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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.

ACAP Presents Award

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ACAP Executive Director, Alan Jones presented Pat Standish, Director of the Statewide Community Action Angels, with a plaque thanking her for her support of their Drive 4UR Community sponsored by Egglefield Ford in Elizabethtown. Pat, an artist, created a logo (see below) for the event which helped raise funds for the agency’s Community Action Angels projects including the BackPack program which provides food for school children on weekends.   Ford Mustang



ACAP Celebrates 50 Years

Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) celebrated its 50th Anniversary of working to combat poverty in Essex County New York with a Poverty Simulation and a Commemorative Dinner at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid on April 23rd.

ACAP was created as part of the national “War on Poverty” and incorporated as a Community Action Agency in 1965. Committed to providing services for children, adults, and seniors the agency has worked to improve the lives of families in our community for over 50 years.

At the conference, staff, stakeholders, and board members participated in a Poverty Simulation hosted by the NYS Community Action Association. The simulation gave participants a better understanding of what it is like to live in a typical low income household. Insight gained by participating in the poverty simulation helped attendees to understand why those in poverty make the choices they make, and helps them in assisting families.

At the dinner the organization took the opportunity to recognize its history and those who have been part of the positive impact the agency and its programs have on theircommunity. Randal Douglas, Chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, presented the agency with a proclamation from the board recognizing ACAP for its years of service to the community. He then read a letter from Governor Andrew Cuomo recognized ACAP’s accessible, innovative, and comprehensive programs, writing “ACAP has made great strides through an integrated network that promotes academic enrichment, work experience and opportunities, positive youth development, and strong family relationships – initiatives that support a person on the path to growth, self-reliance, and dignity.”

The evening ended with Alan Jones, ACAP CEO, and annual coference 2015 097agency Directors recognizing the many staff who have reached milestones in years of service. Mr. Jones thanked staff for their hard work and dedication saying he was proud of what the staff accomplishes every day and is thankful to work with such an amazing group of people.



Adirondack Trust Offers Help for Childcare Providers

LAKE PLACID – Adirondack Foundation, in partnership with the Cloudsplitter Foundation, Chapel Hill Foundation, AdkAction, the Grabe Family Foundation, and the McLanahan Family Fund, is now offering grants to daycare providers in the northern Adirondack region.Small Grants for Small Children, part of Adirondack Foundation’s Birth to Three (BT3) project, offers grants ranging from $100 to $500 for daycare centers or daycare providers to enhance and support their work. The grants will be made through the Adirondack Community Action Program and the Childcare Coordinating Council of the North Country.Grants are available only to providers that serve children aged birth to three. Those who serve older children in addition to birth to three are still eligible to apply.

Grants will be made for professional training, travel expenses for training, equipment to enhance day care offerings, tools for enrichment and engagement, and other needs. This program will not support the purchase of containment equipment nor can it grant scholarships for families using daycare.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more, visit

The BT3 project envisions high quality early care for all Adirondack children ages 0 to 3 years that provides a better chance at success in life, from the very beginning. To learn more, visit

If you have questions on how to apply, please contact Program Officer Andrea Grout at (518) 523-9904 or

About Adirondack Foundation


Adirondack Foundation, founded in 1997 as Adirondack Community Trust, is a community foundation serving the Adirondack region of New York State. The foundation is the area’s largest private grantmaker with a mission to inspire donors, build partnerships and mobilize resources to support the needs of communities and nonprofits. Through professional expertise and customer service, the foundation makes it easy for donors to fulfill their charitable vision. Adirondack Foundation hostsAdirondack Gives, a crowdfunding website for Adirondack region nonprofits. For more information about Adirondack Foundation and the Adirondack Gives initiative, visit or call (518) 523-9904.


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After School Receives Support from Adirondack Marathon

SL After School Lights On 2014ACAP’s After School in Schroon Lake is excited to announce that they are one of the organizations to receive a donation from the Adirondack Marathon this year. The event brings runners from all over the U.S. and other countries to participate in the three day event. As part of the event, the organizers have committed to raising funds to support local programs and services. Marjorie Zmijewski, Program Director says “Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) has fought hard to keep programs running and donations such as this go a long way to help keep afterschool programs operating.

Barbara Taylor, Site Supervisor for the Schroon Lake After School site says the Program is a wonderful program with really great children and staff.   She says they start their afternoon with a snack and a conversation between children and staff. Next they go on to academic enrichment, where they work on homework, spelling quizzes, and school day class projects. They also work on increasing children’s reading and math skills. After that the children can opt for daily activities which consist of crafts, Character Education, Free play (physical activity), Teambuilding, and more. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to still be able to provide this program to the children, parents and teachers at Schroon Lake Central School.” Said Barb.

Community support from events such as Schroon Lake’s Adirondack Marathon, held in September, not only provide vital support to amazing programs such as this, they also bring community awareness and support to programs that have a major impact on the children and families in our communities. To find out more about After School programs, and what you can do to support the program, contact Marjorie Zmijewski at 518-873-3207. (Pictured are students from Schroon Lake After School program who participated in an Lights On event promoting the importance of After School programming.)

Ti Credit Union Supports ACAP Programs

TIFCU and Coleen 002 TIFCU and Coleen 004  Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union’s Wendy Courtright presents Cindy Cobb and Alan Jones from ACAP with food donated as part of their Shred Fest held in November.  Wendy also donated two checks to ACAP programs, one from money raised as part of the Shred Fest which will go to the food shelf as well.  The other funds were donated in support of ACAP’s Holidays Are For Sharing.

Egglefield Brother’s Ford

Drive 4 UR Community presentation 14 003Dennis Egglefield presented ACAP Community Action Angels with a check from the Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community event held in September.  The event, sponsored by Egglefield Brothers Ford in Elizabethtown, raised $6,000 to benefit families in the community.   Alan Jones, ACAP CEO in turn presented Dennis with a signed print from artist Pat Standish in recognition of their support of ACAP Community Action Angels.  Pat Standish is an artist and founder of the statewide Community Action Angels Network that encourages and supports volunteers to be active in their communities.