In Saratoga Springs, The Bread Basket Bakery on Spring Street is donating all of its profits to charity as part of its “Baking a Difference” campaign. The local bakery founded in 1982 was recently purchased by the Mitzen family, which will retain all aspects of the longtime business, including existing staff. The bakery recently made its first major donation of $25,000 to Capital Roots to fight poor nutrition.
In the Capital Region, Special Olympics New York teamed up with participating Dunkin’ locations to raise money and awarness for Special Olympics athletes. During the company’s “Go for the Gold” event on Oct. 30, those who donated to Special Olympics were given a coupon for a free doughnut as a thank-you. For 50 years, Special Olympics New York has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness and participate in authentic competition. For information on Special Olympics and to volunteer or donate, visit: https://www.specialolympics-ny.org/.
In Rensselaer, a local group is on a mission to plant trees to enhance the beauty and environment of the city. In conjunction with the city as part of its Urban Greening Projects Program, 32 Capital Roots staff and volunteers recently planted trees and rain gardens along Partician Street and along 2nd Street near Central Park in Rensselaer. The group installed over 100 pieces of plant material to help improve air quality, heat island effect and overall quality of life in urban spaces. For more information on Capital Roots, visit https://www.capitalroots.org/
In Schenectady, Hill & Markes is donating a portion of its breast cancer facemask sales to Ellis Hospital for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Amsterdam-based family-owned wholesale company recently presented a donation of $1,500 to Ellis Hospital in collaboration with vendor partner Maxwell-McKenney.
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