Rural Outreach Center seeks sponsors for unique music program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC), an East Aurora-based nonprofit agency known for guiding participants on a path toward self-sufficiency through a number of specialized programs, has added a unique new musical program to its mix. The program has become so successful in such a short period of time that additional sponsors are now needed to help keep the music playing!

“The ukulele program was something we started in March, in partnership with Limelite Music here in East Aurora,” said Sue Giovino, program manager at the ROC. “We advertised for folks to sponsor a child for $40, which is the cost of a new ukulele, sheet music and tuner. We also have dedicated volunteer teachers from the community who came and taught the class for an hour every week through June. We had eight kids involved in the program that were pretty consistent participants.”

Program volunteers include Barbara Farran, John Lyons, Barb Halvorsen and Don Healy.

New classes, now offered every other week, are starting up again this month, with 15 students interested in the program! As a result, the ROC is reaching out to the community for additional sponsorships. To make a donation, please contact Giovino at 240-2220.

The Rural Outreach Center is located at 730 Olean Road. For more information on its mission and programs, please visit

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