NYSTEC Donates Webcams to the Rome City School District

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.

NYSTEC Commitment to New Scotland Community Food Pantry Continues During COVID-19 Crisis

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.

NYSTEC Volunteer Delivers Masks to Hospitals in NYC

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.

NYSTEC Rome Employees Lead a Donation Drive for the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Along with the generous corporate donation of $400 to cater a lunch for the parents of children that are in the Upstate Golisano Children’s hospital, Rome employees led a collection of toys and things that were directly donated to the children at the facility. In total, NYSTEC collected just over $200 worth of items to donate.

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital provides safe, effective, innovative and family centered care for children in the Central New York region. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital facilities serve children and families across 17 counties and treat over 100,000 pediatric encounters per year.

Another Walk Across the Hudson by NYSTEC to Help Defeat ALS

October 20, 2019. On a beautiful fall day in Hudson Valley, NYSTEC sponsored participation in the 11th Annual Walk to Defeat ALS® Fundraiser at the Walkway Over the Hudson event in Highland, NY. The charity walk attracted about 3,000 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.

All contributions from this year’s event help support all three pillars of ALS — care services, research and advocacy in the greater Hudson Valley Community.

NYSTEC’s Habitat for Humanity Crew Make their Way to Troy

August 23, 2019. This year’s annual event took place at a few Troy, NY locations as several NYSTEC’ers helped clear and remove a tree from the yard, spackled interior walls, and worked on cutting, arranging, and nailing soffit and fascia into place on the roof of one of the houses.  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 to help families in Troy realize the dream of having a home of their own!

NYSTEC Volunteers Continue Tradition of Managing Postal Food Drive for New Scotland Community Food Pantry in 2019

May 13, 2019. For the third year in a row, several NYSTEC volunteers helped the New Scotland Community Food Pantry sort through all the food donations received from the Voorheesville and Slingerlands Post Offices. 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. The principal function of the pantry is to provide food and basic personal care items to those in need within the Town of New Scotland, including the geographic area comprising the Voorheesville School District.

NYSTEC Dodgeball Team Impresses at Annual Kearney Cup Dodgeball Tournament in Albany

April 29, 2019. A big thank you to all those who participated in the 8th annual Kearney Cup Dodgeball Tournament. A healthy contingent of NYSTECers (and a few vetted walk-ons), dodged, ducked, dipped, dove, and dodged again at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany charity event to help send many Capital Area Club kids to summer camp this year. The NYSTEC sponsored team placed third overall but are already motivated to bring the Kearney Cup Dodgeball 1st place trophy back to the 540 Broadway office next year!

With a Beautiful Fall Backdrop, NYSTECers Brave the Elements over the Hudson for a Good Cause

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.

NYSTEC and Families Participate in Be Our Superhero Field Day Event in Latham, NY

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.