Modified: February 19, 2019 5:12pm
Bruso Marks National Volunteer Month by Highlighting Non-Profits
A longtime supporter of non-profits in his community, Bruso will profile five groups in a series of videos on his social media platform.
(Erie County, NY) First established as National Volunteer Week in 1974 as an opportunity honor those whose, “efforts most frequently touch the lives of the poor, the young, the aged and the sick, but in the process the lives of all men and women are made richer,” the observance has been expanded to a month in order to celebrate the 65 million Americans who donate their time, skills and energy to their fellow citizens.
Erie County Legislator John Bruso is observing National Volunteer Month by featuring four non-profit organizations in his legislative district or that he has personal experience with. His goal is to celebrate the good work of these organizations, and their volunteers and to encourage others to get involved in groups in their communities. The videos will be released on his social media profile (facebook.com/LegJohnBruso) starting today. Kids Escaping Drugs is the first group profiled.
“My experiences as a board member of Kids Escaping Drugs and as a founder of Families Touched by MS has been among the most meaningful of my life,” said Erie County Legislator John Bruso. “Do not ever underestimate the impact that small, dedicated groups can have on society. And the benefits are felt by both the volunteers and the people they serve. Simply put, volunteering changes lives.”
The groups to be highlighted are:
Kids Escaping Drugs
Kids Escaping Drugs supports the facilities of the Renaissance Campus and the community outreach program Face 2 Face. The Renaissance Campus provides residential treatment for chemically-dependent adolescents from 12 to 20. Face 2 Face is a proactive program that focuses on early education and intervention with a strong peer component. Volunteer opportunities are project-based and occur throughout the year. They include charity galas, golf tournaments and appearances at fairs and festivals. This month they are engaged in a program to plant trees on the Renaissance Campus. Please contact them at (716) 827-9462 to volunteer.
Plymouth Crossroads provides a safe and stable living environment to empower abused, runaway and homeless youth. Services are aimed at preventing youth from returning to homelessness and creating a more stable and productive living situation while preparing them for independence. If you can assist, please contact (716) 393-3906.
The Hull Family Home and Farmstead
The Hull Family Home and Farmstead was built circa 1810 by Warren Hull, a Revolutionary War veteran who traveled west with his family. The volunteers use this site, the only fully restored stone dwelling of the early 1800's in Erie County, to tell 200 years of our history. If you are interested in helping them tell these stories, contact (716) 681-6451.
The Resurrection Life Food Pantry
The Resurrection Life food pantry serves the 14225 & 14227 zip codes. They provide for hundreds of families on a monthly basis, averaging more than seven tons of food a month. If you would like to assist them, please contact St. Luke at 716-633-6752 and Resurrection Life at 716-656-8995.
Families Touched by MS
Legislator Bruso and a group of his friends founded this organization several years ago. It began as a fundraiser for a friend who has had MS for over 10 years. They soon learned what a desperate need there is financially for families that have had a loved one fall to this disease. Families Touched by MS an all-volunteer organization that helps those impacted remain independent. So far they have raised and distributed over $270,000. If you would like to help their efforts, please contact (716) 656-9489.