Impact Stories

We would like to share one of the most satisfying parts of our work by recognizing the people and agencies making a difference in our community, and how their work is affecting the residents of Niagara County.

Lockport Family YMCA

“A grant from the Grigg Lewis Foundation was used to help fund the construction of an outdoor sports court for our day camp. The court has made a big difference in the quality of our day camp services. By having this space outside we were able to create another program space for kids in the day camp where they could learn sports skills, sportsmanship, and stay healthy while also developing critical social development skills. By utilizing the space outside, we were able to open more summer program opportunities for seniors inside of the building, like group exercise classes and pickleball, in spaces that were traditionally used or day camp programming. The outdoor sports court is also used by our general membership and community for open basketball and family engagement opportunities. This has had a very positive impact on our community overall.” 

Lockport Family YMCA (2023)

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The City of Lockport Housing Authority

“There are no words to properly explain the importance of this grant for our tenants and community members. We would not have been able to bring such important, special, and heart-warming moments to the people of Lockport. We are so grateful for Grigg Lewis giving us a grant, that made so many wonderful experiences, for many families and elderly in our community. The effect of bringing hot and prepared meals to individuals, who can’t afford them and do not have the opportunity to do so, for themselves makes our heart smile. It brought families together and single elderly individuals sat down with one another, enjoying the meal with company. The effects of Animal Therapy know no bound. We had so hundreds and hundreds of individuals, both old and young, come to our sites and feel the power and love of animals. Holding them, feeding them, pictures with them, petting them, and just being around them was amazing and marvelous to witness. We saw people laugh, smile, and cry tears of happiness. It was astonishing to be part of such positivity, hope, and cheerfulness.” 

– The City of Lockport Housing Authority (2023)

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American Red Cross of WNY

“The grant generously awarded by the Grigg Lewis Foundation in 2023 was used to deliver disaster relief services, community preparedness, and training services for the Niagara County Community. Our volunteer-led teams travel to the scenes of disasters in Niagara County and provide food, clothing, shelter, mental health support, health needs, and recovery assistance to those affected. We also provide emergency preparedness services – including youth preparedness classes for children, free smoke alarms and fire safety education, and Hands Only CPR training. This grant enables the Red Cross to be there for individuals and families in Niagara County during their times of need, including emergency response, recovery, and preparedness training. The Grigg Lewis Foundation’s generous support ensures we maintain this high level of service delivery to our clients in Niagara County.”

– American Red Cross of WNY (2023)

Cradle Beach, Inc.

Funding from the Grigg-Lewis Foundation makes a huge difference for our Niagara County based campers. Your generosity helps off-set the cost to send a child to camp. We have seen a significant increase in families applying for financial aid with more than a 50% increase from 2022 to 2023. By providing camp scholarships to our Niagara families, we are able to offer an inclusive, one-week overnight summer camp experience to children who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Without the generosity of foundations and funders, children would not have access to the essential services Cradle Beach provides. During a five-day stay, campers grow in skill-building, leadership qualities, problem solving and engage in social-emotional learning. Campers also sharpen their independence skills at a young age, some being away from home for the first time for a prolonged time period. By making camp financially accessible  for all families in our community, opportunities are created for children no matter their background or ability.

-Cradle Beach, Inc. (2023)

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Lockport CARES

“All of us here at Lockport CARES would like to thank you for your faithful support of our program over the years. We depend entirely on the generosity of foundations and individual donors to keep our doors open for people in need of shelter in Lockport and eastern Niagara County. Because of you and other supporters, we were able to shelter over 180 guests in 2022, provide 1747 safe nights’ sleep, and serve 4839 meals. We feel blessed to be able to serve our community in this way. We are fortunate to have a foundation like Grigg Lewis in our “neighborhood” and greatly appreciate your support for many worthwhile causes in Lockport and the surrounding area.”

-Lockport CARES (2023)

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SABAH Inc.

“Funding from the Grigg Lewis Foundation has made an incredible impact upon SABAH’s programming in Niagara County!  For 14 consecutive years, SABAH has had the opportunity to provide, as well as expand, adaptive recreational programming for those in the community challenged by disability because of the generous support of the Grigg Lewis Foundation. Because of funding from the Grigg Lewis Foundation, SABAH also had the capacity to offer a very special opportunity to participants in Niagara County through the Outdoor Series.  For many, this experience provided SABAH athletes and their families/caregivers, with a breathtaking, once in a lifetime experience to ride the Maid of the Mist, with their fellow athletes and friends. As the photos will show, this experience was more than memorable… it was an inspirational opportunity that has already served to encourage our athletes and their families to enjoy outdoor activities even beyond SABAH’s programming.”

– SABAH Inc. (2023)

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