This past holiday season, the Future Leaders Program at Niagara County Community College participated in a community service project to benefit Casey House. The youth shelter is a safe space in Niagara Falls for runaway, homeless or “at-risk” area youth.
In an effort to meet some of their current needs, Future Leaders put together a campaign to raise not only money, but also awareness about the needs of many young people in the Niagara Region.
Students in the program folded origami paper cranes and sold them for $1. Supporters wrote their names and a wish on each purchased crane, which were displayed at various partnering schools. To date, students have raised $150. The final sale of cranes will be held at Niagara County Community College campus on Thursday, Jan. 17, where students hope to reach their overall fundraising goal of $200. The total amount raised, including all item donations, will be dropped off in person to the Casey House on Monday, Jan. 28.
The Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at NCCC is sponsored by a New York State Department of Education Grant and currently serves over 300 students throughout Western New York, assisting them throughout high school and transitioning them into a college or career pathway. For more information on the program, visit: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/futureleaders/.