The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently hosted a #GiveThanks Campaign asking community members to submit the name of a local nonprofit organization they are thankful for this season, and why.
The response was overwhelming with over 400 submissions received for nearly 60 local organizations!
We are excited to announce the five #GiveThanks award winners:
- Centaur Stride
- Creche, Inc.
- Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County
- Chautauqua County Humane Society
- Infinity Visual and Performing Arts
Each organization received a $1,000 grant to help further their charitable mission!
Centaur Stride Winning Submission:
“Claudia Monroe and staff provide a wonderful experience for children, adults, those with special needs and those who enjoy horses. Years ago, a local school district offered this after school program to students and I was the adult who accompanied the students. It was amazing to see students from the middle school, who struggled in school, ride, and handle horses and care for them. Claudia is an amazing person and I truly feel that this therapeutic program benefits so many and makes a great difference in the lives of many. I see students now and many still speak of their great experience. I truly enjoyed the difference it made in our students. Thank you. ” – Nancy L.
Creche, Inc. Winning Submission:
“This is an all volunteer agency that gives its all to children in need in our area!” – Joan E.
Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County Winning Submission:
“The Mental Health Association continues to help so many during this difficult epidemic. They are available 24/7 no matter who or when or where they are needed.” -Michelle T.
Chautauqua County Humane Society Winning Submission:
“The Humane Society is very caring and tries to give their animals to loving homes.” -Heidi Maseduca
Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Winning Submission:
“I’m thankful for the opportunity for kids in our city to be exposed to the arts. Infinity has fostered a love of music in my children. The instructors care about the kids, and the learning environment is awesome!” – Anonymous
Nearly 60 local organizations were nominated for the #GiveThanks Campaign, here are what some of the submissions had to say:
James Prendergast Library -“My 3-year-old son and I have been attending story time regularly for over two years. All of our local libraries offer outstanding services and we’re lucky to have them.” ~ Jerry N.
CASA of Chautauqua County– “A child having an advocate is critical. They need a person they know will listen, is on their side and gives them a voice.” ~ Christine A.
Stanley Hose Company– “I am very thankful for this organization because they are the heart of our community. They always respond to calls quickly and go out of their way to make sure you are taken care of.” ~ Anonymous
Chautauqua County 4-H – “If it were not for 4-H I would not have a career in an agriculture and my kids would not have the same opportunity to develop lasting friendships and leadership skills.” ~ Virginia C.
BPUMC Royal Family Kids Camp – “They give children a life-changing camp experience!” ~ Nancy B.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church –”St. Luke’s is not only a church with an incredibly wide open front door, it reaches out through that door proactively to all ages and the most critical needs. St. Luke’s is most deserving of thanks.” ~ Anonymous
Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy– “I am grateful for their tireless work in preserving and protecting our local wild waters!” ~ Anonymous
Allegheny Highlands Council of BSA – “Scouting helped me to become the man I am, the organization continues to guide and help our youth.” ~ Anonymous
Allen Park Women’s Club– “This organization is long standing in our community and has done so much to honor our veterans and to maintain the integrity of our beautiful park.” ~ Sally B.
Ashville Free Library – “Ashville is a small town. In a world where small towns seem to be losing their charm, Ashville’s remains. A huge factor in that is the Ashville Free Library. They do so much for the community with literacy for children, diverse events for community members of all ages, and even the furry population (through the adoption of a loving “thrown away” cat). The changes and updates made over the years to the library have been solely to benefit the community. When I see all that the library does and the library’s journey over the years, it makes me proud to be from Ashville.” ~ Molly B.
Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity -“They have made it possible for families to have decent, affordable homes and, in the process, change neighborhoods for the positive.” ~ Norene S.
Chautauqua Blind Association– “The staff at this organization is very responsive to the needs of community individuals who are visually impaired. They provide intensive services for the duration of the individual’s need.” ~ Anonymous
Chautauqua Chapter of National Ambucs– “This local chapter is only about five years old but we have already put nearly 100 tricycles into the hands of people of all ages who have disabilities. The smiles on the faces of both the users and the families are priceless and heartwarming. Every dollar donated goes directly to purchasing another tricycle for someone in need.” ~ Richard R.
First Covenant Church– “They give to the community without hesitation. If someone is in need, they can go to First Cov for help. This church is always thinking of ways to support the community, ways to get out in the community and get to know the people here. They also give to others in need, such as disaster victims in Puerto Rico. Everyone is welcome at First Covenant. Love and acceptance come pouring out of their building continuously. “~ Anonymous
One Ball Foundation -“This organization is seeking to publicize the issue of testicular cancer in young men, taking away the stigma of talking about it, and causing young men to do self-exams and not to be afraid to seek help if needed. This could save countless lives. It also gives financial assistance to those going through treatment.” ~ Wendy W.
Sherman Community Church– “I am thankful for Sherman Community Church because the hearts of the people love God and they share that love with the community around them.” ~ Anonymous
Yorker Museum -“This organization makes me thankful for those who donate their time to keep history alive. I am thankful they care enough to educate our children about the past to prepare them for their future. Volunteers set excellent examples to the younger generations through selfless work and dedication to the community. Meanwhile they are showing pride of the town in which they serve. They deserve this blessing so they may continue to upkeep an important piece of history.” ~ Danielle R.
Chautauqua Rails to Trails – “They maintain the beautiful trails that encourage our community to enjoy.” Anonymous
JCC Foundation– “This is a great organization that gives hard working youth successful and life changing opportunities through higher education and a wide variety of leadership roles.” ~ Kassandra Kum