In Ballston Spa, the Ballston Spa Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to the Ballston Spa Library’s Capital Campaign. The library is raising money to renovate the library facility and build a small bump-out for a local history and reading room. In addition to the $1,000 donation, the Lions Club Board of Directors has voted to pledge a minimum amount per year for the next four years of the Capital Campaign. The library will continue the fund raising activities over the next four to five years. For information and to donate to the Capital Campaign, call the library at (518) 885-5022, or go to the Library’s website: https://bspl.sals.edu/.
In Albany, Excelsior University’s community engagement group partnered with two local high schools for the 2022-23 school year to collect snacks for students to help combat food insecurity in the classroom. The Snacks for Students drive – which ran from October through May – concluded recently with the final monthly drop-offs to Albany and Troy high schools. Excelsior staff donated items such as granola bars, breakfast bars, fruit snacks, bottled water and other snacks, and distributed them to schools for teachers to hand out in their classrooms as needed. For more information on Excelsior University, visit: https://www.excelsior.edu/.
In Bethlehem, the community helped residents clean out their unwanted items and raise money for local charities as part of the Big Bethlehem Yard sale, held on May 20. In exchange for having their yard sales included on a digital map, residents pledged the first $20 from their sales to go to one of several registered nonprofits in the community. The Big Bethlehem Yard Sale is held in conjunction with the Bethlehem Community Fund. For more information on the community fund and to donate, visit: https://www.bethlehemcommunityfund.org/.
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