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.
April 28, 2017. NYSTEC volunteers spent a lovely Spring day doing some necessary chores at the Root Farm and Upstate Cerebral Palsy (UCP) equine center facility in Sauquoit, NY. The Root Farm is focused on learning and healing for people of all ages and abilities through the power of equine, agricultural (including a program on honey production with bees) and recreational experiences. The Root Farm and Upstate Cerebral Palsy (UCP) recently joined forces and expanded to this new Central NY location on over 100 acres.
NYSTEC chores on this eventful day included helping level some of the dips in the driveway (allowing easier access for wheelchair users), cleaning horse stalls, providing some touch up painting on a hide-a-way stable, and removing rocks from the pasture so the horses and Milly, (donkey resident at the farm and our new company best friend) wouldn’t break a hoof!
A lively NYSTEC crew were present for an event at the South End Children’s Café in Albany, NY on Thursday April 13th. These NYSTEC volunteers gave their time to help address the issue of food insecurity, food equality and food justice in a creative way.
The South End Children’s Cafe is an after school program designed to impact food insecurity, address food equality and food justice, enhance academic success and positively influence the physical and mental health of children residing in the South End of Albany. The program offers free, healthy dinnertime meals along with homework help, academic enrichment, mentoring, exercise and participation in the arts Monday through Friday.
NYSTEC employees at all locations wore their best and brightest blue garb to raise awareness for Autism on Friday, April 7th. NYSTEC’ers wore blue clothing, accessorized with blue, and even brought in some blue drinks and snacks to share with co-workers. Many pictures were taken that day as NYSTEC was proud to go BLUE for Colin, Brian, Dylan, Maggie, Michael, Matt, Ishaan, Alex, Zach, Drew, Ben, Biboy, Sean and all of our friends and family touched by Autism. Matching donations of up to $1,000 were made to: