In Albany, 17-year-old Maria Lutz of Inlet (Hamilton County), a recipient of a wish from Make-A-Wish Northeast, is giving up a wish for herself in order to help epilepsy patients afford life-changing medication. The teenager’s wish starts a dedicated $10,000 fund to be administered by the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. The Maria’s Epilepsy Medication Emergency Fund will help raise awareness and money for people who are struggling to afford seizure medication, helping families in the 22 counties the foundation serves. To apply for money from Maria’s fund and to donate, visit: https://www.epilepsy.com/local/northeastern-new-york/programs/marias-epilepsy-medication-emergency-fund.
In Schenectady, the Schenectady Foundation has committed up to $300,000 in new competitive grants for projects within Schenectady County that will increase access to healthy food and build capacity and sustainability within the food system, according to a press release. The Healthy Food Access for All grants are available to eligible nonprofits. In the last two years, the foundation has granted nearly $600,000 to address food insecurity, as well as helped coordinate a massive food delivery program for vulnerable Schenectady County residents at the height of the pandemic. Applications for grants must be submitted by Sept. 8 for this round of funding. For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.schenectadyfoundation.org.
In Guilderland, Nurses House Inc. is helping nurses in the area and across the country manage challenging financial times. The nurse-managed nonprofit provides short-term financial support to nurses in need due to illness, injury or disability. Among the assistance available is temporary aid to registered nurses experiencing long-term illness or disability and other medical and mental health issues, related to the virus. In partnership with the American Nurses Foundation, Nurses House has provided a total of $2.8 million in emergency grants to nearly 2,500 nurses across the country, including almost 800 in New York, from April to July 2020. For more information and to donate, visit https://donate.nurseshouse.org/.
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