In Wilton, a local nonprofit has set up in the Wilton Mall to help provide homes for abandoned pets, as well as educate pet owners and prospective owners on care and training, and perform other pet-related services, including cat yoga. The nonprofit HOPE Adoption and Education Center also provides opportunities for volunteers as it fulfills its main mission of caring for and adopting out cats and dogs. The center is located in the mall next to the former Sears store. For more information about the organization, visit https://www.hopeanimalrescue.org/.
In Glenville, the Schenectady Heritage Foundation recently donated $5,000 toward the restoration project for Yates Mansion. The nearly 300-year-old, 6,200-square-foot mansion is the former home of New York Gov. Joseph Yates, a founding trustee of Union College. Over the years, it has had different owners and served different functions before falling into disrepair. After going into foreclosure, the structure was acquired by the town of Glenville in 2017. Repairs are ongoing, and are expected to cost at least $500,000.
In Delmar, FOCUS Churches hosted its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to raise money for its breakfast program and food pantry near the state capitol. As part of the event, visitors were able to pick from a selection of donated pottery bowls and fill them with a variety of soups. Last year, the breakfast program served nearly 17,000 meals and the food pantry provided nearly 100,000 meals. FOCUS churches is a covenant partnership of six churches in the area.
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