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Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Rural Outreach Center to Launch ‘ROC Resolutions’ Community Challenge in January

Imagine having only $6.36 a day to spend on food, living in a house that only heated up to 60 degrees, not having reliable transportation, or not owning a winter coat or boots. For more than 200,000 Western New Yorkers, this is daily life.  

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), which serves the southern communities of Western New York, is raising awareness about the challenges of living in poverty through a new community-wide campaign during the month of January 2017 called “ROC Resolutions.” During each week of the month, the spotlight will shine on a different obstacle often encountered by those living in poverty. Week one (Jan. 2-8) will focus on food, while week two (Jan. 9-15) will focus on utilities, week three (Jan. 16-22) on transportation, and week four (Jan. 23-30) on clothing.

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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.

New Puppy Tales Series Set at Dog Ears Bookstore

New Puppy Tales Series Set at Dog Ears Bookstore

A new six-week Puppy Tales series at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will kick off at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

Open to children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by a parent or guardian, Puppy Tales runs on six consecutive Friday mornings and each session includes three stories, a craft and healthy snacks. 

Puppy Tales is a great way to prepare students for Pre-K. The cost is $25 for the six sessions and the program is limited to 20 children.

To register for the next Puppy Tales series, please visit the bookstore or call 823-2665. And for more information on the nonprofit community bookstore, please visit www.dogearsbookstore.org or follow on Facebook for frequent updates.

 

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Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren and Jamestown, December 17

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Warren and Jamestown, December 17

Jamestown, NY – It’s that time of year again!  Fill your bird feeders.  See who shows up.  Some will be feathered friends -- some may be bird watchers with binoculars.

This year marks the 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count held by National Audubon Society. 

Saturday, December 17, in Warren and Sunday, December 18, in Jamestown are the days when bird watchers will take to the roadways and the woods to see how many birds and how many species they can observe in the defined birding Circle. Others will watch their bird feeders. 

Legislator Lorigo Announces $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center

Legislator Lorigo Announces $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center

Erie County Legislator Joseph C. Lorigo announced that the Legislature has supported his request to allocate $7,000 for the Rural Outreach Center in the 2017 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved the request at their annual budget meeting to support the center’s efforts to combat rural poverty and help residents through various services.  

“I thought it was critical that the county continued to fund the Rural Outreach Center as it does so much for families in rural Erie County. I am pleased that my colleagues supported this request and I know the funding will benefit many families who are working to get back on their own two feet,” said Legislator Lorigo. 

Assistant Pre-K Teacher Position Available at Annunciation

Assistant Pre-K Teacher Position Available at Annunciation

The Strong Start Early Learning Academy pre-kindergarten program at the Church of the Annunciation in Elma has an immediate opening for a part-time assistant pre-kindergarten teacher. 

Applicants should possess a degree in early childhood education or be working toward a degree in the education field. Experience working in a Pre-K or school setting is preferred. Applicants must pass a background check and drug testing.

Applicants must also be organized and efficient; communicate well and have developed “people skills” in order to interact with a variety of people in all kinds of life event situations; have compassion, confidence and a sense of humor; have the ability to solve practical problems; and be professional in appearance and attitude.