The DeVany Fund recently awarded more than $21,000 in grants to 20 organizations dedicated to serving the poor in Rochester.

This was the second full round of grants awarded by the fund, established in 2011 from a bequest to the Cathedral Community by parishioner Leo DeVany. Mr. DeVany wanted the fund to make regular contributions that would help relieve the struggles of the poor in Rochester. The fund is administered through the Cathedral Community, located at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park in northwest Rochester.

Parishioner Carla Palumbo chairs the fund’s distribution committee.

“Leo DeVany wanted to leave a legacy of helping those less fortunate and we are striving to ensure that his wishes are fulfilled,” Ms. Palumbo says. “The DeVany fund provided needed seed and start up funds for the most part to small groups and organizations.  The projects we funded ranged from a science project for the children at Mary's Place to New Life Toys, a group that trains people in retail work, repairs used toys and sells them at the holidays. We fund mentoring, tutoring and community building projects.”

Among this year’s recipients:

  • The Charles Settlement House, for a program that supports eligible seniors and adults towards increased independence ($1,000).
  • Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services’ Lexington Garden Project to support refugees growing their own foods with new tools, fencing and other supplies ($2,000).
  • House of Mercy, to help provide dignified burials for the indigent ($2,000)
  • Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach center, to assist with tutorial programs and field trips for adult refugees and refugee children ($2,000).
  • All- Star Scholars, a Cathedral Community ministry that assists neighborhood children with tutorial services ($1,500).

“Funding will enable the All-star Scholars program to provide nutritious snacks, literacy materials for children who are learning English as a second language, and additional elementary grade educational and enrichment resources, says Joann White, director of the All-Star Scholars program. “ A globe will be provided for each family as the children study the theme, ‘We are One Family.’ ” (Mark Hare, a parishioner at the Cathedral Community, contributed to this posting.)