In Halfmoon, a team of more than two dozen volunteers from the GE Global Research and GE Power & Water legal departments helped a local family in need. The family — an elderly mother, her disabled son and grandson — had requested help from Rebuilding Together Saratoga to clear the family’s basement and attic in preparation for the installation of insulation and a new heating system. The group provided logistical support, and the GE team, assisted by additional local volunteers, provided the manpower to move the collected items for storage or disposal. In addition, the Harvest Church of Halfmoon provided its parking lot as a staging area for the project.
The group plans two volunteer projects each year, and has been faithful in assisting Rebuilding Together for the past few years.
In Ballston, the Ballston Lake Improvement Association and the BH-BL BPA’s annual Town of Ballston Clean Up Day attracted many volunteers, including some area high school students who were fulfilling a community service requirement for a government class. One student surprised the committee by handing over a $20 “tip” he'd received from an woman who saw him working in his bright yellow volunteer's shirt and said she just wanted to make a donation. The donor, the student, and all those who helped out on this day are an example of voluntarism, service, honesty and generosity.
In Saratoga Springs, more than 800 bicyclists and walkers came out earlier this month to support the Team Billy Ride, a local benefit that helps raise money on behalf of brain tumor research. Cyclists rode a course of either 10, 25 or 50 miles, while those not on bikes did a 3-mile walk. The event is named for Billy Grey, a student at Albany Academies who died in 2001 of glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was just shy of his 13th birthday. Donations from the event, founded by Billy's father Ken, go to the National Brain Tumor Society.
In the Capital Region, representatives of the Muslim faith gave back to eight local communities, including three locations in Schenectady, late last month by serving free meals as part of their annual Muslim Soup Kitchen Day. The event not only helps the less fortunate, but it also helps improve relations between the Muslim community and and tear down stereotypes.
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