Posted on May 06, 2020

Pictured (top) are Chautauqua County Rural Ministry Executive Director Kathleen Howser Peterson (left) and Bridget Majka, the organization’s program director.

Pictured (bottom) is Major Christina Ramirez of the Salvation Army.


The Rotary Club of Dunkirk-Fredonia recently donated $500 to the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry (CCRM) and $500 to the Salvation Army of Dunkirk to assist to respond to increased need during COVID-19.

CCRM serves those in Chautauqua County who “need a hand up, not a hand out,” stated Executive Director Kathleen Howser Peterson. She also said that they have seen increased numbers of individuals and families needing assistance and meals during the current health crisis.

The Salvation Army of Dunkirk provides the “spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of Northern Chautauqua County through Worship Services, Bible Studies, Food Pantry, and a Youth Basketball Program,” said Major Christina Ramirez. She also stated that it has been a manageable challenge to keep the food pantry well stocked throughout COVID-19.

Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon via Zoom Video Conferencing. For more information about the Service Above Self motto of Rotary International and the Dunkirk-Fredonia Club, send a private message via Facebook @dunkirkfredoniarotary or email