Welcome to Kids Thrive 585!
Kids Thrive 585 is a child-focused Rochester, NY area non-profit (501c3) organization that highlights good works occurring throughout the community and improves access to resources for children, caregivers and child advocates.
We have partnered with 2-1-1/LIFE LINE, a 24/7 crisis/suicide intervention program and Information & Referral (I&R) service that serves Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Cayuga and Seneca Counties. The 2-1-1/LIFE LINE organization has compiled a vast array of community information within their catchment area, including many resources for children and families in Rochester.
We hope that increased awareness of these local services will allow community projects geared toward children to blossom and thrive.
Kids Thrive 585, Inc. empowers all those who advocate for children to connect with passionate and committed community-based organizations in the greater Rochester area. Using multimedia approaches, we highlight local resources for children and families, raising awareness and celebrating their good works, and in turn improving access to and use of their services. We promote collaborative outreach focusing on children and families in order to strengthen the local foundation upon which the health and well-being of the community may take root, grow, and thrive.
Rochester, NY has been celebrated across the country for its wealth of community resources for children and families. It is not uncommon, however, for some of its rich resources to go unnoticed by the very community it serves!
Executive Director, Megan Callanan Lasaponara, MD, born and raised in Rochester, was awed by the amazing good works taking place right in her back yard. Dr. Lasaponara founded Kids Thrive 585 in 2012 as part of her Community Health and Advocacy Resident Education (CARE) path during her medical training. She soon gained both professional and community followers raising awareness and improving access to local resources with KidsThrive585.org. The Kids Thrive 585 website has accumulated thousands of hits and continues to evolve and grow with the help and support of the local community.
Megan Callanan Lasaponara, MD – Executive Director
Catherine Agricola, MD – Associate Director
Erin M. Callanan – Technology Director
Board of Directors:
Marc Lavender, MD – President
Santina Tu – Secretary
H. Tait Keenan – Treasurer
Shye Louis – Manager, Finger Lakes 2-1-1 LIFE LINE
C. Andrew Aligne, MD, MPH – Director, Hoekelman Center
Deb Ross – Founder and Publisher, KidsOutandAbout.com