In Saratoga Springs, a team of experienced equine-veterans is hoping to expand the use of horse-to-human interaction to help first responders and front-line health workers deal with trauma.Bob Nevins, Melody Squier and Janelle Huggard have been working for more than a decade on providing positive equine experiences for veterans living with the effects of trauma. They’re now expanding their effort through a new program called Alliance180. Alliance180 provides a three-day experience through “peer-to-peer interaction, private accommodations and classroom training to learn the language of the horse, and a round-pen interaction with the horse as the culminating event,” the group said in a press release. For more information on Alliance180, its programming or to donate, visit https://www.alliance180.org/ or call 518-415-0206.
In Schenectady, The Carlilian Foundation recently awarded $62,000 in grants to a number of local charitable organizations. The grantees include the Capital Region Classical Startup Equipment Project, $5,000; The Charlton School Renovation of Art Therapy building, $10,000; Family & Child Services Roof for Maryland Avenue office, $12,000; Schenectady Inner City Ministries Community Resource Center, Food Pantry Improvements and Campus Development, $10,000; Schenectady Museum Association miSci on the Move: STEAM-based Digital Programming, $10,000; Schenectady Urban Farms Growing Community Farms, $10,000; and Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region Schenectady Building Restoration Project Phase One: Raise Our Roof, $5,000. The Carlilian Foundation is a private foundation established by the late businessman, community leader and philanthropist Charles W. Carl, Jr., to provide capital improvement grants to organizations that benefit the people of Schenectady County. For information, visit: https://www.carlilianfoundation.org/.
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