The Community Services Support Foundation



   Enhancing our services by eliminating gaps in funding through events, mini-grants and more!

The Community Services Support Foundation secures financial resources and manages funds that support organizations, activities, and individuals that provide and improve services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Western New York. The Foundation accepts and administers gifts, donations, bequests, and grants on behalf of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled (CSDD). We offer opportunities for donors to participate in the pursuit of service excellence, new services and new approaches that improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities.

CollageAnnual Events
Every year we celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the people served by Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled.  Mark your calendars for the third Monday in July (July 17th, 2017) for our annual Golf Tournament, Chipping in for Community Services held at the East Aurora Country Club.  Then add the Buffalo Inspired Art, Fare and Beer event which is held on a Thursday evening in late October (October 26th, 2017) at the Foundry.  We invite you to show your support for our Mission through: Corporate Sponsorships, Donations for Basket Raffles and Silent Auctions or simply Purchase a Ticket.  (For more information visit our Events Page.)

Why We Were Established
The Community Services Support Foundation came into being in the spring of 2011 as the first formal foray of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled Inc. into a sustained fundraising initiative. The Community Services Support Foundation, Inc. is incorporated as a New York State not-for-profit corporation and has received its 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation, while independent from Community Services, has been developed to address the challengeMows ahead for all agencies serving people with developmental disabilities in New York State.

Who Needs Our Support
Over 27,000 people in Western New York are directly affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. While many are receiving caring services from not-for-profit agencies such as Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, and many more are receiving services directly from New York State, over 1,000 people remain on the NYSOPWDD waiting list for residential placements. Our agencies are overwhelmed by the demand for services at the same time that governmental support is being cut back. There are many more people today that are presenting with multiple service needs that include behavioral, vocational and complex medical requirements. The individuals served are getting older, on average, and that in itself presents significant challenges.

Our Agency

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, founded in 1989 has a staff of over 800 well-trained individuals offering services through 40+ programs to an average of 1600 people and their families every day. Because CSDD puts the individual first its programs are offered in a variety of in-home and community-based settings, created to allow each individual to achieve his or her highest level of independent living, and to participate as a productive and contributing member of society.

Community Services has earned the reputation of an agency that is willing to take on the more difficult challenges and work with individuals from families without financial means. Often our dedicated staff are the default family of those being served. The agency’s commitment to bringing an optimal quality of life to everyone it serves means that State reimbursement does not always allow for the “extras” that bring a smile to peoples’ faces. This is where the Community Services Support Foundation comes in, to ensure that Community Services and other agencies can continue to innovate, have a positive impact on peoples’ lives, and grow capacity to meet the unmet needs of our community.

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Foundation Board

silverKaren A. Silver

Board Chairperson

Karen A. Silver has been active with the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, the Clarence Chamber of Commerce, Canisius College Women in Networking and Families of FANA (Foundation for the Assistance of Abandoned Children) of WNY.  Karen A. Silver is the Vice President of Small Business at Key Bank in Williamsville, NY.  This is Karen A. Silver’s fifth year on the Foundation Board.

mayoStephen E. Mayo

Board Vice Chair

Stephen has been active with the region’s Meal on Wheels programs in both fundraising events and meal delivery.  Stephen E. Mayo is a member of the Clarence and Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and a Vice President at Walsh Insurance Group in Buffalo, NY.  This is Stephen E. Mayo’s fifth year on the Foundation Board.

Mindy CervoniMindy Cervoni

Board Secretary

Mindy Cervoni is the President and CEO of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc.  Mindy Cervoni sits on several boards including the DDAWNY Board of Directors. She is a member of the Workforce Readiness Committee through Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association (BNHRA) since 2007, Board member of Community Services Housing Corporations, and an Advisory Board member for the West Seneca Schools Academy of Digital Media. This is her third year on the Foundation Board.

Scott-Vahue-3821061_220Scott B. Vahue

Board Treasurer

Scott B. Vahue is Senior Vice President for M&T Bank.  He served eleven years on Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled Board of Directors as well as prior service on the Board for the Mortgage Bankers Assoc. of WNY.  This is Scott B. Vahue’s seventh year on the Foundation Board.

Robert O’Leary

Board Member

Robert O’Leary is Vice President of Parkview Health Services.  He has over 30 years experience in pharmacy related businesses and is very involved in many community organizations and charity events. This is Robert O’Leary’s sixth year on the Foundation Board.

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Board Member

Tamara, Executive Director for United Way South Niagara, joins the Board bringing years of experience and expertise in corporate partnerships, fundraising and program implementation. She has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Business Achievement Award, and the Peter F. Ducker Award for the Best Capital Campaign. This is her fourth year on the Board.


Laura HeadshotLaura Daniels

Board Member

Laura Daniels, former Mix96 (WMSX, 96.1 fm) Morning Show Host, brings 17 years of experience in media and marketing to the Community Services Support Foundation Board. Laura hosted her own morning show called “Mix Morning Rush with Laura Daniels.” Laura is also President of Laura Daniels, Inc., a voiceover and copywriting business, also offering independent consulting on on marketing strategies, creative conceptions, specific recruitment and ad placement. This is her third year on the Board.

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Board Member

Third year on the Foundation Board.  Wehr joins us with years of experience supporting non-profits throughout Western New York both professionally and personally. She is currently a member of NYS Housing Task Force, OPWDD’s Subcommittee on Rate Rationalization, DDRO Fiscal Stability Committee, Housing Subcommittee under a NYSARC BIP Grant, and many other community organizations and charity events.

Christyn NewlinChristyn Newlin

Board Member

Christyn Newlin is an Account Manager with Independent Health and also a Licensed insurance agent for NYS Life, Accidental and Health.  This is Christyn Newlin’s sixth year on the Foundation Board.

Justin M. Johnston Head ShotJustin Johnston

Board Member

Justin Johnston is the Director of Development and Gift Officer at Daemen College, and he has a wealth of experience in fundraising. Johnston is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He also serves as treasurer on the AFP Western New York Chapter Board of Directors and is a Research Council member at the AFP Center for Fundraising Innovation. This is his first year on the Board.

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Board Member

Nelson Rivera, Graduate Assistant for the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program at the University at Buffalo, joins us with an extensive background working in the nonprofit field. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, UNYTS, 500 Block of Main Street Association, Buffalo Place, ChalkFest Buffalo, and B Team Buffalo. Along with his experience in the nonprofit field, he has an array of experience working in the education system. This is his third year on the Foundation Board.