Championing Our Region

The Grigg Lewis Foundation is dedicated to supporting and strengthening local nonprofits in Niagara County, not only through grant funding but also as advocates of local agencies’ missions. The Foundation wants to champion local nonprofits in the region that have made considerable impacts in Niagara County. These nonprofits are actively engaged in the community and bring unique programs and/or services to the community. The Foundation is proud to support those who are working to enhance our community. 

Camp Happiness

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Since 2008, Camp Happiness has been a beacon of community spirit and positivity for campers and volunteers. It has become a true camp of happiness, with many campers being able to safely participate in activities in a supportive environment. As a traditional one-week day camp experience, people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities from Niagara County aged 12 to 90 can have uninterrupted fun. Camp is offered at Cambria, NY Fire Hall through the volunteer efforts of the Lockport Elks Lodge #41. Many volunteers have been with the organization since its start and are dedicated to providing a great experience for all campers.

 

Camp activities are available and accessible to all participants with campers being divided into age and/or ability-appropriate groups. Programming is conducted by experienced Intandem and Empower employees. Trained Elks Lodge #41 and community volunteers are also available to assist with camp operations and activities. During the five days of camp, participants experience activities such as music, horticulture projects, arts and crafts, karaoke, water games, cornhole, face painting, field sports, and more. Lunch, prizes, and transportation to and from central locations across Niagara County are also provided. With 150 guest campers being impacted each year, Camp Happiness is an example of the power of community and compassion.

 

Many donors have provided charitable support and donations for this unique camp to be experienced by individuals with developmental disabilities both now and in the future. For more information about supporting or volunteering at Camp Happiness, you can learn more under “Sponsors” on the Camp Happiness website.

Wish Lists

Along with championing agencies in Niagara County, we are sharing the wish lists of local organizations. We’d like to encourage you to review their lists and support these agencies in any way possible. Click on each agency logo to learn more!