Organization for abused, at-risk kids gets $77K grant

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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— Things of My Very Own Inc. recently received a $77,000 grant from the Edward D. Cammarota Foundation.

The funds will be used to further the Schenectady-based nonprofit’s mission, which is to provide crisis intervention services to abused, neglected and at-risk children.

The Daily Gazette profiled the organization in November as it struggled to stay afloat.

Founder and CEO Rayn Boncie started Things of My Very Own in 2008.

Today, it provides crisis intervention services across a 12-county area to children who have experienced extensive abuse or neglect or are in at-risk situations.

“We are very excited to have the support of the Edward D. Commarota Foundation and look forward to expanding our programs to better serve those in crisis situations,” said Boncie.

Edward D. Cammarota lived his entire life in Schenectady and was the oldest of four children born to Italian immigrants.

He graduated from Union College in 1937 with a civil engineering degree. During World War II, he went to New Jersey to help build dry docks.

When the war ended, he returned to Schenectady and began a construction business that built many of the roads in the area.

To learn more about Things of My Very Own, visit

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