Community Foundation Grant Stories

A Clear Educational Gain

For children who struggle in school, summer is a perilous time. Unless those kids use their learning muscles in July and August, they may lose some of the strength they developed during the past school year. That’s why the Milford Central School District created the Career, Learning, Enrichment and Academic Readiness (CLEAR) program.

Grant Builds Confidence for Construction Volunteers

The vision of Broome County Habitat for Humanity is simple: help local families achieve home ownership while also helping to maintain safe, stable neighborhoods. Habitat assembles volunteers from local churches, nonprofit organizations, schools and businesses to rehabilitate existing homes and build new ones.

Historical Site Doubles as Community Magnet

Its goal is to preserve and interpret the past, but the Newark Valley Historical Society (NVHS) also plays a vital role in the present-day life of northern Tioga County. The NVHS offers more than 70 events a year, held mainly at its Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum and the Train Depot Museum. Local residents use parts of these properties for everything from youth soccer games to meetings and wedding receptions.

Basic Education Programs Help Learners Take Control

Without a basic education, it’s hard to move ahead in life. In 2015, the Community Foundation made two grants to help adults leap the educational hurdles that have kept them off the path to success. One of those awards was $15,000 in general operating support to Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties (LVBTC). Since 1967, this organization has enlisted volunteers to tutor adults one-on- one in reading, writing, English and math.

Clinic Launches Innovative Outreach Campaign

To reach people who require your help, sometimes you have to get creative. That’s what Tioga Opportunities, Inc. was doing in 2015 when it started a three-pronged effort to connect with people who need contraceptives, health screenings, family planning education and related services. “We’re trying to meet people where they’re at,” says Marlaina Allen, family planning health educator at Tioga Opportunities.

Special Funds: Giving in Your Own Way

When you open a special fund with the Community Foundation, you chart your own course as a philanthropist. You might create the fund to honor someone you have loved or admired. You’ll focus your support on an issue that speaks to your heart, and you’ll build for the long term, assured that the good you do today will continue into the future.
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Come Together and Stay Prepared

Serve the Family, Serve the Child

The Show Goes On

Connecting to Help Neighbors in Need

Crowdsourcing Solutions for Child Care and Learning

A Grant Champion for Delaware County

Helping Kids Along

Feeding the Need for Nourishment

A Safe, Warm Interim Home

Cataloging Historical Wealth

Seniors Gain Crucial Assistance

A Splendid Year for Scholarships

Special Funds: Tailored to Meet Special Goals

A Flood of Support for Flood-Battered Communities

How Grants Add Up, and Keep Giving

Investments in the Arts Yield Happy Returns

Nature Center’s Supporters Clear a New Trail

Library Complements Archaeological Treasure House

Thriving Farmers' Market Branches Out

Grants Keep Libraries Comfortable and Safe

Putting Great Ideas into Action

Community Keeps Elders Active and In Touch

Museum Shines a Light on New Native American Masterpiece

Historic Opera House Makes Year-Round Space for the Arts

Old Water Turbine Starts Wheels Turning for New Solutions

Teens Plant, Grow, Learn and Share the Wealth

Life Comes Back to Berkshire's Community Hall

Creating Islands of Stillness - Stillwater RTF Multi-Sensory Room

A Solid Base for Fun and Fitness - Tioga County Boys & Girls Club

Young Readers Take Up the Challenge in Franklin

Helping Neighbors Get Out Into the World


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