In Schenectady, a local accounting firm and a national organization that provides body armor for police dogs have combined to donate a bullet- and stab-proof vest for the Schenectady Police Department’s K9 Ramo & Flynn. Marvin and Company, P.C., CPAs in Latham and the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s will provide the vest through a $950 donation. That donation supports a vest valued at between $1,700 and $2,300. The vest is expected to be delivered in eight to 10 weeks. Since its founding in 2009, Vested Interest has provided more than 3,200 protective vests valued at a total of $5.7 million to police dogs in all 50 states, including past donations to the Schenectady K9 unit. Its effort is supported by private and corporate donations. To learn more about the organization and to make a donation, visit www.vik9s.org. or mail donations to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
In Albany, UAlbany students are helping the people of La Chorra, Puerto Rico, this month with a number of public service projects. The students are working with AMPI Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes and improves quality of life for mentally challenged adults of Puerto Rico. The students are repairing buildings, cleaning, working in children’s centers, painting houses, doing yard work and meeting with local and federal officials as part of their visit. For more information on AMPI Inc., visit http://www.ampipr.org.
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