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.
NYSTEC team members from the Rome, NY office wrapped and distributed several presents filled with sundry items for residents at the Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center (formerly known as Victims of Violence or VOV). The Help Restore Hope program provides free and confidential services to those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence or other violent crimes in Madison County and surrounding communities. The program offers a safe dwelling for victims and their children.
To learn more about the Madison County shelter, click here.
NYSTEC volunteers were busy again this year lending their talents to a shopping and a wrapping party for a good cause on consecutive nights in early December. The first evening involved a dedicated few who shopped for all of the goodies needed to help the Adopt a Veteran and Caring for Children organizations. The following evening, several more caring NYSTEC volunteers (18 in total) joined to lend their talents for the Caring for Children wrapping party. With so many volunteers, the wrapping was done in no time, and the results will hopefully bring smiles to some if not all of the gift recipients this holiday season.
As a result of NYSTEC’s corporate contribution and generous NYSTEC Employee donations, we were able to support 2 families and 15 veterans through the Caring for Children Foundation and Rensselaer Adopt a Veteran programs.
To learn more about the The Frank and Rosemary Iovieno Caring for Children Foundation, click here.
For information about the Rensselaer Adopt a Veteran program, contact The Rensselaer County Department for the Aging or The Veterans Service Agency.
December 13, 2017. NYSTEC delivered gifts to the seniors living at the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford, part the NYSTEC Community Involvement Committee’s continued charity efforts this holiday season. Items purchased through a donation from the Community Involvement fund and employees included hooded sweatshirts, fleece pants, holiday sweatshirts and sweaters, perfume, aftershave sets and boxes of candy. The Gifts will be distributed to the residents during their holiday parties over the next week.
Presbyterian Home for Central New York provides 24/7 skilled-nursing care to older adults who require residential medical care and support services.
For more information, click here.
November 19th, November 21st, 2017. NYSTEC took to the kitchen and the streets to help prepare and deliver turkey dinners for the Capital District’s largest annual community event. The Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner brings home cooked turkey dinners to over 10,000 members of the Capital District community who are alone, homebound or homeless during this holiday season. Meals are prepared in advance for delivery to locations within 40 miles of Albany and another 500 meals are served at the First Presbyterian Church in Albany. NYSTEC volunteers chopped vegetables and pulled apart turkeys wearing matching aprons courtesy of NYSTEC’s Community Involvement Committee. On Turkey day, several NYSTEC’ volunteers delivered Thanksgiving meals to families around the Capital District.
To learn more Equinox, this event and others, click here.
The NYSTEC Community Involvement Group’s efforts to help those in need around New York State continued in Rome on Tuesday, November 28th with a delivery of coffee and snack related items to the Donald J. Mitchell VA Outpatient Clinic. NYSTEC’s donation of coffee supplies will help keep the coffee area in the waiting room well stocked for the Veterans being treated at the clinic during the holiday season and beyond.
The Rome Community Based Outpatient Clinic serves approximately 6,800 Veterans in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison and Lewis Counties in Central New York.
The Grasso Family and Glennpeter Jewelers hosted a fundraiser on Friday, November 17th at the Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Center in Albany, NY. This event was established to honor the Rebecca Grasso Fund, which is part of the Neurofibromatosis Northeast’s initiative to support medical research to find a cure or treatment options for people with Neurofibromatosis (Type I, II and Schwannomatosis).
Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a hereditary condition most commonly associated with bilateral vestibular schwannomas (tumors), that exist throughout the affected individual’s nervous system. These benign (noncancerous) tumors affect balance and often result in profound hearing lost.
200 people attended the event and with the generous support of family, friends and companies like NYSTEC, the Rebecca Grasso Fund event was able to raise over $55,000 to further important research of individuals with this disease.
To learn more about this event and NF2. Click here.
As part of NYSTEC’s continued support for local charities, a food donation was recently made to the Rome, NY Rescue Mission. The food items were used for the Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at their facility and also for Thanksgiving Day food baskets, which included everything a family needs to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at their own home.
The Rome Rescue Mission is committed to assisting the poor in the Rome, NY area by providing shelter to the homeless and feeding the hungry. To learn more or to donate, click here.
On Sunday, November 19th, a small team of NYSTEC shoppers bought and delivered a long list of Thanksgiving groceries for the Family Life Center for Women and Children, part of the City Mission of Schenectady. These groceries will allow the 15 women and 7 children currently residing at the Family Life Center to prepare and celebrate their own holiday meal.
The NYSTEC team filled 4 carts that included all of the usual Thanksgiving food items, plus some specific items the residents requested as part of their holiday traditions.
The City Mission helps people who are in need right now by meeting basic needs like food, shelter and clothing. The Mission also provides counseling as well as life and job skills training for those eager to improve their life situation.
To learn more or to donate, click here.