Throughout the summer months, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation continues its work toward meeting the most pressing needs of northern Chautauqua County. By giving community members the opportunity to direct grants to their favorite charities, NCCF gained a new perspective on what needs the community feels are important.
In June, NCCF hosted its first Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser. Guests enjoyed a breakfast of flapjacks while supporting NCCF and its Service Learning Project. Thanks to donor support, NCCF raised $1,100 for this program. Also during the fundraiser, guests had the opportunity to enter their name as well as their favorite charity into a drawing. The lucky winner was Eric Jabot who gave his $250 grant to the Lakeshore Humane Society. During his check presentation Jabot had the opportunity to tour the new facility and to learn firsthand the impact his grant will have in the community.
In July, NCCF had a presence at the Chautauqua County Fair hosting a booth in the Commercial Building. This year NCCF provided an additional booth to area nonprofits on a first-come, first-served basis. During the week NCCF enjoyed the company of Lakeshore Humane Society, Literacy Volunteers, RO Foundation, Spoke Folk, Chautauqua County Humane Society, Sinclairville Free Library, and Camp Gross.
Eric Jabot of Fredonia presents the Flapjack Fundraiser winning grant check to Bob Ehrhardt at the Lakeshore Humane Society.
"We welcomed the opportunity to inform people about Literacy Volunteers. We are grateful to NCCF for your continued support," said Dyan Noves, Literacy Volunteers Board Secretary.
NCCF's booth offered visitors popcorn, information on NCCF's impact in the community, and the opportunity for visitors to be a Philanthropist for a Day. Repeating last year's successful promotion, NCCF and community members awarded $1,100 in grants to local nonprofits. This year's daily $100 grant winners were: Conrad Schwocha - Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, Irene Fain - Everywoman Opportunity Center, Janet Centner - Rural Ministry, Jackie Olszewski - American Red Cross, Jefferson W. Coy - Boys & Girls Club, Christal Stanfield - Forestville Food Pantry. Marti Webster's charity, Camp Gross, won Sunday's $500 grant.
Irene Fain expressed her gratitude upon learning her charity, Everywoman Opportunity Center, had been selected, saying, "Thank you so very much for what the Community Foundation does to support and uplift the people of Chautauqua County."
A sincere thank you is extended to those who supported NCCF's summer initiatives. Without community support NCCF could not support the community through its grants program fulfilling its mission to "enhance the area in which we live and work."
The NCCF is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is dedicated to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and community leadership.
Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $9.1 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County.
For more information, visit www.nccfoundation.org or call us at 366-4892.