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Organizations Receive Funding for 9-11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Projects

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Sep 6, 2013
by Tom Connors
As a part of New York State’s Volunteer Generation initiative through the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Regional Volunteer Center of the Southern Tier has made $2,000 available in grants to local organizations participating in an event during the week around September 11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance. This diverse group of projects will allow organizations throughout the region to celebrate through community service, volunteer recognition, and education.

After reviewing all of the proposals, the Steering Committee of the Regional Volunteer Center of the Southern Tier chose to fund the following programs:

Broome County
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•    The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier’s Story Garden, Binghamton: Volunteers will clean up and refinish the 3 Bear’s Cottage to encourage creative family play.
•    Ramp It Up- Broome County Council of Churches, Binghamton: To seal ramps that have already been built by youth volunteers. Wheelchair ramps go to the elderly and disabled throughout Broome County.  

Chemung County:

•    Chemung County Mental Hygiene, Elmira: For volunteers from the Suicide Prevention Committee to replant a HOPE Garden in Eldridge Park.
•    AIM Independent Living Center, Elmira: To sponsor an art exhibit of paintings, drawings, etc. that captures the strength, generosity, and kindness of first responders to be displayed throughout the Elmira area.

Steuben County:
•    Addison Youth Center, Addison: To paint the youth center and host a dinner for the youth and their parents.
•    Dormann Library, Bath: For volunteers to build a giant Connect Four game to encourage families to play together.
•    Family Service Society, Corning: Corning Youth Center participants will make no-tie fleece blankets to donate to the American Red Cross.

Tompkins County:
•    Ithaca College, Ithaca: 75 students will volunteer throughout Ithaca at the AIDS Ride for Life, Feed My Starving Children Event and at the Books Thru Bars organization.

Tioga:
•    Waterman Conservation Education Center, Apalachin: Helpers will clean up trails at the IBM Glen and on Hilton Road.

The Regional Volunteer Center of the Southern Tier is a collaboration which promotes and enhances local volunteer efforts. Working with local nonprofits, the Center’s goal is to build the volunteer infrastructure in the region so that more people are able to make a difference. It is led by the Institute for Human Services, the United Way of Broome County, and United Way of Tompkins County. To learn more about the volunteer center or to search for opportunities dial 2-1-1 or visit www.southerntiervolunteers.org.

Funding for the National Day of Service and Remembrance mini-grants has been made possible by a grant through the New York State Office of National and Community Service.

About the Institute for Human Services    
The Institute for Human Services is a non-profit management support organization founded in 1984. The Institute provides management support, information and referral, organizational development, research and technology services to planners, funders and providers serving the Southern Tier of New York State. Support for its 2-1-1 HELPLINE Give Help project is provided by the United Way of the Southern Tier. For more information, visit www.ihsnet.org.

About the United Way of Broome County

The mission of United Way of Broome County is support the development of Broome County as a community where the health and welfare needs of all people are met equitably and thoroughly regardless of race, religion, or economic status. Working through 30 local partner agencies, United Way supports about 75 programs in the areas of education, income, and health, which are the building blocks for a good life. For more information, visit www.unitedwaybroome.org.

About the United Way of Tompkins County
The United Way of Tompkins County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities. Since 1921, UWTC has supported individuals and families in our communities. United Way is volunteer focused and results-driven, working year-round to address community conditions and create lasting solutions. For more information, visit www.uwtc.org/volunteer.

If you have any questions about the efforts in your area please feel free to contact your local area representative.  Contact information for each of the three local representatives is listed below.

Eastern District (Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Tioga Counties)
Phill Ginter, Director, Community Impact & Engagement, United Way of Broome County
Phone: 2-1-1 or (800) 901-2180, Email: pginter@uwbroome.org

Northern District (Tompkins County)
Meg Cole, Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Tompkins County
Phone:  (607) 272-6286, Email: mcole@uwtc.org
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Western District (Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler Counties)

Tess McKinley, Manager of Communications & Volunteer Support, Institute for Human Services
Phone: 2-1-1 or (800) 346-2211, Email: mckinleyt@ihsnet.org