Assemblyman Schimminger Announces Funding for T-NT Community Organizations

November 8, 2006

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger recently secured funding for three Twin Cities community organizations. The Boys and Girls Club in the City of Tonawanda, The Historical Society of the Tonawandas and NTOUCH in North Tonawanda will all benefit from funds secured by the Assemblyman.

“It is important to provide project funding for groups such as these. The planned improvements and programs being undertaken with these funds will benefit the organizations and our community at large. I am pleased to be able to provide assistance to such worthwhile endeavors,” Schimminger stated.

Robert O’Brocta of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns said the Franklin Street club in the City of Tonawanda will use the $8,000 it’s received for improvements to the club’s athletic fields and parking areas. “The Boys and Girls Club has been at the forefront in providing programming for children with special needs throughout Western New York. This year, we have started a partnership with the newly formed C.A.P.S. (Challenged Athletes Participating in Sports) organization. Thanks to the generosity of Assemblyman Schimminger, we will now be able to accommodate a majority of these children at the Franklin St. facility,” stated O’Brocta. New summer programs at the club will bring substantial numbers of challenged players to the facility, requiring additional backstops, bleachers, parking and blacktop paths to accommodate players in wheelchairs.

The Historical Society of the Tonawandas has been making great strides in collecting, organizing and cataloging significant records reflecting the rich history of the Tonawandas. In order to properly preserve these records and enhance research services the society provides, Assemblyman Schimminger arranged for $13,000 to go toward the purchase of microfiche equipment and to acquire and install a new air conditioning unit. “This is an important step in the process of providing an accurate library of materials for local folks and tourists to explore our early history and validate family genealogy,” said Jay Holler, president of the Historical Society of the Tonawandas. “The Tonawanda museum serves as a depository for historic materials in the Twin Cities. The new air conditioning unit will ensure a controlled environment for the preservation of many irreplaceable items.”

NTOUCH (North Tonawanda Organization Undertaking Community Health), formed in 1994, is a North Tonawanda-based organization dedicated to promoting community health. According to President Alan Kornacki, “NTOUCH fills a void in community healthcare, bringing information and serving as a conduit for better networking with schools, community leaders, government organizations, health and service organizations and local citizens.” The group sponsors discussion groups, smoking prevention programs, health summits and school health integrated programs. NTOUCH holds an annual Health Awareness Week in May and a Red Ribbon Week in October which promotes anti-drug programs and awareness. Ribbons and pins are distributed throughout the community in schools and at City Hall to get the message out. Assemblyman Schimminger secured $2,000 for the purchase of supplies and ribbons for the group’s community health activities.