Helping People….Changing Lives

Christmas is a time for people to gather together and celebrate the joy of giving.  Unfortunately, many families in our community struggle, especially at this time of the year.  That is why this year, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. partnered with the Chautauqua Connections  Children’s Coalition and Toys for Tots to make sure that the families throughout our community are able to celebrate the joy of the season.

The Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition is leading the Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County in 2019. The coalition, of which Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. is a member, exists to create partnerships and foster communication to better serve all children birth to five supporting their social, physical, developmental and mental health needs while reducing gaps in service in Chautauqua County.

In support of the Toys for Tot’s mission, the staff of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. gathered numerous unwrapped toys, books, and games for Toys for Tots during two holiday luncheons. Pictured below are COI employees Chris Wigren, Sue Marker, CEO Diane Hewitt-Johnson, Melissa Sanden and Sandra Sheridan.  Also, Patrick Smeraldo from the Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition is pictured with Sarin Shivener, accepting the donated gifts.

staff donating toys for toys for tots.

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. is a Community Action Agency whose mission is to mobilize resources and create opportunities that promote economic stability in Chautauqua County. The agency provides a wide range of services in the areas of early education and child care, health and family services, housing, and economic development in support of this mission.