Ontario County Foster Care and Adoption

Ontario County Foster Care and AdoptionVisit Ontario County Foster Care and Adoption at our Community Cause-Way! Their booth will have a bean bag toss, face painting, and information about their foster care and adoption programs.

Inspired by the kids, Ontario County Foster Care and Adoption looks to make a stay in foster care as comfortable as possible. Currently, Ontario County is in need of Foster Parents that will take teens and sibling groups. A great foster home can make a huge impact on our community as a whole!

Due to the heroin epidemic, many families are in need. Over the past two years, the Homefinding Team has attended every heroin forum around the county, in hopes of inspiring people to step up and become foster parents.

If you are interested in getting more involved, stop by their booth for information from the foster parents and teens in care. They then ask that you go out into the community and share their message.

More information, including how you can become a certified foster parent, is available on the Ontario County website.

Camp Get-A-Way – Changing lives one family at a time


Visit Camp Get-A-Way in our Community Cause-Way to learn more about their organization and to compete against others in a paddle ball activity!

“I volunteered 6 years ago and have been hooked ever since. I am amazed at the transformation I have seen in families in only a few short days at camp. It can be a life changing event, one that will not only strengthen the bonds in a family, but improve family communication and relieve a great deal of stress, allowing for your family to grow and flourish as never thought possible before.” – Volunteer James Thibert

What is Camp Get-A-Way?

They are a non-profit organization that provides an educational and supported camping experience for families who have a child with a Mental Health diagnosis. Over the past 12 years, hundreds of families across New York State have attended Camp Get-A-Way and felt that their families were more connected and stronger from the experience. Each family stays in their own family cabin, and participates in camp activities as a family.
Camp activities include:

  • Horseback riding
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Canoe and kayaking
  • Arts and crafts

When is Camp Get-A-Way?

Camp Get-A-Way offers three camp sessions (up to 19 families are accepted per session) at the end of August every year:

  • Aug 14-17
  • Aug 19-22
  • Aug 24-27
  • Open House on Aug 13th and Aug 18th

FB_IMG_1458853884271_resizedWhat makes Camp Get-A-Way so special?

They’re changing lives one family at a time. Camp Get-A-Way is a very unique camp in that it is extremely relaxing and educational. This camp also provides a unique opportunity to network with other parents who are struggling with similar issues with their children. Each camp session also has a representative from the New York State Office of Mental Health that can answer questions you may have about services for your child. If you are connected to a service provider that has access to flex funds, they may be able to assist in payment for this camp.

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Camp Get-A-Way was formed by a group of parents who all had children with a mental health diagnosis. These parents wanted to offer 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.

How do I get more involved with Camp Get-A-Way?

Visit their website (www.cgaw.org) for more information and to access camp applications and volunteer applications. As a not-for-profit, they gladly accept donations of food, arts and craft supplies, and (tax deductible) monetary donations.

“Thank you to all those who have made donations and continue to assist and support our camp.” – James Thibert


Canandaigua Botanical Society – Nature’s Pure Wonders

The Canandaigua Botanical Society is the second oldest society in continuous existence in the United States, dating back to 1874! The early group was composed of avid botanists who sought out and studied all types of plants growing in the local area. Today, the society is made up of individuals who have a wide range of knowledge and share a love of nature. Tulip Gilman

Message: The society has been dedicated to advancing knowledge and enjoyment of plants found in the Finger Lakes Region since 1874.

Inspirations: The great outdoors encourages members to participate in the societies’ leisurely hikes to learn the natural wonders that inhibit our region. Members strive to understand what is underfoot, overhead and all around when in the Finger Lakes Region.

Projects in WNY: The Canandaigua Botanical Society was instrumental in supporting and raising funds for the Lagoon Park Restoration Project. A vast majority of European Buckthorn was removed and replaced with native species of plants, shrubs and trees in order to restore the Lagoon Park to a habitat welcoming back native species of animals.

MAY 2014 PalMacgroupHow to Get Involved: Everyone is welcome to join the society at any events posted on their website. You do not need to be a member to attend, however members receive a printed Canandaigua Botanical Society Program Guide. Membership cost is $7 per year and $10 for couples and families. You can sign up to be a member at the festival!

What Kids Can Expect: Kids can check out a collection of pressed herbarium specimens and resources we use to identify plant species. Learn to identify poison ivy and other plants you might see in this region.

Canandaigua Emergency Squad – Keeping us Safe for 75 Years

The Canandaigua Emergency Squad will be visiting the Community Cause-Way at the festival this year, and they’re bringing some pretty cool activities along with them. We wanted to learn more about them and what to expect at the festival, so we talked to them to see what’s up!

logo3Message: The Canandaigua Emergency Squad (CES) is the busiest volunteer 911 service in Ontario County, responding to 4,000 calls each year. With over 65 volunteers and 14 full-time emergency medical technicians and paramedics, there is always help available for any medical emergency.  Operating with no tax-based support, the CES continues to provide healthcare services and education, including first aid and CPR to reduce or mitigate medical traumatic emergencies.

Inspiration: The community is what drives the passion to help people at CES. Most workers are volunteers, so these people love what they do – they love to help people.

Projects in WNY: CES recently merged with the East Bloomfield-Holcomb Fire Department, creating the East Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance Division of CES. The cost of the project relied mostly on donations and involves a lot of strategic cost-cutting to maintain. This exciting partnership hopes to act as a model for other small services to be able to maintain service in their local communities.

How to get involved: Volunteers make the difference and without their help and support, CES could not respond to the thousands of calls received each year. CES is always looking for more volunteers to be added to the roster. For more information on volunteer opportunities within the CES, visit www.canandaiguaes.org.ban01

What kids can expect: Color an ambulance that pops up and folds into a 3-D stand up figure! There will also be prizes for the best ambulance in each age group.

Stop by the Canandaigua Emergency Squad booth at the Community Cause-Way on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday July 19th at the 2015 Canandaigua Art Festival!

Upstate New York Falun Dafa Association – Bringing a Dose of Culture to CAMF

The Upstate New York Falun Dafa Association is dropping in on the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival to share their message! They also have some really cool and cultural things for the kids to do in our Community Cause-Way.

Shen Yun 2016Message: China has 5,000 years of ancient civilization, however the essence of the tradition has been lost over the years. The Upstate New York Falun Dafa Association wishes to help you to learn the history – a treasure that we can all cherish.

Inspiration: This organization hopes to help bridge the culture gap between the East and West and uses this goal to motivate them every day!

Projects in WNY: The Shen Yun performance (www..com) in the Upstate New York region including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany is presented by the Upstate New York Falun Dafa Association.

How to get Involved: Sign up for the mailing list on their website to be the first to know about upcoming events and activities.

What Kids Can Expect to Find at CAMF: The Upstate New York Falun Dafa Association will be teaching kids how to write Chinese characters and speak a few words in Mandarin!