2013 Lend A Hand Grant Awards
The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund announced that the Independent Advisory Committee has awarded Lend-A-Hand Grants to a record seventeen, local, nonprofit organizations. The grants totaled $42,600 which was a new record, up from $12,300 in 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.
Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center Inc.
Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for counseling services to help provide mental health counseling. ASCC provides professional psychotherapy, counseling, and educational services to facilitate emotional and spiritual health for families and individuals of varied means.
Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County
Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for St. Joseph’s counselor to provide outreach to adults and youth in communities throughout Saratoga County and to help focus communities to create the social change to end relationship abuse.
Double H. Ranch
Lend-A-Hand Grant will provide financial support assistance for the Winter Sports Program. This program offers children ages 6 to 16 dealing with chronic and life threatening illnesses the opportunity to participate in various winter sports in the Adirondack Mountains free of charge with the necessary equipment provided.
Lend-A-Hand Grant award will provide assistance to patients diagnosed with any form of cancer by providing volunteers who assist with meal delivery and assist them with basic needs in their home, including cleaning.
The Glens Falls Operetta Club/Glens Falls Community Theatre
The funds will be used to support the 2013-2014 GFCT Season, including the annual fall musical, murder mystery, spring play, annual workshops, and it’s Senior Seminar.
Habitat for Humanity
Lend-A-Hand Grant award will help build new two new homes in Saratoga Springs on two foreclosed properties for two families that are economically disadvantaged.
Lake George Music Festival, Inc.
Lend-A-Hand Grant Award provided to support the fourth annual season of Lake George’s music festival, including rehearsals, live concerts, and family friendly workshops.
Parsons Child and Family Center
Lend-A-Hand Grant Award will help support Camp To Belong a nonprofit organization that reunite brothers and sisters that live in separate foster care settings to a week-long summer camp. This is the only camp of its type in New York State and the camp is held at Camp Chingachgook.
Operation Adopt A Soldier
Lend-A-Hand Grant award will help to provide support so packages and letters can be sent to soldiers, support family members of military, travel to airports and to welcome home soldiers when they return to the Capital Region of New York State.
Saratoga Film Forum
Lend-A-Hand Grant Award will help to continue the program, “In the Public Interest!,” a movie night which would show high-quality relevant films with moderated after movie discussions.
Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar
Lend-A-Hand Grant Award will provide graphing calculators for incoming sophomores that recently began the program. These special calculators which are used for 10th grade Geometry class, 11th grade Trigonometry class and the SAT’s.
Senior Citizens Center of Saratoga
Lend-A-Hand Grant Award will assist with subsidizing the bus trip program for 55 people, four trips per year to culturally stimulating locations for senior citizens such as New York City Museums, the Boston Flower Show and Lake Placid, New York amongst others.
Shelters of Saratoga
Lend-A-Hand Grant award will purchase a generator for the housing facility so electricity will be provided in an emergency that will maintain safe and secure housing for their house guests.
Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center
Lend-A-Hand Grant Award funds will be used for the consultant and to help exhibit the furniture and display mounts that will exhibit artifacts from the Hudson River dredging project.
Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY
Lend-A-Hand Grant Award will fund the environmental education program, “Silent Wings” to schools, libraries, nature centers, state parks, scout groups, youth camps, etc. featuring live birds of prey, such as hawks, falcons and owls. This program is anticipated to reach over 600 children and adults.
2012 Grant Awards
ASPIRE N.Y., Inc. will use the funds granted from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund for the purpose of renting minivans when they travel to their many activities. Recently they have visited the Great Escape Indoor Water Park in Queensbury, N.Y., Zero Gravity Laser Tag in Albany, N.Y. and The Museum of Natural History in New York City. Among their many other up-coming activities they will travel to the Herkimer Diamond Mine in Herkimer, N.Y. and Fort William Henry in Lake George.
Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County
The donation from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund will be used to provide social and recreational activities for children in DVRC’s emergency domestic violence shelter. When a child enters a shelter, he/she experiences an enormous disruption in day-to-day activities. Individualized attention allows the child to feel valued and provides an opportunity to discuss any feelings of anger, confusion, helplessness or loss that the crisis has elicited. The youth advocate provides a safe outlet to express feelings, thus helping the child to function more effectively in the home, at school, and to better adapt to the changes in the family.
DVRC provides gift certificates so moms can take their children out for a shared activity. Sometimes just going out for ice cream or bowling creates shared moments of laughter and joy that can bring the family
back to the bonds they share and ease their current struggles.
First Baptist Church
This summer program provides free lunch to underprivileged children in the Ballston Spa area. These children are provided lunch from the school district during the school year but might otherwise go hungry during the summer months.
The funds that were awarded from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund will help to expand the lunch program to five days a week, and to increase the number of distribution sites from one to three. Last year they served fifty-five children and their hope is to dramatically increase that number.
Glens Falls / Queensbury Historical Society (a.k.a. Chapman Museum)
The Chapman Historical Museum is in the process of retooling the programs it offers area educators. The museum’s goal is to see greater use of local resources in the classroom. To accomplish this museum will hold teacher training workshops on “place-based education” for 4th and 8th grade teachers. The museum also will pilot new place-based educational outreach programs in area schools in spring 2012.
Grant funding from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund will be used to underwrite the costs of the training workshops and to waive or discount program fees for participating schools where budget cuts preclude payment for services.
The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage will use the funds provided by the Adirondack Trust Community Fund to produce an audio walking tour of the grounds through the Guide By Cell program. With limited staff and volunteers providing tours, visitors to the Grant Cottage often face a wait. Without much for alternative exhibits to pass the time, a self-guided tour has been needed to provide visitors with a more fulfilling experience. Also, visiting youth and teens may become more engaged with the opportunity to involve technology in the learning process.
The Guide by Cell Tour for Grant Cottage has been pieced together with the generous help of the Friends tour guides, board of trustees, and membership. Several stations have been designated for users to call in to a specified number and hear narratives, facts, stories, and impersonations of figures relevant to the story of the Cottage. Members from the community and of organizations affiliated with the Friends will be sought out to record the audio that will enhance the information visitors receive from the introduction at the Visitors Center and the traditional tour of the interior of the Cottage. The funds provided by the Community Fund will cover the training for implementation, the monthly fees for hosting and technology during the Cottage’s open season, and the supplemental printed brochure.
Peaceful Acres Horses, Inc.
The funding support Peaceful Acres Horses received from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund helped to fund a program that was offered to Parsons Child and Family Center. The youth served were all receiving therapeutic services from Parsons. The agency, that serves youth and families from around NY State, was able to refer the youth into our Equine Guided Experiential Learning Program through fiscal support The Community Fund provided. Six youth were served, as well as six rescued horses, and one Off Track Thoroughbred.
The support from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund helped children and the horses that would not have received these services.
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY
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 greatly appreciated by the host agency and the people it serves.
The Adirondack Trust Community Fund has generously assisted the Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar program this year, donating funds to purchase those specialized calculators. 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 provide 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.
Scholars will receive the following support:
• A Mentor who will communicate, guide and encourage.
• Academic support with a mandatory weekly study skills program.
• Mandatory intensive tutoring for any subject that falls below a 75.
• PSAT and SAT tutoring.
• Payment of all AP class, PSAT and SAT admission fees.
• Intense counseling regarding college admissions.
• Peer group meetings to discuss their courses and progress with mentors.
• Referral to support services when necessary.
• Phone calls with SSAS staff to discuss the developing relationship with their Mentor.
• Individual meetings with staff as required.
• Trips to colleges for admission interviews.
Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation
The generous contribution received by the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund will go towards the restoration of the Spirit of Life & Spencer Trask Memorial located in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, NY. The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, in partnership with the City of Saratoga Springs, is undertaking a multi-phased, four year $250,000 restoration of this significant local and national landmark. The Spencer Trask Memorial was commissioned by Katrina Trask to honor her late husband Spencer Trask and his efforts to protect and preserve Saratoga’s natural springs. The Memorial was completed through the collaboration of sculptor Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, who also designed and executed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. French created the bronze sculpture, Spirit of Life, while Bacon designed the architectural and landscaped surrounds. The Memorial was completed in 1915, the same year the City of Saratoga Springs was incorporated. This restoration effort includes the bronze Spirit of Life sculpture, the masonry elements, and surrounding landscape.