Lockport Family Focus Group’s 8th Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive

The Lockport Family Focus Group would like to give a very special thank you to the many agency providers, school administration, and community members who came together in the midst of a health crisis, to help support our community and continue this valuable service to our students and schools. COVID-19 did not deter the LFFG from banding together to support Lockport students in grades K-12. Backpacks full of school supplies, personal care items and more, were distributed to over 170 children this summer to assist with in-school, at home, or hybrid learning.

Thanks to the following community partnerships for making this day possible: Lockport City School District employees provided all of the student and family referrals. A generous cash donation from the Stephanie Moore Verratti Memorial Committee enabled the purchase of hundreds of three ring binders. A new partnership with Victory Sports, Inc. who supplied Play Packs for end of summer fun and at home recess. The Chapel congregation donated multiple pairs of socks for each student. Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County ensured the disbursement of 50 backpacks to families who were unable to attend the drive thru event. Many individual community members donated boxes of personal care items to provide age appropriate bags full of deodorant, soap, toothpaste, floss, combs, and lotion. The Lockport LAOH donated pocket folders, pens and colored pencils, and the Grigg Lewis Foundation, Inc. who donated all of the backpacks and school supplies this year.

We would especially like to recognize (in alphabetical order):

Agency Donors:
Grigg Lewis Foundation, Inc. * Lockport Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division II * Morlock Foundation
Stephanie Moore Verratti Memorial Committee * The Chapel * Victory Sports, Inc. * Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 19-6

Community Donors:
Anthony Cicciarelli * Brooke Burrows & Family * Cathy Hamilton * Chris Smith * Denise Wertman * Kim Knuutila & Family
Marisa Morgan & Family * Martha Kershaw & Family * Melisa Chase Niver * Mollie Roland * Ryan Wertman * Teria Royster Young

Volunteers:
Brooke Burrows, Grigg Lewis Foundation * Chris Smith, Grigg Lewis Foundation * Dec. Martha Farone, Christ Episcopal Church
Denise Wertman, community member * Jamie Rackl, EPIC * Jaydon Lang, Niagara County Youth Board & NYS Youth Advisory Council * Jessica Smith, Niagara County Department of Social Services * Jim McMullen, Iroquois Trail Council Boy Scouts of America * Kathy Zunner, Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY * Mollie Roland, LPAC  
Sue Capell, Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County

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A Letter to our Community Partners

 To The Lockport Family Focus Group and our local non-profit agencies,

The Grigg Lewis Foundation would like to express our appreciation and pride in Eastern Niagara County, in the residents and the nonprofit agencies that serve them in the ability to forge ahead as powerful change makers at home, in the community and in their daily work. 

In honoring the wishes of our Founder, we give for the sake of giving not for recognition, to foster relationships and partnerships, and to work towards the greater good of all. We strive to promote hope in the community, empower them with optimism, and demonstrate through our own actions the need for equality, awareness, compassion, acceptance, respect, cooperation, empathy, and tolerance. 

We realize that it is important that our community knows that we are available to them. Collaborating with our local nonprofits who work on the frontlines and who are best able to identify needs, we will continue to listen, learn, and act to better the lives of our local residents. We recognize the need to have deeper conversations with our nonprofits where we learn, absorb, and reflect on our own principles and practices in order to enable continuous improvement and remain a community resource. We will continue to bring stakeholders together to develop shared initiatives and programs; to foster partnerships that are inclusive and promote network building through monthly meetings where our local nonprofits share programs and issues that face our residents. We believe in our community’s ability to work together to break down all types of barriers in a peaceful and constructive manner.  We hope to share our learning journey with all of you, and we will continue to be guided by your work.

The Grigg Lewis Foundation does not run programming, but we support those of you who do. We thank you for remaining collaborative and transparent in your efforts to institute real change and growth. We are in your corner and our doors and hearts are open to all ideas and discussions.

Grigg Lewis Foundation, Inc.  Board and Staff

Lockport Family Focus Group’s 7th Annual Backpack Distribution serves 250 Lockport City School aged children in 2019

The Lockport Family Focus Group came together once again to provide backpacks, books, socks, winter wear, and personal care items to local students in need.  As a part of their 7th annual Backpack and School Supply Drive, the focus group received widespread help from local businesses, individuals, civic and service agencies to provide each child with the tools they need to begin a successful school year.

The Lockport Family Focus Group would like to thank everyone who donated, participated, and made a difference in the lives of so many children this year, including the many agency representatives, students and parents who donated their time and energy as volunteers.