The Edwin J. Wadas Foundation, Inc. announces $146,568.00 in funding to the Mid York Library System.

This grant will provide sports equipment including kayaks, bicycles, ice skates, snowshoes and many other items to be borrowed at libraries across Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Using the organizational abilities of the library system we are hoping to remove barriers and open the outdoors to children of all ages.

“Outdoor play has a multitude of physical and mental health benefits for children. Spending time playing outdoors can promote creativity, independence, and problem-solving. Outdoor play can also improve strength, endurance, and mental health,” stated Victoria Cataldo, Executive Director.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our library communities with the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities. Libraries are vital in removing obstacles to accessing information and experiences. This project will enable so many children and their families to participate in and enjoy a variety of activities.” stated Diana Cassulis, Mid-York Library Community Outreach Librarian.

The mission of The Edwin J. Wadas Foundation, Inc. is to enhance the experiences of recreational and athletic programs for youth ages 5-18 in Oneida and Herkimer Counties.

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