In Schenectady and Colonie, the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network is partnering with the United Way to collect and provide school supplies to area children in need. The Young Professionals Network is a workforce development initiative through the Capital Region Chamber that helps connect and assist the area’s young professionals. As part of the network’s annual community service project, members are participating in the United for Schools Success program, collecting donations of school supplies like notebooks, writing implements, loose-leaf paper, binders, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, tissues and other supplies. The materials will be placed in backpacks and delivered to local neighborhood and resource centers, including Trinity Alliance and Unity House. According to the chamber, school supplies for kids in grades K-8 can average up to $150 per child, more for students in higher grades. Anyone wishing to donate supplies to the campaign can drop them off by July 21 at either Capital Region Chamber office, located at 1473 Erie Blvd. in Schenectady and 5 Computer Drive South in Colonie. For a full list of the supplies needed, click here.
In Clifton Park, 264 golfers, dozens of corporate and private sponsors and more than 60 volunteers helped raise more than $153,000 for the St. Peters ALS Regional Center through an annual golf tournament. The 27th Annual John C Daly-James W Michaels ALS Memorial Open was held June 28 at Van Patten Golf Course to benefit the center, which for the past 29 years has been providing services and resources to patients suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a degenerative neuromuscular disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since the golf tournament began, it has raised a collective $1.95 million to help ALS sufferers and their families.
In Albany, about 40 volunteers from Home Depot recently turned out to help spruce up the home of veterans who need a place to stay while they’re getting their lives back together. The volunteers spent a recent Friday working on improvements to the Vet House in Albany, doing gardening and other yard work and replacing a shed. The Vet House, founded in 1990, is a transitional residence that provides a safe home for 28 veterans. Veterans who have fallen on difficult times not only receive healthy meals and shelter at the Vets House, they also receive employment counseling and other services to help them transition into private homes and back into the community. This is the fourth year that Home Depot employees have volunteered to help maintain the property.
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