Proceeds from the 2017 Chautauqua Gran Fondo to benefit the following local organizations:
The Royal Family Kids Camp is a one-week summer camp experience for children ages 7-11 who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Since 1998, the Bemus Point United Methodist Church has been participating in this national program.
The goal of the camp is to treat campers like royalty and help them see that they are part of God’s royal family. For an entire week, campers are surrounded with unconditional love and are able to experience many things that other children take for granted.
Each counselor is a volunteer who undergoes thorough background checks. Once their training has been completed, they are assigned only two campers to allow the opportunity for the formation of an extra tight camper-counselor bond.
Each day is filled with fun activities, such as swimming, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor games, slip-n-slide, fishing and hiking. Last year the campers went up in a tethered hot air balloon, watched an illusionist, had a petting zoo and enjoyed a bounce house. Each night ends with story time with “grandma” or “grandpa” and the campers get tucked into bed.
The Royal Family Kids Camp is run on donations from area churches, individuals, organizations and businesses.
For more information on opportunities with our local Royal Family Kids Camp, please visit: BemusPoint.RoyalFamilyKids.org
The KidneyConnection is a site for potential living kidney donors and people in need on local kidney donation waiting list to communicate. Over the past two years, this type of venue has been the meeting place for donors and recipients across the country. We hope that this site will help our neighbors and friends make that connection and that more people will be able to give and receive the gift of life.
We started as the Western New York Kidney Connection and in this area we have seen wonderful, heart touching connections made between persons suffering with kidney disease and either complete strangers or acquaintances who were unaware of their need for a kidney. In every case the the donor and the recipient both found joy and fulfillment in the experience.
We are now branching out, with an Albany Kidney Connection and a Northwest Pennsylvania Kidney Connection. We hope to continue to be able to offer this opportunity to more and more locations as the word travels.
For more information, please visit the WNY Kidney Connection online at Kidneyconnection.org/wpkidney
Created to help local Veterans in need, the Veteran’s Endowment Fund helps by providing a loan of up to $500. There is no interest on the loan and no time period for repayment. If a Veteran repays their loan, they can reapply as needed. Veterans have used the fund to pay for medications, pay rent, travel to out of state medical appointments, repair vehicles, and more.
The Veterans Endowment Fund is administered by the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency and the managed by the Community Foundation.
For more information, please visit the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency on Facebook.
Are you a local non-profit organization? Join our Corporate Challenge! The team that raises the most dollars will receive recognition onstage and the opportunity to select one of the charities for next year’s event. For details: ChautauquaGranFondo.com/Teams