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High Notes: Community helpers, new ramp

High Notes: Community helpers, new ramp

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities
High Notes: Community helpers, new ramp
Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County talks at a June 2016 event

In Latham, employees of the Transportation Division of Tyler Technologies Inc. helped out veterans, kids, poor families and injured animals as part of the pupil-transportation software provider’s 14th annual philanthropy event. The event, held in conjunction with the company’s annual meeting, featured employees breaking up into groups for various charitable works. More than 40 employees headed over to the Veteran’s Miracle Center to help sort donations; another 40-plus went around the corner from their offices to help in the Salvage Room at the Regional Food Bank; and a handful of employees each went to Toys for Tots and Unity House to sort donations and to Northeast Avian Rescue to help clean out cages, change water bowls and perform other maintenance services to help keep the bird-rescue organization running. For more information on Tyler Technologies, visit: https://www.tylertech.com.

In Niskayuna, volunteers, board members and officials from Schenectady ARC and Schenectady Habitat gathered at the Schenectady ARC Stiles House to cut the ribbon for a new wheelchair ramp. The ramp was built by Schenectady Habitat via its new Ramp Up program. Materials for the Stiles House ramp construction were supported by a donation from the Little Family Foundation, started by Mark and Terri Little of Niskayuna. Under Ramp Up, Schenectady Habitat builds ramps for qualified low-income families and individuals to allow them to safely remain in their homes. The program is geared to help individuals age in place, not be held back by physical limitations and to enjoy easy entrance/exit to their home. Schenectady Habitat is currently building another ramp in Rotterdam. It has received many requests for other ramp builds in 2019, and the goal is to build at least 10 next year. The program, started earlier this year, is made possible through funding and support by the IUE-CWA Union. In order to be eligible for Ramp Up, families must secure a building permit and have proof of home insurance. Habitat does the rest. Under the guidance of a crew leader, volunteers secure the materials and build the ramp. Each ramp is specifically designed by a qualified engineer and/or architect, who donates his or her time. For more information, contact Schenectady Habitat at: 518.395.3412.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

This version has been corrected with the correct reference to Schenectady ARC.

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