Cayuga Community Fund Awards Grants

October 26, 2011 (Auburn, NY) – Eleven Cayuga-based nonprofit groups received grants totaling $12,500 from the Cayuga Community Fund.

The Episcopal Church of Saints Peter & John received $1,600 to renovate the food pantry and soup kitchen for energy efficiency and increased storage and service capacity.

Literacy Volunteers of Cayuga County received $1,500 to train volunteer tutors for basic literacy and English-as-a-Second-Language programs.

Duffy Books in Homes USA received $2,000 to provide elementary students from low-income families at Casey Park Elementary School with free high-quality books of their choosing to take home, keep and enjoy.

Booker T. Washington Community Center received $1,000 towards the operation of the senior citizen program, which provides recreation, fitness and health programming, as well as meals and support services, for persons over the age of 55.

Chapel House Homeless Shelter received $1,500 to make necessary upgrades to the house that will now assist in providing emergency shelter to homeless veterans

Westminster Manor received $1,000 to renovate the kitchen for increased safety and efficiency at the adult care facility.

Peachtown Elementary received $860 in start-up funding for the Peachtown Musical Ensemble, a new instrumental collaboration with Wells College that will offer class instruction and encourage children to begin performing in small groups.

YMCA-WEIU received $870 to enhance its Y-Pals program by offering more enriching activities and field trips to at-risk children receiving one-on-one mentoring.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center received $750 to purchase and install digital signage for use in media programming. The new signs will provide visitors with an “at a glance” view of current and upcoming exhibits, classes, events and other attractions.

Owasco Valley Audubon Society received $650 to support a teaching garden and nature series at Happy Bee Heirloom Farm that demonstrates to children and families the connections between their food and where it is grown.

Champions for Life received $770 to purchase equipment for its children’s gymnastic programs, which promotes total body awareness, confidence, courage and interest in physical activity while having fun.

About the Cayuga Community Fund
The Cayuga Community Fund is a geographically specific fund, administered by the Central New York Community Foundation. The Fund was created to benefit residents of Cayuga County by serving as a source of permanent charitable dollars for nonprofits serving residents of the County. Grants are awarded from the endowment fund annually to support programs in education, health, social services, the arts, civic and environmental concerns, as well as the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County.

The Leadership Council of the Cayuga Community Fund is chaired by Stephen Zabriskie.  Other Council members are Robert Bergan, Esq., Daniel Cuddy, CPA, CFP, Kenneth J. Entenmann, Jill Fandrich, Jack Hardy, Howard Hartnett, Alice Hoatland, CPA, Beverly Miller, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, David Tehan, Esq. and Earle Thurston, Esq.

The Cayuga Community Fund is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. The Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The Central New York Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

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