The Rural Outreach Center Receives Garman Family Foundation Grant

The Rural Outreach Center, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of rural poverty in
southern Western New York, has been awarded a grant by the Garman Family Foundation
administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

The ROC is happy to share that this grant will support its Kids ROC programs, which include
mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment services for children living in rural poverty, all done in
coordination with the mental health services these children are receiving.

“Our child participants are able to explore, develop purposeful goals, and envision a future
that is not limited by a lack of opportunity.” Dr. Frank Cerny, Executive Director.

For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and
encouraged long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3)
organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources
to improve lives in Western New York. Established in 1919, the Community Foundation has
made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who
entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) transforms the lives of individuals and families living in rural
poverty through a variety of counseling and care coordination services and program offerings.
Addressing children’s needs in a holistic approach, rather than isolating their needs between
various programs, allows for a more meaningful intervention to occur.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the ROC’s mission is to assist, empower and elevate
the impoverished rural populations in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. The
organization’s staff and volunteers serve with compassion, empathy, and respect for all people.
For children, the ROC’s goal is to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty by providing
counseling, play therapy, educational opportunities, and programs. For more information on the
good work being done every day by the Rural Outreach Center, please call Dr. Frank Cerny (716)
240-2220. You can also follow the organization on Facebook or Instagram for frequent update or

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