New Community Partnership Between NYSTEC and KIPP Tech Valley Middle School

NYSTEC and KIPP Tech Valley Middle School (KIPP TVM) have formed a new community partnership. KIPP TVM is part of a larger national network of schools from across the United States with each KIPP school being locally run with its own school board. There are four KIPP schools across Albany, soon to expand into Troy, and has about 1,500 enrolled students. Approximately 92% of students come from economically disadvantaged homes and about 95% of KIPP students are black and brown. KIPP is tailored to meet its community’s needs by providing snacks, meals and longer school days to help keep students nourished both physically as well as intellectually.

A core KIPP mission is to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In honor of this, NYSTEC has donated $5,000 towards a new Robotics Program for 7th/8th  grade students. In addition to the donation, NYSTEC will be recruiting volunteers from our talented staff to help support this great endeavor. The students will be learning how to program the robotics using Scratch, a drag and drop block software and will assemble their own robot.

KIPP’s ultimate goal is to help raise and educate students to have a life full of choices. NYSTEC fully endorses this and welcomes KIPP to this new community partnership. ​​​​​​​

Relay for Life Event, Rome, NY, September 18, 2021

Cancer is a horrific disease that touches almost every family!  Relay for Life is a way to celebrate with survivors, support those that are currently fighting the battle, and honor those that have passed.

NYSTEC was a sponsor at the Saturday, September 18th event at Delta Lake State Park in Rome, NY.

The NYSTEC team had a tent and showed its community support by honoring the luminaries, offering gift prizes and by organizing a pumpkin bowling event for the kids that showcased candy corn pins and Ty Beanie prizes.

NYSTEC raised more than $5,600 for the event.

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.