2012 Lend A Hand Grant Awards
This past year the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund announced that the Advisory Committee had awarded grants to eight, local, non-profit organizations, totaling $10,300. The grants were handed out at the ATC Community Fund’s second grant award reception in December 2012. The name of each organization and a brief description of how they will use the funds are listed below. Please visit their website to learn more about each organization.
Funds used to further geographical access to provide counseling services for families in Washington County by setting up satellite sites in Granville and Greenwich.
Founded in 1983, Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center’s mission is to provide professional psychotherapy, counseling, and educational services to facilitate emotional and spiritual health for families and individuals of varied needs.
The Center currently has four community based satellites for serving the counseling needs of children and families who are unable to make, or afford, to travel to their main office in Hudson Falls. Funds received from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund will be used to further geographical access to provide counseling services for families in Washington County by setting up satellite sites in Granville and Greenwich. The funds granted will enable the center to maintain a Helping Hand Fund for fee assistance needed in these communities to offset some of the cost of counseling for those with no, or inadequate insurance to cover mental health counseling.
After the Fire, Inc.
Funds used to allow the organization to continue to provide services and assistance in the immediate hours after loss.
After the Fire, Inc. is a nonprofit volunteer group founded in 1991 by ladies auxiliary members from Halfmoon and Clifton Park. They provide families in Saratoga County who have had fires with immediate emotional support, information and referrals to resources, personal hygiene products, clothing and a place to spend the night. They also help coordinate donations of household items and furniture. Their members respond to calls for help 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year. To-date they have responded to 330 fires and assisted 448 families.
The funds from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund will allow the organization to continue to provide services and assistance in the immediate hours after loss.
Funds used to expand Farm Photography for Kids program so it will reach more young people and teach the value of farm conservation.
Agricultural Stewardship Association was founded in 1990 by farmers and concerned citizens and has protected 14,165 acres on 92 properties across Washington and Rensselaer Counties. Their vision is a community with vibrant farms where people throughout the cities, towns and villages are connected in the working landscape and passionately support its conservation. The organization protects the community’s working landscape of farms and forests, connects people to the land, and promotes a vibrant future for agriculture in the region.
The organizations’ Farm Photography by Kids program was started in 2010. The program allowed children to get hands on lessons in photography from professional photographers and learn about agriculture and farm animals while doing so. The exhibit of their work is displayed at the Washington County Fair. With funding from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, the Farm Photography for Kids program will be expanded so it may reach to more young people and teach the value of farm conservation.
Funds used to continue the operation of the mobile food pantry program in Saratoga County.
The Regional Food Bank is using the funds it was awarded by the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund to distribute large quantities of nutritious food to people in need in Saratoga County through its Mobile Pantry program. Every month, the Food Bank is bringing a truckload of approximately 25,000 pounds of fresh produce, dairy products, juice, and other foods to a host agency for distribution to low-income individuals throughout the county. This product is a supplement to the food they purchase or receive from other sources. It enables them to eat more nutritiously, and in many cases prevents them from falling into emergency food situations. The program has been a tremendous success and is sincerely appreciated by the host agency and the people it serves.
Funds used to sponsor the series titled “In the Public Interest” to show films then have a moderated discussion after the film.
Saratoga Film Forum was founded in 1993 and shows high quality, hard to find, movies in a range of genres three days per week, eleven months a year. With the funds from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, the Forum will host a program, In the Public Interest! movie night, coupling “hot topic” films with after movie moderated discussions. Movies in this series would explore subjects of civic interest, like health-care, public education national security or veterans’ rights.
Funds used to purchase special graphing calculators that will be used by student’s in the program for their math classes and SAT preparation.
The Adirondack Trust Community Fund has generously assisted the Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar program this year, donating funds to purchase specialized graphing calculators. These calculators are used for tenth grade Geometry class, the 11thgarde Trigonometry class and SATs. The students now have the tools to enable them to succeed.
SSAS selects 10 sophomores from the Saratoga Springs City School District each year and provides them with mentors, academic tutoring and help with college preparation during their last 3 years of high school and yearly cash stipends while in college. Each scholar must be eligible for federal assistance through the free school lunch program, have a 75 or better average, good citizenship characteristics and be selected by the school system on the basis of their potential to benefit from the SSAS curriculum.
These selected students now experience the challenging mathematics course as well as science and chemistry studies that come with the high school years… Then of course preparation for college entrance exams, (SAT, ACT, etc…). These programs and studies often require graphing calculators, which are very expensive.
From Left: Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar sophomores Carlie Barella and Dwanje Thornton doing math homework at the weekly SSAS Homework/Tutoring session.
Funds used to offset difference between a private pay individual bed stay at $10.00 per night versus the actual cost to the shelter at $78.00 per night.
Shelters of Saratoga’s mission since its founding in 1991 is to provide shelter, advocacy, and referral services to the homeless and those at risk of being homeless. Shelters of Saratoga currently operate an 18 bed emergency shelter facility to house homeless men and women. In 2011, the shelter served over 250 unduplicated individuals who would otherwise have no place to stay for the night. As the need has continued to rise, the organization is working on adding an additional 13 beds in an adjacent facility beginning in 2012.
The grant received from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund will be used to offset the difference between a private pay individual bed stay at $10.00 per night versus the actual cost to the shelter at $78.00 per night. In total, the grant will cover the cost of twenty nine bed nights. The shelter also assists their guests with finding stable employment and housing which, in turn, moves them out of the shelter and towards self-sufficiency.
Funds used to support the Youth Program that provides a safe haven for children to come to after school while participating in educational and social activities.
The Salvation Army’s Youth Program helps to get kids off the street and into a structured, educational program. This program assists these kids with their homework, computer lab, character building programs, music instruction, games, and provides a nutritional snack to them daily. The program averages between 20-25 children from Saratoga County every day.