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Fraternal Organizations in Medina, NY

American Red Cross

421 Main Street
Medina, New York 14103
Phone: (585)798-3170

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Medina Historical Society

406 West Avenue
Medina, New York 14103
(585) 798-3006

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The Purpose of the Medina Historical Society is to preserve and maintain Annals and Relics of Western New York, especially the Village of Medina and the Townships of Shelby and Ridgeway and to educate the people in the history of their community.

June - October
Open 1st and 3rd Sunday
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Private Visits may be arranged

Medina Sandstone Society

PO Box 25
Medina, New York 14103

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In the fall of 2004, an idea was born which seems destined to provide pride in the historic heritage of Medina, NY and a springboard for worthy civic projects-building on this heritage.

Robert E. Waters, a one-time head of the Medina Armory Action Committee, formed in 1978 to put an abandoned National Guard armory to appropriate public use, realized that the handsome and historic Medina armory was in need of exterior care after a century of use. The Orleans County YMCA (formed around 1980) is currently the occupant and title-holder of the building and it has been a substantial success in giving its program to the public. The "Y" can basically see to interior care of the large castellated structure, but exterior maintenance is on-going and challenging. The Sandstone Society has taken some of this responsibility on its shoulders to support the "Y". (Funds for this work are a year-to-year challenge.)

Mr. Waters immediately called upon Charles W. Slack, another former chairman of the Armory Action Committee and they brought together about a dozen remaining members of that committee who still have enthusiasm for the beauty of the armory and its history. Thus came into existence THE MEDINA SANDSTONE SOCIETY. It was well received and has taken a major role among civic organizations in Medina.

Orleans Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

PO Box 288
Medina, New York 14103
Phone: (585)798-0953

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Orleans Habitat for Humanity, Inc. was established as an official Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the summer of 1992. Our stated goal was to build one house per year to help alleviate inadequate housing in Orleans County, one of the poorest counties in New York State.

Habitat "homeowner partners" work side-by-side with local volunteers to complete 400 hours of "sweat-equity" before moving into their new homes. After moving in, the homeowners begin payments on his/her mortgage and taxes with a no-interest loan from Orleans Habitat for Humanity, Inc. The mortgage money is then used to build more Habitat homes.

We are a religious-based, non-denominational non-profit organization and the only non-governmental group, with representation throughout Orleans County. We have no paid staff. Our success in building homes for people who could not otherwise afford them is due to the cooperation of numerous individuals, businesses, and churches supporting us through donations of time, money, and other resources.


Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc.

PO Box 543
Medina, New York 14103

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The Orleans Renaissance Group (ORG) personally invites you to experience Arts & Culture in your own back yard! With its rich history in architecture, Orleans County, NY is the perfect backdrop for performances such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Genesee Symphony Orchestra. The ORG has hosted several concerts in the past, and is currently experiencing its own revival with plans to restore two of the village's original treasures and bring quality entertainment to Medina, NY.


United Way of Orleans County

421 Main Street
Medina, New York 14103
Phone: (585)798-5210

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  • A local, incorporated, non-profit organization based here in Orleans County
  • Governed by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers from the community, with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and local knowledge.
  • Staffed by a group of professionals focused on raising funds and awareness of programs sponsored by our United Way.
  • Comprised of volunteers that contribute thousands of hours to the organization including fundraising, planning for future needs, recruiting volunteers, and maintaining a communications network with agency partners.
  • Provides allocations for funding to local providers based on strategic analysis of budgets, service costs, effectiveness of programs and local needs.
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