Compu-Mail recently announced the second recipient in their 2012 Charity Connection program. Bornhava, an early intervention and preschool program for children with developmental disabilities, was presented with $1,000 last week at their facility in Amherst, NY. Bornhava serves approximately 150 families throughout Western New York.
Upon accepting the donation, Bornhava’s Executive Director Barbara-Jo Hard expressed, “Your gift is going to make a significant difference to us – it’s wonderful when we receive funds we can use freely towards whatever is most needed.” Ms. Hard also remarked on Bornhava’s philosophy, “Our program’s goal is to have teachers, therapists and parents become a team to achieve the very best for our children. Bornhava means ‘a small early childhood program with a home-like environment,’ and parent involvement is essential to our goal.”
The selected entry for Bornhava was submitted by Mark Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Daemen College and Bornhava board member. Dr. Brown explained why he nominated Bornhava, “I have always supported the mission and philosophy of Bornhava – to support the social and emotional well-being of children through play and movement. I am a strong believer in inclusion and the need to be an advocate of children with special needs.”
Ms. Hard hopes to apply the donation towards upgraded computer systems to help the staff better manage their frequent communication with parents, community agencies and school districts, something which otherwise would not have been possible within this year’s budget.
To date this year, Compu-Mail has contributed $1,000 donations to two non-profits chosen at random from names submitted on their website for the Charity Connection program. The first recipient, selected in March, was Heart, Love and Soul in Niagara Falls, NY. More than 200 nominations have been received this year for the program, which Compu-Mail began as a way to involve their clients and associates in choosing how to direct their corporate philanthropy efforts.
Bornhava (www.bornhava.org) is approved by the New York State Education Department to provide programming for young children with developmental disabilities and to offer support and resources for their caregivers. Established in 1983, Bornhava’s intent is to offer a home-like atmosphere where high quality therapeutic and educational interventions are provided for children with special needs from birth to five years of age. Bornhava’s focus is not only on the specific needs of these children, but also on family involvement and interaction with typical children. Currently, Bornhava’s staff serves approximately 150 families throughout Western New York.