VFW 7414 Auxiliary

The Canandaigua Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and its Auxiliary work are thrilled to return to CAMF again this year. The group works tirelessly to support local, state and national veterans programs. Their time is often spent volunteering at the local Veteran Medical Center by going in several times a month to play bingo and award cash or VA canteen books. They sponsor ice cream socials and also a summer time BBQ in August for the patients.

What inspires the group to share their message is the fact that “We are the home of the free because of the brave.” They work to support our veterans and their families everyday in Canandaigua or in the halls of our government leaders in Albany. The Canandaigua Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and its Auxiliary teach those young and old about our flag, patriotism and encourage them to say The Pledge of Allegiance. They seek to raise money to continue veteran programs through Buddy Poppy drives and donations.

They look forward to talking to the different attendees and encourage kids to come get a patriotic temporary tattoo. If you are interested in getting involved in the organization be sure to visit them at the festival’s Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday!

Friends of Ganondagan

The Friends of Ganondagan, (The Friends) was formed in 1989 to lend physical, spiritual, and financial support to Ganondagan State Historic Site. Located in Victor, New York, it is the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to Native Americans (1987), and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States.

The Friends are Native Americans and non-Natives who share a common understanding of the significance of the past at the site. The Friends of Ganondagan, Inc. envision Ganondagan State Historic Site as the internationally recognized resource for Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history, culture and living traditions that express universal ideals of peace cooperation and respect for each other and the natural world.

Friends of GanondaganTheir mission is to honor and promote Haudenosaunee history and culture and to strengthen traditions through inspirational and transformational programming and other activities at Ganondagan with special emphasis on:

  • Encouraging respect and understanding between Native Americans and non-native Americans.
  • Collaborating with NYS, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the local community to support and develop Ganondagan State Historic Site.
  • Extending values to the public that are alternatives to the popular culture.
  • Developing Native American youth and educating them in the wisdom of their elders.
  • Collaborating with other indigenous people of the world as well as with diverse religious and ethnic communities to promote the common values of peace, cooperation and respect for each other and the natural world.

Learn more about the Friends of Ganondagan at our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. They will be representing the conservation efforts on the site on Saturday with more emphasis on cultural preservation on Sunday, and providing fun activities for kids both days!

Canandaigua Emergency Squad

Canandaigua AmbCanandaigua Emergency Squad is the busiest volunteer 911 service in Ontario County, responding to 4,000 calls each year. CES has more than 65 volunteers and 14 full-time emergency medical technicians and paramedics, as well as per-diem paramedics. The Emergency Squad operates entirely without tax-based support and provides healthcare services and education, including first aid and CPR to reduce or mitigate medical traumatic emergencies, and has done so for 75 years.

CES merged with the East Bloomfield-Holcomb Fire Department last year, creating the East Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance Division of CES. The cost involved to sustain the East Bloomfield Ambulance Service, which relied entirely on community donations, was too great for the East Bloomfield-Holcomb Fire Department to fund, thus the alternative to the merger was the dissolution of the East Bloomfield Ambulance Service. The merger also creates operating efficiencies as it allows CES to minimize its fleet of ambulances and utilize the two ambulances from East Bloomfield, which saves on maintenance and service costs. On average, it costs $35,000-$40,000 a year to maintain a rig. This is an exciting partnership that may serve as a model for other small Services to be able to maintain their service in their local communities.

The constant need to help all people and serve the community inspires the organization to share their message. CES is a volunteer-driven organization and is constantly looking to recruit additional volunteers. Volunteers make the difference and without their help and support, CES could not respond to the more than 4,000 calls it receives each year. For more information on volunteer opportunities on and off the ambulance with Canandaigua Emergency Squad, visit canandaiguaes.org.

Canandaigua Emergency Squad will be in our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by their booth for more information on CES and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Kids will also be able to color ambulance cutouts and participate in fun demonstrations of proper hand washing and basic healthy tips!


Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox distribution in Uganda

Shoebox distribution in Uganda

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham, eldest son of Dr. Billy Graham.

Every day, boys and girls worldwide suffer from war, poverty, disease, and natural disaster. Since 1993, more than 135 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of a simple shoebox gift from Operation Christmas Child. Individuals, families, and children pack these boxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and it is a wonderful way for kids to help other kids. While these shoeboxes bring joy to children who have nothing, and may never have received a gift in their lives, they also open doors for presenting the love of Jesus Christ.

In 2015, the Finger Lakes West Area Team supporting churches and organizations in Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, and Ontario counties, contributed 18,418 gift shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.

Volunteers at Processing Center in Charlotte, NC

Volunteers at Processing Center in Charlotte, NC

Last year they hosted a person who had received a shoebox years ago and has now come “full circle,” by now working for Operation Christmas Child and sharing his inspiring story.

Festivalgoers have three ways to get involved with Operation Christmas Child:

Operation Christmas Child will be at our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. Visit their booth for some family-fun activities and more information about the organization.

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Breast Cancer CoalitionThe Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester will be in our Community Cause-Way on Saturday and Sunday. They are a standalone, grassroots not-for-profit serving the Finger Lakes Region of Central and Western New York. The four arms of their organization are: Support, Advocacy, Research, and Education. Their mission is to provide support to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer, to make access to information and care a priority through education and advocacy, and to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer.

Breast Cancer is a serious health problem in New York. Each year over 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and over 2,600 women die from the disease. Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer, although they make up less than 1% of those diagnosed. In New York State, about 150 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The Breast Cancer Coalition is inspired to serve as a resource for survivors so that they can navigate their breast cancer journey with the tools and support they need.

The Coalition welcomes survivors from those who are newly diagnosed, to those who count many years as a survivor. If you have heard the words “you have breast cancer,” you are not alone. Contact us at 585-473-8177 or email info@bccr.org to find the support you need. All programs and services are free.

Their offices are located in Rochester, where they offer supportive networking groups, a Healing Arts program, educational seminars, as well as Breast Cancer 101 and peer mentorship. Since launching their regional outreach project in fall of 2015, they have held six regional breast cancer survivor round tables to learn more about the needs of survivors outside of Monroe County, offered free evening educational seminars on topics ranging from nutrition after breast cancer, to chemotherapy treatment protocols, and launched two Gentle Yoga pilot programs in Western NY, with a third launch planned for fall 2016. They continue to attract regional breast cancer survivors to their mentorship program and training: Peer Advocates Lending Support, or PALS.

BCCR 2The Coalition also funds research within the region. This past spring we awarded two $50,000 grants for research – one went to Roswell Park and the other went to researchers at Cornell University.

Want to get more involved? The Coalition needs and values their volunteers! Volunteers are survivors, family members, friends, organization supporters, colleagues, students of all ages – and passionate advocates!

Interested in staffing a booth at a health fair or festival? How about greeting attendees at an evening educational seminar? Would you like to help us deliver our newsletters? Contact us 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. Have more questions? We have answers! Please call us at 585-473-8177

Visit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester at our Community Cause-Way to learn more information about the organization and how you can get involved.