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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!

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 Child Care Center Receives Support


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”. 

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!

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.



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.)

Child Care Celebrates Children

Child Care Event3 2014 The first weekend in May, ACAP Child Care held an event at WalMart in Ticonderoga in recognition of the Month of the Young Child and National Infant Day. Staff showed parents how to make inexpensive infant toys, using items that they may have at home or could purchase at a dollars store. For toddlers they showed them how to make and blow bubbles.

Children received a free age appropriate book and parents were given information on quality childcare.

January 8th Marks the 50th Anniversary of the “War on Poverty”

Signing_of_the_Poverty_BillJanuary 8th, 2014—marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s State of the Union address declaring the launch of an “unconditional war on poverty,” which renewed the national commitment to fighting poverty through targeted programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell Grants, expansions to Social Security, and nutrition assistance.  Since then, we’ve seen these services’ success in cutting poverty and creating greater economic opportunity.

Our safety net is working overtime to make up for the failed economy.  When families fall on tough times due to job loss, unexpected medical costs and other challenges, programs like unemployment insurance, Medicaid, nutrition, housing, and child care assistance keep families on their feet.  A recent Columbia University study shows that without these programs, many of which have their roots in the War on Poverty, our poverty rate would be nearly double today.

Poverty doesn’t just go away.  It’s something we must constantly work to reduce.  And we shouldn’t give in to those who want to take us backwards.  We mark the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty at a time when the very programs that have been so successful over the past 50 years are under threat.  Congress is considering cuts to nutrition assistance and has failed to continue unemployment insurance for long-term jobless workers who were laid off through no fault of their own – an unprecedented move at a time with such high rates of unemployment.  Strong majorities of Americans support continuing or expanding these programs, not cutting them.

And we must ensure that every child in America is ready for the jobs of the future.  Next to good jobs and wages, nothing is more urgent in terms of reducing poverty than investing in the education of our children from their early years through college.  Our kids today are the workers of tomorrow and we need to invest in their success from their early childhood years to elementary and secondary school, and make college more affordable for lower income students.  We must live up to our core value that everyone in America—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or class—has a fair shot at success and is able to contribute to our national economy.

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