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Home Depot employees beautify the Chautauqua County Department of Agriculture compound in Dunkirk.

After a surprise visit from Dunkirk Fredonia’s Home Depot last fall, the Chautauqua County Department of Agriculture received a grant from the Home Depot Foundation.

Home Depot’s environmental and social strategy is based on three key pillars focused on local people, operations, sustainability and community empowerment. Home Depot strives to operate as a company that reflects and supports diversity, equity, and the community it serves.

The Chautauqua County Department of Agriculture has benefited from these values. Through the Home Depot Foundation, CCRM’s property received a complete facelift, including weeding, mowing, mulching, planting, leaf removal, and building raised beds.

“It was overwhelming for all the work that the staff put in. The project was huge!” said Executive Director Kathleen G. Peterson.

A grant was presented to the Home Depot Foundation, led by Gary Galloway, assistant store manager at the local Home Depot specialty store. Once approved, Galloway and many other employees spent the day completing the work.

The Chautauqua County Department of Agriculture also received a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation for the Supervised Visits/Parental Leave Program. Parent Time is a program for children in foster care and their parents who participate in regular visits. The grant will provide educational materials, training, materials and supplies for the children, parents and staff.

“We are so grateful to the NCCF, not only for this support, but for what they do for our entire community.” said Peterson.

NCCF is structured to support the most pressing needs in the community. Previously, NCCF provided funds to the Rural Ministry to purchase video equipment. This equipment allows the agency to provide ongoing educational information about our programs. Video recording has started and will be available to the community after editing.

CCRM will host regular cooking and nutrition workshops outlining each program CCRM operates including the Garment Gallery, Friendly Kitchen, Emergency Food Pantry, Muriel’s Closet, The Book Shop and Community Gardening.

United Way of Northern Chautauqua County awarded CCRM funding for the Friendly Kitchen and Basic Needs Program. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. “I am very pleased to announce United Way’s continued support for our soup kitchen and basic needs program. Supporting them makes a huge difference in the lives we touch by providing hot, nutritious meals and other non-food emergencies 365 days a year.” said Peterson.

CCRM is a community partner of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and is supported by local churches, foundations, academic institutions and the wider community. If you would like more information about CCRM, please call 366-1787.

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