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During the month of February, the Bonafiglia Family Foundation awards $30,000 to local charitable organizations 

Right to Run

Monday, March 18th, 2024 

Contacts: Judy Wentzel
Executive Director
Bonafiglia Family Foundation

Seneca Falls, NY- During the month of February alone, six local charitable organizations were awarded funding through the Bonafiglia Family Foundation’s grant opportunities. These grantees showcase the good work being done locally to enhance the economic vitality of our communities.

The Right to Run 19k is an event that celebrates the passing of the 19th Amendment and serves as a reminder of the long journey women traveled to obtain their right to vote. The Bonafiglia Family Foundation values the vital role Seneca Falls played during this historic movement and continues to invest and propel this legacy forward. Supporting initiatives like the Right to Run strengthen our community’s identity and culture and are opportunities to highlight and honor our local heritage. This year the event will also pay tribute to its founder, Menzo Case. A man who devoted his time and energy for the good of Seneca Falls and neighboring communities. The Right to Run in person 5k and virtual 19k is on Saturday, July 6th. Utilize the link below to register, volunteer, and learn more on how to be a part of the day.

Seneca County House of Concern food pantry located on 22 Locust St., Waterloo, NY. 

Another valued partner of the Bonafiglia Family Foundation is the Seneca County House of Concern. As food insecurity continues to be an issue and households are unable to provide their families with enough food for the month, the House of Concern allows access to their food pantry monthly to fulfill this need. They also offer food items such as bread and bagels daily and to meet the need are restocking 4 to 5 times a day. A collective initiative the Seneca County House of Concern is focused on is a community rent/utility assistance program. Currently there are many families contacting the House of Concern needing immediate assistance with paying rent or utilities.  The foundation is working to identify strategic relationships with key charitable organizations who share our vision for collaborative impact. 

Students from southern Seneca County who participated in 2023 YACEP internship program. 

Grantees such as the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library year after year provide inclusive programs & services that play an integral role in supporting youth development and success.  The Young Adult Community Engagement Program (YACEP) is a 9-month paid internship opportunity at the library, where local teens are mentored on local issues and community assets, then are tasked with planning & implementing a community project. The Bonafiglia Family Foundation looks to support charitable organizations like the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library who offer youth community engagement opportunities that prepare for life beyond the classroom.