Chautauqua Bright Spots To Recognize The “Helpers” In Our Community


Article Contributed by
Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council

Beloved children’s television host Fred Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” At their next event, Chautauqua Bright Spots is highlighting the ‘helpers’ in our region.

Several local individuals and organizations were nominated by community members moved by Chautauqua Bright Spots call to ‘find the helpers’. Those recognized include Ken and Betsy Dahlgren; Kristen Milne; Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, Inc.; Amber Dewey and Katie Swartz; Victoria Patti; and Kim Carlson.
As people who go out of their way to assist others, be it in a professional capacity, as a neighbor, or a friend these are the people who do kind things for others without expecting anything in return, making them a perfect fit to be acknowledged as a Chautauqua Bright Spot.
A celebration set for 5:30 pm on June 10 at The Resource Center, 200 Dunham Ave., will provide an opportunity for these ‘helpers’ to share their stories and inspirations. Light refreshments will be provided.

The mission of Chautauqua Bright Spots is to empower groups and individuals to create positive community change, highlight positive alternatives to harmful behaviors, and build community connectedness and synergy to make Chautauqua a healthier place to live, work and play.

Chautauqua Bright Spots is an initiative that recognizes neighborhoods, individuals, and organizations for making positive changes in the community, and is an initiative of HOPE Chautauqua. HOPE Chautauqua is a coalition formed to promote substance abuse prevention in the county. Coalition members desired a way to recognize the good things happening in the community while working to raise awareness of substance abuse prevention efforts in Chautauqua County. Chautauqua Bright Spots supports and promotes all the positive things happening on Chautauqua County!

If you know of a group, entities, or organizations in Chautauqua County that fit the description of a Bright Spot according to the initiative’s mission, please make a nomination. Nomination forms are available at the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) offices at 501 W. 3rd Street or on the Chautauqua Bright Spots Facebook, where you can either download the form or follow the link to complete online. Nominations are accepted continuously, and Bright Spots will be designated at special recognition events on a periodic basis.

There are many Bright Spots out there, so let’s give them the spotlight they deserve!