The Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County, Inc. promotes mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent services that assist some 15,000 people (adults, teens, children, families) annually.
Christopher’s Challenge is named and maintained in honor of Christopher Costello, a 26 year-old from Webster, who was suffering from leukemia and in need of a bone marrow transplant. On June 2, 1998, Chris received his life-saving bone marrow transplant at Strong Memorial and is free of leukemia. Over 9,150 people have been added to the National Marrow Donor Registry with funding from Christopher’s Challenge (over 30 people have become donors for patients and given them at 2nd Chance At Life) and over $45,000 has been used to support patients’ needs. Currently the cost to be typed and added to the Registry is $100.00. Christopher’s Challenge removes this financial obstacle for potential donors.
Christopher’s Challenge has also purchased several items for the Bone Marrow Unit at Strong including: recliners that turn into beds for family members needing to stay overnight with patients, cots, computers for patient and family use, play stations and games, and movies, warming blankets, laptops and dvd/vcr units for every room the Unit. It has also funded typing costs for potential donors as well as supported patient costs incurred while undergoing treatment.
Fairport Music Festival for Golisano’s Children’s Hospital | Greater Rochester’s greatest annual music festival
At just 28 years old, Ben Jackson was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s is a neurological movement disorder that causes tremor, slow movement, stiff muscles, and impaired balance / coordination. It is a progressive disease, which means the symptoms become worse over time. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, but medications and surgery are available to manage the symptoms, which eventually become debilitating.
In Ben’s honor, family and friends have formed team “Around the Ben” as part of the annual Moving Day® Rochester initiative through the National Parkinson Foundation. 100% of the money we raise through team “Around the Ben” will go to the National Parkinson Foundation in Ben’s name to support research for treatment and clinical care, outreach and support for patients and their families, education on early warning signs and treatment, and advocacy through public and community channels.
ROC City Values is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening core values through collaboration with organizations, businesses and schools on fundraising opportunities that benefit communities in the City of Rochester. Three of the biggest ROC City Values projects are:
– The “Farm Fresh, City Fresh” with Headwaters Food which brings fresh produce to RCSD student families.
– The Teachers Challenge 5K on June 14, 2015 to raise money for RCSD teachers and students.
-The “House to Home”: Collaboration between Wease Cares and RCV in which gently used furniture go to families that have a child battling a life-threatening illness in a local hospital.
Zonta Rochester Foundation
The Zonta Club of Rochester promotes the advancement of the status of women both in Monroe County and Worldwide throughprograms like giving grants locally to Healthy Sisters Soup & Bean Works, Chrysalis House (Center for Youth) Coffee Connection (Project Empower) Safe Journey Survivor Transition Program through Reslove and Women on the Move (St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center).
Internationally they give money for birthing kits, and grants to help young girls to continue in the sciences.
Adapted Recreation Services (ARS) is a 503c that provide fitness, recreation, and social opportunities for people with disabilities out in the community.