NYSTEC Community Involvement Focuses on Food Pantry Donations During the Holidays

NYSTEC strives to be a good corporate citizen making impacts in the communities in which we live and work. Due to the COVID outbreak in 2020, NYSTEC was unable to gather as they normally would, but still wanted to share our successes. With that in mind, NYSTEC decided to make donations to support those struggling with food insecurity. Donations were made to the Rome Rescue Mission, Regional Foodbank of Northeastern New York, and NY Common Food Pantry. Across our NYSTEC locations, we have worked with these organizations in the past, and are so very pleased to support them again during these extraordinary and challenging times.

NYSTEC Annual Holiday Giving in 2020 Continues with Donation to Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center

NYSTEC continued its annual charity holiday drive in 2020 with a generous donation of much needed gifts to the Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center. NYSTEC volunteers split the lists and completed the shopping and wrapping for 16 people (5  families in total).

Serving Madison and Chenango Counties in Central New York, the Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center provides services for survivors, education, and prevention on domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence and other forms of abuse.

To learn more or to donate to the Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center, click here.

NYSTEC Makes Lemonade from a COVID Lemon for Schenectady City Mission

The Schenectady City Mission Family Life Center (FLC) provides “emergency, short-term, and long-term shelter to homeless women and children. We equip women with the skills and resources they will need to make the journey from poverty to a life of sustainability.”

For some years now, each Thanksgiving NYSTEC has purchased and delivered all the groceries needed for the FLC women and children to prepare a community feast to share.  When NYSTEC reached out to the FLC this year we learned, of course, that they were unable to gather and make use of our usual gift.  After some discussion, we learned they were just completing renovations to their teaching kitchen, but did not yet

have funding to purchase cooking equipment such as pots, pans, utensils, and the many other items needed to outfit a large kitchen.

Seeing the long-term benefit it would provide, NYSTEC saw this as the perfect pivot and decided to fulfill their need!  Not only will this enable the teaching kitchen to serve its purpose throughout the year, these same tools will be used to prepare next year’s Thanksgiving meal when NYSTEC can resume our grocery donation tradition.