Diane Ryan, Deputy Director
Phone: (315) 697-3588
Dennis Hoover, Mentoring Supervisor, JoAnne Morak, Program Manager, Carol Kolodziejski, Sharon Jasek,
Amy Buckley, Susan Loper, Roxy Spano, Becky Marris, Joanne McGowan, Scot Cerullo, Melissa King, Cory Marsh, and Jessica Ginney, Mentoring Supervisor
Community Action mentors and staff came together to celebrate at our Annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner. We celebrated all the wonderful mentors in our program in addition to celebrating our program as a whole.
The evening started with a rolling power point that showcased a snap shot of the year in review. There were photos of mentors and mentees individual outings as well as fun group activities at local places around the county and in nearby Syracuse. We were then treated to a moving presentation from Nate Kaercher; the Band Director at Chittenango Middle School for the past 14 years. Kaercher spoke about the importance of reaching out to youth and shared a few personal stories of his own that drove the message home.
Three of our mentors were acknowledged for being with our program for over 5 years; JoAnn McGowan, Melissa King and Susan Loper. We also acknowledged our funders; Madison County Youth Bureau, Department of Social Services, United Way of Greater Oneida, OPWDD and the many local chambers and other organizations that support us throughout the year.
If you have as little as an hour a week to share with a local youth, please give us a call at (315) 697-3588. That small amount of time can make a big difference in the life of a youth in your community!
Katrina, 9 years old
The Mentoring Program enjoyed an art class at the Hamilton Center for the Arts for their February group activity! Kathy Herold led the mentees through an instruction of tracing shapes and mixing paint colors to create a paint collage. The mentees also had the opportunity to browse the Broad Street Gallery around the corner, finding inspiration in their many works of art.
Community Actions Mentoring Program serves youth from all over Madison County and we strategically plan our activities throughout the county whenever possible. Some of our upcoming activities are our annual Community Action Literacy Event, a field trip to the Museum of Science and Technology as well as a Flashlight Safari at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. This is in addition to the one on one mentoring that each youth receives every week with their mentor.
The following funders make Community Action’s Mentoring Program possible: Department of Social Services, Madison County Youth Bureau, OPWDD, United Way of Greater Oneida and many other contributions throughout Madison County.
If you have 1 hour a week, you can make a difference in a local youth’s life. To hear more about this great program at Community Action, please call (315) 697-3588 and ask for Dennis Hoover ext. 24 or Jessica Ginney ext. 42.
Healthy Families Team, front row (left to right); Edie Franklin, Bethany Hawkinson, Amy Comfort, Kay Walrath, Jill Williams, Chrissy Martin. Back row (left to right); Lenny Giardino, Judy Granger, Carol Ash, Nancy Joerger, Emma Reed, Dan Gilbert
Community Action Partnership is pleased to announce the 20th anniversary of service to our community of their premiere program - Healthy Families of Madison County. We are a non-profit program serving expectant moms and dads in Madison County that are overburdened and overstressed. We have offices in Oneida, Canastota and Morrisville. This program is funded by NYS Office of Children & Family Services and was selected as a pilot program in Madison County twenty years ago.
The Healthy Families New York Home visiting program is an evidenced based program offering home-based services to expectant families and new parents, beginning prenatally or shortly after the birth of the child. Participants are screened to identify risk factors and stressors that the family may face. An approved curriculum is used on home visits that focus on parent child interaction and child development. Families who participate in the program are offered long-term in-home services until the child enters Head Start or Kindergarten.
We are increasing our efforts to educate the community on the benefits of home visiting. If you are an expectant mom or dad and would like further information about our services, contact Judy Granger at 697-3588 ext 22. Presentations are also available for community partnerships or anyone interested in learning about our 20 years in Madison County. Over the past 20 years, our program has positively impacted hundreds of families in Madison County.
This year in honor of our 20th anniversary we will be inviting the members of our community to celebrate with us and share our successes with partners and families throughout our county. Be watching for notices about our festive celebration!!!
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for all of us to think about what we are thankful for and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are less fortunate.
Community Action Partnership operates many programs that work to alleviate hunger and assist the homeless. This year we are gathering hygiene products in all of our offices to distribute. Items can include: toothbrush, tooth paste, band aids, toilet paper, deodorant, baby wipes, facial tissue, feminine hygiene products, shampoo and conditioner, soap & body wash.
These can be dropped off at any one of our offices at New Market Drive, Canastota OR 3 E. Main Street, Morrisville OR Northside Shopping Plaza, Gorman Center BEFORE 11/21/14. These are items desperately needed by homeless families and those at risk of being homeless. These items are not allowed to be purchased with SNAP (Food Stamps) so many families have to go without!
Community Action Partnership is looking for a volunteer for 10 hours a week to help us administer the Care and Share Program here at Community Action Partnership. The hours can be done a variety of ways, but our preference would be that the days one volunteers would be together in the interest of timely follow through.
This program assists qualifying families with heat assistance during the coldest months of the year. Everyone remembers how cold last winter wasL.
The volunteer would need to be comfortable talking to families and at times other utility companies on the phone and using the computer (basic computer skills needed). The volunteer would have the support of Community Action’s staff for any support needed.
This Volunteer position would be based out of the Canastota office. This position will run from January 5th – March 31st 2015.
If interested, please contact JoAnne Morak at 697-3588 X11
On Sunday, November 2, 2014, from 1-3 pm at the Cazenovia Bowling Alley (3 Carriage Lane, Cazenovia, NY) teams of four will be formed to bowl at a cost of $5 per person. Two baskets will be raffled off!
Bring a food donation for the CAP food pantry. Help raise funds and have fun!
This event is sponsored by the Cazenovia College Human Services Club.
CAP is a non-profit private agency that improves the well-being and safety of children, families and our community. The proceeds of this event will allow CAP to continue building resiliency in families, individuals and the community through their 13 programs relating to needs of housing, food insecurity, family stability, parenting, mentoring, medical, educational and socialization – all cornerstones of a healthy community.
Come to Where the Action is –
Join CAP in celebrating Our Community!
Please join us for our 2nd annual event at Owera Vineyards to benefit CAP and help us recognize Cazenovians who have provided continual support over the years;
CAPS OFF TO CAZENOVIANS;
Thomas Driscoll, Patricia Race, and Jerry Romagnoli.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
At the Owera Vineyards, 5276 East Lake Road, Cazenovia, NY
A silent auction will be held throughout the event with donations from merchants and
businesses in Madison County. Featuring wines from the Owera Vineyards, beer from
Empire Brewery and cider from Critz Farms. Hors d’Oeuvres provided by Owera Vineyards.
Tickets $75 per person
Reserve yours online at: http://comewheretheactionis.eventbrite.com.
Or, send your reservation request to:
Community Action Partnership, PO Box 249, Morrisville, NY 13408
A record will be made of your payment, no ticket is necessary at the event
7th Annual Girls Night OUT
Fifteen girls and their mentors came out to enjoy an evening of motivation and good old fashion pampering to prepare them both mentally and physically for back to school. The evening started as it always has with a fashion show, where the girls get to show off the outfits they purchased at a local thrift store or received by way of a CAP or community donation. This all happens with a red carpet and great music to give them that true runway experience.
After the fashion show, the girls were surprised by their presenter; Miss Teen New York Corrin Stellakis from nearby Bridgeport, NY. Corrin is a junior at Chittenango High School in our own Madison County. This was a thrill to say the least for our pre-teen group as well as all the mentors, volunteers and guests. Corrin spoke about her platform (Dream-Believe-Achieve) and how important “being good to yourself and others is”. Corrin brought messages of goal setting and believing in yourself to our young mentees. She closed with a quote she has chosen to live by…” Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.”
The remainder of the evening included; a hip-hop instructional dance, pampering stations which included; hair, nails, skin care, a healthy snack station and an opportunity to go shopping in our donation room where the girls could fill bags with donated clothes, school supplies and other “girly/sporty ” items to make back to school extra special.
This evening would not be possible without the support of our CAP staff, community partners, volunteers, many donations of goods and services and the generosity of the Madison Cortland ARC in Oneida for the use of their wonderful space. A new supporter; George Rink, owner of Express Limousine, provided limo rides for our girls for the evening!
The following funders make the program and activities possible. Department of Social Services, Madison County Youth Bureau, OPWDD, United Way of Greater Oneida and may other contributions throughout Madison County.
If you have an hour a week to spend with a child that could use the support of a caring adult in their life, please call Community Actions Mentoring Program at 697-3588 ext. 11.
CAP has been received the opportunity to receive funding for veterans in Madison county. In order to secure this funding, we need to survey results from veterans or families that live with veterans. If applicable, would you take a moment to complete a survey?