Niagara Hospice seeks $275,000 in Pepsi Grants

January 6, 2011 Updated Jan 6, 2011 at 2:09 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Niagara Hospice seeks $275,000 in Pepsi Grants

January 6, 2011 Updated Jan 6, 2011 at 2:09 PM EDT

Niagara County, NY (WKBW-TV)

Niagara Hospice and the Niagara Hospice Alliance are competing for a $250,000 and a $25,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project during the month of January. The winners will be decided by popular vote so Niagara Hospice is reaching out to the community to encourage supporters to vote for each of their projects every day during the month of January.

If awarded, the $250,000 grant would be used to purchase a residential home facility to accommodate homeless veterans in need of hospice care. The facility would provide a “five star” location where ailing homeless veterans can reach the end of their lives in dignity and comfort. They would be assured the care, honor and respect they deserve at a time when it’s needed most.

The other grant of $25,000 would be used to purchase a vehicle to provide transportation and delivery services to patients and their families. The vehicle would ensure that patients are able to get to essential locations as well as allow patients, family members, and friends to stay connected. Additionally, the vehicle would be used by staff and volunteers to deliver necessary supplies to patient homes.

Niagara Hospice development coordinator, Tom LaChiusa says: “Less than a minute of your day for each day in January can help provide essential end-of-life care services to Niagara County residents who need our help. We hope to see a strong showing of support from our generous community.”

Voting on-line is free and can be done several ways. Visitors to the site can vote up to ten times each day for ten different projects, but only once per project each day of the month.

To help Niagara Hospice, visit and type Niagara Hospice into the search tab to place your vote each day for each of the two Niagara Hospice projects. Supporters can also text their vote (normal text rates apply) or vote on Facebook. Links are also available at on the News tab.

Niagara Hospice served over 1,000 families last year and over 15,000 Niagara County residents since 1988. Hospice is specialized care for the terminally ill. Niagara Hospice provides support services to both the patient and family, providing comfort, dignity and choice. For more information, call Niagara Hospice at 439-4417 or visit the website at