Community Action Makes Gift to United Way

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Each year, Community Action employees support the community by contributing to the United Way of Northern NY.  This year, we wanted to do something extra special, above and beyond the annual campaign.  Through money collected from casual Fridays, we were able to make an additional gift of $536.

Community Action is fortunate for the generous support of the community, and we are often on the receiving end of check presentations.  It felt good to hand a check to a fellow worthy cause!

Pictured, from left: Tobi Darrah, United Way campaign director; Howard Ganter, Jefferson County campaign chair; and Marie Ambrose, Head Start director.

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Assemblywoman and Kinney Drugs Collect Books for Children

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Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and Kinney Drugs delivered children’s books to the Community Action Planning Council.  The books were collected through Addie’s Books for Children, an initiative that began four years ago when Assemblywoman Russell set out to promote literacy and to ensure that every child is provided with the opportunity to enjoy the gift of reading.

Books were collected at special drop boxes located at Kinney Drug stores throughout Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties and in Assemblywoman Russell’s Canton and Watertown offices.   Books collected in St. Lawrence County were made available to the St. Lawrence County Community Development Program and those collected in Jefferson County were made available to the Community Action Planning Council.

The Community Action Planning Council wishes to thank Addie for her continued efforts in encouraging local support of literacy.  Thanks to Addie’s Books for Children, the Community Action Planning Council is able to distribute 1,742 books to children of low-income families this year.

Pictured (from left):  Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, Kinney Drug store managers Jason Case and Wendy Rambone, and CAPC Executive Director Melinda Gault.

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Warrant Officer Association Supports Community Action

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The Thousand Islands Chapter of the US Army Warrant Officer Association made a gift of $350 to the Community Action Food Pantry.  Each year, the group supports local charities through proceeds earned through various fundraising initiatives, including the sale of funnel cakes during Mountain Fest.

Pictured from left: CW3 Katherine Ixtlahuac, CW4 Ernie Ixtlahuac, CW3 (R) John Hardy, CW2 David Copeland, CAPC Executive Director Melinda Gault, CW2 Jacob Greene, CW3 Julio Hall, and CW2 Nicholas Penna.

Not present for the photo, CW2 Wendolin Langston thanked her colleagues for their efforts in making and selling funnel cakes: WO1 McFadden, CW2 Carter, CW2 Torres, CW2 Sherman and CW2 Murray.

Community Action thanks these fine individuals for their service to both country and community!

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Elks Spread Warmth

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Watertown Elks Lodge 496 supported the Community Action Planning Council’s “Coats for Kids” initiative with a generous donation of 200 winter coats for children of low-income families.  Members of Watertown Elks Lodge 496 donated the funds to purchase the coats which were offered at discounted prices from Kmart.  “Coats for Kids” is now in its sixteenth year.


Pictured from left: Sherry Rafferty, CAPC staffer; Shane Wisner, Rick Barrisford, and Todd Murrock, members of Watertown Elks Lodge 496 “Coats for Kids” committee.

Many thanks to our friends at Watertown Elks Lodge 496 and to Kmart for spreading the gift of warmth this holiday season!

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