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 Every1. 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 Every1.  Mark your calendars for the third Monday in July (July 16th, 2018) 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 in the fall.  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 Every1, 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 Every1, 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, 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 Community Services 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

Karen Silver

Karen A. Silver

Board Chairperson

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

Alex Wehr

Alexandra Wehr

Vice Chairperson

This is Wehr’s third year on the Foundation Board. Wehr joins us with years of experience supporting nonprofits 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.

Scott Vahue

Scott B. Vahue


Scott Vahue is Senior Vice President at M&T Bank. He served eleven years on the Community Services’ Agency Board of Directors as well as prior service on the Board for the Mortgage Bankers Association of WNY. Scott serves on the National Mortgage Bankers Association Board of Governors and served on the Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable. He is also an Officer on the WNY Impact Foundation and the Chair of the Finance Committee of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, along with being a Sunday school teacher. This is his seventh year on the Board.

Mindy Cervoni

Mindy Cervoni

Ex-Officio Board Member

Mindy Cervoni is the President and CEO of Community Services for Every1 and has been with the agency since 2001. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Mindy Cervoni currently sits on several boards including the NY Alliance for Innovation and Inclusion, Developmental Disability Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY), Person Centered Services of WNY, and Community Services Housing Corporations. Mindy also serves on the NY Start Region One Advisory Council and is an Advisory Board member for the West Seneca Central Schools Academy. Mindy has a Certification in Lean Processing and has a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma.

Justin Johnston

Justin Johnston

Board Member

Justin Johnston is the Assistant Vice President for College Advancement at SUNY Geneseo, and he has a wealth of experience in professional fundraising. Johnston is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He also serves as president-elect on the AFP Western New York Chapter Board of Directors and is a Research Council member at the AFP Professional Development Division. This is his second year on the Board.

Stephen Mayo

Stephen Mayo

Board Member

Stephen has been active with the region’s Meals on Wheels programs in both fundraising events and meal delivery for the past eight years. Stephen has recently joined the board of Preventionfocus, Inc., a not-for-profit that educates children on the pitfalls of drugs, alcohol, gambling and assists in other educational matters. Stephen is a Vice President at Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. in Buffalo, NY. This is his fifth year on the Foundation Board.

Christyn Newlin

Christyn Newlin

Board Member

Christyn has been an Account Manager with Independent Health for the past 18 years. Her main focus is on the development of positive relationships, creating strategic business plans for each client, and maintaining the overall customer experience for Independent Health clients. She also serves on the Niagara County Community Services Board of Directors.

Bob O'Leary

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 his sixth year on the Foundation Board.

Nelson Rivera

Nelson Rivera

Board Member

Nelson Rivera, Instructor 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.