The Glens Falls Foundation has announced that it has awarded $180,000 in grants to three community organizations for new efforts to fight intergenerational poverty in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties.
Nearly one in five children in Warren and Washington counties lives in poverty. Of even greater concern, 41 percent of the households that are led by women and where children are present in Washington County fall below the poverty line as do 36 percent of the households led by women with children in Warren County and 26 percent in Saratoga County.
The Glens Falls Foundation customarily provides smaller grants in response to applications from local non-profit for community-oriented programs. In 2014, the Foundation created the Critical Community Needs grant program and solicited proposals from local non-profits to address poverty and families in crisis. Initially, the Glens Falls Foundation planned to award a single $60,000 grant but found the proposed programs so compelling it ultimately decided to award $60,000 to each of the three applicants:
The Open Door Mission, which serves more than 20,000 meals annually and operates an emergency shelter for homeless people, will receive $60,000 to support a broad expansion of its outreach programs and its facilities.
Crandall Public Library will receive $60,000 to create the first local, centralized community information resource, including a web portal and database, to connect people in poverty or without jobs with the services, training and support they need.
The Family Service Association of Glens Falls will receive $60,000 to develop a new educational and long-term support program to help struggling families achieve economic independence and move out of poverty by collaborating with Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center, schools, and businesses in our communities.
The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust that serves Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. It was established in 1939 to improve the quality of life for the people of the Greater Glens Falls area by providing financial support to organizations that address the community’s human, social, cultural and educational needs.
The Foundation is led by a Distribution Committee, whose members are Donna Metivier Perkett, Chair; Mark L. Behan, Vice-Chair; Dr. Stacey Mandelbaum, Paul R. McPhillips, Cheryl Hogan, Dr. Kathryn O’Keeffe, and Elizabeth Barton-Navitsky. Michael Niles serves as Business Administrator of the Glens Falls Foundation.
More information about the Glens Falls Foundation can be found online here.