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Rural Outreach Center Wins SOPHi Award for Community Impact

Rural Outreach Center Wins SOPHi Award for Community Impact

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting, empowering and elevating the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas, received a SOPHi Award for Community Impact on Oct. 13 from the Population Health Collaborative. The awards ceremony was held at Buffalo RiverWorks.

The Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) event is an annual celebration of organizations across the eight counties of Western New York that focus on population health. Through the awards ceremony, Population Health Collaborative hopes to educate the local community about the great work being done around the region and possibly create new collaborations.

Land Conservancy Seeks Donations to Create Owens Falls Trails System

Land Conservancy Seeks Donations to Create Owens Falls Trails System

The Western New York Land Conservancy needs help from the community to complete a walking trail system at their newest preserve, The Owens Falls Sanctuary. The trail was designed by nationally-renowned firm Tahawus Trails. With two beautiful waterfalls, a deep ravine and acres of mature forest, the sanctuary is incredibly ecologically important. The Land Conservancy needs to raise at least another $25,000 by Nov. 15 to create the first section of the walking trail system so the preserve can be opened to the public as soon as possible.

Audubon Updates Facilities With Community Support

Audubon Updates Facilities With Community Support

Jamestown, NY – Audubon Community Nature Center is grateful to several groups for some facilities updates that were seriously needed.

The Maintenance Building, which turned 20 years old this year, was in need of a new roof. This project was made possible by a grant from the Edwin L. Danielson Community Service Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Furnaces and air conditioners that were installed over 25 years ago also needed to be replaced. Several improvements, including upgrading HVAC ductwork, are being accomplished thanks to the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the Lenna Foundation, and the Northern Allegheny Conservation Association.

Audubon’s October 21 Auction Features Unusual Opportunities

Audubon’s October 21 Auction Features Unusual Opportunities

Jamestown, N.Y. – Distinctive dining, professional sports, outdoor adventures, delightful handcrafted items – if any of these sound appealing, you won’t want to miss OctoberFEAST, Audubon Community Nature Center’s annual dinner and auction.

This year’s evening of fun, friendship, and giving will be Saturday, October 21, at the Nature Center.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for viewing live auction prizes, bidding on the silent auction, and visiting the cash bar.

During the six o’clock hour will be a delicious dinner that is sure to please vegans and omnivores alike.  As new specials are delivered to tapas food stations, you can eat as you wander throughout the building or fill your plate and take a comfy seat where you can enjoy the gorgeous fall scenery.

Jovial banter between the two board member auctioneers, John Beard and Nate Welker, guarantee an entertaining live auction from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours, Installs New Board Members

Audubon Community Nature Center Recognizes Thousands of Volunteer Hours, Installs New Board Members

Jamestown, NY – “The History Begins With You” was the theme for the Annual Dinner and Volunteer Recognition that celebrated Audubon Community Nature Center’s 60th anniversary year. 

The event opened with a social time in the Fireplace Room followed by a delicious buffet dinner featuring food locally produced and prepared by 3 C’s Catering.

President Ruth Lundin shared a Year in Review that described the positive energy generated by the new brand, strong finances, and grounds in the best shape ever. Initiatives of the last three years have brought new programming and increased visibility, expanding Audubon’s efforts in Warren, northern Chautauqua County, and Randolph, and working with Jamestown Public Schools on programs for the new Universal Pre-Kindergarten for 3 year olds (UPK3). The exciting news for next year is the addition of another educator who will assist with the expanded school programming, special events, and public programming.

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

BBB’s Secure Your ID Day coming soon; free paper shredding and identity theft prevention advice and

Identity theft is still a major problem in the United States. Over 15 million U.S. consumers lost $16 billion in 2016, compared with $15.3 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. In the past six years, ID thieves have stolen over $107 billion.

To help combat ID theft and educate the public on best practices to secure personal information, Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, Shred-It, AT&T, Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, and West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – noon across Upstate New York (Western New York, Rochester, and Central New York). 

The free community shredding events in Western New York will be held at Tops Friendly Markets at 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca and 3865 Union Road (corner of George Urban Blvd.), Cheektowaga in the parking lots.

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

Annual ROCtober Event to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting rural poverty, will host its fourth annual “ROCtober” event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora.

The event will feature food by Elm Street Bakery, wine provided by Reed’s Wines and Liquors, beer, music by Doug Yeomans, and a custom-made cherry coffee table handcrafted by local artisan Jim Conell-Cordes and valued at $2,800. Raffle tickets for the coffee table are available for $10 each or three for $25. The drawing will take place the night of the event.