April 9th, 2021 was Go Blue for Autism Awareness Day at NYSTEC—in support of understanding and acceptance for people with autism. Mostly working from home and participating on webex calls, NYSTEC’ers wore blue and participated in blue-themed computer and or smart phone generated group photos as NYSTEC was proud to go blue for all of our friends and family touched by autism. A donations goal of $500 was set and will be made at the end of the month to the Friendship Circle of the Capital District, a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs.
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.
October 18, 2020. This year’s annual Walk Across the Hudson to Defeat ALS was conducted from home as teams across the Hudson Valley set out on their own to participate and contribute to this noble cause. NYSTEC’s participation actually materialized in the Northern NJ town of Haworth, about five miles west of the Hudson River. NYSTEC’s contribution reached almost $600.00 to support people in the Hudson Valley community with ALS and to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
Despite the cancellation of this year’s main event at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park near Poughkeepsie, NY, NYSTEC’s A Team and many others were still able to walk and make a difference in the lives of those affected by ALS.
The Rome City School District (CSD) in New York is getting ready to welcome kids back to the classroom, physically and virtually. To help aid the CSD’s technology department, and as part of NYSTEC’s 2020 School Supply Drive, NYSTEC has generously donated webcams to ensure CSD teachers have the tools they need to run a smooth, clear and — crucially — engaging lesson for immersive education.
So far, a total of eight quality webcams have been added to the supply inventory for CSD classrooms. During times when remote learning is required and instruction environments are challenging for both student and teacher, a top webcam is a must.
Not being able to volunteer in-person at the New Scotland Community Food Pantry did not deter NYSTEC from continuing its efforts to help feed those in need in the Capital Region with an independent donation of pantry food items, especially now more than ever during the time of the COVID-19 crisis. Employee donations, complemented by a NYSTEC corporate donation, made it possible for a trio of determined NYSTECers to shop for and deliver the much needed pantry items on a recent afternoon in May.
The Pantry serves a diverse set of clients and may assist the single parent, the elderly, disabled or a family who is struggling financially. Whether their need is short or long-term, the goal is to provide basic nutrition and guide them towards being self-sufficient.
A NYSTEC volunteer and friend recently delivered 9,000 masks to Elmhurst Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, some of the hardest hit hospitals in New York City during the COVID-19 crisis. They also shipped 6,000 masks to Harlem Hospital, NYU Langone, New York Presbyterian, Good Samaritan Hospital, Northwell Health, and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (Rutland Nursing Home).
This is one of several meaningful support activities that NYSTEC and its employees are doing to help our communities in their COVID-19 responses.