Organizations anxious for Warren Gives

Two local organizations are looking forward to the new fundraising initiative through the Community Foundation of Warren County.

The Community Foundation of Warren County, along with Defrees Family Memorial Fund and the Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund have come together with a $25,000 match to be distributed proportionally among the organizations at the end of the event.

Bob Klebacha of Bollinger Enterprises, Inc., (BEi) said the fundraiser is a new opportunity to raise charitable contributions to offer more opportunities for individuals with disabilities served by the employment, vocation rehabilitation and community support programs of BEi.

Some of the funds raised will be used to modernize and improve facilities where BEi services are provided, such as new and innovative programs to meet the needs of people served by BEi like the Life Skills Program which teaches independent living skills and community resources usage using an apartment at the Conewango Towers in Warren as the base of training operations; as well as restroom facilities in the Bollinger Building at BEi’s North Warren complex.

“Warren Gives is important because BEi does not have an annual fundraising campaign,” Klebacha said. “Warren Gives provides an opportunity to establish such a campaign that has the added incentive of matching funds from the local foundations to enhance donations. The combined effort of all nonprofit organizations involved as well as that of the foundations is a great platform to reach out to the entire Warren County community not only for the purposes of raising funds but to also educate and inform the public about the agencies and organizations that are an important and vital part of the infrastructure of Warren County.”

Warren Gives will also allow Russell United Methodist Church to continue funding several outreach programs, such as the home improvement ministry The Hands of the Carpenter; Cozy Quilts Ministry which works to provide comfort to those suffering with cancer; and the Shawl Ministry that serves members of the community suffering from a myriad of health issues.

“We have also been the meeting place for several community groups including Boy and Girl Scouts, Alcoholics Anonymous and many others. In an effort to better serve all these needs, we have been on a mission to add handicap accessibility, and improved banquet and meeting facilities,” Don Nelson of Russell United Methodist Church said. “We are now on the brink of finishing the drawings and securing financing for the construction of our new ministry center, which we believe will be an even greater asset to our church, ministry and the community.”

Warren Gives offers the collective effort of all groups involved combined with the tools and direction of the Community Foundation should allow for additional funds to be raised as well as the awareness of programs offered by Russell United Methodist Church, Nelson said. Russell United Methodist Church is looking to raise at least $3,000 for its programs.

Warren Gives is a twelve-hour online donation event hosted by the Community Foundation of Warren County. On May 8 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., the website will be open for donors to give to their favorite charities. The Community Foundation, along with the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund and the Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund have come together with a $25,000 match to be distributed proportionally among the organizations at the end of the event.

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