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Many step up to help victims of Schenectady fire

The Jay Street Fire

Many step up to help victims of Schenectady fire

Several organizations in the city have stepped up to help the 60 people displaced by the Jay Street

Several organizations in the city have stepped up to help the 60 people displaced by the Jay Street fire last week.

• The Schenectady Foundation reactivated its Rebuilding Families Fund to provide long-term recovery support for former tenants left without a place to live after the fire at 100-102 and 104 Jay St. The foundation is spearheading the effort with $10,000 and is accepting tax-deductible contributions online or by mail at its office.

The Rebuilding Families Fund was first launched in 2011 in response to tropical storms Irene and Lee to provide resources for Schenectady County residents impacted by flooding.

How to help

Several organizations have launched campaigns and are accepting donations to help provide resources for people affected by the Jay Street fire:

&bull; Schenectady Foundation: 376 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Schenectady, NY 12305; 393-9500; www.schenectadyfoundation.org

&bull; Salvation Army: 222 LaFayette St., Schenectady, NY 12305

&bull; Millennial Council: GoFundMe campaign, www.gofundme.com

&bull; Mohawk Ambulance: 793 State St.. Schenectady, NY 12307; 374-4468

&bull; Fundabilities.com: Co-founder Dan DeMarco, 229-3383 or [email protected]; http://fundabilities.com/jay-street-fire

&bull; American Red Cross of Northeastern New York: 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205; www.redcross.org; 694-5108

• The Millennial Council, recently formed under the direction of city Councilman John Ferrari and Deputy City Clerk Chad Putnam, established a GoFundMe page to accept donations for people affected by the fire. The council is planning to partner with the Schenectady Foundation to distribute funds to fire victims.

• The Salvation Army, at 222 LaFayette St. in Schenectady, is continuing to accept clothing, furniture and toiletries for victims of the fire. Major Mike Hines said people looking to donate furniture can call the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at 1-800-728-7825.

Hines said the Salvation Army is particularly looking for new single-bed sheets, comforters, pillows and pillowcases. Fire victims are also in need of new socks, underwear and towels.

• Mohawk Ambulance Service is accepting non-perishable food items, clothing and toiletries at its 793 State St. garage.

• Arian Horbovetz, a Rochester-based travel blogger and wedding photographer who spent two days in Schenectady last month, said he is planning to sell his photos of Schenectady as a fundraiser. He plans to upload the photos to his website, http://rocpix.com, in about five days.

All of the proceeds from the photos of Schenectady would go to the people affected by the fire, he said.

“I saw the images and I heard the stories from the fire, and it’s one of those times where everyone has to pitch in,” Horbovetz said. “I would love to help the community. I already got several requests for photos for sale.”

Horbovetz is looking to partner with the Schenectady Foundation to direct the money to fire victims. About a dozen photos would be posted for sale.

• Local startup company Fundabilities.com also started an online campaign to raise money for the displaced tenants, said co-founder Dan DeMarco, a Rotterdam resident.

• Donations can also be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which provided substantial assistance to victims right after the fire. The Red Cross set up a shelter for people displaced by the fire last Friday. The shelter stayed open until Monday morning, when those without housing were referred to the Schenectady County Department of Social Services.

MVP Health Care has committed to match donations through today of up to $5,000;.“MVP Match” should be written as a memo on donations made by check.

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