Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester first participated in the festival in the Community Causeway last year, and they are thrilled to come back this year. Staff and volunteers had a great time! The Coalition is looking forward to connecting with even more breast cancer and gynecologic cancer survivors this year. They are very excited to update visitors on their regional programs and activities. Unique to the festival this year, they are piloting a Mindfulness and Meditation program for survivors in Canandaigua for four weeks this summer! Stop by their table to learn more about this.

The group is a standalone, grassroots not-for-profit formed in 1997 that serves the Finger Lakes Region of Central and Western New York. They offer programs for breast cancer survivors and gynecologic cancer survivors. Their survivor community consists of those who are newly diagnosed, and those who count many years as a survivor. They offer supportive programs, peer mentorship, educational seminars, Healing Arts programs, and more. All of their programs and services are free!

The Coalition has helped hundreds of women (and men) who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Their experience and knowledge has led them to create a space where those who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer – or gynecologic cancer – can come for support and education, to learn about issues impacting the survivor community, and to participate in events and advocacy. They want to let all survivors know you are not alone.

The Coalition also funds research within the region. The Coalition’s Research Initiative has awarded more than $700,000 to area researchers since 2003. Most recently, the Coalition awarded a $50,000 breast cancer research grant to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a $25,000 Pre/Postdoctoral grant to the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University.

Their volunteers are highly valued to the group by bringing education and support to those living in the aftermath of a breast cancer or gynecologic cancer diagnosis. They can’t do their work without their support! Volunteers consist of survivors, family members, friends, organization supporters, and colleagues. We have volunteers of different ages and talents. The group encourages those interested to stop by and ask how they can get involved!

The Coalition would love to talk to survivors and supporters about how they can get involved! Contact them at the festival to request a volunteer application and to learn more. For those interested in volunteering in Monroe County, contact Lori Meath at lori@bccr.org. For those interested in volunteering in counties outside of Monroe, please contact Tracy Brown at tracy@bccr.org. For any additional questions call 585-473-8177. The group can’t wait to talk with you at the festival!

Ontario County Foster Care and Adoption

Ontario County Foster Care and Adoption is very excited to come back to the CAMF for the fourth consecutive year. The group loves the outreach with the community and making people aware of the need for good foster parents. They look forward to educating people on the need for foster parents, especially for teens.

The group emphasizes how you can make a difference in the life of a child. You don’t have to be perfect, just compassionate. They have seen countless children’s lives change for the better with a good foster home that loves them unconditionally.

Ontario County Foster Care and Adoption has participated in the Canandaigua 4th of July Parade as well as the Ontario County Fair. They have a good support system for foster parents and a therapist-run support group. A 24/7 on- call system is available for all families to help them through the process.

For those interested in getting more involved in the organization you can call the agency to get your name on a list for prospective foster parents, attend an informational meeting or come to a pre-certification class to see if foster parenting is right for your family. Visit them on Saturday and Sunday at the Community Cause-Way.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, hopes to distribute 12 million gift-filled shoe boxes this year to children in war-torn, poverty-stricken countries throughout the world. Since 1993, more than 146 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of a simple shoe box gift from Operation Christmas Child. These gifts of hope become possible because ordinary people take the time to fill simple shoe boxes with toys, hygiene items, and school supplies that enable many children to attend school. Hundreds of true stories about children learning about the love of Christ, and sharing that love with families and their communities, inspire the volunteers every year.

As a returning organization to the Festival’s Community Cause-Way, they look forward to connecting with festival goers at this eclectic event and sharing their enthusiasm about Operation Christmas Child.

The Finger Lakes West Area of Operation Christmas Child also participates in the Palmyra Canal Days and Hobby Lobby events. Their “Journey of a Lifetime” at Long Acres Farm in Macedon on September 30, and at Lakeshore Church in North Greece on October 14, will lead visitors through a shoe box’s journey from home in the USA to a child in a faraway land.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child and how to get involved, visit:

Camp Get-A-Way

Last year was Camp Get-A-Way’s first year at the festival and after an overwhelming amount of people learned about the camp, they’re thrilled to return for another year. Being able to set up next to other non-profits allows festival goers to get lots of information about agencies that do an immense amount of work for the community.

Their Mission

Camp Get-A-Way is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mission of strengthening and supporting families of children having an emotional, behavioral, or mental illness.

Their Vision

  • Offer whole family opportunities for recreational and skill building activities while living with a child with an emotional, behavioral, or mental illness disability.
  • Offer families the chance to rediscover the joy of being a family without the worry of discrimination or the stigma associated with mental health issues.
  • Allow parents to connect with and support other parents faced with similar challenges.

About the Camp

Camp Get-A-Way offers families in New York State the opportunity to participate in recreational and skill-building activities in a traditional summer camp environment. These activities help them rediscover the joy of being a family and teach them to better communicate with each other, without worry of discrimination or the stigma of being associated with mental health issues. The concept for camp was developed by parents living in the Western New York area.

Having a family member with a mental health diagnosis can be extremely stressful for an entire family, and going out to public events, dealing with the stigma and misconceptions associated with those who have a mental health diagnosis is overwhelming at times. Camp Get-A-Way offers families with the opportunity to experience the joys of a family bonding camping trip.

A 6-year volunteer for the camp mentions seeing firsthand the significant, noticeable,  and positive change in the families served.  Family activities include swimming, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, and family games. Each family stays in their own cabin and all meals are provided. Representatives from the NY State Office of Mental Health are also on hand to provide information and to answer questions family members may have about NY State policies and mental health services in the New York area. It is a positive life changing experience for the families that attend.

For more information please visit: CGAW.org

Ontario County Fair

Stop out to the Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday to meet with local non-profits and community organizations, including the Ontario County Fair. 

The 2017 Fair Queen will be at their booth talking about the County Agricultural Fair, which runs July 25 – July 29, 2017. Meet with her to learn about this year’s fair and enter to win a free weekly passes to the fair. And while you’re there, create a fork art masterpiece!

The mission of the Ontario County Fair is to provide a leading venue for showcasing Ontario County Agriculture, heritage and businesses that a “#1 agricultural county to live in” has to offer. Ontario County Fair will cultivate the next generation by providing programs that promote positive youth development and community education. Foster and grow our connection with Ontario County products along with offering wholesome family entertainment.