This organization provides academic help through
tutoring and mentoring of elementary and middle
school children who are performing below grade level
in the Ithaca City School District. It is unique in that
the volunteers providing the assistance stay connected
with the students through several years. A grant of
$5,000 was awarded to assist in funding the growing
CLOSE TO HOME PRODUCTIONS:
Constance Cook, an Ithaca resident, spent 14 years in
the New York State Assembly representing Tompkins
County at a time when there were only two other women
representatives. She pioneered legislation concerning
broad-based public control of education and the
decriminalization of abortion. $5,000 was contributed for
the production of a half-hour documentary on her life.
Programs of the YMCA are made available to all
county residents, regardless of their financial capability,
through the establishment and management of a
scholarship fund. The 2013 scholarship fund was
augmented with a $5,000 grant award.
Theatre management defined a need to update
software that will enhance fund raising and donor
management and additional needs for lighting
and sound equipment that will lower year round
operational costs. $9,000 was awarded to be used to
assist in the accomplishment of these needs.
Significant Elements, a division of Historic Ithaca operates a
building materials reuse operation that includes job training
for low-income youth. As this operation has grown, the
need for a larger vehicle to pick-up and deliver donated waste
building materials was defined. $5,000 was awarded to assist
in the purchase of a 12í box truck with lift.
PALEONTOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTION:
In 2013 PRI initiated a fund raising campaign titled
Rock the Future: Inspiring the Earth Scientists of
Tomorrow. It encompasses several initiatives to
introduce young children to earth science concepts and
teach the public about climate change and its impact
on our planet. $7,500 was awarded to partially fund
the "Our Dynamic Climate" portion of the campaign.
The Curiosity Corner, a renovation and expansion of the
existing early childhood space is planned as part of the
construction of the Family Learning Area at the center. It will
provide well-researched activities for parents and children to
do together. An award of $20,000 to be paid over two years
was made for this project.
The Kids Discover the Trail! Program is planned to be
expanded in the 2013-2014 school year to include one grade
level from each of the Dryden, Groton, Lansing, and Newfield
school districts. $5,000 was awarded to contribute to the
AMERICAN RED CROSS:
The Collegiate Leadership Institute of the Red Cross provides
specialized training to selected college and university students
in Red Cross core services, leadership development and
International Humanitarian Law. $3,000 was contributed to
assist the funding of the institute session, the first of its kind in
Central New York State.