MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Hard-hitting work – during the pandemic and ‘normal’ times | New

GENEVA – Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva has coordinated the delivery of more than 150,000 meals to its members and other members of the community – an effort that continues today hui.

Thanks in large part to this effort, the club will receive the Choose Health Ontario 2021 award. The organization was recognized at Thursday’s County Oversight Board meeting.

“The Boys & Girls Club is an example of the amazing work done by many community organizations and programs,” said Mary Beer, county public health director. “Together, we can make a difference in the health and well-being of our residents. “

The award is presented annually by the Ontario County Health Collaborative, a group that strives to make a difference in the health of county residents through programs, education, motivation and opportunities to make a difference. healthy choices.

County officials said the Boys & Girls Club was chosen for their outstanding achievements during the pandemic, as well as their hard-hitting work in “normal” times.

“For the past few years, the Boys & Girls Club has strived to be more than just an after-school program,” said Chris Lavin, club general manager. “We want to tackle the sources of problems that stand in the way of our members. We appreciate this award to recognize the breadth and depth of what our staff have done for the community. The pandemic was and remains a great challenge for this community and has had an impact on our members and their families. The work of our staff has earned this recognition. ”

County officials added that the club is a vital resource for Geneva and demonstrates when a community comes together to meet the needs of its most vulnerable children, it can accomplish anything.

Lavin said the club is working to maintain many of the things the pandemic has taught the community.

“Thanks to generous donor support, we recently installed walk-in refrigerators and freezers at the community center,” Lavin said. “We will work in partnership with the Center of Concern to increase the community’s capacity to safely distribute food to families in need in the future. “

Last year the club received the 2020 Kathy Gaylord Costa Citizenship Award from Geneva Community Projects.

Lavin credited Hobart and William Smith colleges and its Sodexo food service for loaning out its refrigeration and kitchen facilities during the height of the pandemic.

“And the Cornell University dairy plant also taught us about milk sourcing, which also benefited the community,” Lavin said. “There was a lot of collaboration in this good work.

Lavin added that Ontario County Health Department staff worked tirelessly with the club to keep their staff safe and work through the most dangerous days before vaccination.

Beer said the award will be presented to the Boys & Girls Club next month at the Ontario County Safety Council’s annual dinner at Lincoln Hill Farms. Since last year’s dinner was canceled due to the pandemic, Geneva Reads – the winner of the Choose Health Ontario 2020 award – will receive her award next month.

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