Adirondack Foundation recently awarded $137,866 in grants to more than three-dozen nonprofit organizations. The funding comes primarily from the Foundation’s Generous Acts Fund, which accepts applications once per year for grants from a pool of donations from generous people who care about local communities.
Grant awards ranged from $1,000 – $10,000, and the projects are helping kids, families, seniors, and other community members, as highlighted below.
Promoting healthy food and nutrition
Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc., serving Elizabethtown, Lewis, and Keeseville; Adirondack Community Outreach Center, serving Johnsburg and Minerva; Citizen Advocates, serving Franklin County and Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk schools; Clifton Fine Central School and Ticonderoga Central School all received funding to help alleviate child hunger by providing food backpacks for kids.
Silver Bay YMCA is helping provide a meal one night per week for teens, as well as teaching them how to cook.
ADKAction’s “Farmacy” project, in Keeseville, is making sure everyone has access to affordable, locally-produced food, along with recipes and cooking tips.
Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm, in Essex, is providing year-round nutritious meals to babies and toddlers enrolled in its Sprouts Daycare Program.
Helping kids learn, develop and stay safe
The Akwesasne Boys and Girls Club of the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and the Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Region are both offering programs to help kids stay academically engaged over the summer.
Mountain Lake PBS is expanding its early literacy program by working with local libraries to offer PBS Play Date to reach more parents and children across rural areas.
BluSeed Studio and Play ADK, based in Saranac Lake, are both offering unique programs to foster imagination, curiosity, and creativity in children through arts and play.
Whallonsburg Grange Hall is offering an indoor pop-up playground for kids in the winter.
St. Agnes School, in Lake Placid, is adding multilingual curriculum for preschoolers.
Timber Tots Early Childhood Development Center, in Tupper Lake, is working with Adirondack Health to establish a new daycare center that will provide quality care and also bring kids and seniors together.
Champlain Children’s Learning Center, in Rouses Point, is creating a new classroom for preschoolers.
Essex County Department of Health Women, Infants and Children is transforming its waiting room facility, which sees up to 25 families per day, into an engaging space for babies and toddlers.
Alice Hyde Medical Center, in Malone, is upgrading its maternity care facilities.
The Tupper Lake Bike Rodeo this month helped kids learn about biking and bike safety, offering each kid a free helmet and free bike repair for those who needed it.
Addressing impacts of addiction
St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers is showing the documentary Reversing the Stigma of Addiction to help remove shame and misunderstanding as barriers to treatment for opioid and other types of addiction.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region is helping to address an urgent need for additional foster care in Essex, Clinton and Franklin counties, stemming from the rippling effects heroin and opioid addiction have on families.
Helping seniors and neighbors
Catholic Charities’ Hamilton County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Adirondack Adult Center, in Tupper Lake, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, which serves the Tri-Lakes region; the Community Health Center of the North Country, in Franklin County; and Town of Webb are all providing services for seniors. Combined, these programs are helping to alleviate loneliness, assist with transportation, provide social and recreational activities, and other services.
Behavioral Health Services North is providing needed respite for caregivers to ensure they are taking care of themselves while also caring for loved ones.
Indian Lake Theatre is offering Sunday matinees to show first-run movies to bring people together and overcome isolation during winter.
The Westport Federated Church is helping to cover transportation costs for people who need medical assistance.
For more information about Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts Fund grantmaking, or to learn how to make a gift to support the fund, visit their website or call (518) 523-9904.
Photo of Lakeside Sprouts by Erika Bailey.