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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation gives out grants

September 12, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Chautauqua Lake maintenance awarded $30,000 grant

Members of the Chautauqua Lake Association have battled green all summer as they have been busy harvesting the weeds that accumulate around Lake Chautauqua.

With help from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in the form of a $30,000 Community Service Grant, the weeds are becoming a lot more manageable.

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Randy Sweeney Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director, left, and Craig Colburn, Chautauqua Lake Association board member, stand in front of the third cutter that has been placed on the lake.

"A grant from the Community Foundation is important to our organization because the money goes right into the lake maintenance effort immediately," said Paul Swanson, general manager of the Chautauqua Lake Association. "Every dollar goes toward removing weeds."

The first $20,000 of this grant was awarded outright in an effort to encourage municipalities and other organizations that benefit Chautauqua Lake to provide $10,000 in matching funds. When that goal was met, the foundation awarded the full $30,000 to the association. As a result a third cutter has been placed on the lake in order to continue harvesting the weeds.

"We are delighted that the Community Foundation can assist with the management of the lake," said Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director. "The foundation is well aware of the importance of Chautauqua Lake and what it means to the county and the entire region. We want the lake to be available for all to use and enjoy in whatever manner they choose."

For more information on the Chautauqua Lake Association, visit For more information on grants and the CRCF, visit

Cover Girls Project gets donation

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation awarded a grant to the Edgewood Communities Cover Girls. The Cover Girls is a group of women who knit, sew and crochet blankets, quilts, hats and scarves for local non-profit agencies who serve the needy.

"We get many requests from agencies like the Red Cross, WCA Hospital, the Agnes Home and GA Family Services," said Gladys Morse, a member of the Cover Girls. "This grant is a big relief to us. At times we worry that we won't get enough donations to fill all the requests we receive."

In the last decade, the group has donated more than 600 items.

The foundation was quick to offer support.

"We thought this was a unique project, because the women benefit others as a result of their own efforts," said John Lloyd, chair for the Field of Interest Grants Committee.

The group has received numerous "thank you" notes from children and adults.

"When people are facing difficult situations, something as simple as a hat or blanket to keep them warm can bring joy to their day," Morse said. "Our time together is fun and worthwhile and we welcome new members."

The Cover Girls meet the fourth Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. Donations of new yarn, fabric, quilt batting and other supplies are needed. For more information contact Nancy Gaden at 665-2456 or Morse at 488-9499.

Grant for home repairs provided

A $50,000 grant from the Chautauqua County Assistance Fund, administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, to Chautauqua County will provide emergency home repairs for many area veterans and their families.

According to Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Chautauqua County Office for the Aging director, between 15 and 25 percent of those waiting for home repair assistance are veterans or widows of veterans. While there are programs in place to help in these efforts, there is often a gap in funding that will cover the entire project. For example, certain programs may cover porch repair, but not the installation of hand rails. The money from this grant will be administered through the Office for the Aging to area veterans, or their widows, based on need.

County Executive Greg Edwards was also present for the grant award.

"We are thrilled to be partnering again with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation as we continue to be an essential link between our generous community and veterans in need," Edwards said. "This grant will be used to help veterans and their families with critical home repairs and may act as matching funds to increase access to money from other grants for this work. I hope this generous donation will encourage others who would like to work with us to help our veterans that are in need."

The Chautauqua County Assistance Fund is an endowment fund that has been helping individuals and organizations for over 20 years. Individuals may make a tax-deductible donation to the fund online at or mail a check to the CRCF, 418 Spring St., Jamestown.

Red Cross receives grant

The American Red Cross, Southwestern New York Chapter recently received a $10,000 grant to benefit disaster relief services.

The grant has been allocated from the Chautauqua County Assistance Fund and is administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

In addition to providing blood donations to people in need and first aid and safety classes, the Red Cross offers disaster relief services, which may include emergency housing, food and clothing for individuals displaced due to natural or man-made disasters.

"These funds will be a great asset to our response efforts for those affected by natural and man-made disasters here in Chautauqua County," said William Tucker, American Red Cross, Southwestern New York executive director. "Whether it be a home fire or damage from severe storms, our neighbors can take comfort in the fact that we will be fully capable of responding to all types of situations."

The American Red Cross responded to more than 50 incidents in Chautauqua County last year, helping more than 200 individuals with emergency relief. The agency's services are offered free of charge and is only possible through donations from the general public and through other non-profit organizations.

The Southwestern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross serves Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

For more information, visit

The Chautauqua County Assistance Fund is an endowment fund that has been helping individuals and organizations for more than 20 years. Individuals may make a tax-deductible donation to the fund online at or by mailing a check to The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, call 661-3390.



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