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MCT Grant Recipients

4-H Camp Bristol Hills

Project:  Healthy Cooking, Healthy Lifestyles at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills
4-H Camp Bristol Hills received funding for the Healthy Cooking, Healthy Lifestyles program. The program provides modern nutrition education in an age-appropriate format. Campers learn how food choices impact both physical and mental health; as well as which nutrients and types of foods are harmful in large amounts versus healthful. The campers learn the differences between whole and processed foods through participating in two interactive learning activities. With direct guidance from a professional chef, campers will explore the range of healthy cooking skills from menu planning, food safety, food preparation, and presentation.

Bristol Volunteer Fire Department

Project:  Renovation/Remodeling of Training/Meeting Room
The Bristol Volunteer Fire Department will use MCT grant funding to renovate/remodel their training/meeting room. The room is used when the Fire Department is on stand-by, for county-wide EMT and CFR classes, by 4-H, Boy Scout groups, Bristol Harmony Circle and occasionally the Town Board. In the event of a community-wide emergency, Station One is also used as command central.

Canandaigua Comfort Care Home, Inc.

Project:  Replacement of Refrigerator
Canandaigua Comfort Care received funding to replace their refrigerator.

Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Project: LGBTQ Support and Resource Center
Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes received funding to help furnish a new Support and Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and adults in our community. The ultimate goal is to provide a warm, relaxed, welcoming and safe space for individuals and families, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; and to promote a more inclusive community by educating, advocating, and celebrating the region’s LGBTQ community.

Geneseo Parish Outreach Center

Project:  Oral Health Initiative
The Oral Health Initiative received funding to improve the oral health of the Parish Outreach Center’s clients. Few, if any, of the clients have dental insurance and most cannot afford routine dental care. Funding will be used for oral exams, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and other dental services which are offered at a discount by partnering dental professionals. Clients are asked to donate back 50% of the funding they received, when and if they are able, to help future clients. No one is ever turned away.

NYSARC, Inc. Ontario County Chapter

Project:  TAGteach Advanced Workshop
NYSARC, Inc. Ontario County Chapter received funding for TAGteach, a revolutionary new way of teaching children who are on the autism spectrum. TAGteach breaks down tasks into smaller pieces making it easier for the learner to achieve desired results. MCT grant funding will support a two-day workshop to the area is to give parents, school personnel, clinicians, trainers, coaches, and behavioral therapists the opportunity to learn how to implement TAGteach and learn its benefits.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park

Project:  Children’s Community Garden
The MCT grant will help Sonnenberg acquire vegetable seeds, plant material, and fertilizer for the Children’s Community Garden. All the food grown in the garden is donated to Gleaners Community Kitchen, a local food kitchen, to meet the 90 meals per day provided to those in need in our community. In the garden’s first two seasons, over 2400 pounds of fresh produce has been shared.

The Partnership for Ontario County

Project:  General Support of Operations
The Ontario County Youth Court, a program administered by The Partnership for Ontario County, Inc., will use the MCT grant award to collaborate, establish and enhance a partnership with a local counseling service agency. This partnership will serve first-time youthful offenders with solution-focused brief therapy counseling.

Thrive to Survive Organization, Inc.

Project:  Thrive to Survive Program
MCT grant funding will be used to enhance support groups for adults diagnosed and being treated for cancer who are living in Geneva, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Clifton Springs, Phelps, Dundee, and Penn Yan.

UR Medicine Home Care

Project:  UR Medicine Home Care
UR Medicine Home Care received MCT funding for an evening education program aimed specifically at the adult children, spouses and partners, or friends, who have taken on, or anticipate taking on, a caregiver’s role for a person who may need palliative or hospice care.

Zion Fellowship Church

Project: Free Smile Day
Free Smile Day is a one-day event where area dental professionals provide free dental care to anyone who lives in Ontario County and cannot afford it on their own. More than 14 dentists, 25 hygienists and over 100 community members will volunteer their time. MCT funding helps cover the costs associated with the event.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Project: Children's Community Garden - Therapeutic Work Bench
The Children’s Community Garden at Sonnenberg was built in 2014 and is a wheelchair accessible area. Sonnenberg encourages integration and hosts students, ARC life skills students, as well as anyone in the general community with mobility challenges. However, the Children’s Community Garden is not wheelchair accessible for potting, retrieving water or harvesting plants. With MCT funding, the Garden will build three therapeutic work benches to serve all populations who wish to participate.

The Partnership for Ontario County

Project: My Outcomes Counselling Initiative
Partnership for Ontario County runs four Family Support Centers that provides counseling to youth and families within four Ontario County School districts. MCT grant funding will help purchase four subscriptions and one training package for the My Outcomes Application, a web-based program that tracks desired outcomes and goals of the individual and/or families who receive counseling. This tool will streamline the data collection as well as allow more time in counseling for the individual/family.

Canandaigua Emergency Squad

Project: Community CPR
Canandaigua Emergency Squad (CES) will offer more Heart Saver CPR classes to Canandaigua area residents with MCT grant funding. CES’s goal is to educate and certify as many people in the greater Canandaigua area in CPR as possible to increase the potential for lives to be saved.

Zion Fellowship Church

Project: Supply A Smile
Supply A Smile is a community outreach program offering free dental care for those without access to dental insurance. Supply A Smile partners with local dentist and hygienists who donate their time. With MCT grant funding, the program will purchase dentures, partials, crowns and other supplies for those with missing or extracted teeth.

4-H Camp Bristol Hills

Project: Healthy Cooking, Healthy Lifestyles
4-H Camp Bristol Hills is committed to bringing campers a program that focuses on wellness and positive body acceptance. MCT grant funding will support the Healthy Cooking, Healthy Lifestyles program that will provide nutrition education and teach kids how to prepare healthy snacks and meals. Instructors from the New York Wine & Culinary Center facilitate hands-on cooking experiences while educators from UR Medicine’s Thompson Health deliver healthy lifestyle information.

Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Chapter 1

Project: Resocialization and Healthy Activities
Blue Star Mothers of America is a program that supports veterans and their families with reintegrating back into their communities without judgment or stigma. The MCT grant will help create the Victory Garden and provide additional food for weekly dinners. This project will provide and promote healthy food, but it will also provide a judgment-free support system, meaningful activity, and overall resocialization skills for veterans who have recently returned home from deployment.

Canandaigua Comfort Care Home, Inc. (Light Hill)

Project: 3B Scientific® Patient Care Manikin, I
Canandaigua Comfort Care Home provides a loving, compassionate and peaceful home for the terminally ill. MCT grant funding will allow for the purchase a life-like manikin to assist in the training of volunteers (and family members, if desired) who are providing care to residents. The teaching manikin allows volunteers the opportunity to practice and develop skills and become comfortable in performing personal care which will directly impact the resident’s overall health, well-being, and dignity.

Canandaigua Family YMCA

Project: Revitalization of the Community Healthy Eating / Learning Space
The community kitchen space at the YMCA is focused on teaching healthy food options and healthy eating habits to children of all ages. The space is in need of updates. MCT grant funding will help cover the costs for new flooring, a sink, and counter tops.

Child and Family Resources, Inc.

Project: Baby Café
Baby Café is a program in Canandaigua that is a resource to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It is a relaxed and informal environment where mothers can meet other mothers, share breastfeeding experiences and receive help from trained staff and community volunteers. The cafe offers refreshments, comfortable seating, a play area for toddlers, and an open forum. MCT funding will cover refreshments, nursing supplies, breastfeeding materials, printing needs for outreach and marketing. In addition, the funding will contribute to a portion of the cost of the space. This project will help approximately 20 women overcome challenges with breastfeeding through support and guidance.

Gleaners Community Kitchen

Project: Youth Garden Project
The mission of Gleaners Community Kitchen is to feed the hungry within Ontario and Yates counties. The project will use its MCT funding for a Youth Garden that teaches youth how to garden - prepare the soil, plant seeds, weed, and harvest the crops. The funds will help purchase rain barrels, soil, seeds and plants, general gardening tools and supplies, consultants, and a celebration for the youth at the end of the project. The 30-35 youth involved will learn valuable job readiness skills and learn about ecology as well as how to grow and prepare their own food. They will develop an understanding of how the earth can provide abundance. Vegetables and herbs will be used in meal preparation for approximately 60 Gleaners’ clients.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Project: Let the Children Plant
Sonnenberg’s MCT grant will offer local middle school students an opportunity to participate in an outdoor field trip on the grounds of their 20-acre arboretum. Students will learn basic tree identification skills, see some very unique trees, and participate in a restoration planting project within the arboretum. The planting project will also teach the students proper planting techniques and the types of soil and compost to use.

The American Red Cross

Project:  Services to the Armed Forces Comfort Kits and Resource Guides
The Canandaigua office of the Red Cross strives to improve the emotional and physical well-being of local veterans. The MCT funding will provide Comfort Care Kits consisting of robes, slippers and toiletries to local veterans at the VA Medical Center. The kits will be assembled and distributed by Red Cross volunteers.

Finger Lakes Area Community Endowment – Budding Readers

Project: Kindergarten & UPK Books
Budding Readers’ mission is to educate, encourage and equip parents in Ontario County to read with their infants and young children as a natural part of their daily routine. MCT funds will help gift a new, age-appropriate book to each entering kindergarten and UPK child in the seven school districts FLACE serves. By doing so, they hope this will start each child’s school experience with a book that will be enjoyed and treasured by them and their families.

Naples Little Bunch

Project: Window Replacement and Kitchen Repair
Since 1975, Naples Little Bunch has operated as a parent co-operative preschool to offer our community a quality preschool curriculum with an emphasis on self-confidence, exploration, creativity and fun. To ensure a safe environment for the children, MCT funding will help cover some of the cost of replacing windows and repairing plumbing and water-damaged cabinets in the kitchen area.

Partnership for Ontario County

Project: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
The mission of the Partnership for Ontario County is to create, support and administer alliances to cultivate positive social change. MCT funding will teach adult first aid responders to recognize mental health symptoms and how to guide the individual to seek professional help. The goal is to train adult populations who work with youth to become certified as Mental Health First Aid Responders.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Project:  Educational Community Vegetable Garden
Sonnenberg’s Educational Community Vegetable Garden is designed to help children and young adults understand how to grow a vegetable garden. The MCT support will assist in providing wheelchair-accessible gardening work stations and interactive games.

Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes

Project:  Domestic Violence Community Awareness and Panel Discussion
The mission of FCS is to provide professional counseling and supportive services to individuals, children and families to improve the quality of life at home and in the community. Domestic violence is a significant problem in our area and MCT funding will be used to increase the community’s awareness of domestic violence and bridge resources impacting those in immediate need. FCS will host a community event that will include an educational video followed by a panel discussion to start the conversation about domestic violence.

NYSARC, Inc. Ontario County Chapter

Project: 2015 Aging Symposium - The End of Life Journey
Ontario ARC is hosting a one-day Aging Symposium to review the components involved in advanced care directives for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Experts in the area of guardianship, advanced care planning and mental hygiene legal services will present information on how best to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the end-of-life process. MCT will help cover the cost of this important community event.

The Salvation Army

Project:  Ga-ga Pit
The Canandaigua Corps will use MCT grant funding to install a Ga-ga pit. Ga-ga ("touch-touch" in Hebrew), is a variant of dodge ball that is played with one ball. The game can be played by a group as well as in one-on-one matches. The project encourages outdoor activity for youth in the community, thereby helping with physical health, social interaction and sportsmanship, which will benefit those youth not only today, but for a lifetime.

Thompson Health

Project:  Community Supported Agriculture program
Thompson’s on-site Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program is available to all employees, but the cost is prohibitive to many. MCT grant funding will provide access to healthy produce up to 20 associates in financial need at reduced or at no cost.

Canandaigua Comfort Care, Inc.

Project:  ErgoNurse
The Canandaigua Comfort Care is a local hospice home that provides compassion and support to individuals dealing with a terminal illness and their families. This MCT grant will help purchase an ErgoNurse repositioning system. This piece of equipment will improve the health, well-being and the quality of life of residents, their guests and volunteers during end-of-life care.

Canandaigua Family YMCA

Project:  AED Acquisition
The MCT grant funding will purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) that will be located directly in the Wellness Center for immediate access to members using cardio, free weights, and circuit equipment.

Canandaigua Police Department

Project: Purchasing AED
The Canandaigua Police Department currently is equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in each patrol car and since the inception of the Public Access Defibrillation Program, they have responded to over 1,300 requests to respond to cardiac incidents. Four of these AEDs are outdated and need to be replaced. MCT grant funding will help cover the cost to replace these AEDs.

Support Group for Parkinson’s Disease

Project:  General Support of Operations
MCT funding will support the cost of 10 monthly group meetings that will include guest speakers, an annual picnic and a holiday luncheon for approximately 100 members. This group helps those with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers deal with this chronic and progressive illness, and provides opportunities to meet others with the disease and share ideas.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office

Project: Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver is a law enforcement-based tracking program that assists in locating those who are prone to wander, such as dementia patients or those with intellectual disabilities like autism. MCT grant funding will assist with purchasing a receiver that is placed in a general location and transmitter bracelets that at-risk clients will wear. If the client is missing, the bracelet will emit a signal to the receiver that will help police locate the individual. The Project Lifesaver program decreases the search time for those who have wandered from hours or days to just minutes.

Partnership for Ontario County

Project:  Believe Collaborative Conference
MCT funding will help fund the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes, Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes, Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, and the Ontario County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, all part of the Partnership for Ontario County, to create an educational conference for professionals and community members. The conference will provide pertinent, applicable and current information and education regarding child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault to professionals and community members.

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  • October 1


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