ACAF Makes Grant to Hornell YMCA



From left, Doug Roorbach, executive director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, presents a grant to Rebecca Weaver Hamm, director of music and arts, and Mark Morrissey, executive director, of the Hornell YMCA for the purchase of a photo-grade printer. The presentation took place in the Y’s new Fletcher Family Cultural Center.



Money will provide photo-grade printer for digital photography program


BELMONT N.Y., September 12, 2001—The Allegany County Area Foundation presented a check Friday afternoon to the Hornell YMCA at its newly opened $7 million facility. The $300 grant was to buy a printer for the Y’s program in digital photography, part of its new Music and Arts Program.

“We’re beginning a comprehensive community arts and music education program,” said Rebecca Weaver Hamm, who is the program’s director, “We offer something for everyone, from…the opportunity to learn digital photography or learn to play the piano.”

The photo-grade Canon PIXMA MG8120 printer will be part of a digital photography suite the Y is putting together as it moves into the new YMCA Fletcher Family Cultural Center. The center features an art classroom, a music classroom and four lesson instruction rooms, in addition to dance space and a multi-purpose community room.

Ms. Weaver Hamm noted that the first class in digital photography had to take files to a nearby drugstore to get prints, and that by the time they were able to get back together to discuss techniques and tools, the impact of what they were able to do had faded, making learning difficult. The new printer will help ease that problem.

“We’re very pleased to have this support, in order to build from the ground up,” said Mark Morrissey, executive director of the Hornell Y, “We have to start with everything new, so having the support to help us get our feet on the ground means a lot to us.”

Doug Roorbach, executive director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, presented the grant to Mr. Morrissey and Ms. Hamm Weaver. “The Foundation’s board was impressed with the new program the Hornell YMCA was putting together,” he said, “They wanted to do what they could to encourage the program as it gets underway.”

Mr. Roorbach noted that the Foundation’s mission is to support educational and cultural projects that benefit the citizens of Allegany County. “This project certainly falls within that goal,” he said.

Asked about making a grant to an organization in Steuben County, Mr. Roorbach said, “We’re not strictly limited to the borders of Allegany County. That’s why we have the word ‘Area’ in our title. Clearly, the Hornell Y reaches the eastern parts of Allegany and is important to many people there.”

Mr. Morrissey echoed that. “The Hornell YMCA is a regional YMCA,” he said, “serving people not only from western Steuben County, but from Allegany County as well.” He noted that it is the only Y in the Southern Tier between Olean and Corning.