Rose Pappas Foundation Fund annual holiday season grants awarded

The Rose Pappas Foundation Fund recently made possible a number of grants to support to local organizations that aid those in need.

The fund supports grants that help the needy in the local community year-round, but also makes grants to organizations that provide services and aid to those in need, particularly around the holiday season.

Betty Pappas established the fund at CRCF in 2002 after the passing of her sister,Rose, to preserve her memory by providing support to individuals facing difficult times and organizations whose services aid the needy.

The Rose Pappas Foundation Fund recently made possible a total of $2,650 in grants as part of its holiday season grantmaking.

The following organizations received $200 grants:

  • St. Mary’s of the Angels Basilica (for 2018 community Christmas dinner)
  • First Baptist Church of Olean (for 2019 community Easter dinner)
  • HomeCare & Hospice
  • Hinsdale Food Pantry
  • Olean Senior Center
  • Olean Food Pantry
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
  • Olean General Hospital Foundation, Compassionate Companion Program
  • Interfaith Caregivers
  • Comfort House of Allegany County
  • St. Michael’s Home

The Olean General Hospital Foundation also received $150 for general support. The ReHabilitation Foundation received $100.

“Betty really strives to help those who most need it in our community all year,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director. “It brings her a lot of joy to give a hand up to many individuals facing special circumstances, and to do it in Rose’s memory makes it all the more special.”

“Every year around the holidays she turns her attention to the organizations that provide ongoing support, knowing that those organizations need help to carryout their mission, especially at this time of year,” Buchheit added.

Donations can be made to the Rose Pappas Foundation Fund at CRCF, 301 North Union St.,Suite 203, or online at

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, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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