The Geneva Center of Concern Supports and Collaborates with Several Regional Groups and Agencies that Serve the Citizens of Our Community in Need
Recent partnerships have included:
Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes (https://shfiny.org/):
The Center provided essential supplies for which the organization had run critically low including diapers and personal items essential for women fleeing abusive environments.
Geneva High School: The Center became aware of high school students who were not taking SAT and ACT tests because they were unable to cover the fee cost. These tests are often required for college applications; the Center Board approved $1,000 to aid students in covering exam fees. Students helped through this program have gone on to SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cobleskill, Alfred University, FLCC, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The Center strives to leverage capable students into a successful academic opportunity.
The Center budgets $3000 annually to fund scholarships for three graduating Seniors having financial need; scholarships are awarded following a competitive application process. This is one of the Center’s oldest programs and has benefited hundreds of Geneva and DeSales students.
Geneva Boys and Girls Club: Working cooperatively with the Center, personnel from the Club area available to help deliver items to homes. Trucking and transport services are provided for food and household items, as well as the delivery of fresh dairy and produce items as available. In this manner, products are distributed more efficiently throughout the community and greatly reduces waste. The Center shares expenses with the Boys and Girls Clubs for this service.
Blueprint Geneva: This organization works cooperatively with the Center by delivering food resources including food for clients with restrictive dietary needs. The Center’s Director’s knowledge of special citizens with special needs allows for efficient distribution.
USDA Farmers to Families Program. The Geneva Center of Concern has linked into this Federal program through the Geneva COVID-19 Task Force. During the summer months, we received biweekly shipments of mixed produce. The Center was able to augment our food distribution program with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes sponsors the Geneva Community Lunch Program which provides lunch to-go from 11:45am-12:15pm Monday through Friday at the Methodist Church at 340 South Main Street. Everyone is welcome. The number of people served daily ranges from 100 to 150. The Center ensures enough bread and dessert products are available. Additional volunteers are needed on two week days. Catholic Charities also offers other services to clients and, as needs arise, families are directed to them by Center staff.