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Your Community 03.31.22

Hope’s Kitchen Free Community Take-Out Meal

Hope’s Kitchen, a ministry of Hope Lutheran Church and Cornerstone Community Church of Lansingburgh, will be holding a free community meal for take-out only, at Cornerstone, 570 3rd Ave., Troy, on Thursday, April 7th. Reservations must be in by Friday, April 1st. 

Dinner will be served for pick-up between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Call (518) 235-3851 to reserve your dinner. On the menu: Pork loin, baked potato, peas, applesauce, rolls and butter. For dessert, vanilla pudding.

Free will donations gratefully accepted.

North Greenbush Notes: Historic Relics Return Home

After a long absence, two pieces of North Greenbush history have returned home. Formerly part of the Defreest House (now the Administration Building at the RPI Tech Park) an antique clock face and a collection of Delft tiles, which adorned a fireplace have traveled back to Rensselaer County. The individual Dutch tiles are especially interesting because they display scenes from the scriptures with the corresponding Bible citation. These two pieces possibly date back to the earliest years of the house.

The Defreest House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to the 1700s. Philip Defreest was paying rent on this land by 1767. He and his brothers Martin and Jacob owned adjoining farms and their descendants populated the town leading to the naming of the hamlet Defreestville.

The Defreest family continued ownership of the homestead until the beginning of the 20th century when the Jordan family became the owners. Chet Jordan remembered the house needed modernization: about 1920 the Jordan family laid a new floor in one room of the main section, installed electricity, hot water heat and a bathroom. The antique clock and the Delft tiles remained in place. In 1969 RPI purchased the farmland and the house.

Chet died in 1980. In 1993 his widow and son, Paul moved all the artifacts first to Pennsylvania and later to the Virgin Islands. However in 2017 hurricanes substantially damaged their home so they decided to move back to the US.

At this point, Paul contacted me and expressed a desire to see the artifacts returned “home” to Rensselaer County and so they have. The clock face (the rest of the clock was damaged in the hurricanes) will reside in “Pat’s Barn” the restored building next to the Defreest House and the Delft tiles have found a home at the Hart-Cluett Museum in Troy. Welcome home Defreest artifacts!

Jim Greenfield, North Greenbush Town Historian

Student Named to Dean’s List at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

ALBANY – Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that Kendall Dollard from Wynantskill earned a place on the school’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2021 semester. 

Dean’s List status is awarded to students who have successfully completed their course work with a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 score.

Greenbush Cemetery Association

The Greenbush Cemetery Association will hold its Annual Meeting on April 13, 2022 at 5:30pm in the Greenbush Cemetery. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact 518-465-7938.

Cub Scout Pack 2528 Parent Information Session

POESTENKILL – On April 7th @ 6:30 PM at the Poestenkill Elementary school, 1 School St, Poestenkill, NY, Pack 2528 will have a parents information session. 

Youth can come along, the focus will be meeting the adults to review what adult involvement entails. We will go over the Cub Scout Program and how families can be involved to help Youth in grades K-5 have a great experience in Cub Scouts. Email Troop2528@nullgmail.com with any questions.

Woodlawn Cemetery Cleanup

The Woodlawn Cemetery Association of East Schodack would like to inform lot owners of the upcoming Spring Cleanup. Spring cleanup will begin on April 15, 2022.

 If you have decorations on graves you would like to keep, please pick them up before April 15th. Otherwise, they will be tossed out. 

Rensselaer County 4-Hers Compete in Regional Horse Bowl

Congratulations to the enthusiastic county members who competed in Regional 4-H Horse Bowl. Niccolo Colarossi played on a mixed novice team that placed second and individually placed 3rd. The Junior team placed first with members Emmeline Heer, Kira, Thomas and Carlo Colarossi. Junior player Bridget Rowland played on a combined team which placed second. Individually, Thomas placed 1st, Emmeline 2nd, Kira 3rd, Bridget 4th and Carlo 6th. Emilee Roadcap, Lauren and Emory Krongold comprised the senior team that placed 2nd. Individually, Emilee placed 3rd, Emory 4th and Lauren 5th. A special thanks to Rebekah Colarossi for coaching and coordinating practices for our members and all the volunteers that made this event possible. All members qualified to register for the NYS 4-H Horse Bowl Contest. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Attached is a picture of our Horse Bowl Team members –

Left to right Front – Bridget Rowland, Emmeline Heer, Niccolo Colarossi, Lauren Krongold, Emory Krongold

Left to right Back – Rebekah Colarossi, Carlo Colarossi, Thomas Colarossi, Kira Colarossi, Emilee Roadcap

Literacy Volunteers are Needed in Rensselaer County and Albany County

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) welcomes all kinds of volunteers, from tutors to administrative helpers and event planners. As a volunteer you can develop new skills, make friends, and see how your efforts make a difference in Rensselaer County and Albany County. Would you like to help someone to read, write, or speak and understand English? We can train you. To find out more about tutoring and other ways to help, join us for a Volunteer Opportunities Information Session from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6,12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Contact mhellerlvorc@nullaol.com or call 518 244-4650 to reserve a space. For more information, visit https://www.lvorc.org

Scholarship Available

The scholarship committee announces the availability of the Dunham Hollow-West Stephentown Scholarship. 

The scholarship is in memory of Frank Johnson. It is open to anyone (graduating senior, post graduate, or adult wishing retraining) living within the boundaries of the Averill Park School District and has been accepted to a trade or vocational school.

The deadline for submission of an application is May 15th. Scholarship applications may be obtained by contacting the Averill Park High School guidance department at 518-674-7025 or by emailing jcuilla@nullcfgcr.org.

Averill Park Community Orchestra is Looking for Members!

Do you play a musical instrument? The Averill Park Community Orchestra is starting rehearsals again and we are eagerly seeking new members.

 If you or someone you know plays an orchestral instrument (strings, woodwinds, or percussion) and may be interested in joining, please contact Christina Desmond at 518-948-0565. 

We are especially in need of string and low woodwind players. The APCO rehearses at Algonquin Middle School in Averill Park on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30, and performs two concerts a year, one in December and one in June. Rehearsals begin March 30, and we will accept new members through mid April in preparation for our performance on Sunday, June 5.

East Nassau Rural Cemetery Association Notice of Meeting

The annual meeting of the East Nassau Rural Cemetery Association will be held at the Tsatsawassa Firehouse in Brainard, NY, on Sunday, May 1st, at 2 PM. All are welcome!

Brookside Cemetery of Poestenkill Annual meeting

POESTENKILL – Brookside Cemetery of Poestenkill will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00PM. it will be held in the Historical Society museum located next to the Lutheran Church in Poestenkill. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

East Greenbush CSD Accepting Applications for 2022-23 Pre-K Program

The East Greenbush Central School District is now accepting applications for its 2022-23 Pre-K Program for eligible 4-year-old students. The program, which is free for families, would start on the first day of school in September.

A Pre-K application is now available and can be submitted online. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

All applicants will be entered into a lottery, which will be held Monday, April 11, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Genet Elementary School auditorium. Independent auditors will conduct the lottery and each applicant will be assigned a number prior to the lottery draw.

At least two sections of Pre-K will be offered. Students must be 4 years old as of December 1, 2022 and must be district residents.

There will be no tax impact for this program. It is being partially funded by state aid ($5,400/student) with the balance being funded by the American Rescue Plan.

Visit www.egcsd.org for more information.

Latham-Colonie Columbiettes Flea Market

LATHAM – The Latham-Colonie Columbiettes are hosting a Flea Market on Saturday May 21st 2022, at 328 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. 

The Vendor Spaces available for reservation are Indoor and Outdoor Covered areas (4 x 10 ft) and Outdoor areas (10 x 10 ft) for your own popup set up! 

Contact info; Kathleen Majer, klmajer@nulloutlook.com or 518 272 8831.

www.lathamcoloniekofc.com/dinner&events

Rensselaer County Legislators Deliver Funds to Anchor Food Pantry

The Anchor Food Pantry, located behind the Riverside Nursing Home in Castleton, provides food and supplies to residents of southern Rensselaer County all year round. Vice Chair of the Legislature Bob Loveridge, and Legislators Tom Choquette and Scott Bendett stopped by last week to deliver a check to the Anchor’s manager, Paula Sancomb. 

As the cost of food and goods continue to rise, more residents may be relying on organizations like the Anchor Food Pantry for their basic needs. The Legislature is pleased to support agencies that provide assistance to our residents in need.

Manhattan Clam Chowder Sale

TROY – Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, 990 Hoosick Road, Troy will be holding a Manhattan Clam Chowder Sale on Good Friday, April 15.

This will be a pre-order sale only with pick up between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on the 15th. Quarts of chowder will be available at $10.00 each, payable at pick up.

Order your chowder by calling (518) 281-0684.

Poestenkill-Sand Lake Summer Camp

POESTENKILL – Poestenkill-Sand Lake Summer Camp will run from July 11th to August 12th at Poestenkill Elementary School. Registration information is available on the Poestenkill and Sand Lake websites. 

Counselors and CITs are needed- application is also located on the website. To be a counselor, you need to be 16 at the start of camp and CITs need to be 15 at the start of camp.

Employment Applications Available Town Of Schodack Summer Recreation Program 2022

Applications for employment with the Town of Schodack Day Camp are now available for download at www.schodack.org under Youth Recreation. 

All applicants must be 16 years of age by the start of camp on July 11, 2022, and have a current working card, if applicable. Applicants must be available to work the duration of the camp which runs from July 11, 2022 through August 5, 2022. 

Completed applications must be returned to the Schodack Town Clerk’s Office no later than April 29, 2022. Please direct further questions to the Recreation Director Sheila Golden at youthdirector@nullschodack.org.

4-H Junior Chefs International Foods Virtual Workshops Held

Many youth are interested in learning about preparing foods and are attracted to the hands-on aspect of cooking. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Junior Chefs program recently offered an International Foods series via Zoom. The 4-H Junior Chefs program offers cooking workshops for youth eight years and older. 

These cooking opportunities transitioned to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants receive recipes and information about what they will be cooking prior to the class and on the evening of the workshop they cook along with 4-H Program Coordinator, Eileen DePaula, via Zoom from their home kitchens. 

During the International Foods series, participants prepared food items from Italy, Greece, and Japan. At each workshop, youth are provided with instruction in kitchen safety, sanitation, nutrition, food safety. 

For more information about this and other programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, please call 518-272-4210. No one shall be denied the opportunity to participate or receive information based on their ability to pay. If you need any accommodations please let us know at the time of registration.

Johnsonville Thrift Shop

The Johnsonville Methodist Church Thrift Shop, located at 22 Bridge St., Johnsonville, is open from 9-12 every Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month. 

Look for our sign at the corner of Route 67 and Route 111. We have a large selection of seasonal adult and children’s clothing, boots, shoes, coats, purses, special occasion and career clothes, jewelry, toys, linens, puzzles and games, household and decorative items. 

Our well-organized book room has over 1,000 books available.

Do You Have An Hour a Week to Spare to Help Someone in Our Rensselaer County Community? Community Caregivers Could Use You! 

RENSSELAER COUNTY – We need drivers to take folks to appointments, or to the grocery store. We also need help checking in on isolated people in our community by making weekly phone calls or visits. 

Our clients and volunteers must be fully vaccinated to participate. Our volunteer orientation is online several times a month. Please call Heidi Buono, Service Coordinator for Rensselaer County at (518)366-9173, heidi@nullcommunitycaregivers.org, or Meredith Osta, Volunteer Coordinator, at (518)456-2898,meredith@nullcommunitycaregivers.org. Information on, and donations to, our programs can be seen at communitycaregivers.org.

Community Caregivers has continued to expand in Rensselaer County! 

Are you someone who could use help staying living independently in your home ? Our volunteers can help! Our volunteers can take someone on errands to the grocery store or elsewhere in the community , can visit, call, and help a bit with chores once and awhile. Volunteers drive clients to the doctors also. 

Call Heidi Buono, Service Coordinator, at (518)366-9173 if you are someone interested in our services. 

Call Meredith Osta, Volunteer Coordinator, at (518)456-2898, if you would like to volunteer. To learn more, see Community Caregivers.org.

Poestenkill Area Food Insecurity

POESTENKILL – Any greater Poestenkill area residents currently experiencing temporary or long term food insecurity can turn to The Bread of Life Food Pantry at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poestenkill for supplemental food assistance. 

We provide basic nutritional foods and related items the first and third Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in a very discreet, nonjudgmental manner. We offer drive-thru service where each guest receives a product list to form your order, we then fill your order and bring the completed order back to your vehicle. Delivery service to Poestenkill Seniors unable to visit our Pantry is also available. 

Please try us, we are here to help. Our phone number is: 518-283-6045 to leave a message. Thank you.

Hope 7 Food Pantry

TROY – The Hope 7 Food Pantry located at 520 Pawling Avenue, Troy NY serves the East Side of Troy, Wynantskill and Northgreenbush.

Pantry Hours: Mon-Fri – 9:30am-11:45am; Thursday – 5pm-7pm. Last Saturday of each month 9:30am-11:45am

What to bring: Proof of residence (Troy’s East Side, North Greenbush, or Wynantskill) – (utility bill to your address in your name). ID’s for each person residing in household.

The Anchor Food Pantry 

SCHODACK – The Anchor Food Pantry  in an attempt to keep the residents of the Town Of Schodack apprised during these Covid 19 times has an update regarding hours  of operation and procedures. The Pantry is open on the following days for servicing clientele and the general public.

Monday Evenings-5pm-7pm, Tuesday and Thursdays -9am-2pm, and the first saturday of each month 10am-1pm. We ask to call ahead at 518-732-4120 for food calls so staff can prepare order for delivery to your vehicle.

Donations are currently being accepted clothing wise for spring apparel preferably during business hours. As always we thank  the citizens of Schodack for their present, past, and future support of aiding those in need during these seemingly never ending difficult economic times.

Looking for ways to help The Anchor Food Pantry. Just a suggestion: 

 Return your recyclable cans and bottles to The 6  Cent Redemption Center 550 South Street-Rensselaer  – Rt9J.

Just inform the staff you are donating to the Anchor  Food Pantry account and account will be credited automatically.

8 Tips for an Informed Conversation about Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse, also called Domestic Violence (DV), can be in one or more of these forms – emotional, verbal, financial, sexual and technology-based.

1. NEVER BLAME THE VICTIM: We tend to blame the victim by asking, “What did she/he do, to be treated that way?” We don’t ask this question to other victims. Instead, we need to ask: “why does he/she choose to abuse?”.  Let the victim know that the abuse is not their fault and they deserve safety and respect.

2. TRUST THE VICTIM’S PERSPECTIVE: Often, abusers deny their partners, the right to make their own choices. Taking a victim-centered approach by prioritizing their needs and wants, empowers them. Ask the victims what they need to feel safe and offer the desired support.

3. LET YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW THAT DV IS NOT A “PRIVATE FAMILY MATTER.” DV is a crime under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994/96 which affords equal protection to women and men. One in three women and one in four men will be a victim of severe physical violence in their lifetime. Victims of DV are in every age, economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and education. They are the family members, neighbors, coworkers or friends of some of us. 

4. CHALLENGE THE WIDELY-HELD MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DV: “why doesn’t the victim just leave?”, “only physical violence is DV” and “it’s a private, family matter”.  We need to be aware of multiple hurdles to leaving, for example – the safety of children & pets, financial security, and reaction from the family and community.

5. HOLD THE OFFENDERS ACCOUNTABLE: If it is safe to do so, impose social consequences on the abusers, like telling them they’re not welcome for the family dinner or to hang out, until their abusive behavior stops. Stop condoning their abusive behavior by saying “boys will be boys” or “that person would never abuse.” Family, friends and community members telling the offenders that their behavior is abusive, is a powerful deterrent against DV.

6. COUNTER THE STEREOTYPES: We need to counter inequalities and rigid gender roles like sexism and racism and educate the youth to reject these ‘-isms’.

7. BE AWARE THAT ABUSE IS ROOTED IN POWER AND CONTROL: Strategically isolating the victims from family and friends is a common tactic of the abuser, to gain power and control. Abusers may trap their partners by withholding, lying about or hiding financial assets which are forms of financial abuse. 

8. WE CAN PREVENT DOMESTIC ABUSE WITH EDUCATION AND ACTION. These are some of the ways: start an informed conversation about DV with your loved ones, support the local DV agencies by donating your time and money and giving wide publicity to the 24/7 DV Hotlines, to make them as well-known as ‘911’. These agencies provide confidential and comprehensive services to the victims: empathy, guidance, counseling, legal and safe shelter support for the entire family. 

Equinox  518.432.7865

Unity House  518. 272.2370

YWCA of NENY  518.374.3386

Wellspring   518.584.8188

National Hotline  (800) 799-7233

How to Prevent ‘Domestic Abuse’

Domestic abuse is also called Domestic violence (DV). It is a crime under the Violence Against the Women Act of 1994/96 which affords equal protection to women and men. DV can be emotional, financial, verbal, psychological, physical, sexual, and technology-facilitated abuse. It is affecting millions of individuals across the United States regardless of age, gender, economic status, religion and education. We can prevent DV by spreading awareness, challenging the myths and confronting the abusers.

INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY LEVEL 

NEVER BLAME THE VICTIM: We tend to ask “What did the victim do to deserve the abuse?”. Instead, we need to ask: “why does the abuser choose to abuse?”. 

TRUST THE VICTIM’S PERSPECTIVE: Listen to and believe the victim to empower them to make their own decisions. Tell the victim that the abuse is not their fault and they deserve safety and respect. Ask them what they need to be safe. 

TAKE A CLEAR STAND THAT DOMESTIC ABUSE IS NOT A “PRIVATE FAMILY MATTER.”: One in three women and one in four men will be a victim of severe physical violence at some point in their lifetime. Each day, an average of three women die at the hands of someone who claims or claimed to love them. Every abused person is someone’s sibling, parent, friend or co-worker. 

TELL THE VICTIMS about the DV Hotlines: Equinox 518.432.7865; Unity House 518. 272.2370; YWCA NENY 518.374.3386; Wellspring 518.584.8188 and the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline 800.799.7233. If the victim is in immediate danger, call 911. Support your community by volunteering or donating to the DV agencies.

CONFRONT THE OFFENDERS: If it is safe, tell them that their abusive behavior is unacceptable. Impose social consequences like not welcoming for family dinner or to hang out, until they stop their abusive behavior. Study ‘bystander intervention training’ on YouTube and put it into practice. 

EDUCATE THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH about healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships. It is some of today’s children who will become tomorrow’s abusers and victims. Discuss DV at the family table and encourage everyone to respectfully speak up without fear when something doesn’t feel right. Set a healthy example by not using coercive measures to control your children’s’ behavior under any circumstance. Be respectful to everyone, irrespective of their age and sex. Losing your ‘cool ‘, is a big “No,’. If parents have difficulty managing their emotions, they need to seek help.  

COMMUNITY LEVEL 

CHALLENGE THE WIDELY-HELD MYTHS ABOUT DV AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY: That ‘DV’ means only physical violence’, it’s a “private family matter’, ‘the victim is weak’ and the victims can “just leave”. In reality, the woman is at the greatest risk of being hurt or even killed when trying to leave or after leaving. She has to carefully plan her escape, to protect herself, her children and pets and ensure financial security.

CHALLENGE THE MYTH THAT THE ABUSERS “LOSE CONTROL”: Not true. They don’t “lose control” at work, with friends and other family members! Abuse is a conscious choice rooted in power and control over the partner. Challenge the inequalities and ‘isms’ like sexism, racism, classism and patriarchy on which DV thrives. 

GIVE SUSTAINED PUBLICITY TO THE DV HOTLINE NUMBERS through all the media until they are as well-known as ‘911’. Make sure DV brochures are always visible at public places like libraries, town halls, workplaces, doctor’s offices, religious places and community centers.  

ORGANIZE DV AWARENESS CAMPAIGN EVERY OCTOBER. DV agencies can provide the publicity posters, brochures and speakers. 

Hotlines of Domestic Violence Agencies: Equinox 518-432-7865; Unity House 518-272-2370; YWCA NENY 518-374-3386; Wellspring 518-584-8188; National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233

Poestenkill “Bread of Life” Food Pantry 

POESTENKILL – We are open two times each month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays beginning at 4:30 pm and ending at 6:30 pm. Bring proof of your current residence and grocery bags for your food request.

Starting in November 2021, we will now greet our guests inside the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, side entrance.

Please wear a mask and check the extra’s tables. Two guests at a time, fill out food selection forms while waiting in your car. We will continue to practice social distancing and safety for our volunteers and guests.

Delivery service to Poestenkill Seniors unable to visit our pantry is available. Call and leave your name and number at (518) 283-6045.

Our newest program offers infant and baby items (food, diapers and wipes) for those who reside in the Poestenkill area. Pre-orders only by a phone message at (518) 428-0124, a private Facebook message, or email: breadoflifepoestenkill@nullgmail.com. We do not currently stock these items in our pantry as selections are very individualized. 

Newly Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? Consider Attending PD SELF – Parkinson’s Self-Efficacy Learning Forum

CAPITAL DISTRICT – A national program being offered in Albany. The program provides people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s with an in-depth understanding of the disease and the tools to manage it with confidence.  There is no cost to attend.  Registration is required.  Space is limited. Care partners are encouraged to attend.

This year the program, starting in September, has been adapted  to be fully online. Find out more at www.cdparkinsons.org/pd-self

St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus Bottle & Can Donations

WYNANTSKILL – Help Support Local Charities – St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus has teamed up with 6 Center Redemption located at 461 Main Avenue in Wynantskill to accept bottle and can donations that have a NYS deposit.

This is to support local charities and those in need.

• Bring your clean, NYS deposit empties to 6 Center Redemption in Wynantskill.

• Say they are to support the St. Jude the Apostle Knights of Columbus.

• They do the rest, that’s it!

• Thank you for your support!

Team “Knocking Out Alzheimer’s” Bottle Drive, The Fundraising Continues …

WYNANTSKILL/RENSSELAER – Team “Knocking out Alzheimer’s” is partnering with the  Alzheimer’s Association. Return your bottles and cans and help the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Through an arrangement with: Six-Center Redemption 

Two Locations: 461 Main Ave Wynantskill (Corner of Sharpe and Main Ave) & 550 South Street Rensselaer.

No need to count the cans or bottles, no waiting or standing in lines to feed your cans or bottles into a machine.

The Alzheimer’s Association will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say: “These are for the Alzheimer’s Association.”

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there, but we won’t get there without you.  Join the fight with your bottles & cans! Check us out on face book  – Knocking out Alzheimer’s

Hudson-Mohawk Search & Rescue is Looking for Volunteers to Join our Team

CAPITAL DISTRICT – If you enjoy being outdoors in the wilderness, working with others to help people, follow directions well and have a willingness to learn, then our SAR team might be for you! Prior knowledge is helpful, but definitely not required as we provide the training. Check out our website at: www.humsar.org for more information.

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

CAPITAL DISTRICT – the Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100 mile radius of Waterrford, 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 Massachusetts.   

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

New York State Commission for the Blind 

CAPITAL DISTRICT – The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) provides free vocational rehabilitation and other services to legally blind New York State residents, including children, adults, and older adults.  NYSCB assists participants in   achieving economic self-sufficiency and full integration into society.  Call toll-free (866) 871-3000 or visit our website:  visionloss.ny.gov

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