The Canastota Community Chest Inc., board of directors has kicked off the 2009-10 campaign and has many thanks to those that have already donated or plan to donate. Past beneficiaries have sent testimonials to the Madison County Eagle with their response from working with the Canastota Community Chest.
In one of the letters, the Heritage Farm Inc., thanked the Community Chest for awarding a grant to their agency from their collected funds during the 2008-2009 campaign. This year the agency is hoping to benefit once again in order to further their work with people with developmental disabilities in a rural, family-farm setting.
The community organization operates a variety of programs including respite, structured day activities, services at participants' homes, employment services and individual-based Service Coordination. A number of program participants are enrolled in more than one program.
"The generosity of the Madison County Community and organizations such as the Canastota Community Chest certainly add to the enrichment of the loves of the people that we serve here at the farm," said Jim Simmons, executive director of Heritage Farm, Inc.
The board of directors have the following agencies on the list of beneficiaries of the 2009-10 Canastota Community Chest Campaign: American Red Cross Madison-Oneida Chapter, Boy Scouts of America-Revolutionary Trails Council, Canastota Boy Scouts, Canastota Canal Town Corporation, Canastota Children's Council, Canastota Recreation Commission, Catholic Charities Madison-Oneida counties, Celebration Children's Center of Canastota, Inc., Community Action Program for Madison County, Inc., Girl Scouts-Foothills Council, Inc., Great Swamp Conservancy, Inc., Heritage Farm, Inc., Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., Jim Marshall Farms Foundation, Inc., Loaves and Fishes Hospitality Center, Madison Cortland ARC, Madison County 4-H Foundation, Inc., Madison County Children's Camp, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Ride for Life Equine and Family Center, Inc., The Opportunity Shop, Victims of Violence/Liberty Resources, Inc., Wanderer's Rest Humane Association, Inc.