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Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

 

Would it shock you to know that nearly 20 percent of the rural population of Western New York lives in poverty? 

It not a surprise to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and pastor of Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales. That’s because Pastor Cerny and the staff and volunteers at the ROC work every day to offer free medical care for the uninsured, home appliances and furniture for those without the means to pay for such “luxury” items, a Weekend Snack Pack program for students who may not receive a nutritious meal at home, and much more. They also supply the basic necessities of life — such as toiletries — to those who often do without.

Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen’s ‘Great College’ Designation

Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen’s ‘Great College’ Designation

The Town of Amherst Board honored Daemen College today with a proclamation in recognition of the institution recently being named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 Honor Roll as a “Great College to Work For,” a designation that places the Amherst college as one of the top 10 small four-year institutions to work for in the country.

Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette officially presented the proclamation to Daemen President Gary A. Olson at the Aug. 4 town board meeting.

“Daemen prides itself on being a devoted member of the Amherst community, and we are extremely honored that the town has recognized Daemen for earning this national distinction,” said Olson. “The dedicated, collective efforts of our faculty and staff have created an exceptional workplace at Daemen, and I’m immensely proud to serve as president of such an exemplary institution.”

Land Conservancy to Host Volunteer Cleanup Day at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

Land Conservancy to Host Volunteer Cleanup Day at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is looking for volunteers from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, to join them in a summer cleanup day at the beautiful Kenneglenn Nature Preserve near East Aurora. Andrea Locke, coordinator for the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY PRISM), will help start the afternoon off with a talk about invasive species in our region and what you can do to help. 

NOCO Express stores raise more than $12,000 for United Way

NOCO Express stores raise more than $12,000 for United Way
Customers and employees from NOCO Express Stores recently donated a total of $12,213 to support the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and several other United Ways in the region. Throughout the month of May, donations of $1, $3 or $5 were collected at all 35 NOCO Express Stores through a paper t-shirt pin up campaign.

 

“This was the first month-long United Way campaign conducted at our NOCO Express Stores and our customers and associates gave generously,” said Michael Newman, executive vice president. “As a family-owned and locally operated company, we are committed to supporting organizations like the United Way in assisting those in need throughout Western New York.”

 

Couple Sets Sights on Anniversary Fundraiser

Couple Sets Sights on Anniversary Fundraiser

An area couple is hoping residents will join them in lending a paw to charity. 

The Rev. Thomas A. LeBeau, pastor of Faith United Methodist Church in Lancaster, and his wife, Georgia Whitney, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary by hosting an open house and fundraiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 

The nonprofit group is a guide dog school with a mission of enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired people.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the church, 5505 Broadway. Refreshments will be served, and several dogs will be on hand. 

"We love a good party, and we love doing things a little differently," Whitney said. "So this celebration will have a twist. Think of it as an afternoon of puppies and public awareness."

In lieu of gifts, attendees are asked to make a donation to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Rural Outreach Center Volunteers Tackle Numerous Home Repair Projects

Rural Outreach Center Volunteers Tackle Numerous Home Repair Projects

 

Volunteers from the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales recently assisted six individuals with much-needed home repair projects as part of the group’s 2014 mission trip. The church group has faithfully visited local communities for the past seven years, performing projects such as household repairs, painting porches and constructing handicapped ramps for those in need. 

Hull House Volunteers Plan Pig Roast, Beer Tasting

Hull House Volunteers Plan Pig Roast, Beer Tasting

Volunteers of the Hull Family Home & Farmstead will hold their Pig N Pint Pig Roast and Beer Tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, in the Bi-National Peace Garden at the farmstead, 5962 Genesee St. near Pavement Road, Lancaster. The event, which will be held rain or shine, will include food, drinks, raffles and music by City Fiddle. The circa-1810 Hull House -- Erie County's oldest stone dwelling-- will be open for tours throughout the evening. Tickets are pre-sale only for $50 each and include dinner and one beverage. Beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go toward the restoration efforts at the Hull House. For tickets and more information, call 741-7032 or visit www.HullFamilyHome.org.