The Women’s Club of Pittsford received 27 applications for funding. Twelve organizations applied for the first time. Six of those organizations received funding. A total of twelve organizations received grants this year. All the awards were in the GFWC Home Life category. The organizations that received grants for the first time are: Asbury First United Methodist Church requested funds to purchase food in order to meet the rising demand due to the virus and poverty rates as high as 40% -50% in city neighborhoods. More than 40,000 nutritious hot meals are served every year to approximately 2,000 homeless and other low-income guests. Asbury also provides showers, haircuts, laundry facilities, computers, phones etc. for their guests. Grant amount-$2000.00 Allergy Advocacy Association requested funds to purchase an epi-pen 2 pack that they will award to a large daycare center in Pittsford. The epi-pens are used to prevent anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction to an allergen. The Association is concerned about children not diagnosed with allergies being stung by a bee. If an epi -pen is not available..it may be too late by the time an ambulance arrives. $500.00 Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. New York Chapter #1. The Blue Star Mothers operate a Food Pantry to help veterans make the transition when they leave service. The food supplies generally give the veterans a boost toward learning skills as they attempt to re-enter the real world and fend for themselves. There is also education offered to help the veterans learn to budget their money so they won’t run into the same difficulty month after month. $750.00 The Margaret Home, Inc. requested funds to replace worn and dated carpeting on the main floor, staircase and upstairs hallways of the building. The Margaret Home is expanding services to pregnant and parenting moms at least 18 years of age who are experiencing homelessness or unstable living conditions in the Rochester region. The home will provide services for 8 women and their children in need of housing with access to a caring and self-sustaining home environment. $1000.00 Saint’s Place Ministry of St. Louis Church focuses on newly arriving refugees to the Rochester, N.Y. area. Refugees receive clothing appropriate for their new climate, winter boots and shoes as well as backpacks full of school supplies and toys for their children. Saint’s Place also serves migrants, secondary migrants, immigrants, resettled refugees struggling with poverty. The grant will allow the purchase of an additional 25 pair of winter boots. $500.00 Strong Memorial Hospital, Palliative Care Unit 4-1200 is a 12 bed in-patient unit that cares for patients with a terminal illness who have a 2 week or less prognosis. The funds will be used to purchase supplies of a personal legacy item such as blanket, scarf, pillowcase or a stuffed animal. The items can brighten the patient’s day and serve as a tangible memory of their loved one. Death is often seen as a failure of treatment. The unit strives to restore dignity and support patients and their loved ones during this difficult journey. $250.00
Listed below are organizations that have received awards in the past and are recipients of 2020 awards: Friends of Washington Grove $250.00 Habitat for Humanity $1000.00 Spiritus Christi Mental Health Ctr. $500.00 Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach $500.00 Veterans Outreach Center $1000.00 Pittsford Food Cupboard $750.00
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