2015 Lend-A-Hand Grant Awards
The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund via the Independent Advisory Committee has awarded Lend-A-Hand Grants to twenty-three, local, nonprofit organizations. The grants totaled $44,600, a new record. The name of each organization and a brief description of how they will use their grants are listed below. Please visit their website to learn more about each organization and their important mission in our community.
Backstretch Employee Service Team of NY, Inc. (B.E.S.T.) is a non-profit organization which is devoted to meeting the health and social welfare needs of the several thousand barn area (“backstretch”) workers of the Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga Race Tracks by providing on-site counseling and primary health care services, access to health insurance and case management assistance. B.E.S.T. understands that the foundation and success of the racing industry is absolutely dependent upon the health and welfare of its industrious backstretch workers. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will provide funding to expand their vaccination program in collaboration with Saratoga Hospital in order to reach a large population of client as they visit their on-site clinic for their primary health care needs.
Ballston Spa Central School District’s Partnership for Innovation in Education program collaborates with business and industry, higher education, non-profit and government agencies to develop innovative educational experiences that re-frame teaching and learning for the 21st century. The Partnership seeks experiences that will apply new or current thinking in a different plane that will fundamentally change the learning experiences for teachers and students, creating evidence of mastery in the graduation competencies. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will provide funding for the 2016 Girls’ Summit, a full-day, STEM-based forum for and he event is designed to empower, inspire and inform girls to lead healthy lives and better prepare for their future.
Caffè Lena is widely recognized as the oldest continuously operating coffeehouse in the United States. It is an internationally renowned cultural center and an American treasure. In 1989, Caffè Lena was converted to a non-profit institution which today continues as a living legend: breathing in ideas, dreams, and possibilities—breathing out music, poetry and theater. Caffè Lena has always been a place where people renew their faith in the power of music. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for their Student Rush Ticket Program. The program provides students with discounted tickets to various music, theater, poetry, and other art performances.
CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services supports and empowers young people, adults and families in their journey to personal growth and self-sufficiency. As a volunteer driven organization, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is a recognized leader in developing youth leadership, and empowering families and individuals to overcome adversity and become self-sufficient. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will assist in purchasing a new furnace for their Runaway and Homeless Youth Emergency Shelter.
The Double H Ranch, located in New York’s Adirondack Park, is a demonstration of the commitment and generosity of philanthropist Charles R. Wood and actor Paul Newman. Since the Double H officially opened its doors on July 4, 1993, it has served over 20,000 children dealing with life-threatening illnesses from around the world. It was the second “Hole in the Wall Camp” in what has become a worldwide network of not-for-profit recreational and therapeutic experiences for children with serious illness. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help fund their Adaptive Winter Sports Program which provides authentic winter recreation for children ages 6-16 with life-threatening and chronic illnesses.
Franklin Community Center is a non-profit human service agency, located in Saratoga Springs, New York, that has been providing basic necessities and services to less fortunate individuals and families in our area for 30 years. Serving more than 6,000 people annually, they provide efficient and effective services to promote healthy lifestyles and positive changes, always holding on to our philosophy: “send people out the door with whatever they came in looking for.” The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help fund their Project Life program which is an after-school prevention program.
The Lake George Music Festival’s mission is to bring a ten day classical musical festival to Lake George, New York. The Festival brought in over 70 musicians from around the world, most ages 20-30. Musicians represented 46 American Music Conservatories, 27 U.S. States, 9 Nations and 37 professional Orchestras. Talented young musicians gain valuable musical, educational experiences, including the opportunity to perform at a various venues with large audiences. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for the Sixth Annual Summer Season.
Parsons Child and Family Center began in 1829 as The Society for the Relief of Orphan and Destitute Children of the City of Albany. Under the auspices of Mrs. Orissa Heely and Miss Elizabeth Wilcox, the home first opened its doors on December 2. There were two children on December 3, 1829, 18 children by December 30, and 70 children in March 1830. Today Parsons Child and Family Center is not only one of Albany’s oldest family service organizations, but is known as the pioneer institute in its industry. Mrs. Heely had a concern in 1829 for the welfare of our children, and Parsons still holds this concern for our children today. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding to children from Saratoga County to attend Camp To Belong , an international nonprofit organization that reunites brother and sisters placed in separate foster care, adoptive or kinship homes through summer camp programs.
The mission of Racing City Chorus is to get out and sing for their community. They sing at annual shows, a number of community events, and at annual competitions. Another great passion of theirs is learning more about the art of a cappella singing. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will provide funding for their interactive presentations of the chorus of educational workshop programs at local High Schools.
Rebuilding Together Saratoga County helps neighbors to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding to their Safe Homes Initiative which will support 20 families in need in Saratoga County to live in safer and healthier homes.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum was organized in 1999, and opened to the public in 2002. The Museum’s mission is to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. They celebrate the automobile and educate the general public, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in New York State and in the wider world. In addition to technical and design aspects, their educational focus is on the past, present and future social and economic impact of the automobile. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for SAM’s Garage, a section of the Museum devoted to school-aged children and their families. The goal of SAM’s Garage is to help children increase their understanding and proficiency in math, science and history.
Saratoga Bridges has been instrumental in providing the highest quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by offering programs: Clinical, Community Integration, Day Services and Habilitation, Employment and Supported Work, Family Support, Information and Referral, Outreach and Advocacy, Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy, Public Education, Seminars and Workshops, Recreational and Social, Residential, Service Coordination and Transportation. While they assist children, most of their programs are designed for adults over 21. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for their “Printing for Purpose” program and hire a professional artist to teach printing classes to people with disabilities and people in the community.
Saratoga Center for the Family’s Heel to Heal program provides twelve teenage girls one hour in a group counseling session focusing on self-esteem and mindfulness and the second hour is spent training for a 5k Goal Race which is completed at the end of this program. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for the “Heel-to-Heal” 10 week program for high school aged girls (8th – 12th grade) to increase self-esteem, confidence, mindfulness, coping skills and physical activity.
Saratoga County RPC has grown into an organization that operates two transitional facilities for homeless veterans. These shelters are meant for those who need it, as a brief sojourn on a veteran’s journey through life. Saratoga County RPC services today includes ongoing management of federally funded (Section 8) rental units in all Saratoga County and are at a level of 164 families being subsidized monthly. There are many services available to veterans here at Saratoga County RPC. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help fund their initiative to renovate the late 18th century farm house they use for veterans in need.
The Saratoga Film Forum is a member-supported, member-run non-profit arts organization in downtown Saratoga Springs, bringing first-run independent, foreign and documentary films. They carefully select films to provide a diverse, interesting, challenging range of movies that are not usually available in our area on a big screen. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for the re-design/re-launch of “In The Public Interest”, a documentary series of 10 films with moderated discussions after the show.
At Saratoga Independent School, their mission is to empower students to become confident learners who are capable of critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. They strive to equip their students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in an increasingly complex world, while enriching each day of their childhood. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to provide funding for the purchase of two PowerGistics wall-mounted charging towers which will accommodate up to 36 devices to help with safe storage solutions for the computers recently purchased for the school.
Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar is a seven-year-old nonprofit corporation formed by local residents, Skidmore College, the Saratoga Springs High School and the Saratoga Mentoring Program. Its purpose is to assist fiscally disadvantaged students who are academically capable of achieving their dream of attending college but who do not have the same opportunities as other students. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will provide funding for the purchase of graphing calculators for the incoming class of program participants made up of academically motivated, but economically disadvantaged sophomores in the Saratoga City School District.
Adults age 50 and over can join and participate in programs, trips & social activities tailored to adults and seniors. Those striving to maintain an independent lifestyle can make new friends, share in a meal, play a game, exercise, take a class or learn a new skill. The social interaction provided at the Center is essential to physical and mental health. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will help to fund the bus trip program. The trips are in high demand with about 250 senior citizens annually enjoying the activity.
The Ben Osborn Memorial Fund aims to support youth with “NEED”. This fund was created in memory of CPL Osborn who died in Afghanistan, in 2010, while serving in the United States Army during Operation Enduring Freedom. It is their mission and hope that the values being learned, such as discipline and pride, will be encouraged and passed on through Ben’s legacy. As he taught them through example and selfless sacrifice, they simply wish to do their part by “giving kids a little lift” in honor of Ben’s memory. Modest assistance can be provided in the form of items such as: school supplies, tutoring services, winter clothing items, field trip admission expenses, electronics, musical instruments and classes, eyeglasses and more. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will provide funding for children in need, grades K-6, in the form of gender and size appropriate clothing assistance during the school day.
The Wesley Community Provides long term nursing care, enriched and independent senior housing, and offers innovative services such as adult day care that help the elderly and disabled live longer in their homes and provides rehabilitation services such as occupational, physical and speech therapy. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will benefit the Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Services Program, to purchase four iPads to be used to access and provide technology-based applications and exercises.
At Wellspring, their mission is to support survivors and engage their community to end relationship and sexual abuse. Each year, their crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—providing safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence, as well as comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management. Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations. The Lend-A-Hand grant will help to support the maintenance and daily upkeep of their emergency domestic violence shelter.
The Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York provides environmental education programs to schools, libraries, nature centers, state parks, scout groups, youth camps, community centers, and other venues in northeastern New York. All programs feature live birds of prey and the Lend-A-Hand Grant will provide funding to these programs that are widely used throughout our community.
The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is dedicated to conservation, education, and recreation. The protected land base, which encompasses ecologically significant habitats, rare plant communities, endangered and threatened wildlife, and public trails, is at the heart of all three. The organization was founded on the premise of balancing people and habitat, a preserve and a park. The Lend-A-Hand Grant will fund the Accessible Environmental Education program supporting mentors working with community youth.