The Kaleida Health Foundation coordinated the donation of hundreds of personal care items, child-care items and clothing to the Buffalo City Mission to benefit its women and children’s shelter, Cornerstone Manor.
Hundreds of Kaleida employees participated in the collection drive. Kaleida Health leadership presented the donations to Sue Cervi, manager of volunteers at the Buffalo City Mission, during Kaleida Health’s annual Strategic Communication Teams Summit held at the Buffalo Museum of Science on Tuesday, November 12.
“Enhancing the health and well-being of our community, beyond the walls of the hospitals and care facilities, is a major focus of the Kaleida Health Foundation,” said Carol Horton, vice president, Kaleida Health Foundation. “So through our capital campaign donation earlier this year and by engaging our employees in this drive for the City Mission and Cornerstone Manor, we can help even more people in Western New York.”
The donation represents the Kaleida Health Foundation’s continued commitment to serving Kaleida patients outside of health facilities through its partnership with the Buffalo City Mission and other vital community organizations. The Kaleida Health Foundation committed $100,000 to the City Mission’s capital campaign earlier this year and recently donated another $100,000 to Kevin Guest House.
The items collected will directly benefit the women and children seeking refuge at Cornerstone Manor. Through Cornerstone Manor, women and mothers with children can have the opportunity to transition safely and successfully through the Mission’s Dream Transitional Housing Program, which provides a pathway to a stable life through education and skill-training resources to lift them out of poverty.
“On behalf of the Buffalo City Mission, we express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to all of the Kaleida Health employees for their dedication and support of those of whom we serve each day,” said Aubrey Calhoun, associate executive director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Today’s gift of practical care items will go a long way in helping meet the needs of the many women and children who reside at Cornerstone Manor. We look forward to a strong partnership with Kaleida Health and their staff in the future, for together we can bring meaningful and life-changing impact to the neighbors in our community.”