In Duanesburg, friends are raising money to support two local families whose Quaker Street home was destroyed by fire last month. Funds raised through the Facebook crowdfunding effort will be split between the two families, who lost all their belongings in the fire. No one was injured in the blaze. The fundraiser for Jillian Pollack had raised $1,130 toward a $3,000 goal through Sunday. To donate to that fund, visit https://www.facebook.com/donate/759834077857641/. The fundraiser for Denise Burns had raised nearly $8,000 through Sunday toward a $20,000 goal. To donate to that fund, visit https://www.facebook.com/donate/525957204691700/525957231358364/.
In Niskayuna, the Niskayuna Permanent Firefighters Association and IAFF Local 4151 recently hosted a fundraiser to support the family of a local woman who died of cancer in November. The Matt Anderson Trust Fund will help provide support for Niskayuna firefighter Matt Anderson and his three young children as they cope with the death of Anderson’s wife, Lydia, The most recent fundraiser party at Mad Jack Brewing, along with an account set up at CAP COM Federal Credit Union, had raised about $10,000 for the couple’s children. The fundraising event featured a raffle and silent auction, with more than 70 items donated by local businesses. A GoFundMe page set up earlier on behalf of the family had raised more than $24,000 toward a $50,000 goal through Sunday. To donate toward the Anderson family, make a donation to the Matt Anderson Trust Fund at any CAP COM Federal Credit Union branch. To donate to the GoFundMe page, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/lydia-anderson-memorial-fund.
In Albany, Facebook has donated $50,000 to a local nonoprofit organization that provides computer training in the Capital Region. The grant will allow AlbanyCanCode to expand across the state to provide computer education and training programs, giving more people the skills they need to obtain jobs in the computer industry. Among the initiatives the grant will support are curriculum development, instructor training, construction of employer and partner networks, student recruitment and marketing.
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