Pulaski Fund Awards $7,559 in Local Grants

February 9, 2009 (Pulaski, NY) – The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund has awarded $7,559 in grants to Pulaski-area not-for-profit organizations. A check presentation was held on Friday, February 6th at the Snow Memorial Building in Pulaski to celebrate the awards.

The grant recipients were:

Northern Oswego County Ambulance received $2,370 to purchase a new capnography machine. This device measures the amount of carbon dioxide released upon exhalation, thus allowing paramedics to recognize oxygen deficiency.  NOCA was founded in 1974 and serves seven townships in Central New York, including Richland.

Salmon River Ice Hockey Association received $1,000 to purchase additional rental skates for public use. The new skates will provide the capacity for 17 additional public skaters. SRIHA is a volunteer-run association that aims to organize and train youth for ice skating and playing ice hockey. The Association organized Salmon River Ice Hockey, the Ontario Bay Storm, an adult hockey program, figure skating program and public skate.

Pulaski Marching Band received $1,832 to support the band’s trip to Washington D.C. for the 2009 Independence Day Parade. The Blue Devils will be the only marching band in New York State represented at the Independence Day Parade. The Pulaski Marching Band and Colorguard has 120 members.

Rural & Migrant Ministry of Oswego County received $957 to purchase sewing machines for community projects. The three sewing machines will be used to enhance two community projects –“Sew You Can Read” and “Quilts for Children.” Rural & Migrant Ministry was founded in 1999 to provide free primary healthcare, medications and individual, couple and in-home family counseling services to an “at-risk” population without health insurance.

Pulaski Day Care Center received $1,400 to enhance classroom curriculum and storage as well as replace furniture. The funds will be used to expand the literacy center, science exploration and gross motor center. Established nearly 40 years ago, Pulaski Day Care Center serves children and families residing in Pulaski and the surrounding communities.

The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund is a union of gifts contributed by the people of the Pulaski community that makes grants to support programs and projects of importance to the area.  The Pulaski Fund is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. Since its inception in 1992, the Fund has provided over $150,000 in grants to benefit the Pulaski community.

The Central New York Community Foundation connects the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to enhance the quality of life of those who live and work in Central New York. The Community Foundation annually makes more than $5 million in grants and provides leadership support in the fields of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health and human services. Founded in 1927, the Community Foundation strives to inspire philanthropy in Central New York.

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