In Albany, the Damien Center has partnered with Leadership Tech Valley to create a new garden to provide healthy produce for individuals living with HIV/AIDs. The Damien Center is a resource center that provides critical housing and services to improve health, reduce stress and increase the quality of life for individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS and that provides support for their families. The Capital Roots Community Garden not only features a produce garden, but also a reflection area and flower garden for members to mourn the loss of loved ones. For more information on the Damien Center, visit: http://www.albanydamiencenter.org.
In Ballston Spa, Ballston Spa National Bank, in coordination with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, will host a contactless drive-through food pantry on Tuesday, June 15, starting at 9:30 a.m. The event – which will be held at 990 State Route 67 in Ballston Spa – is open to local families and those in need of food assistance. Supply will be based on a first-come first-serve basis, and the distribution will go on as long as supplies last. About 18,000 pounds of food is expected to be distributed at the event. Items include fresh produce, dairy, frozen meats and non-perishable food items. Employee volunteers from the bank will load boxes of food into trunks in accordance with CDC guidelines. This will be the 15th food drive hosted by the bank during the pandemic.
In Malta, the Malta Veterans Appreciation Program (MVAP) and the town of Malta officially dedicated the new and expanding veterans park in honor of two-time Purple Heart recipient and medal winner Capt. USMC David T. Wallingford. The park was built entirely through donations and volunteer labor from individuals and local businesses. The MVAP is currently raising funds for a memorial sidewalk through the sale of personalized bricks. For information on the veterans group and to purchase a brick, visit: https://www.maltavets.com.
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