CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - United Way of the Southern Tier today awarded eleven grants to local agencies serving senior citizens in the southern tier.

The grants were awarded as the second year of a six-year commitment to invest $1 million dollars toward seniors in Chemung and Steuben counties. Grants are awarded in addition to annual allocations made by United Way of the Southern Tier through donations to the Community Campaign.

  • The organizations and grant awards in 2023 are:
  • Arbor Housing and Development: $35,000 for home repairs for the elderly
  • Bampa's House: $6,000 for volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Community Arts of Elmira: $21,798 to install a permanent handicap accessible ramp
  • Corning Meals on Wheels: $13,739 to purchase coolers and a sink dish table
  • Faith in Action: $14,300 to expand volunteer caregiving to Chemung County
  • Family Services of Chemung County: $1,623 to purchase aid certification and CPR training equipment
  • Home & Health Care Services: $15,000 toward the purchase of a vehicle
  • Meals on Wheels of Chemung County: $12,777 to purchase an oven and misc. kitchen equipment
  • Pro Action Meals on Wheels: $9,978 to purchase a commercial pass-through cooler
  • The Senior Center/Chemung County Family Fitness Center: $33,410 to purchase exercise equipment
  • Steuben Senior Services Fund: $36,375 to enroll 6 additional seniors in Full Circle America

"There's a very high degree of personal fulfillment that we get from doing this work, and that fulfillment is on large display today," says Stephen Hughes, President and CEO, United Way of the Southern tier. "An example of us distributing these funds for this purpose is personally fulfilling for every one of us and it just motivates us to work harder to do for all the economic and challenged populations in the two counties."

Awards from the fund, to date, total $357,000.