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NOCO Express customers donate more than $13,000 to Salvation Army

NOCO Express customers donate more than $13,000 to Salvation Army
During this season of giving, NOCO Express customers donated $13,541 to support The Salvation Army Buffalo Area Services. Throughout the month of November, paper kettles were sold for $1 each at all NOCO Express’ 36 locations to benefit The Salvation Army.

 

“Once again our customers and community showed their generosity to support those in need in Western New York this holiday season,” said Jim DeFilippis, vice president and general manager, NOCO Express. “In the two years we have conducted this November campaign, more than $26,000 has been donated to our local Salvation Army.”

 

Daemen Earns Two National Military Friendly Distinctions

Daemen Earns Two National Military Friendly Distinctions

Daemen College has been recognized as one of the top military friendly and veteran supportive institutions in the country in two newly released national rankings.

For the eighth consecutive year, Daemen has been selected by Victory Media as a Military Friendly School, which is awarded to top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country for doing the most to embrace student veterans and have dedicated resources to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond graduation.

Daemen has also been named a top school in the 2017 Military Advanced Education and Transition Guide to Colleges and Universities that measures best practices in military and veteran education.

MQA Students Turn STREAM Fundraising Into a Fun Community Project

MQA Students Turn STREAM Fundraising Into a Fun Community Project

Students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga love their special STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, Math) classes and the hands-on learning associated with the program. From Kitchen Chem and Arcade Academy to Fun With Physics and Robotics, STREAM impacts all students attending MQA, from Universal Pre-K through Grade 8.

To ensure that the program continues this year and beyond, students are taking part in a fundraising initiative that, like the STREAM program itself, has a hands-on element. Instead of just asking the community for funds for the program, the students have artistically enhanced ordinary business envelopes with drawings of their favorite STREAM projects. These envelopes are now being distributed to Catholic churches in the Cheektowaga area.

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
NOCO customers and employees generously donated $21,173 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter.

 

“This is the fourth year NOCO has helped to raise both funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Michael Bradley, chief financial officer and senior vice president, NOCO. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers and our employees, a total of more than $80,000 has been raised to date to support the Society’s ongoing research and programs for those impacted by blood cancers here in Western New York.”

 

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

NOCO donates $21,000 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
NOCO customers and employees generously donated $21,173 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter.

 

“This is the fourth year NOCO has helped to raise both funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said Michael Bradley, chief financial officer and senior vice president, NOCO. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers and our employees, a total of more than $80,000 has been raised to date to support the Society’s ongoing research and programs for those impacted by blood cancers here in Western New York.”

 

Amherst Senior Center Collects PJ's & Books for Children

Amherst Senior Center Collects PJ's & Books for Children

The generous, caring members, staff and community members helped the Amherst Center for Senior Services collect 105 pairs of new pajamas, 160 children’s books and $154 in cash for the Buffalo Chapter of The Pajama Program. Items were collected throughout September and October for area children that are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter and others are waiting to be adopted. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in a bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares.

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

Rural Outreach Center Seeks Sponsors to Adopt Needy Families This Holiday Season

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) in East Aurora hopes to spread some holiday spirit this Christmas season by asking local individuals, families, businesses and organizations to “adopt” a deserving family and help make their holidays a little brighter. 

“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” said ROC Executive Director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts this holiday season will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process. Virtually all participants in the program readily agree to do this as they too want to help others in some way. We call it the ‘pay-it-forward’ portion of the program.”