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MQA Students Turn STREAM Fundraising Into a Fun Community Project

MQA Students Turn STREAM Fundraising Into a Fun Community Project

Students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga love their special STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, Math) classes and the hands-on learning associated with the program. From Kitchen Chem and Arcade Academy to Fun With Physics and Robotics, STREAM impacts all students attending MQA, from Universal Pre-K through Grade 8.

To ensure that the program continues this year and beyond, students are taking part in a fundraising initiative that, like the STREAM program itself, has a hands-on element. Instead of just asking the community for funds for the program, the students have artistically enhanced ordinary business envelopes with drawings of their favorite STREAM projects. These envelopes are now being distributed to Catholic churches in the Cheektowaga area.

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
NOCO customers and employees generously donated $21,173 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter.

 

“This is the fourth year NOCO has helped to raise both funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Michael Bradley, chief financial officer and senior vice president, NOCO. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers and our employees, a total of more than $80,000 has been raised to date to support the Society’s ongoing research and programs for those impacted by blood cancers here in Western New York.”

 

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
NOCO customers and employees generously donated $21,173 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter.

 

“This is the fourth year NOCO has helped to raise both funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Michael Bradley, chief financial officer and senior vice president, NOCO. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers and our employees, a total of more than $80,000 has been raised to date to support the Society’s ongoing research and programs for those impacted by blood cancers here in Western New York.”

 

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora hopes to spread some holiday spirit this Christmas season by asking local individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family and help make their holidays a little brighter. 

“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts this holiday season will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process. Virtually all participants in the program readily agree to do this as they too want to help others in some way. We call it the ‘pay-it-forward’ portion of the program.”

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen College has received an unprecedented $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation to support the institution’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, making it the largest private gift in the college’s nearly 70-year history.

In honor of this historic gift to the college, the center has officially been renamed the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement.

“Robust civic engagement contributes to many positive social outcomes, so it is my honor and privilege to support Daemen College as it prepares students to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in society,” said Saffrin.

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

What do Explore Buffalo docents do? Volunteer docents lead all Explore Buffalo’s walking tours, including regularly scheduled and private group tours for the general public, and school tours for thousands of students from elementary to high school. With hundreds of tours given each year, there are many opportunities to participate!

Why become a docent for Explore Buffalo? Being a docent for Explore Buffalo is fun! What could be more thrilling than showing people from around the world Buffalo’s incredible architecture and history?

Being a docent is also a great way to meet new people within Explore Buffalo and among the organization’s many community partners. Explore Buffalo organizes regular social events for docents and volunteers.

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing.