CAP benefits from Canastota Community Chest

Plain and simple, the Canastota Community Chest "makes a difference" for Community Action Partnership for Madison County, according to JoAnne Morak, CAP Mentoring Program Coordinator.

Morak said that the community chest's continued generosity has made several programs possible. After grants and state funding are figured into CAP's annual budget, Morak said there is sometimes little room to implement necessary programs.

With a donation like the one CAP will receive from the Canastota Community Chest 2010 Campaign, Morak said the program is capable of providing extra activities to children they might have never gotten such an opportunity.

"With the extra funding, we were able to scholarship a child to play an instrument," Morak said. "Otherwise, the family would not be able to participate."

Morak said the program was pleased to "support a young man in order for him to be in band," because it creates "connections" in the community.

Although CAP is sufficiently funded to operate annually, the program and its employees are grateful to have the community chest's support, Morak said.

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One of the 12 Canastota Community Chest's board of directors members, Diane Karan, said it's the campaign's pleasure to support a program like CAP because it helps an array of families across the county.

The mentoring program has now become a beneficiary of the community chest while CAP has seen many years of generosity from the annual fundraising campaign. Morak said CAP has great pride and confidence in the mentoring program because it also touches numerous families and leads to other avenues of opportunity.

"One of the greater things about the mentoring program is that the mentors really care about the families of the children they mentor," Morak said. "It wouldn't be successful if they didn't care."

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