Making Dreams a Tangible Reality, is Our Goal.
With Hope, Help, Courage and Strength, Freedom and Peace are within one's reach.
In 2016, more than 42,000 people died from increased opioid use. More than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—a 2-fold increase in a decade. Among the more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with nearly 30,000 overdose deaths. Source: CDC WONDER.
On Friday, April 13, 2018, our son's heart weakened and succumbed to his addictions. More than ever, our family wishes to help make an impact on the lives of those struggling so that even if one person can be reached, if one person can find hope, it will be a worthwhile venue in the memory of our son, Michael.
We have established The Serenity Scholarship Fund. It is our intent the fundraisers used for this scholarship be dedicated to raising awareness of Hope and Help in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates Counties (NY), Tioga and Potter Counties (PA) for those struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders and to provide a scholarship for someone who has successfully completed rehabilitation, maintained sobriety for a minimum of one year, is continually and actively working a program of recovery and is applying to a Technical Program or an Associates Degree.
We are excited to announce the Serenity Scholarship will be open to taking applications starting November 1, 2019. The scholarship is due on February 27, 2020 and will be awarded in June, 2020. Please visit www.communityfund.org for scholarship details and to apply.
If you would like to join us in this cause of bringing hope, peace and serenity for someone in need,
donations can be made to:
The Serenity Scholarship Fund
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and Finger Lakes, Inc.
301 S. Main Street
Horseheads, NY 14845
Or go to: www.communityfund.org
For more information on drug abuse visit: National Institute on Drug Abuse