The Independent Advisory Committee of
the Adirondack Trust Co. Community Fund
has awarded Lend-A-Hand Grants to 23 local
The grants were presented at the fund’s annual
grant award reception in December. Directors or
representatives of the organizations were present
at the reception and spoke briefly about their
respective organization’s mission and how the
grant will support their particular cause.
Grant awards were provided to:
• Backstretch Employee Service Team of NY
Inc. received funding to expand its vaccination
program in collaboration with Saratoga Hospital
in order to reach a large population of clients as
they visit their on-site clinic for their primary
health care needs.
• Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in
Education received funding for the 2016 Girls'
Summit, a full-day, STEM-based forum designed
to empower, inspire and inform girls to lead
healthy lives and better prepare for their future.
• Caffe Lena received funding for their
Student Rush Ticket Program. The program
provides students with discounted tickets to
various music, theater, poetry, and other art
• CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services
received funds to assist in purchasing a new
furnace for their Runaway and Homeless Youth
• Double H. Ranch received funds for its
winter sports program which provides authentic
winter recreation for children ages 6-16 with
life-threatening and chronic illnesses.
• Franklin Community Center received funding
for its Project Lift program, an after-school
• Lake George Music Festival, Inc. received
funding for its sixth year anniversary season.
Young musicians gain valuable musical, educational
experiences, including the opportunity to
perform at a various venues with large audiences.
• Parsons Child and Family Center received
funding to children from Saratoga County to attend
Camp To Belong, an international nonprofit
organization that reunites brother and sisters
placed in separate foster care, adoptive or kinship
homes through summer camp programs.
• Racing City Chorus received funding for its
interactive presentations of the chorus of educational
workshop programs at local high schools.
• Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
received funding for its Safe Homes Initiative
that supports 20 families in need in Saratoga
County to live in safer and healthier homes.
• Saratoga Automobile Museum received
funding for SAM's Garage, a section of the
museum devoted to school-aged children and
• Saratoga Bridges received funding for a
Printing for Purpose program to hire a professional
artist to teach printing classes to people
with disabilities and people in the community.
• Saratoga Center for the Family received
funding for Heel-to-Heel, a 10-week program
for high school aged girls to increase self-esteem,
confidence, mindfulness, coping skills and physical
• Saratoga County Rural Preservation Co.
received funding for an initiative to renovate the
late 18th century farm house used for veterans
• Saratoga Film Forum received funding
for the re-design/re-launch of "In The Public
Interest," a documentary series of 10 films with
moderated discussions after the show.
• Saratoga Independent School received funding
to purchase two PowerGistics wall-mounted
charging towers that will accommodate up to 36
devices to help with safe storage solutions for the
computers recently purchased for the school.
• Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar received funding
for the purchase of graphing calculators for the
incoming class of program participants made
up of academically motivated, but economically
disadvantaged sophomores in the Saratoga City
• Senior Citizens Center of Saratoga got funding
for their bus trip program.
• The Ben Osborn Memorial Fund Inc, received
funding for children in need, grades K-6,
in the form of gender and size appropriate
clothing assistance during the school day.
• The Wesley Foundation received funding
for the Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Services
program to purchase four iPads to be used to
access and provide technology-based applications
• Wellspring received funds for the maintenance
and daily upkeep of its emergency
domestic violence shelter.
• Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York
received funding for environmental education
programs in schools, libraries, nature centers,
state parks, scout groups and youth camps.
• Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park received
funding for its Accessible Environmental Education
program which supports mentors working
with community youth.
Committee chairwoman Mary Gavin said,
"We have awarded more grant money this year
than ever before, supporting 23 entities whose
services range from arts and education to caring
for the poor to taking care of veterans. These
organizations make our communities strong