Cayuga Community Fund Awards Grants

May 10, 2012 (Auburn, NY) – Fifteen Cayuga-based nonprofit groups received grants totaling $20,050 from the Cayuga Community Fund.

Auburn Civic Band received $500 to provide concerts for nursing home and assisted living facility residents.

Seward House Museum received $1,000 to purchase The Museum System, a digital collection management software.

Cayuga County Community Health Network received $1,910* to support continued free diabetes education for those in the community.

East Hill Family Medical received $1,000 to purchase a digital x-ray machine for the dental department in their facility.

Transportation Project for Cayuga County received $750 to transport special needs youth to and from Freedom Camp for a 4-week period.

Saint Alphonsus Parish received $1,910* to support the food pantry.

Options for Independence received $2,100 to purchase new puppets for the “Kids on the Block” disability education program.

Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency received $1,500 to provide supplies for emergency services and participant-related costs for homeless young adults in the Supportive Housing Program.

E. John Gavras Center received $2,000* to purchase iPad2 technology to teach children in the preschool setting, and to use in evaluating augmentative/alternative communication.

Health Tapestry received $750 to acquire educational materials and support to begin a collection of Legacy Stories of Southern Cayuga County residents.

Calvary Food Panty received $2,430* to expand the amount of produce harvested and distributed to food pantries.

Harriet Tubman Center for Justice and Peace received $800 to provide training and support materials for Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism.

Cayuga District Longhouse Council received $1,000 to offset expenses and increase campers to the 2012 summer session camp at Camp Rotary on Owasco Lake.

Southern Cayuga Instant Aid received $1,200 to support the development of a volunteer recruitment program, which will secure the availability of emergency response and transportation.

Four Town First aid Squad received $1,200 to purchase finger probe carbon monoxide devices for safety.

*These grants were also made possible through the Cayuga Health Association Fund and the Dr. Henry Romano Fund for Children.

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, Kenneth G. Knight, Beverly Miller, Michael O’Gorman, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, David Tehan, Esq. and Earle Thurston, Esq.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $128 million. It awards close to $5.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit

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