The following articles were authored by MGarcia

Tis the Season

ACAP’s Holidays Program has kicked off with a great event at the Halfway House in Elizabethtown on November 30th.  Donations are coming in from many groups, including the Elizabethtown Community Hospital, pictured above.  Staff will be picking up toys from the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots program this weekend and Santa’s Elves will begin packing bags of toys next week.  A huge thank you to all who donate to make this program a success.

Hannaford’s fresh COOKBOOK Fundraiser to Benefit ACAP

ACAP Food Shelf has been selected to receive a donation for every fresh Cookbook sold at Hannaford’s in Lake Placid.  Don’t miss out, make sure to get your copy today!!!

Summer Youth Applications Due by June 1st

Hannafords Bags 4 a Cause to Benefit Seniors

Ladies from ACAP’s Senior Nutrition Site in Lake Placid display their new Hannaford’s Bags 4 a Cause! ACAP’s Senior Nutrition Site was chosen to benefit from the sales of the bags for the month of November and December. For every Hannaford’s Fight Hunger Bags (the yellow bags which say “This bag has helped feed someone in need” on the front), the site will receive 25cents. The more bags sold, the more the site will receive. So the ladies are encouraging everyone to stop in the Hannaford’s in Lake Placid and purchase your bags today!

Hannaford Helping ACAP Fight Hunger!

ACAP, a nonprofit committed to helping people/changing lives, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program for the month of August.

ACAP Food Shelf was selected by Hannaford store leadership as the August beneficiary of the program at the Lake Placid Hannaford store. For every reusable Fight Hunger bag with the message “This bag has helped feed someone in need” purchased at the Lake Placid Hannaford during August, ACAP Food Shelves will receive a $.25 donation.

“This couldn’t come at a better time,” said ACAP Executive Director, Alan Jones. “With school out for the summer, children often go without enough to eat.”

Any funds raised during August will help purchase food for families. Families who visit ACAP Food Shelf receive enough food to feed the family for a minimum of three days. The money raised during August, will help meet the need during the summer months and allow us to focus on including items for children. The food will be a major help for children and families in our community.

ACAP is a nonprofit based in Essex County. Founded in 1965, ACAP connects people, values and resources to promote personal, economic and community growth. Learn more about ACAP by visiting

For more information on the Hannaford Cause Bag program, visit or

Board Chair Recognized at State Conference

James Monty, Supervisor for the Town of Lewis and Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc.’s Board Chair was honored at the New York State Community Action Associations Annual Conference on June 1st. Mr. Monty (on the right) is pictured receiving the Community Action Vision and Values Award from ACAP Executive Director/CEO, Alan Jones. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the Community Action Network, helping to impact their mission, programs, and community, exemplifying the true meaning of Community Action.

ACAP Wee Care

Exciting news! ACAP Wee Care Center, located in the old school building in Lewis, has been selected by RedBasket for an online fundraiser. Go to  to check out our story and share the link with everyone you know, post the link on your Facebook page and email to friends and families. We continue to work to make the center a safe and nurturing place for the children and we thank all who help us to make this possible!

In September 2016, ACAP launched a new initiative to meet the daycare needs of the community. The agency worked with the Town of Lewis and local foundations to open a child care center in the old school building in Lewis. Now operating, the Wee Care Center strives to create a nurturing environment where parents know their children will be safe, engaged, and excited to learn and grow. The childcare center gives children opportunities to participate in fun learning activities that support their mental, physical, and social development.
“In our rural community there is a severe lack of quality child care which has become a critical need in our area over the last several years,” said ACAP Development Coordinator, Marge Garcia. While the Wee Care Center has seen tremendous support by the community, the aging facilities are in need of improvements. Recently, there have been issues with carpeting and tiles in some of the classrooms, and problems with the water and sewer systems in the bathroom have become a concern. The ACAP board and staff hope to raise $5,845 through to repair the bathroom, install new carpet, and purchase educational items for the preschool children.
“Quality childcare not only supports a parent’s ability to work, but it also supports early care and learning for the children in our community,” Marge said.
This fundraiser will be online through August 12. To learn more about the Wee Care Center, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit

ACAP After School opens in AuSable

Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. (ACAP) is very pleased to announce they will be opening a new After School Program in the AuSable Valley Central School District at AuSable Forks Elementary next fall.  ACAP currently operates After School Programs in; Westport, Moriah, and Schroon Lake Central Schools.  Programs provide positive activities and homework help to children after school.  All the programs will start-up again in September and children in Kindergarten through 6th grade are eligible to apply.

ACAP Wee Care Child Care Center will begin its second year in September, providing care for infants and children up to the age of 5. Operating as a licensed day care, the site provides developmentally appropriate activities for the children throughout the day.  The program is open from 7am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday.   

For more information call 873-3207 and ask for Child Care. 

ACAP Recruiting Drivers

Enjoy driving?

Want to make a difference in someone’s life?

Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. (ACAP) is looking to recruit drivers for their new Medical Transportation Program. Volunteer drivers are needed to take neighbors to their local medical and dental appointments, says Marge Garcia, ACAP Medical Transportation Program Coordinator.  ACAP is working the Department of Health to become a Medicaid Transportation Provider and is looking for volunteers who would like to help others in their community.  We are hoping that people who are retired or semi-retired, or just looking to volunteer part time might be interested in becoming a driver.

Why volunteer?

  • You choose when you drive, where you drive, and who you drive!
  • Flexible commitment – drive as little as once a month!
  • Receive mileage reimbursement (mileage reimbursement is non-taxable!)
  • You’ll help strengthen the community.
  • You will directly impact the lives of people in your community.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Age 21+
  • Contact ACAP and complete enrollment forms
  • Pass a background check and Motor Vehicle Report
  • Provide 2 references from nonrelatives

ACAP is working to increase access to reliable safe transportation for seniors and others in our community. If becoming a volunteer driver sounds like a good fit for you, or for more information contact Marge Garcia at (518)873-3207 or

Wee Care Center in Lewis Taking Applications

Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of a new Child Care Center in Lewis.  Wee Care Child Care will open September 6, 2016 in the old Lewis School.  The center will be for children ranging in age 6wks to 5 years. The center hours are ­­­­­7am to 6pm.   Enrollment will be on a first come first serve basis.

Tuition for Infants is $145.00/week.  Toddler tuition is $135.00/week.  Preschool tuition is $125.00/week.  There is a non-refundable registration fee of $50.00 due with your application.

The program is play based with a focus on the children’s interests and developmental needs. Through continual observations of the children, the staff will arrange the classrooms and have appropriate toys and activities that meet the needs of the children. The activities provided will also challenge the children to help their cognitive development.  The children will have opportunities to make choices.  This will help them with their social/emotional development. Developing the skill to self-regulate will allow the children to develop appropriate social skills which is a foundation for learning.  When they have the appropriate skills, their love for learning will grow!   

Click here to print an application, or call the ACAP office at 518-873-3207 and ask for Marge Z. or Kathy B.