Giving Back 07.18.19

Veterans Hall Open House – Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:00-2:00

Veterans Hall Honors All Veterans Past and Present.  This building is located on the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds and is comprised of a group of volunteers who feel passionate about thanking our veterans.   Many have visited Veterans Hall during the fair or have come to an Open House to pay tribute to our veterans and say thank you.  Everyone knows and loves a veteran and many come to share that connection.  Some come to see a picture, a clipping or perhaps an item donated by family or a friend of a veteran that served our country.  In addition we are compiling a list of veteran’s names from Rensselaer, Saratoga, Albany,  Washington, and surrounding counties.  We can use your help in this endeavor.  This will be an ongoing objective for years to come.   Getting your veteran’s name on the list is free, easy and a good way to ensure his/her service will be remembered.   A form can be obtained  by contacting Jody at 518-859-2988 or Lorraine at 518-753-6936.  Thank you for your service!

Literacy Volunteers Are Needed!

Troy, N.Y.:  A Tutor Training Workshop will begin in Troy on September 9th. To learn about tutoring and many other ways to help, attend a free Volunteer Opportunities Information Session (pick one date): Monday, July 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m.; or Monday, August 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m. All meetings will be held at the LVORC office, 71 First Street, Third Floor, Troy, N.Y.

LVORC is looking for volunteer tutors to be paired with adult learners, reading mentors for Everybody WINS! Power Lunch, math and computer tutors, and events volunteers. As a volunteer you can develop new skills, make friends, and see how your efforts make a difference in your community.  To register, call 518 244-4650.

Red Cross urges donors to fill Missing Types to prevent summer blood shortage

The _meric_n Red Cr_ss needs _l_ _d d_n_rs to bring back the missing A’s, B’s and O’s. A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal in a sentence, but for patients who need A, B, O and AB blood types, these missing letters mean life. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help prevent delays in medical care this summer.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 24-July 15

Averill Park

7/27/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saint Henry’s Church, Old Route 66

Poestenkill

7/25/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Route 351

Troy

7/22/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Masonic Temple, 39 Brunswick Road

7/25/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., RPI Mueller Center, 15th Street

8/5/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Samaritan Hospital, 2215 Burdett Avenue

8/7/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street

Form a team and join the fight to end Alzheimer’s!

Did you ever think of starting a team to help eliminate Alzheimer’s disease? You’re invited to attend a session on how to start a team and participate in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It’s easy to sign up, and it is an extremely rewarding experience. Join us in the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor!

In the session, we’ll share ideas about how to register your team, team building, and fundraising. Teams can be just one person or as many as you like! One in three people know someone who is living with Alzheimer’s. Here is your chance to help improve their lives and prevent others from having to live with this devastating disease.

Please drop in to learn more on one of the dates and locations below. Stop in any time during the time frame listed. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Lori Gardner at (518) 461-1439 or Thorel Mead at (518) 283-3077. Help us make a difference!

Please join us on:

August 6, 2019- Brunswick Community Center, 6:30-8:00, Concert in the park.

We hope to see you there!

Together we can help end Alzheimer’s disease!

The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill

Will hold its annual Mini-Market and Chicken Barbecue on Saturday,

August 10th.  If you would like to donate items for the Mini-Market, call  518-732-2471, to make arrangements for drop off of items.

PLEASE, NO clothing, stuffed animals, large appliances (including air conditioners), stuffed furniture, fitness machines or outdated electronics of ANY kind, will be accepted. Also, please do not donate  items that are broken. Thank  you.

“Bread of Life” Food Pantry Raffle

The Poestenkill “Bread of Life” food pantry, 772 Route 351, 12140 is a community program. New volunteers are always welcomed and food or financial donations are appreciated anytime.

We are open three time each month, 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings, 5pm to 7pm and the 4th Saturday, 10 am to noon. No appointment necessary, just come. We have healthy nutritious food items and with the kids home on summer recess we know appetites are huge.

To keep our shelves well stocked, we are holding a raffle to raise funds to purchase staple items. The 1st prize is a week-end Get-a-Away for two at “The Bunker Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast” in Salem, NY, Washington County. A beautiful peaceful area with lots to see and do the last weekend of October; a 2nd prize is dinner for two at the “Westfall Station, Averill Park and a 3rd prize is movie tickets for a family of 4 at the Regal Cinemas, Route 4, East Greenbush. Tickets are $10 a ticket or 3 for $20.

We are at the Poestenkill Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings 9am to noon during the summer where tickets may be purchased.

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

The Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100-mile radius of Waterford, NY. This includes all aspects of field and underwater search. The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other Police Agencies throughout New York State, Western Vermont and Massachesettes.

We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general who wish to help people in need. The team will provide training and complete support as needed. Our headquarters is located in Waterford. Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at www.tri-stateemergencyteam.org

Greenbush Cemetery in need of donations

The Greenbush Cemetery was incorporated in 1845. From Columbia Turnpike, one can see we are an old, historic cemetery in the Town of East Greenbush. However, we are still active and offering lots sales for a reasonable cost in three new sections.

With lifestyle changes in a more mobile culture, our cemetery is suffering financially. Lot sales are way down and more cremations are being done rather than burials. Cemeteries are forced to rely on donations to keep operating.

The Greenbush Cemetery estimates the operating cost for 2019 is $20,000.00. We will need to raise $15,000.00 to stay operational for this year. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help maintain this historic cemetery in East Greenbush.

The Greenbush Cemetery Board of Trustees (all volunteers) will be most appreciative!

We will publicly list you as a donor unless you wish to remain anonymous.

Please make checks payable to: Greenbush Cemetery Association.

Please mail checks to Jim Finke, Treasurer, 13 Horizon View Drive West, East Greenbush, NY 12061.

For more information, contact: Bobbie Reno 518-465-7938. Thank you.

Land Trust Spring Bottle Drive

Return your bottles and cans and help the Schodack Area Land Trust (SALT).

Through an arrangement with Six-Cent Redemption, behind Starbucks in Hannaford Plaza, SALT will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say, “These are for SALT.” No need to wait or feed cans into a machine.

SALT is a 13-year-old not-for-profit which manages 60 acres of land open to the public for passive recreation. Access to the property is from Thoroughbred Dr. off Palmer Rd. SALT’s biggest expense is insurance.

Applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals Available

Wynantskill UFSD would like to inform our community that information and applications for the Free and Reduced- Price Lunch Program are available on the district website, www.wynantskillufsd.org, or by calling Food Services Director Lori Audi at 518-283-4600 ext. 22.

The National School Lunch Program is a completely confidential program that has helped ensure children have access to nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches since 1946.

Share the gift of camp!

Our Hope 7 Traveling Summer Camp brings 60 children daily, ages 5-13, to our beautiful state parks for physical activity, swimming, arts & crafts, social skill building, emotional learning, and good, old-fashioned summer fun. Our programs are designed to build children up – mind, body, and spirit. A nourishing lunch and snack are provided at no charge to fuel them for the adventures of the day.

The need for quality childcare for the long summer hours is so vital, but the cost is difficult for parents to bear. In light of this, Hope 7 has maintained low family rates despite rising program costs to ensure a quality program is available to those who need it, but the need is far greater than we can handle alone. We need your help!

Our sponsorship program is designed to cover part or all of the cost of camp. The cost per week for one child is $170. Last year, 40 children were able to attend camp with the help of sponsors like you!

If you would like to sponsor a child for camp who is in need of financial assistance, please contact Samantha Adkisson at hope7.samantha@nullgmail.com or 518-272-8029 or send a check to Hope 7 at 596 Pawling Ave, Troy.

Supporting Local Charities Has Never Been Easier!

The St Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus have teamed up with 6 Center Redemption Center located at 461 Main Street in Wynantskill to accept qualifying bottle and can donations to support local charities and those in need.

Simply bring your clean, qualifying empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill and say they are to support the St Jude Knights of Columbus. They’ll do the rest! That’s it!

Thanks for your support.

Sheriff Patrick Russo Announces Membership Drive

The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Rensselaer County according to Sheriff Patrick Russo.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.

While the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.

The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 42nd year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.

“In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Sheriff Patrick Russo said. “By becoming an honorary member, you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”

In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, visit our website, www.sheriffsinstitute.org or simply google “Sheriffs’ Institute kids” and it will be your first option.

Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail or visit our web site at: www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.

Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed

Looking For Dedicated Seniors To Help With our Community Service Program Every Thursday After Lunch. Making Afghans and Lap Robes For People in Nursing Homes, Stuffed Animals For The Pediatric Departments in hospitals and emergency rooms, Heart Pillows for Heart and Lung Surgery patients. This Is a Very Rewarding Program and we are Needing A Few More Angels to keep this program in place, or if you are homebound and willing to Crochet or knit from home to help us out, then please call us if interested.

We Are Open Monday thru Friday, 9am-3pm. We are Located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick Streets. Call for Further Info. 518-463-2166.

We Are Taking Empty Clear Pill Bottles; Must Be See Thru.

Woodside 56 Road Cemetery of East Poestenkill

Last year our roads were resurfaced, many monuments righted, lawn was mowed several times and

a new entrance sign was placed. Volunteers work hard to see that these are accomplished.

N.Y.S. Board of Cemeteries inspection gave a mark of good standing and congratulated volunteers

on great work. Thank you Boy Scout Troop 528 of Poestenkill, who placed 60 flags for our Veterans.

The public is invited to the cemetery between dusk and dawn. Monuments from the oldest generation

can be found with a beautiful view from the top of the hill. A visit will be informative and one will enjoy

the park like atmosphere. G.P.S 26 – 56 Road, Petersburgh, NY.

facebook.com/56woodsidecemetery/

Your donations are the future hope of the cemetery and our only income. Volunteers are welcome.

Please send your tax deductible contributions to Woodside 56 Road Cemetery P.O. Box 76, Poestenkill, NY 12140.

Questions? PH: 518 283 5303. Next Annual Meeting: May 5, 2020 at Union Gospel Church,

Plank Road East Poestenkill.

Brunswick Cares Food Pantry Kid’s Summer Meal Bags

The Brunswick Cares Food Pantry is offering “Kids Meal Bags” this summer to our registered families beginning Saturday, June 22nd, and continuing through Saturday, August 31st.

Kids Meal Bags will be distributed to families of school age children during our normal pantry hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Limit one bag per child per week.

Our Pantry is located at Brunswick Church, 42 White Church Lane, Troy, NY 12180.

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