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.
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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.
Employees at all NYSTEC locations came prepared for the Think Pink! for Breast Cancer Awareness day on Friday, October 20th, 2017. Pink clothing, Pink accessories, Pink food and drink ruled the day, that ended with a Think Pink! Happy Hour event at the 515 Broadway office in Albany, hosted by NYSTEC’s Security Practice.
The total donation to the non-profit organization, To Life! from NYSTEC was $2,507. This included all employee donations and proceeds from the Happy Hour admission fee plus the $1,000 match by NYSTEC.
To Life! provides free of charge breast cancer education and support services throughout the ten counties of the Greater Capital Region of New York. For more information or to donate, click here.
Purple was plentiful at all points NYSTEC on Friday, June 23rd for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Purple clothing was prominent all day, with many people purple accessorizing with scarves, leis, socks and ties. There was also time to drink healthy purple smoothies loaded with antioxidants and lift purple weights!
June was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer’s Association® needed NYSTEC and other concerned companies and people to get involved and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a disease that is often misunderstood.
Did you know:
• Alzheimer’s is fatal. It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined.
• Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a progressive brain disease without any cure.
• Alzheimer’s is more than memory loss. It appears through a variety of signs and symptoms.
NYSTEC’s goal is to match donations to the Alzheimer’s Association up to $1,000.
To learn more about the disease or to donate, click here.
With funding provided by the NYSTEC Community Involvement Committee, Cindy Hert from the Rome office created several Mother’s Day themed decorative baskets for residents at the Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center (formerly known as Victims of Violence or VOV).
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’s donation was used to benefit the eight Mothers currently housed at the Madison County based shelter. Each resident also received a decorative potted plant.
May 5th, 2017. Several NYSTEC’ers made time on this Spring Friday to contribute to another successful building effort in Albany. Sponsored by the Habitat for Humanity Capital District, NYSTEC’s enthusiastic building crew painted, sanded, drilled, dry-vacced and transported to emphasize our continued commitment to help Habitat re-develop a vibrant, diverse neighborhood in Albany with increased affordable home ownership and new commercial and retail investment opportunities.