ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined at Camp Centerland in Amherst by Erie County Legislator Tom Loughran (5th District), Erie County Commissioner of Social Services Al Dirschberger, Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo Board President Gretchen Gross, community leaders, and enthusiastic children enjoying their first day at summer camp as they begin a summer full of recreational fun and learning. Camp Centerland is one of 56 local not-for-profit agencies that are expanding their 2015 summer programming with “Prime Time” grants provided by Erie County. Grants range from $1,993 to $10,000 and help to provide for an adult-supervised environment for the 10-week school summer recess period. Prime Time grants also assist receiving agencies in creating and staffing structured recreational activities that prevent delinquency, increase socialization, and foster respect for authority.
Erie County Legislator Tom Loughran said, “Prime Time grants are an investment in our youth, helping them to enjoy supervised activities in programs all around Erie County for 10 weeks each summer. This is a great example of how Erie County government works with partners in the not-for-profit sector to provide the services that residents expect and rely on, with expanded opportunities for children to learn, participate, and socialize in safe environments with their friends.”