The Northern New York Community Foundation announces the establishment of a geographic-specific, permanent charitable foundation. The Cary and Janet Brick Riverside Foundation will provide grants to support initiatives enhancing the quality of life in the Thousand Islands region with a focus on young people, seniors and first responders.
Administered by the Northern New York Community Foundation, it is designed to have broad impact in perpetuity, with special emphasis for Clayton’s Hawn Memorial Library for children’s programs and support of its social media capabilities and development of computer educational programs for Clayton-area seniors. Additionally, it will offer support to first responders pursuing advanced training to develop their skills individually and separately from training funded by their public safety departments and oversight boards.
“The Hawn Library is a regional treasure serving as an important learning center for young people from throughout the region,” Mr. and Mrs. Brick said, “It has the potential to bring even more 21st century technology programs to future generations of community leaders as well as to those who were partners in the early days of Clayton’s development as one of New York’s crown jewels who can find new and exciting opportunities in the internet world.” They added, “First responders are heroes of our riverside communities and we want to encourage those of them who seek advance training to sharpen their skills.”
“We are extremely grateful for the thoughtful generosity of the Bricks, which will forever be a resource to make good things happen in areas that have very deep meaning for them. It is an honor to be part of all that this represents and all that it will have the potential to accomplish,” said Rande S. Richardson, Community Foundation executive director.
Mr. and Mrs. Brick both have served as trustees of Hawn Memorial Library and as Judges in the Clayton court system. They are also benefactors of a scholarship for 10th Mountain Division soldiers attending Jefferson Community College.