In Saratoga Springs, Michael and Stacie Arpey have donated $1 million, allowing the Franklin Community Center to expand its services into the Massie Center building on Washington Street. The community center provides social services, a food pantry, after-school prevention program, affordable housing and other services to children and adults in the city. Located on the city’s West Side, the center was running out of room for its programs. With covid, demand for its services is even higher than normal this year, and the community center was already working on expanding on its current site when it got the opportunity to purchase the Massie Center. With the donation from the Arpeys, the center can now expand into the 10,000-square-foot center without having to wait to raise the additional money needed for the purchase. The building will be known as the Michael and Stacie Arpey Community Center.
In Glens Falls, Freedom Machines donated its 1,000th refurbished bicycle as part of a program to provide transportation to recovering addicts throughout New York and Vermont. The organization accepts donations of used bicycles from around the region. Working with area drug courts and police officers, the organization fixes up the bikes and gives them away to those who need basic transportation, for instance to the grocery store, job interviews and employment, and other places they need to go to help with their recovery. The bikes also help promote good health and exercise. The nonprofit organization requires bike recipients to be sober for 90 days before receiving a bike. To learn more about the organization and to donate a bike or provide other assistance, visit: https://freedommachinesny.org/
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