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#RocStrong Nominees

Simply Crepes
Since the beginning of the shutdown, when businesses took huge financial hits, Simply Crepes has made literally hundreds of deliveries to Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. Numerous times a week, many different units, were delivered sweet treats and thanks from them. When their bottom line was very likely at risk, they continued to do this and spread cheer and joy amongst all the healthcare workers. I have told everyone I know to make sure they support local after this, and this establishment in particular.

Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc. - A small non-profit in Farmington, NY that provides services to adults with traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, they have had to shut their doors, but instead of not doing anything for their folks, they have a food program where they are delivering healthy, balanced meals to their folks and other people within the community (over 4 counties)! Bridges truly cares about the people they serve and the community that supports them!

Bryan- A paramedic for Livingston County EMS
He has dedicated his career to caring for those in need, at their most desperate of times. He is an amazing husband and father, sacrificing time with his family to support the sick and injured. Most of the time, he is merely a nameless face to those he comes into contact with, but to us, he is a hero. We are grateful for his kind and loving soul.

Cam - Director of Campus Dining Services 
Cam is always looking out for our students and their safety especially during this pandemic. He is always going to make sure that the kids get fed with a fresh nutritious meal prepared daily so their parents can maybe worry a little less about their children when they are away from home. A lot of situations some kids are living in a new country and he makes sure they feel right at home no matter where they come from and makes sure each and every student is heard. If they have any special need or concerns, he addresses it immediately and we need more people in the world like him! 

The Original Candy Kitchen
Mary is the owner of a small family run restaurant. She never closed. She and her daughters keep the community fed with takeout only. She also has a huge homemade chocolate candy business. Her busiest time is Easter and Valentine's Day. They never skipped a beat. This is why I am nominating Mary and her crew for this honor..

Letchworth Transportation
The transportation staff at Letchworth has been incredibely important during our school closure. While each staff member has continued to receive their regular pay during the closure, several members of the staff have volunteered to organize delivery, and then deliver meals to many students and families in our community. Being a widespread district, we have 5 meal distribution sites. Two members of the transportation, again voluntarily, travel to one of these sites each day to ensure our students and families have the opporutnity to receive a breakfast and lunch. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these meal sites are outdoors and these great people have literally battled with all various types of weather conditions; snow, cold, wind, ice, rain, and heat. Following the normal distribution times, meals are delivered to individual homes outside the local towns, where pick up is more difficult for various reasons. Now, considering this may continue through the summer months, I can't imagine how our school would be able to do it without these kind-hearted individuals. On top of delivering meals, they have also be instrumental in delivering weekly instructional learning packets to those households with little or no internet use.

Sackett-Merrill-White American Legion Post 575
A group of 8, donated, made and delivered over 100 meals to elderly people in our community. Most of them home alone during pandemic.

Hinchey Road GroupHome Staff
Throughout this pandemic this staff has come in everyday and cared for my son and his other 5 housemates. The guys are not able to understand the concept of a pandemic. They will not keep on masks. They need one to one care. Feeding, changing etc. The staff has come in everyday. They leave their families. They take on extra shifts. They put themselves in harm's way to make sure our disabled children are cared for. We have not been able to see our children for 90 days. This is hard but knowing the boys see familiar faces and are loved and cared for makes it a little easier... they have all gone above and beyond. The pay of a Direct Care person is just about minimum wage. They are not getting hazard pay . They deserve some recognition. No one remembers that they too are dealing with stress, diapers, bathing and caring for people who need 100% assistance. Having the group homes shut down for visitation a dm all dayhabs closed they now have the residents for 24 hours a day 7 days a week with no respite for them. The residents are not going to school or dayhabs. No community outings. They themselves are dealing with stress. This in turn makes the residents have behaviors and depression. Staff also has this on top of their regular duties to deal with. They are fantastic and have been positive throughout this all.

Rochester NY Disinfection Services
Through this pandemic they switched up from painting houses to offering a disinfection service to businesses as well as the public. They are very knowledgeable and service orientated. They deserve kudos for their courage and willingness to start a new business during this current crisis. Highly recommended both in this new venture along with the painting services they offer. 

Jaime has worked in non-profit her entire career. She started with FoodLink, and moved to what was Alternatives for Battered Women. Under her tutelage ABW raised multimillions of dollars and spearheaded the name change to Willow. She continues her devotion to the Rochester community serving as CEO and President for United Way. She never stops caring about those less fortunate. She has taught her children how to look at others as "humans", without regard to color, class, sex or ability. She is a true role model for leaders.

My mom has been making and donating masks to people, local businesses, and county offices. On top of that, she has been working food drives every week to help make more of a difference.

Lois Paul
She has went above and beyond at her job as a nurse aide at Wyoming county skilled nursing facility. She volunteered to work the Covid unit, picked up extra hours and shifts.

Catprint- Jon Weaver, COO
Catprint is a boutique digital printing company headquartered in Fairport, NY. One of the main industries the company prints for is weddings and large events such as comi-cons. As COVID-19 saw many people cancelling or postponing their weddings and other events, the company knew they had to do something to help. Although business was down for them due to the event industry taking a hit, they still came up with a plan to give back. Catprint offers event printing insurance. When couples choose to print with Catprint, they are guaranteed a free reprint should their event details change due to COVID-19. Even if they had their original prints done somewhere else, they will receive 50% off their order if reprinting with Catprint. Giving back is ingrained in Catprint's culture. They have a Catprint Cares program where they give customers 10% off, if they make a $10 donation to a charitable organization. In addition they have many foster animals that their employees help to take care of and find forever homes for. Catprint is an organization that goes well beyond business. They truly care about the Rochester community, and have shown the unique ability to be empathetic to others even when their own business was suffering due to COVID-19.

Dana is a social worker at Strong Hospital in Rochester, recently she was the social worker for the COVID ICU. She helped so many patients and families struggling to cope during this pandemic. Not only do her patients appreciate her, but her family does as well. We love her so much!

United Oxygen and Medical
United Oxygen and Medical is a rock star company with exceptional staff. A few months back, at the peak of the pandemic,  I was in need of a nebulizer. I called around and either places were not opened or had limited hours. None of the above was true with United Oxygen! I had the pleasure of speaking with Scott. From my first phone call to delivery, Scott guided me every step of the way. The best part? I had the medical device that I needed-THAT DAY! I didn’t even have to leave the house. Scott entered my home with all of the necessary PPE, kept socially distant and was beyond professional. He even brought some coloring pages and crayons for the kids!  He showed me hands on how to use my device. I am so thankful for this company. I will be referring them to everyone, they have made me a customer for life!

Brockport Animal Hospital
Early in the pandemic, my old, blind dog had an emergency.  The doctors and staff at Brockport Animal Hospital got her in immediately despite the new virus challenges they were facing.  I wasn’t able to accompany my dog inside, but they took her gently and cared for her while we waited in the parking lot.  I was incredibly grateful they were there to help!  As the pandemic has evolved, BAH has expanded their safety procedures so they can continue to care for the furry family members of our area.  Not only are they considering customer safety, but it seems they are prioritizing employee safety as well even if it means “extra” work, time, or cost.  I truly believe the doctors and staff are health heroes for our furry family members and they absolutely deserve to be recognized.