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:
The NYSTEC elves were busy again this year lending their talents to shopping and a wrapping party! As a result of NYSTEC’s corporate contribution and generous NYSTEC Employee donations, we were able to support 2 families this year through the the Frank and Rosemary Iovieno Caring for Children Foundation. The charity provides financial assistance and support to children who are suffering with life threatening illnesses and economic challenges living throughout Massachusetts and Upstate New York.
NYSTEC was so very thankful to again support the Rome Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving food drive collection. The support NYSTEC and its employees provided — donating their time and essential Thanksgiving fixings — enabled the Rome Rescue Mission to provide food baskets so that families could make their own meals at home and provided a community meal at their location. Last year, the Rome Rescue Mission fed more than 350 people at its Thanksgiving community meal and distributed more than 400 meals to the poor and homeless through the community.
NYSTEC was proud to be included as part of the 3,600 volunteers from across the Capital Region to help make the 47th Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner possible. NYSTECers and their families volunteered their time to prep stuffing and turkey. The Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner serves more than 10,000 of our lonely, homebound, or homeless neighbors.
NYSTEC and its employees sponsored a Thanksgiving dinner for the women and children who reside at the Schenectady City Mission’s Family Life Center. The shelter currently houses about 20 women and 10 children. Most of these women do not have families or a place to celebrate the holiday. NYSTECers and their families shopped for and delivered all the Thanksgiving fixings for a full holiday meal that would feed all of its residents to the Family Life Center. This donation enabled the residents to prepare, cook, and celebrate the holiday together.
Ten determined volunteers from NYSTEC prepared walls for painting, sheet rocked, sealed a basement, cleared debris, and blew cellulose insulation into an attic to help transform housing units in one of Albany’s toughest areas on Sheridan Avenue into a welcoming neighborhood.
Sponsored by the Habitat for Humanity Capital District, this was NYSTEC’s second house building effort over a six month period—another example of our commitment to important local charity events that help improve conditions for our fellow not as fortunate residents and their communities.
NYSTEC volunteers spent a productive day at the New Scotland Food Pantry, helping pick up, transport, sort and process the daily haul of food donations received. So much food was donated that some had to be dispatched to another pantry in the area. Pantry workers were grateful to NYSTEC, stressing that our team were much needed to help process the large amount of donations.
NYSTEC Rome employee’s attended the Wreaths Across America ceremony honoring the service men and women of our country. A National event that occurs all over America every December, NYSTEC employees in attendance at the Rome and Saratoga NY events placed POW/MIA wreaths on the gates representing all service men and women, Prisoners of War and Missing in Action veterans.