October 21, 2018. A few members of the NYC NYSTEC team and their families braved cooler temps and windy conditions to participate in the 10th Annual Walk to Defeat ALS Fundraiser at the Walkway Over the Hudson in Highland, NY. The charity walk attracted about 2,000 participants and started at 11 am following a brief family oriented ceremony that included dedications from local civic leaders, a performance dance, face painting, music, mascots, refreshments, and other fun & games.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is an outlet for communities across the nation to demonstrate their concern for and the urgent need to find the cure for ALS while providing the best care for those who are currently battling the disease.
As a direct result of the this year’s event and the first nine walks, critical services are now available in the Hudson Valley region to ALS patients (PALS) and their caregivers. Local services include a patient/nurse coordinator and a social worker who make home and hospital visits, coordinates with Hospice and holds monthly support meetings for PALS and their caregivers.
September 30, 2018. NYSTECers and their families participated in fun-filled events such as the three-legged race, tug of war, dizzy bat, and a water balloon toss, all to benefit Special Olympics New York.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics New York (SONY), is the largest program in the United States and nearly the largest program in the world. SONY headquarters are located in Schenectady, with offices in the Long Island, New York City, Hudson Valley, Capital, Central, Genesee and Western Regions.
NYSTEC was a listed sponsor on the website for the event and contributed over $1,600.
September 28, 2018. In what has become an annual event, several NYSTEC’ers set up shop at a Habitat for Humanity Capital District site on Delaware Street in Albany, helping clear debris, prepare walls for painting, load a truck with (lots of) excess building materials, paint trim, and prepare doors for installation.
Habitat for Humanity Capital District was founded in 1988 as an independent affiliate of Habitat International. Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area. Habitat for Humanity does not build homes for people, but with them as equal partners. The purpose is for Habitat homeowners to build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
The NYSTEC crew accomplished a great deal on this volunteer day, clearing the way and making preparations for contractors to perform the next construction steps, and bringing four Albany families that much closer to having homes of their own!
The American Cancer Society Red White and Blue All American Gourmet BBQ was held on July 29th at Saratoga National honoring Peter Gannon and Michael Anson. The event had an attendance of over 500 people and generated a significant amount of income for the Albany ACS foundation through live, silent actions and many raffles. The evening was capped off with fireworks to officially kick off the Summer for many.
This past Mother’s Day, several NYSTEC volunteers helped the New Scotland Community Food Pantry sort through all the food donations received by two post offices in the area. This food pantry event is a wonderful, giving experience, solely run by volunteers, who were most appreciative of NYSTEC’s enthusiastic contribution. This was the second time NYSTEC participated in the event and is likely to become an annual company charity event from now on.
NYSTEC’s Community Involvement Committee recently created and delivered several Mother’s Day themed decorative baskets for residents at the Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center. The annual donation was used to benefit all of the Mothers currently resident at the Madison County, NY based shelter.
The Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center provides free and confidential services to those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence or other violent crimes in Madison County and surrounding communities. Services are available to all victims and their family, regardless of when the abuse or crime occurred or whether they choose to report it to the police.
NYSTEC received several Thank You notes, with the most common wording being the baskets “made them feel special” during a very difficult time in their lives.
NYSTEC’s continued support for local charities extended to the feline and canine world of Rome, NY on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. NYSTEC’s contribution included litter pans, dog and cat beds, litter, loads of toys, brand new hammocks and treats for both cats and dogs.
Serving the Mohawk Valley and surrounding areas since 1956, the Humane Society of Rome, New York, provides shelter, food and loving care to all unwanted cats and dogs, and promotes the adoption of rescued, abandoned, abused or neglected animals into safe lifelong homes.
April 13th was Go Blue for Autism Awareness Day at NYSTEC—in support of understanding and acceptance for people with autism. NYSTEC’ers at all locations wore blue, ate blue and participated in blue-themed photos.
Many pictures were taken that day as NYSTEC was proud to go BLUE for all of our friends and family touched by Autism. Matching donations of over $1,000 were made to:
February 23, 2018. NYSTEC volunteers spent a productive day at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, assembling small laundry bags and supplies for the parents of children currently resident at the hospital. In addition to contributing the much needed laundry supplies, NYSTEC also sponsored a free breakfast for the visiting families, providing more assistance to help lesson the burden of having a child at the facility.
Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital opened in 2009, with the mission to provide safe, effective, innovative and family centered care for children in the Central New York region. Today the hospital serves children and families across 17 counties and treats over 100,000 pediatric encounters per year.
December 17, 2016. NYSTEC and hundreds of people paid their respects at the annual Wreaths Across America ceremonies in Rome and Saratoga, New York, honoring the fallen service men and women of our country.
In Rome, NYSTEC personnel and others braved the wind and snow at St. John’s Cemetery to say “Thanks” to the deceased veterans and place the wreaths on their final resting places. In Saratoga, NYSTEC joined the commemoration at the National Cemetery to honor our fallen military veterans. A record 7,000 wreaths were placed at the Saratoga cemetery, enough to cover more than half of the grave sites.
The Wreaths Across America event touches 1,200 cemeteries in the U.S. and overseas every December.
NYSTEC’s donation for this year’s events came to $4,650.00, allowing us to sponsor a total of 310 wreaths between the two locations (Rome and Saratoga).
Click here for more information about the National Wreaths Across America mission.