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ROC ’n to Spring to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

ROC ’n to Spring to Benefit Rural Outreach Center

 

ROC ’n to Spring, an event to benefit the nonprofit Rural Outreach Center (ROC), will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora. The ROC serves the rural poor in southern Erie County, working with individuals and families to help them become self-sustaining.

Local AT&T Employees Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

Local AT&T Employees Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

More than 4,500 AT&T employees nationwide received the President’s Volunteer Service Award including four locally

 

AT&T is proud to recognize that Benjamin Roberts, Lori Valenti, Daniel O’Brien, and Michael Huber of Western New York, along with the 4,512 employees nationwide, who are being honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for giving their time to better the communities around them.

Annunciation Parish to Host Sacred Journeys Series

Annunciation Parish to Host Sacred Journeys Series

 

Sacred Journeys, a four-part series with conversations on spirituality, common bonds, forgiveness and ecumenical dialogue, will take place in Selbert Hall at Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.

The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, with “Inclusive Spirituality” with Rev. Thomas Colgan, a professor at Canisius College. A relaxed evening of conversation, prayer and refreshments, Fr. Colgan will talk about interacting with people of faith traditions that are very different from the Christian experience. 

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board cosponsored a Farmland Protection Roundtable on April 8 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in East Aurora. Nearly 100 people from five counties in Western New York came to investigate the different tools that can be used to protect farmland. 

Hull House Restoration Group Plans Mother's Day Tea

Members of the Hull Family Home and Farmstead restoration committee will hold a Mother's Day Tea on Saturday, May 9, in the group's Victorian tea house, 5962 Genesee St., Lancaster.

Seatings will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Hull House will be open for guest tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will feature sandwiches and desserts served by volunteers in period clothing, and proceeds will benefit the circa-1810 Hull House restoration project.

Admission will be $20 per adult and $10 per child younger than 10.

For reservations, call 741-7032.

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for 91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for  91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal Tuesday, March 31, revealing $8,546,086.80  has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2015.
    
Today’s total represents 78.4 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly behind last year at this time when 82.3 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61sites throughout the eight-county region, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.9 million.
    

Woman Collecting for Care Packages for Homeless

A local woman is collecting items for the homeless to honor her nephew who passed away last spring.

Melissa Frawley created the event Care Packages for Buffalo’s Homeless and will collect items until April 17, which marks the first anniversary of the death of her nephew, Daniel Frawley, 27, a Tonawanda native who was helping the homeless in Kansas at the time of his death.

“I am on a mission to carry on his mission to help others and to preserve his memory,” Melissa Frawley said.

Men’s care packages can be sponsored for $5.58, while women’s can be sponsored for $6.70. To fill out packages, donations also are welcome, including bottled water, toothpaste, deodorant, cereal, raisins, granola bars, wet wipes and men’s and women’s socks.

Donations will be delivered to the Code Blue Relief Mission, Harbor House Drop-in Center and VA Healthcare for Homeless Program.