Carriage House Foundation Fund Awards Largest Single Grant To Date

May 27, 2008 (Syracuse, NY) – Syracuse Northeast Community Center of Central New York (SNCC) received a $9,350 grant from the Carriage House Foundation Fund to enhance and expand the social, education and recreation opportunities for older adults at the Syracuse Northeast Community Center. This is the largest grant awarded to date from this Fund.

The Carriage House Foundation Fund, administered by the Central New York Community Foundation, is a permanent field-of-interest fund established to provide funding to senior programs in Central New York.

SNCC is celebrating 30 years of offering social, educational, recreational, and health services to address the changing needs and interests for children, families, seniors and other individuals in the north/northeast section of Syracuse.

Since the SNCC opened in 1978, the senior center has been an active, consistent part of community services. However, over the past few years, there has been a decline in participation due to an aging population. Many of the SNCC members have died or moved to assisted living facilities. Adults in their fifties and early sixties have not replaced these older members and the program agenda has not changed to attract new members. Therefore, in order to increase participation of area older adults in social, education, and recreation activities at SNCC, the grant will be used to:

  • Survey area seniors to identify activities of interest.
  • Establish and operate a monthly diverse activity schedule at the Center.
  • Provide transportation to and from the Center, and scheduled field trips.
  • Enroll 30 new seniors as participants in senior center activities.

For more information about the Carriage House Foundation Fund, visit www.cnycf.org or contact Nghi Luu at 315-422-9538 or nghi@cnycf.org. For more information about the Syracuse Northeast Community Center, contact Tom Bazydlo at 315-472-6343 or tbazydlo@snccsyr.org.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Onondaga and Madison Counties for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The Community Foundation has over $110 million in assets and awards over $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually.

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