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Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora hopes to spread some holiday spirit this Christmas season by asking local individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family and help make their holidays a little brighter. 

“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts this holiday season will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process. Virtually all participants in the program readily agree to do this as they too want to help others in some way. We call it the ‘pay-it-forward’ portion of the program.”

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen College has received an unprecedented $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation to support the institution’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, making it the largest private gift in the college’s nearly 70-year history.

In honor of this historic gift to the college, the center has officially been renamed the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement.

“Robust civic engagement contributes to many positive social outcomes, so it is my honor and privilege to support Daemen College as it prepares students to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in society,” said Saffrin.

New Jobs Come to Elma; Reliant Capital Solutions Hosting Open Interviews

New Jobs Come to Elma; Reliant Capital Solutions Hosting Open Interviews

Reliant Capital Solutions, LLC has been in business for over 10 years specializing in higher education collections. As a result of superior performance and a stellar reputation in the industry, Reliant was fortunate to have been awarded a direct contract with the U.S. Department of Education. Reliant has now expanded its presence to the Elma area. The new site is located at 2711 Transit Road, Suite 121. There are currently 50 full-time positions available.

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing. 

Audubon Community Nature Center Unveils New Sign and New Name

Audubon Community Nature Center Unveils New Sign and New Name

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) began its 60th anniversary year with all things new: a new name, newly defined mission, vision, and belief statements, and new slogan, graphics, and website.

The change was celebrated with the recent unveiling of a new sign at its entrance on Riverside Road, one-quarter miles east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

President Ruth Lundin addressed the assembled group. She noted that for the last ten years, the Nature Center staff and Board of Directors have been thinking that the name and the logo did not do justice to its wide range of exhibits, events, and programming. Despite focus groups, surveys, and questionnaires, including both members and strangers, “The crystal ball remained murky. We were not interested in taking a new direction but in clarifying the essence of what we provide.”

Daemen Opens Alumni House, Adds Campus Parking Lot and Footbridge

Daemen Opens Alumni House, Adds Campus Parking Lot and Footbridge

Daemen College has opened the doors to its newest addition to campus, Alumni House, which will serve as a central hub for the Office of Institutional Advancement’s fundraising, alumni relations, and publications operations.

Once Daemen’s presidential residence, Alumni House sits in a wooded area on campus directly adjacent to the college’s recently opened Honors House. The two-story facility has been reconfigured to include nine offices, meeting and event space for small gatherings, and a reception area.

“For the first time, our institutional advancement team will be centralized in the same building, which will provide for better access and greater collaboration among these key offices,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “Alumni House is a welcoming place where we can engage with our graduates, donors, visitors, and the campus community throughout the year.”

Daemen Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Daemen Receives National Recognition for Community Service

For the eighth consecutive year, Daemen College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to the community, service learning, and civic engagement.

The national honor recognizes higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Daemen is one of only four institutions in the Buffalo Niagara region and among 35 colleges and universities across New York State to receive this national distinction in the 2015 general community service category.