$5K in Community Fund grants support area nonprofit projects, health and safety

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s board of directors recently approved five grants totaling more than $5,000 from the Community Fund to support special projects and initiatives at area nonprofits.

The Food Bank of WNY received a $1,000 grant to support the purchase of a new, refrigerated truck to directly deliver food to 34 member agencies across Cattaraugus County.

The Food Bank of WNY currently delivers food to three agencies that serve as distribution centers to other food pantries in Cattaraugus County: Olean Food Pantry, Cattaraugus Community Action and Delevan Community Food Pantry.


Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director; Wendy Brand, board president; Skip Wilday, board member; and John Sheehan, committee member; at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Partners Fighting Hunger in Cattaraugus County direct delivery vehicle.

The new vehicle will allow the Food Bank of WNY to deliver to member agencies, easing the work on volunteers at distribution centers and increasing efficiency for Cattaraugus County food banks, which together assist 9,241 individuals a year.

The Franklinville Central/Ten Broeck Academy School District received $1,560 to support the school’s efforts to offer First Aid/CPR/AED training to all high school students (approximately 200 students).

The Community Fund grant will allow two teachers to receive certification to provide instruction to students.

After the initial Community Fund grant allows for certification training, the school district will be able self-sustaining in providing the classes and regularly scheduled recertification classes to ensure students retain their certification.

“We are so pleased to have received the Community Fund Grant from CRCF that will provide the financial support to train and certify all of our 9th through 12th grade students in CPR, AED and First Aid,” said Franklinville/TBA Superintendent Michelle Spasiano.

“The knowledge, skills and confidence that these students will gain from this training will empower them with a mindset of safety and security that will have a lasting impact in our community for years to come,” she added.

A $1,000 grant to the Challenger Learning Center will allow installation of new flooring in the center’s New World 2.0 space to ensure visiting students the highest level of comfort.

The space has students suit up and voyage to a new planet to search for signs of life, while learning all about science and technology. In 2018 alone, the S.P.A.C.E. academy had visits from 50 school groups.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department’s Veggie Wheels initiative received $1,500.

Veggie Wheels, formerly known as Veggie Mobile, provides fresh, local vegetables and produce to low-income individuals and families in Cattaraugus County who face diet-related health problems such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes at very high rates.

“Each Community Fund grant cycle is a reminder of all of the essential work that nonprofits are doing in our community,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “The Community Fund allows our board of directors to directly invest in getting these projects off the ground or ensuring their completion by filling a funding gap.”

Donations can be made to the Community Fund at 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at cattfoundation.org.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online atwww.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).



Please follow and like us: