In Memoriam: Tom Ferraro, founder and executive director of Foodlink

We share in the community loss of Tom Ferraro, founder and executive director of Foodlink. Born and raised in the City of Rochester, Mr. Ferraro is a genuine example of local good work. He was involved in community organizations early in his career, which stimulated his commitment to the issue of hunger. With his visionary[…]

Hillside “Special Santas” Program

  The Hillside Special Santas Program of Hillside Family of Agencies (HFA), benefits children and families served by Crestwood Children’s Center, Hillside Children’s Center, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and Snell Farm Children’s Center.  Some children and their families served by HFA do not have the resources for gifts at the holiday time. Families, office groups, churches,[…]

Another Beautiful Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner with Mama Rosa On this past November 11th, hundreds were served at Mama Rosa’s annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner. This Rochester tradition was once again held on Veteran’s Day in order to provide a hot meal to children, families, and community members who might not otherwise receive it. Nearly 500 people came to the Montgomery Neighborhood Center to participate[…]

“Mama Rosa” Continues the Rochester, NY Tradition Again this Year

“Mama Rosa” Wims will continue a Rochester, NY tradition over 30 years in the making, again this Veteran’s Day for so many in our local community.  Ms. Wims, a retired nurse, who is known for her charitable work, is teaming with Foodlink, the Feeding America regional food bank, this year to serve a pre-Thanksgiving dinner[…]

A Visit to CP Rochester Augustin Children’s Center

  The Augustin Children’s Center at CP Rochester is a universal pre-kindergarten provider, offering preschool to all children three to five years of age, with or without disabilities.  Each preschool classroom has 12 children with an adult-to-child ratio of 1:4.  The classes are fully integrated, meaning that there are six children with disabilities and six[…]

Melissa’s Living Legacy Foundation: Teens Living with Cancer (TLC)

Teens Living with Cancer (TLC) is a project of the Melissa’s Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens live with cancer through resources, support, and advocacy. Inspired by a teen named Melissa Marie Sengbusch, the efforts of Melissa’s Living Legacy Foundation are dedicated to the approximately 15,000 teens undergoing[…]

2013 Advocacy Award

Dr. Megan Callanan presenting the 2013 Advocacy Award to Shye Louis, Manager and Sherika Hall, Operations Manager at 2-1-1/LIFELINE     Advocates from the community select 2-1-1/LIFELINE as the 2013 Advocacy Award recipient in recognition of outstanding efforts and excellence in supporting the care of children and families in Rochester.  

A Visit to Holy Childhood

Holy Childhood was founded in 1946 by educators and community leader visionaries who believed in the value of every person regardless of their abilities. Holy Childhood is a non-denominational, non-profit agency that prepares children and adults with developmental disabilities for maximum independence and  integration in the community through individualized programs and services. Holy Childhood includes[…]

A Visit to the Wilson Foundation Academy

The Wilson Foundation Academy was founded in 2004 as an extension to Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School. This beautiful school is in the Genesee-Jefferson neighborhood of the city of Rochester.  The original vision was to have a community of academic excellence, grades 7-12.  That vision has expanded to a K-12 model. Assistant Principal Julie[…]

Rochester Downtown

Thriving Forward

KidsThrive585 is a child-focused Rochester, NY area organization that highlights good works occurring throughout the community and improves access to resources for children and their caregivers. We hope that increased awareness will allow community projects geared toward children to blossom.