NYSTEC Goes BLUE for Autism—April 9, 2021

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 Continues Tradition of Honoring our Veterans at 2020 Wreaths Across America Event in Saratoga

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, Wreaths Across America’s mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. In the past, NYSTEC has participated by laying wreaths in cemeteries in Saratoga and Rome. This year NYSTEC found a way to participate and honor our veterans. First COVID tried to stop us by limiting the who, when, and where. Then Mother Nature tried to stop us with a huge snowstorm measuring 30+ inches at the cemetery.  Being the fearless, dedicated volunteers we NYSTECers are, neither were able to hold us back.

Several NYSTECers arrived on Friday December 18th to unload a truck of 13,000+ wreaths and helped to place them on the Veteran’s resting places.  There were hundreds of volunteers and by Saturday afternoon, nearly every grave was memorialized with a beautiful Christmas wreath.

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.

NYSTEC Participates in Walk from Home Event to Defeat ALS

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.

NYSTEC Volunteer Effort for Capital Roots

October 2, 2020. Earlier this fall, volunteers from NYSTEC’s HMT practice helped out Capital Roots at the Corliss Park Community Garden in Troy, NY.  The team weeded and cleared space so the garden can host additional plots in the future. Capital Roots is a not-for-profit that works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region.

It was great to get together, get outside, and help make a difference!

Click here for more information about Capital Roots.

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.