Today UBMD Ortho announced the recipients of their 2015 CommunityCare grant. The recipients include Roswell Park Donor Center, Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association (NEYSA) and Curvy Girls of Western New York.
CommunityCare is a grant program which offers a combined total of $10,000 in funding for local non-profit 501(c)(3) agencies in the health and wellness sector. Recipients are chosen based on economic needs, the mission of the organization and goals for utilization of the funds.
“With so many wonderful organizations in our community, it was difficult to select only one grant recipient, thus we selected three. Roswell Park Donor Center, NEYSA and Curvy Girls all have such remarkable missions and are truly making a difference in Western New York they all deserve this honor,” said Amanda Clark, Physician Relations & Marketing Manager for UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “The community is fortunate to have these organizations in our backyard, and by providing them with additional funding our hope is that even more folks can benefit from their services.”
Roswell Park Donor Center received a gift of $5,000 in honor of the father of UBMD Ortho physician, Dr. William Wind. The funds support the Ride for Roswell.
The Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association (NEYSA), headquartered in Tonawanda, received a gift of $3,000. The organization was founded in 2014 and provides oversight of nine member organizations’ youth football and cheerleading teams, including Williamsville, Pendleton, Niagara Falls and Wilson.
NEYSA plans to use the grant toward the purchase of four automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for emergency use at all sanctioned activities. Recent medical evidence has shown that sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of youth athletic deaths; by having the AEDs, sudden tragedies have a higher chance of being prevented.
Curvy Girls of Western New York is a network of peer-led support groups that aims to reduce the emotional impact of scoliosis by empowering adolescent girls and improving their self-esteem. The volunteer-based organization plans to use the grant monies toward educating the community on its mission. The funds will allow Curvy Girls to distribute the book “Straight Talk with Curvy Girls,” to local school nurses and pediatric orthopedists to share with their patients. Curvy Girls also plans on using the funds to help members of the Western New York chapter to attend the 2016 International Curvy Girls Biennial Scoliosis Convention in Long Island, N.Y. this June.
Eligible CommunityCare applicants include non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in health and wellness, sports and fitness, activities for the mentally disabled, men’s and women’s health, geriatric health and other relevant industries. For more information on the CommunityCare grant, visit ubortho.com.