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Stairways nets its best Erie Gives total

Thursday, August 25, 2016

On August 9, Erie gave. And Stairways received.

Stairways was one of the benefactors of a record-setting philanthropic outpouring during the Erie Community Foundation’s Erie Gives event.

Thanks to the generosity of 62 donors, Stairways Behavioral Health collected $8,050 — its highest donation amount in the six-year history of Erie Gives.

“It's a great day!,” Kim Stucke, Stairways’ Chief Development Officer said. "Stairways receives over $8,000 to directly assist our clients thanks to the generous giving on behalf of Stairways donors."

Stairways will use the money it received this year for the Client Wellness Fund, helping to provide clients with opportunities to achieve a healthier lifestyle and the Client Assistance Fund, which is designed to meet emergency needs for clients such as eyeglasses, mattresses and vocational or household items.

For the fifth straight year, Erie Gives, the one-day online charitable donation campaign that draws in contributions for Erie nonprofits and adds a prorated match, set records for the total amount raised ($3.46 million), number of donations (7,387) and matching donation pool ($250,000).

Stairways ranked 93rd out of 354 participating nonprofits in donation money received and 69th in number of donations. Stairways’ average donation was $120.

The Erie Community Foundation held a check presentation ceremony for all recipient nonprofits on Aug. 26. To see the full list of Erie Gives donations, visit www.eriegives.org.

Above: Stairways Development Specialist Juanita Gangemi (middle) receives the Erie Gives Check during the presentation Friday.

BLOOM receives pair of grants

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A pair of recently awarded grants has fortified BLOOM Collaborative’s efforts of using arts as a way to grow, heal and connect with others.

William M. and Frances Schuster Fund of the Erie Community Foundation

BLOOM was the recipient of nearly $5,000 from the endowment established by the late William Schuster, a fund series that has contributed nearly $1 million to Erie nonprofits since it began in 2000.

BLOOM will use the $4,732 it received from the Schuster endowment for art supplies and instructor fees.

The fund was established in 1998 by Schuster, the founder of Warren Radio, who left the $1.2 million endowment fund with the Erie Community Foundation. This year, thirteen local nonprofits collectively received $50,891 in funds.

Erie Arts and Culture

Thanks to a $2,500 contribution from Erie Arts and Culture, BLOOM will add two new collaborators— Family Services of Northwest Pennsylvania and the Sight Center of Northwest Pennsylvania—and expand its Community Arts Outreach Program (CAOP).

CAOP fills a large service gap due to the absence of low-cost studio arts programs for underserved populations in the Erie Region. With the new partnerships, the project will stress inclusion in the arts for disabled and underserved individuals as well as mark the first arts program for young adult clients of the Sight Center.

Grants from Erie Arts and Culture helped fund the successful CAOP pilot in 2013 and 2014. Now, BLOOM will expand the program by making use of the newly opened Blossom’s Clay Studio, the area’s largest ceramic arts space. The barrier-free and handicap accessible studio will introduce the arts to those who have little or no experience due to their disabilities.

BLOOM received the grant check when Erie Arts and Culture presented more than $124,000 to Erie County nonprofits for arts, culture and heritage-related projects during a March 4 presentation at an Erie BayHawks game (below).

Programs at BLOOM focus on arts that foster growth, creativity and learning, making the lives of participants, their families and our community more vibrant, meaningful and self-sustaining.

Above: From left, Joe Cuneo, Stairways marketing/communications specialist, Amanda Brown Sissem, Erie Arts and Culture executive director, and Jim Riley, Erie Arts and Culture Board Chair.

Support Stairways with a Smile

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Did you know that while shopping on Amazon you can designate Stairways Behavioral Health as your charity of choice? And the best part is that this designation is free.

AmazonSmile will then donate a small percentage of each purchase to the charity of your choice.

One-hundred percent of the donation amount generated from your eligible purchase on AmazonSmile will be donated. The donation amounts generated by your purchases are combined with the donation amounts from all other customers that selected the same organization.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

Remember all those nickels, dimes and quarters add up quick just like in your change jar!

As always, proceeds will go directly to helping our clients.

Click here to support Stairways with a Smile

Stairways spreads holiday cheer

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Spreading some cheer to clients and their families is at the top of Stairways Behavioral Health’s wish list this holiday season.

And Stairways did its best to see this wish come true by holding a Thanksgiving dinner in November for clients and an employee gift drive for children of clients in December.

The Zukor Club played gracious host to a Thanksgiving dinner to remember for nearly 100 clients Nov. 24. Club members and Stairways staff helped dole out all the Thanksgiving staples and the fixings—as well as seconds and desserts— to a dining room full of smiling faces and full stomachs.

In addition to the donating its dining room and kitchen space, the Zukor Club also made a $500 contribution to Stairways’ Personal Care Home.

Stairways staff took up the giving mantle by holding a gift drive for children of Blended Case Management clients. Staff members picked clean a tree of 88 angel tags representing the names of children and young adults in need of holiday gifts.

Each tag included the name of a child, their age and ideas for gifts to help make their holiday more memorable.

The same objective was in the minds of Stairways Blended Case Managers, who helped distribute 127 boxed Christmas dinners to clients.

BCM Team Supervisor Kevin McCaslin organizes the drive each year that sees the Second Harvest Food Bank donate meals to clients. Stairways unloads, packs and delivers the food to clients in need to make for a hearty holiday feast.

Stairways is grateful for the generosity of everyone who participated their time and resources to make this holiday season special.

In addition to the dinner, the food and gift drive, Stairways staff is helping to collect and donate warm clothes for the Mental Health Association’s Warming Center throughout this winter. Please remember to bring your clean and gently used donations and place them in the marked collection bins at 2185 W. 8th St. or at BLOOM Collaborative, 138 E. 26th St.

BLOOM hosts German Cultural Society of Erie

Monday, August 24, 2015

German Cultural Society

The German Cultural Society of Erie said “Danka Schoen” to BLOOM Collaborative when it held its June meeting at the holistic art and wellnesscenter the evening of June 11.

Some 75 club members experienced BLOOM’s artistic zeitgeist by creating fused-glass dreamcatchers and touring its 4-acre campus. The club also presented BLOOM director Lee Steadman with a token of their appreciation for playing host in the form of a donation.

Right: Wayne Koble, Stairways Board treasurer and German Cultural Society member, presents a check to Lee Steadman, Director, BLOOM Collaborative.

Erie Gives 2014 approaching

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Remember Stairways Behavioral Health on Aug. 12!

Potential for change and growth lives within us all. Sometimes we need help to bring out that development and greater sense of personal fulfillment we all desire.

On August 12, Stairways Behavioral Health will need your help to make personal wellness a reality for all when it participates in the fourth annual Erie Gives, a day designated for philanthropic donations to non-profit organizations in Erie.

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., donors can visit www.eriegives.org or call 814-454-0843 to make a donation of $25 or more by using Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards. Stairways will then receive a prorated percentage of the $200,000 in matching funds contributed by the Erie Community Foundation, GE Transportation and Erie Insurance based on how much it collects in donations.

Stairways, which raised $5,580 for the Client Wellness fund in 2013, will again focus this year’s contributions toward its personal wellness efforts, which support individuals in their wellness initiatives by providing resources like nutritional activities, new sneakers and fitness memberships.

"Riding bikes, going to the Y and fishing with our kids are all things we love to do," said Kim Stucke, chief development officer at Stairways. "You can help make someone else have this special feeling by contributing to Stairways on Erie Gives." 

In keeping with our wellness initiatives, donations will also help fund programs at BLOOM Collaborative, 138 E. 26th St. 

BLOOM’s classes and experiences are dedicated to promoting growth and positive change—for individuals, groups and neighborhoods within Erie and surrounding communities. BLOOM offers services and programs meant to foster holistic health and well-being such as art, nutrition, gardening, yoga and meditation.

Improved well-being is the key to healthier people and a healthier community – and a cause Stairways Behavioral Health and BLOOM Collaborative are committed to achieving.

Visit online at www.BLOOMCollaborative.org for more information and remember us on Erie Gives Day, August 12. All donations to Stairways Behavioral Health will be used to expand wellness activities through BLOOM Collaborative.

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