowment Fund which is managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. Carlos Barksdale (executive director of the center) said, “This grant money will be used to help purchase a computer to be used by the youth who attend.”

The mission of The Next Generation Youth Center (TNGYC) is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where teens can come learn and be afforded the opportunity for personal development through the provisions that enhance life skills, self-motivation and self-image. The center offers free homework help to Teen Center members. Additionally, the Teen Center hosts a variety of social, academic, and recreational activities, such as tournaments, movie nights, tutoring, and more. They also have a number of amenities that will keep their visitors busy including: computers, foosball, large flat screen TV’s, a ping pong table, a pool table, air hockey, and video games.

The youth center is located at 24 East Main Street in Cuba. Please visit their web site at http://www.thenextgenerationyouthcenter.com to learn more about the youth center.

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 .

In the check presentationpicture (L to R): Carlos Barksdale – executive director; Heidi Barksdale, secretary; Hannah  Burch, youth board member; TayLee Grimes, student advisor and Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.

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.