Saturday, June 1st ,is the Once Again Nut Butter and Kiwanis 5K race. This year’s race is called the Raccoon Run and Scamper. We have joined forces with Kiwanis to raise money for Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, New York. This year’s race will be a lot of fun — with a kids’ race, a walker division and a costume contest for the best raccoon. Rocky the Raccoon will show up to hand out helium balloons to all the children who participate. This year’s race will have new technology. The race will be time chipped, and there will be first, second, and third place winners in each age group. The Big Raccoon- ah award will be given out to the overall top finishers for men and women. Please come, join in the fun, and bring your families, too! This is a great cause and is a community- wide effort to help raise money to support sick children throughout Western New York.
Farm work is one of the most dangerous professions. Farming puts workers at risk of serious illnesses and injuries, many of which can be prevented through education and information. Farmworker Legal Services of New York, Inc. ( FLSNY) received a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to provide outreach to farm workers and disseminate information and conduct training. FLSNY first conducted a needs assessment so that the training would target the safety issues faced by the farm workers in Monroe and Livingston Counties. What was learned during this process is that eye health and safety represent a severe risk for farm workers. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that 90% of eye injuries and symptoms can be prevented by proper use of eye protection. However, studies have shown that a very low percentage of farm workers use eye protection.
Farm Worker Legal Services of New York developed eye health and safety training to help farm workers recognize the risk and strategies to prevent eye injuries and health risks. The farm workers participating in the trainings talked about their experiences and it was clear that every farm worker had experienced some eye injury or had witnessed a serious injury or illness. When discussing prevention, they reported that even if they worked with caustic chemicals and pesticides they weren’t provided adequate protection.
It was then that FLSNY reached out to Once Again Nut Butter. Once Again provided FLSNY with a donation that was used to purchase 120 pairs of glasses that had safety glass and provided 99% UV protection. Each farm worker who participated in the training received the glasses. In follow-up training they were asked if they were using the safety glasses and they said they were. Successful training with appropriate safety equipment equals a vision-saving project!
NOFA, NY Once Again donated to the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s summer conference.
Once Again Continues to support the Ugandan Water Project. The Ugandan Water Project is rapidly becoming a strategic part of meeting basic needs and transforming communities throughout Uganda. The Ugandan Water Project is a humanitarian effort that places rainwater collection tanks on community buildings throughout the East African nation of Uganda. There are three major goals of this project:
Provide safe accessible drinking water to communities across Uganda.
Strengthen communities by providing a shared resource located at a community-valued location such as Schools, Clinics, Churches, and Orphanages.
Facilitate relationships between sponsors in the U.S. and communities in Uganda.
Once Again is supporting the Genesee Valley Conservancy. The Genesee Valley Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to open space preservation in the Genesee Valley region. Since 1990 the Genesee Valley Conservancy has been dedicated to protecting Western New York’s open space resources. The GVC has protected over 13,500 acres of habitat, scenic vistas, and some of New York State’s highest quality farmland. Each year the Conservancy has a fundraising event called the Oak Tree 5K and Half Marathon. This is one of the largest health and fitness events in Livingston County. This year, Once Again is setting up a table to give out samples. We are also donating products to be used as prizes as we have in previous years.
Once Again donated 56, 9lb pails to Freedom Village for troubled youth. Freedom Village is New York’s premier home for troubled youth. The 150 acre campus is located just North of Watkins Glenn and is an intensive care ward for America’s youth and is the largest home of its kind. This place is home to 150-200 youth ages 14-21 who need help with various aspects of their lives. Many have been involved with drug and alcohol abuse, have attempted suicide, or lived in abusive home situations, many have also previously turned their lives to crime. Freedom Village educates and provides vocational training as well as sports activities. All youth are there on a voluntary basis .
Once Again donated nut butters to the TROSA organization for their long term residential treatment program. The TROSA philosophy is based on principles of self-help and individual empowerment. Key elements of the program include vocational training, education, communication, peer counseling/mentoring, leadership training and aftercare.
Once Again provided nut butters for the Heritage Foundation’s fitness event. The event is for community members, families, friends and participants of the Foundation. The Heritage
Foundation provides a variety of programs and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. They offer services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. They also offer fitness, art, music and dance classes.
Once Again continues to support Open Door Mission, which is a homeless shelter in Monroe County, by providing nutritious nut butters. The Open Door Mission provides emergency shelter, has a soup kitchen and clothing distribution. Established in 1952, the Open Door Mission is a privately funded 501c-3 non-profit organization chartered in the state of New York and does not receive any government funding, but relies entirely upon the private donations from the community to run its programs.
Once Again donated 30 cases of peanut butter to Dansville’s Hope Lunches, which is a feeding program helping those locally. In addition, Once Again donated 55 cases of peanut butter to the Open Door Mission a homeless shelter in Rochester, NY. The company also donated 30 cases of Tahini to Food Link which is a charity that redistributes food to those in need.