Confer and the Community

Community means a lot to Confer Plastics. It is our corporate culture to support our friends and neighbors in an effort to make the area – and our country – a better place.

The Confer Classic Golf Tournament

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Happy Gilmore Would Be Proud

We organize and run the Confer Classic Golf Tournament every June that benefits an organization near and dear to the Confer family’s hearts -- the Boy Scouts of America.

The Iroquois Trail Council of the BSA serves 2,500 cub scouts, scouts, and explorers from eastern Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties. The Council and its numerous troops and packs offer an incredibly-effective program to its scouts and the Iroquois Trail Council is consistently recognized as being among the best-performing scout councils in the entire country. The Iroquois Trail Council owns and operates two camps – Camp Sam Wood in Pike, NY and Camp Dittmer in Phelps, NY – which have helped the Council in furthering the Scout principles of using an outdoor experience to foster character, preparedness, leadership, and self-sufficiency in our scouts….young men and women who will go on to lead, change, and serve our nation in the future.

This event brings in around $15,000 every year for the scouts -- that has a HUGE impact on our mostly-rural council.

If you’d like information on how you can help the tournament as a golfer, sponsor, or raffle item donor, please email us at plastics@conferplastics.com.

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Financial Giving

Confer Plastics gives substantial monetary support to only a select handful of organizations throughout the year, with a focus on entities that help local youth and teens and organizations whose leadership we are familiar with and confident in.

Kids are the Future of our nation and they are always the bright spot of the Present. In an economy as depressed as Upstate New York’s, we feel that our money is best served being spent on the young, giving them the chance to learn, play and succeed and rise above what the WNY economy and political scene give them and their families.

The organizations we support are:

  • The Boy Scouts of America
  • The United Way of Greater Niagara
  • Alfred University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • The Erie Canal Fishing Derby

Scholarships

Confer Plastics maintains scholarships at two upstate New York colleges – Alfred University (Doug Confer is an alumnus) and SUNY Brockport (Bob Confer is an alumnus).

Hosting of Becca’s Closet

If you know of a family that will have financial difficulties
in sending their daughter to the prom, hel61165789_10156776870548962_3514860948529610752_o.jpgp can be found at Confer Plastics’ Liberty Drive facility which is a service center for Becca’s Closet. Becca’s Closet was created as a legacy to Rebecca Kirtman and the project she created prior to her passing in 2003. Becca’s Closet donates formal attire to high school girls with financial need who otherwise would not be able to attend their schools’ military balls, homecomings, and proms. Their mission is to continue their vision and dream of helping others.

You can learn about Becca’s Closet at beccascloset.org

The Women Helping Others organization at Zion Lutheran Church in Gasport opened a chapter of Becca’s Closet in 2015 and they literally have hundreds of slightly used or new prom dresses to distribute at NO COST to girls in need in the area. To allow them to easily distribute dresses on the western side of Niagara County (Gasport is on the eastern side) so they can help young ladies in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, we have given them storage space and office space at our facility at 2107 Liberty Drive in Wheatfield.

Regular distributions occur throughout the year. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for announcements regarding those days and times.

Donations to Fundraisers

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$50 Dollar Gift Card
To The Made In America Store

While Confer Plastics’ financial giving is limited to only the above organizations, our charity doesn’t end there. We also donate to many local events and fundraisers that help smaller organizations (like churches and schools) or, especially, families that are in great need in times of health issues and other crises. These are the people who need help, the people we want to help.

Every year we donate to more than 180 raffles and benefits in Western New York. We give them $50 gift cards that can be used at any of the seven Made in America Stores across WNY. We like what the Made in America Store and its owner Mark Andol stand for and we know people will enjoy buying high-quality American-made products.

If your organization or cause in Niagara, Orleans or Erie County is looking for such a prize to give away at a fundraising event, please feel free to contact us. We’ll gladly help most charity events. Please send your requests to Bob Confer via email at bob@conferplastics.com or postal mail at Confer Plastics, Inc.. 97 Witmer Rd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Plant Tours

A lot of companies shut themselves off to the community at large and don’t allow plant tours. Confer Plastics, on the other hand, welcomes visitors. Our doors are open to community organizations for kids and adults alike…schools, service organizations, etc. Plant tours typically last 1 hour and they give the visitors a chance to see American manufacturing in operation.

To schedule a plant tour for your group, email Bob Confer at bob@conferplastics.com 

 

Community Impact Grants

Confer Plastics delivers $10,000 community impact grants to communities and organizations, with a focus on activities that get families outdoors. These grants are not on requested or competitive basis – instead, the Confer family identifies a need and they issue the funds.

In 2019, our grant was invested in Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda. We encouraged the City of North Tonawanda to install a boat launch ticket kiosk, affording families from all over the chance to put their boats into the majestic Niagara River, which helps them enjoy the natural wonder and encourages them to spend their tourism dollars at waterfront businesses in the city.

In 2020, our $10,000 grant was donated to the Royalton-Hartland School District to invest in the school’s updated playground and also its new nature space where, among other things, the students will use our plastic gourds to raise and learn about purple martins.