HIGH NOTES: Census boost, charity aid, endangered kids


Categories: Editorial, Opinion

In Schenectady,

the Hannaford Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain, donated $50,000 to the Schenectady Community Action Program to help local organizations in Albany and Schenectady help families hit hard by the covid pandemic. The donation was part of a larger $250,000 gift to charities in the New York-New England area. For information on the Foundation and to donate, visit


. The Schenectady Community Action Program serves low-income families by helping with rent, phone bills and insurance copays. For information on the Community Action Program and to donate or volunteer, visit:



In Schenectady

, the Marshall & Sterling insurance agency in Scotia recently presented a check for $10,000 to the group, Things of My Very Own, to help provide beds for children as they transition from a dangerous home into a safer environment. The organization provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect. For more information on Things of My Very Own and to volunteer or donate, visit:


. For information on Marshall & Sterling’s charitable efforts, visit



In Schenectady

, several local organizations, working in conjunction with city officials, have come together to help the city boost its anemic census numbers before the 10-year count ends later this year. The Schenectady Foundation is leading the local effort, which also includes the YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, City Mission, Ellis Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and various neighborhood associations. A full and accurate census count is vital to ensure that state, county and local governments and local organizations that serve city residents get their fair share of federal grants and other assistance. As of last week, less than half of Schenectady residents had filled out the census compared to a national average of 63.4%. For more information and to participate in the census, visit




High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations, schools and colleges, and businesses. If you know of anyone who should be celebrated, send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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