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First Niagara helps Children and Youth Succeed with $12,500 donation to the Samaritan Counseling Center of the Southern Tier

Date Posted: July 02, 2013

The Samaritan Counseling Center of the Southern Tier is pleased to announce it has received a $12,500 donation from First Niagara to support youth counseling. “We are thrilled to have the support of First Niagara,” said Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center, Marian Towers. “This funding will allow us to continue our work with children and young adults, helping them to reach their full potential. One of our young clients confidentially sums it up quite nicely, when they said, ‘I love [my counselor] because I believe she wants me to succeed as a person and in life.’”

“Supporting youth and education are First Niagara’s top philanthropic priorities. We are proud to partner with the Samaritan Counseling Center to help make a positive difference in the Binghamton area,” said David Kavney, Market Executive, First Niagara Bank.

The Samaritan Counseling Center offers counseling services for people of all ages, couples, and families. A Samaritan counselor can help with issues such as anger, anxiety, depression grief/ loss, relationships, parenting, stress, etc. Samaritan counselors also provide education and training for businesses, churches and other organizations on topics such as anger management, conflict resolution, effective communication, leadership development, and team building. The Samaritan Counseling Center is a non-profit organization celebrating 30 years in the Southern Tier community and is nationally accredited by the Samaritan Institute of Denver, Colorado.

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