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In Malta, a fundraising effort for the Malta Food Pantry exceeded its goal in less than a week. Launched by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with #MaltaHelps, the online fundraising effort raised nearly $3,000 for the town’s Emergency Food Pantry at the Malta Community Center, according to a town press release. Working with Malta Councilman Tim Dunn, the chamber was able to have an online fundraising portal built and accessible within 24 hours, with a goal of $2,500. The chamber will use the funds raised to purchase gift cards that will be used by the food pantry to stock up on needed supplies. Those in need or looking to donate can contact the Community Center at 518-899-4411. For more information on the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.Saratoga.org.
In Albany, UAlbany students and staff are making face shields using 3D printers for local hospitals and first responders in need of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan Muckell, a professor of practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, mobilized 20 College of Engineering and Applied Sciences students to create and assemble three-piece medical face shields using 3D printed parts, according to the college. The shields are being distributed to Albany Medical Center and to first responders in the area.
In Schenectady, Union College supported the Schenectady County’s Coalition Task Force with a donation of dozens of reusable shopping bags for those getting deliveries of food and personal items. The operation is based out of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady.