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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 acapinc.org.

For more information on the Hannaford Cause Bag program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com or facebook.com/hhbagprogram

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 RedBasket.org/1337  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 RedBasket.org 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 https://redbasket.org/1337/wee-care-child-care-center.

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 mgarcia@acapinc.org.

ACAP Child Care Center Receives Support

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Pictured:  Chenelle Palyswiat from the Cloudsplitter Foundation presents a check to Alan Jones, CEO of Adirondack Community Action Programs in front of the old Lewis School.  Also pictured are James Monty, Town Supervisor and ACAP Board member, along with Marge Zmijewski, ACAP Program Director.

The site is being transformed into a Child Care Center with the generous support of the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Charles R. Wood Foundation and the United Way of the Adirondack Region.  This has been a true community efforts says Marge.  “We have worked closely with the Town of Lewis and local foundations to make this a reality.”  

Marjorie Zmijewski, Program Director says the agency is working hard to put together a recreational program that offers fun and positive activities which focus on children’s interests and developmental needs.

Funders recognize the importance of having a quality program for children in our rural community. “ It’s important to them and it’s important to us”. 

Elizabethtown-Lewis Ambulance Squad Toy Drive

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Lisa Hudson and Patty Bashaw deliver an abundance of toys collected by the Elizabethtown-Lewis Ambulance squad to support ACAP’s Holidays Are For Sharing program.   “ It was Lisa’s idea to do this,” stated Patty Bashaw, Squad President, “she spearheaded the effort and did a great job for our first year.” Lisa challenged squad members and the community to help her fill the ambulance with toys and she came pretty close. Lisa says that she expect they will receive more toys over the next few days.

 

“This couldn’t have come at a better time” says Program Coordinator Cindy Cobb. “We pack for around 600 children every year. The program is supported entirely by donations and efforts like this are what allow us to make sure every child receives new toys under the tree.”

Fidelis Delivers Backpacks

Fidelis 007What would we do without community support…. Amy Putnam, Outreach Specialist for Fidelis Care New York, dropped off backs for our BackPack programs in Elizabethtown-Lewis and Keeseville this week. The backpacks will be packed with food on Fridays to assure that children have enough food to eat over the weekend. Good nutrition, supports children’s ability to be successful in school.  Thank you Amy and Fidelis, you help put smiles on the faces of children every day!

Holidays Are For Sharing!

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A huge thank you to all who came out to support Cobble Hill’s Annual Toy Drive on December 4th.!  Pictured are some of the many toys that were donated and, in the second picture, are Ginger Phinney, Kathy Robertson, and Terra Thompson, three of the “elves” who helped put on the event.  On top of the amazing toys donated, the event also raised over $900 to support ACAP’s Holidays Are For Sharing Program.