In our region, KeyBank announced that its charitable foundation would provide $2 million in grants to 16 local agencies and organizations in the Capital District area. Among the grants was $500,000 to the Grow Your Own nurse-development program at Albany Medical Center and $250,000 for the Literacy Zone Welcome Center at the Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region. Other recipients included the Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement program, the Affordable Housing Partnership, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region’s women’s job readiness program, the Northeastern New York Office of the American Red Cross to help military veterans and servicemen, and the call center for the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany. The KeyBank Foundation, founded in 1969, supports organizations and programs that “prepare individuals for thriving futures and is advanced through three funding priorities — Neighbors, Education and Workforce — and through Community Service.”
In Niskayuna, the UHY LLP accounting firm has donated $2,500 to provide car seats for needy new parents. The donation was made to the Foundation for Ellis Medicine, which will buy 33 brand-new infant car seats as part of the year-old Bringing Home Baby initiative at the Bellevue Woman’s Center. The car seats will be available to parents based on need and for parents whose babies arrived before they had a chance to purchase a seat.
In Saratoga County, volunteers are collecting items to send to soldiers overseas as part of the 11th annual “Yellow Ribbon Day.” The effort was organized by Carol Hotaling, and the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office is collecting items through the rest of the month and into April to prepare “Freedom Boxes” to send to our troops. Donations of microwave popcorn, candy, breakfast bars, cookies and other snacks can be dropped off at the clerk’s records office and at DMV locations. All items will be presented on April 7 to representatives of the Blue Star Mothers — mothers who have children serving in the military or who have been honorably discharged.
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