The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities and major donor sponsors officially launched the 23rd Annual BPU Convention “Cents for St. Susan’s” campaign.
The total amount raised since the first BPU fundraiser in 2000 is $280,771.
Bright yellow “Cents for St. Susan’s” coin boxes are placed in the community to collect change, dollars and checks made out to St. Susan’s Center to help the soup kitchen feed the hungry people of the Jamestown area. The canisters will appear on the counters of local businesses and restaurants until July 4.
St. Susan Center is Jamestown’s soup kitchen located at 31 Water St. in the city. Its mission pushes the organization to “Provide free meals, fellowship, dignity and respect to everyone who walks through our doors.” The St. Susan Center offers meals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
During the pandemic, the St. Susan Center continued to serve meals, mostly in the form of takeout, as the dining hall was not permitted to serve customers inside the building. Volunteers were reluctant to work during COVID-19.
Currently, the soup kitchen is open to serve meals indoors; volunteers have returned to help and all guests are welcome in the dining room.
BPU chief executive David Leathers remarked Wednesday that the BPU is happy to continue fundraising on behalf of the soup kitchen.
“We are proud to be associated with the St. Susan Center,” Leathers said. “This community asset not only beautifully and efficiently serves meals to hungry people in our city. Its staff and volunteers also provide a welcoming atmosphere of acceptance for the clients they serve. We hope that area residents who appreciate the important work of the St. Susan Center will show their support with a gift to our “Cents for St. Susan’s” campaign.”
In addition to donating in coin boxes, people can also send checks to Cents for St. Susan’s, Jamestown BPU, PO Box 700, Jamestown, NY 14702-0700. Redeemable bottles and cans can also be donated to BPU’s Customer Service Office, Don’s Car Wash, and Southside Redemption Center. A hot dog sale outside the BPU customer service office is scheduled for June 3.
“We are deeply grateful to a great group of sponsors who have already helped us by donating funds for ‘Cents for St. Susan’s’ this year,” said BPU communications coordinator Becky Robbins.
“Topping the list of our top donors in 2022 are Judy and Steve McAllaster, Chautauqua Chemicals Co., Inc., KeyBank and Kwik Fill,” Robin said.
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Donors at the $500 level to date include: Asplundh; Boyles Engine Sales; Century 21/Turner Brokers; Dan and Connie Evans; Falconer Printing & Design, Inc.; The Heritage Group; The Legend group with Lou Deppas; North West; Robbins and Johnson Lawyers; Shults Automotive Group; Slone-Melhuish Insurance; Weinberg Financial Group; and Wright Calimeri, PLLC, attorneys. The Media One Radio Group and the Post Journal are media sponsors.
Every donated dollar can be used to buy $6 worth of food at Feed More WNY, where St. Susan buys food. For example, a $10 donation can buy $60 worth of food.
“St. Susan Center is a place where people who need a hot meal, no matter what their situation, can get one,” said St. Susan Center executive director Cherie Rowland. “We are an immediate solution to prevent people from going hungry.”
She added, “Since 2000, St. Susan’s has been blessed by the BPU Cents for St. Susan’s campaign providing resources to fund running and food costs. We are grateful to the campaign donors and sponsors and businesses who, year after year, display the canisters in support of the St. Susan Center.
For questions, contact Robbins at 716-661-1680 or [email protected]