The photo is of the group reps who shared in the total $3,250 of grant money.

Front row from left are Cindy McCall, CazCares Literacy Program; Lacy Westcott, MECS LEO’s Club; Diane Ryan, Community Action Program and Linda Cazer, Hamilton Baptist Food Pantry. Second Row from left are Chuck Fox, Community Bikes; Carla Zimmerman, CazCares Literacy Program; Penny Noll, Cazenovia Children’s House, Kevin Conroy, CORE FCU Board President; Bill Sweeney, CORE FCU CEO; Wyatt Morris, MECS LEO’s Club; Joanne Morak, Community Action Program; and Fred Cazer, Hamilton Baptist Food Pantry.

(Morrisville, NY) CORE Federal Credit Union recently accepted grant request for our Community Grant Program from not-for-profit and community organizations located in, or serving the community in the central and southern Madison County townships of Nelson, Eaton, Madison, Brookfield, Hamilton, Lebanon, DeRuyter and Georgetown.

Grant dollars were awarded based on the needs of the organization applying, the programs’ projected impact on the community, and the number of requests received.

CORE received requests from over 30 groups in the central and southern Madison County area, request received totaled almost $30,000.

The following groups and organizations will be recognized for their dedication to our community, and share $3,250 in grant funds:

Cazenovia Public Library / CazCares Literacy Outreach Program: – The program offers low income families at the CazCares Food Pantry enrolled in Cazenovia Public Libraries early literacy programs a set of 10 new classic children books. This provides parents with an essential tool for building family literacy to help prepare their children for kindergarten.

Community Bikes – Community Bikes works to provide young people and adults in central and southern Madison County with bikes, and to engage them in programs and activities that foster a culture of cycling and encourage a life habit of physical fitness.

Community Action Partnership for Madison County – CAP’s mentoring program matches a child (age 8-16) with an adult in their neighborhood or geographical region. Mentors meet with their mentee weekly. The program allows children opportunities they otherwise would not have. Activities include fishing, swimming, biking, going to the public library, baking and many other activities. The mentors are all volunteers and are not compensated for the cost of activities or transportation.

Morrisville Eaton Jr. – Sr. High Leo’s Club –  The Leo’s club is a group of high school students who take part in service projects to not only improve their community, but also provide students with valuable leadership experience. The Leo’s club grant award will help to achieve their goal to support the local food pantry with items that are often overlooked for needy families. Items such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc will be purchased to help families in need, and students will personally put together and distribute kits.

Give us This Day Food Pantry –  Give us This Day food pantry, operated by the First Baptist Church in Hamilton,  is working to provide additional food to needy families of school age  children through the summer when school is not in session.  The food pantry’s efforts focus on the greater Madison area.

Cazenovia Children’s House – The Cazenovia Children’s House (CCH) has provided hundreds of families in the Cazenovia, Erieville, Oneida, Nelson, Hamilton, New Woodstock and Georgetown areas with childcare and early childhood education programs for 30 years. CCH’s efforts reach beyond their facilities into the broader community to help coordinate and support additional children’s activities. The CCH’s grant will help with their child fitness initiative.



By martha

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