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First Niagara supports Community Missions of Niagara Frontier

by jmaloni

Press release

Thu, Jun 13th 2013 12:30 pm
Pictured from left are Elizabeth Gurney, executive director of the First Niagara Foundation; Robyn L. Krueger, executive director of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier; Wanda DeBose, community/crisis services supervisor of Community Missions; Michael Noah, First Niagara vice president, business banking; and Annette Tomlin, Niagara Falls First Niagara branch manager. (photo by Joshua Maloni)
Pictured from left are Elizabeth Gurney, executive director of the First Niagara Foundation; Robyn L. Krueger, executive director of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier; Wanda DeBose, community/crisis services supervisor of Community Missions; Michael Noah, First Niagara vice president, business banking; and Annette Tomlin, Niagara Falls First Niagara branch manager. (photo by Joshua Maloni)
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$1,000 donation will help local families in need

The First Niagara Foundation is providing financial support for Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. and its community soup kitchen as staff work to provide food for local families in need. Representatives made a $1,000 donation on Thursday.

"We are proud to support an organization that is making a difference by supporting families faced with difficult times," said Elizabeth Gurney, executive director of the First Niagara Foundation. "The funding we are providing will help Community Missions continue to be a place of support, refuge and hope in the community."

Community Missions provides a unique blend of referral, crisis, community support and residential services for young people and adults.

"We are excited and grateful for this generous donation from the First Niagara Foundation," said Robyn L. Krueger, executive director of Community Missions. "First Niagara has been a tremendous partner of Community Missions, and their ongoing support for the agency as well as for the communities they serve is evidenced again with this donation. The work performed daily throughout the mission, and in particular our crisis services, would not be possible without the support of donations such as this."

Community Missions' community soup kitchen served nearly 30,000 meals last year. In 2012, CMI surpassed 70,000 meals, provided crisis housing to more than 600 individuals, and provided care to neglected or abused children and homeless adults. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-orientated settings. For more information on the services and programs provided by Community Missions, visit www.communitymissions.org.

First Niagara Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1998. It is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which members live and work with specific focus on youth and education, community development and neighborhood revitalization. In 2012, the foundation contributed more than $10 million in charitable grants to community partners. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com/community.

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