Speiser Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications for New Opportunity

January 19, 2018- For the first time, the Allen Speiser Memorial Fund will be awarding a single grant of up to $4,000 to support the development and delivery of a forum to the larger community to address employment issues for the disabled. Grant applications will be accepted from programs that promote the placement and retention of employees with disabilities in

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New Grant Opportunity Open to Cortland County Nonprofits

Cortland, NY (January 9, 2018) – The Central New York Community Foundation is offering a grant opportunity for Cortland County nonprofit organizations this winter. The Cortland County Bright Ideas grants program is supported through the generosity of the Fenstermacher Fund and other local donors who were inspired to give back to the Cortland community. Nonprofit applicants are invited to submit

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Tillie’s Touch offers children life lessons on and off the soccer field

Dale Johnson, founder of Tillie’s Touch, tears up when he speaks about how the organization came to be. It’s was a weekend morning and Johnson was settling into his favorite recliner when an ESPN feature on Nick Madaras captured his undivided attention. Madaras was killed by an IED while serving in Iraq on September 3, 2006. While overseas, Nick asked

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Bethel Community Center in Pulaski Gets Second Life

Linda and Ron Crandall remember the Bethel Community Center, located at Port Ontario, as a community hub for residents of the greater Pulaski area. While growing up, they both attended square dances there a couple of times a month. The building, built in 1848, holds a long history in the small town. But for many years, the center faced neglect.

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Bellevue Height’s New Playground Helps Children Learn through Play

When we watch children playing together on a playground, we see smiling faces, laughter and enjoyment as they climb obstacles, push swings and slide. But what we can’t see as easily is the critical development naturally taking place. “A child’s physical, social, emotional, and language development plays a critical role in his or hers success at school,” said Susan LaFex,

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Seven Local Groups Start the Leadership Classroom

December 6, 2017 – Thirty representatives from local community groups have begun an eight-month intensive training program through the Central New York Community Foundation. The Leadership Classroom (TLC), an initiative of the Community Foundation, conducts interactive training sessions to enhance the skills and leadership capacity of residents who are or want to be active in improving their neighborhoods. Upon completion

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