Schools, church benefit from CRCF Spring grants of $4,000+

Three funds at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation made possible $4,738 in grants this Spring to support scholarships, student study aboard programs, a local Catholic school system, and an area church.

The JCC Foundation received an annual $1,000 grant from the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund to continue a scholarship in Kaleigh’s memory for a Cuba-Rushford Central School graduate attending Jamestown Community College.

CRCF’s board of directors also approved a $1,000 grant to the Cuba-Rushford Central School Outdoors program from the Kaleigh Wilday Endowment Fund. This grant is an addition to the fund’s annual November contribution to the program, which sends local students on trips across the globe to hunt fish and explore the outdoors.

The additional $1,000 will help accommodate a growing number of students attending the trip.

Scott Jordan, director of the CRCS Outdoors program, said that he has plans for student trips to New Zealand and Australia in 2017.

For Jordan, the opportunity to help students travel the world and experience the outdoors is a meaningful way to carry on the spirit of a vibrant young girl.

“It means a lot to these kids from such rural places,” Jordan said. “They come back from these trips totally different people.”

CRCF’s board of directors also recently approved an annual grant from the Luella Potter Fund to Southern Tier Catholic School in Olean, this year totaling $2,046.

Friends of longtime teacher Luella Potter established the fund in 2004 to support Catholic education in the Southern Tier at STCS.

The fund has made possible $21,260 in grants to support catholic education at STCS since its establishment.

The Rev. Leo J. Gallina Endowment Fund for St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church made possible a $692 grant to St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church in Bradford, Pa.

Grants made from the fund support both church outreach to help the community and also parishioners in need.

Donations can be made to any and all of these funds at CRCF, 301 North Union Street, 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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