First Niagara Bank donates $12.5K to counseling center

By Matt Porter

July 1, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 11:56 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Children who need help will be getting more of it thanks to a grant by First Niagara Bank.

Executives of First Niagara Bank gave the Samaritan Counseling Center a check for $12,500 to help fund youth counseling services.

"A lot of our philanthropic mission is to support youth education to provide counseling and assist the youth and effort along those lines," said First Niagara market executive David Kavney. "It's a great feeling, proud to be able to do it."

The center helps more than 400 families a year including helping young adults dealing with mental illnesses like depression.

Executive Director Marian Towers said the center will use the money to bring on a specialist for adolescent counseling.

"I think it's going to help children and youth, young adults, teenagers and college students," Towers said. "It's going to help them reach their full potential."

Towers said the money should also help the center aid at least 50 additional families each year.