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Doug’s Fish Fry will host a fundraiser for Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Aug. 16 in Seneca County at Five Star Bank between Seneca Falls and Waterloo.

Doug’s Fish Fry started in Skaneateles in 1982, and has since expanded to Cortland and the New York State Fairgrounds, and now includes Doug’s Fish Fry ToGo! where their refrigerated truck and concession trailer are brought directly to your special event so that you can enjoy your seafood hot and fresh.

Five Star Bank is a popular location for area fundraisers and is dedicated to providing leadership and support for the many communities they serve. This will be Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency’s first event at that location, and Bank Manager Michael Scaglione is excited to support the event as a host for Doug’s.

For more than 45 years, community action agencies across the country have addressed the issues of poverty for low-income families and individuals. The faces of poverty have changed, as the majority of families the agency serves today are families who have either lost their jobs or are working minimum-wage jobs and not earning enough to support their families. These are families who were in the middle class bracket and are now finding themselves below the poverty guidelines.

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency is also facing hard economic times with funding cuts that impact the families we serve. Funding for the weatherization program has been decreased, the agency’s Teenage Services Act program for at-risk youth was eliminated, and the agency did not receive any FEMA money for Seneca County, which is used to assist families in crisis with rent and utilities.

In the 2011 program year, 2,870 individuals received emergency food assistance, 280 households received emergency fuel or utility assistance, 541 families received emergency rent/mortgage assistance, and 2,564 individuals accessed the agency’s free clothing program. The loss of FEMA funds has limited the services available to families in crisis. Families are forced to make the difficult decision of paying for heat or purchasing nutritious food for their families.

This fundraiser will help the agency to continue its programs and services and to assist families in emergency situations. We appreciate your support in helping us to promote self-sufficiency through our various programs.

Please take the time to support this worthy event and make a difference in the lives of families within our community.

Rose Rathbone is the director of Seneca programs for Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency. She can be reached at 539-5647 ext. 123.

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Features editor for The Citizen.