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.
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.
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.