On Tuesday, December 8th KDWT Ambassador Catherine traveled to Niagara Falls Air Force Reserve Station in Wheatfield, New York and delivered 100 new books to benefit children of the Friends of Family Support Association- supporting military families of those who serve. The books will be part of their stocking gifts for the holidays. GO! READ
On Thursday, December 8th volunteers traveled one hour southeast in rough winter weather to read with kids at the Warsaw Head Start program. They also delivered 370 books for the entire Cattaraugus & Wyoming Counties Head Start program- servicing five centers in the WNY region. In preparation for the event, the books were stamped, tied with a ribbon and loaded in the car. Great job volunteers and GO! READ CATWY HS Kids
On December 3rd, Trading Post Community Care Center in Springville New York received 100 gifts for their kids, as part of their Annual Holiday Giving Tree event. The Trading Post services the entire Springville community, providing clothing, food and supplies for all families in need, and so much more. The center is always busy. KDWT Ambassador Catherine helped to wrap gifts for all the kids. Thanks to Debbie and staff for your commitment to service and doing all that you do for the Springville community! Happy Holidays!!!
KDWT WNY Team celebrated Family Volunteer Day for Ohana100's GO! READ Project. Volunteers helped to prepare gifts to benefit over 1500 kids from 15 community programs in need throughout the Western New York Region. Volunteers stamped and tied ribbons on each brand new book.
KDWT for the 3rd year, adopted 2 families in need of support each year during the holidays. Jim from the Clarence Food Pantry was present this day to pick up the gifts for each family.
To all Ohana100 volunteers, "A Big Mahalo for your help and support this year!
Ohana100 participated in the WNY Children's Book EXPO on Sunday, November 6th. For the second year, Ohana100 donated books for this event to promote the importance of literacy for children. Kids from all over the region, Pennsylvania and even Canada attended this event.
GO! READ Ambassadors Catherine and Sally met Doreen Cronin who authored "CLICK CLACK MOO", a book that they read often to children.
Founder Monkey See Monkey Do held their annual event at the Kleihans Music Hall that featured 36 authors. It was an amazing event! Congrats to Kim, Kathy & Staff for doing such an amazing job! GO! READ MSMD
KDWT Ambassador helped to stamp books and make book marks for this event. Thank you for all your effort! Keep the great work!
"MAHALO" to the kids from the Clarence Youth Bureau for being part of our Ohana100 Team this day. They worked very hard to make sure that each child left with a book of their own. GO! READ CYB
On Tuesday, November 1st, volunteers drove nearly an hour to spend time with the kids at Agri-Business Child Development in Holley. The kids were very excited about the stories read by each volunteer. Great job to our Ohana100 Team! GO! READ ABCD Holley
As you can see it was a very busy day on Thursday, September 22, as our Senior volunteers read to over 180 Kindergartners at Maryvale Primary School. There was a lot of excitement in the air! GO! READ Maryvale Kindergartners
KDWT ambassadors helped to deliver 100 books to the St. Lawrence Children's Clinic on Wednesday, August 31st. The clinic has been a recipient of free books from Ohana100 for the past 2 years. GO! READ St. Lawrence Kids
On Wednesday August 17th volunteers visited the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB)- Child Life. Over 100 books were donated to benefit the children. Senior volunteer Sally read to one of the young patients. GO! READ WCHOB
"Big Aloha" to the Berdysiak Family who help stamped and delivered the books!
On Sunday, June 26th Ohana100 hosted a mini luau to honor dedicated local volunteers for their commitment to service this year. CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF OUR OHANA100 TEAM!!!
Many programs in New York were preparing for end of school and our Ohana100 volunteers made sure that some children in Newfane got books to take home to read for the summer.
On Tuesday, June 14th Newfane Elementary Kindergarteners were very excited to meet with our seniors for story time.
Our seniors received a warm ALOHA from students at the Newfane Early Childcare Center. Students showed their appreciation for our volunteers by wearing flower leis they made.
GO! READ Newfane
Ohana100 delivered baskets for the 2016 Mommy & Baby EXPO at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Niagara County. The expo provides the Lewiston Community especially mothers and their children the opportunity to learn about the services that are available to them. GO! READ MSMH
During a sunny afternoon on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 1st Graders at Clinton Elementary in West Seneca lounged and enjoyed reading time with Ohana100 senior volunteers in their school courtyard. GO! READ Clinton 1st Graders
On Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 3rd Graders at Miss Vision's Class at Westminister Charter school were gifted with free books to take home for the summer. The students helped Ohana100 to write letters for kids in Cuba about what its like to live in Buffalo. They also helped to make book marks for kids in Sierra Leon. Thank you Ms. Vision's 3rd Graders for making a difference! GO! READ Westminster 3rd Graders
On Saturday, June 4th, 2016 Ohana100 awarded Orleans Outreach Center in Jefferson County with 200 new books to gift to the children they service in the community. The center has been operating since 1989 and functions as a food pantry and clothing room. It is solely managed by volunteers. KDWT Ambassadors of Catherine Mattson and Amelia Lovell helped to deliver books.
FRONT Left to Right: Catherine Mattson- KDWT Ambassador, Donna Chatterton Pantry Manager, Boni Shafer Outreach Manager, Amelia Lovell KDWT Ambassador, BACK: Lourdes Snyder and Jackie Morley.
For the 3rd year, Ohana100 has brought the joy of reading books to kids at Buffalo United Charter School. On Thursday, May 26th Ohana100 senior volunteers read to grades K & 1 and gifted books to 380 children, including the 8th grade graduating class. GO! READ BUCS
On Wednesday, May 25th Ohana100 visited the Family Help Center and gifted kids for the second year. You can tell with the expression on some of these kids faces that these books mean something and they are eager to share it with one another. GO! READ FHC
On Tuesday, May 3rd volunteers traveled 2 hours south to deliver 800 books to Bolivar-Richburg Elementary School. Every student from the school, grades PreK to 5th received a new book and over 340 gently used books were donated to help build their school library. GO! READ Bolivar- Richburg
The GO! READ Challenge recognized 16 students for their hard work and determination in reading this year. The teachers helped to identify those students. "CONGRATULATIONS to our "GO! Readers". KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!
To celebrate TEACHERS APPRECIATION DAY, all students cheered "THANK YOU" to all the teachers. Kindergarteners were treated to story time with our senior volunteer. The kids enjoyed the stories and were great listeners. GO! READ Kindergartners
On Wednesday, April 20th KDWT Ambassadors helped to distribute over 500 books for the Mount St. Mary's Hospital Mommy & Baby Expo and for the children born at the hospital. The volunteers were treated to a tour of the newly renovated Maternity and Lactation Unit. The dedicated and caring staff works hard to make sure that each mother and child have a comfortable and nurturing experience. Ohana100 is appreciative of this partnership and especially being able to help a mother and child get an early head start on reading. GO! READ MOUNT ST. MARY'
Another event on April 23rd Ohana100 awarded Peace of the City Shakespeare books, for their at-risk youth theater program that services kids on Buffalos West Side. GO! READ Peace Of The City
On Thursday, April 21st our senior volunteers read and distributed books to children at Green Acres School, a program of the Heritage Center. The children were very good listeners. It is always a wonderful experience for our seniors to be able to read and engage with students in our community. GO! READ GREEN ACRES