BOCES Skills USA Students Organize Coat Drive

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Our student friends at CH Bohlen Tech BOCES Skills USA Program organized a coat drive in support of Community Action.  November 17 through December 12, a group of more than thirty volunteer students participated in the initiative.  They made posters, spoke about the initiative at their booth during Open House and went door to door to friends and family.  In total, students collected 82 gently used coats and 193 pieces of clothing.  Their efforts are well appreciated by Community Action and the families we serve!

Sincere thanks to the Skills USA students for coordinating the drive and to the community at large for their kind donations.

BOCES Skills USA Coat Drive Dec 19 2014

BOCES Skills USA Coat Drive Dec 19 2014 BOCES Skills USA students Cody Lilley and Monica Hosely helped to coordinate and promote a coat drive to benefit families served by Community Action Planning Council.

 

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Addie’s Books for Children: A Holiday Tradition

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Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and Kinney Drugs teamed up for the sixth consecutive year to promote literacy and to ensure that children enjoy the gift of reading this holiday season. New and gently used children’s books were collected at 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 delivered to St. Lawrence County Community Development Program. Books collected in Jefferson County made their way to Community Action Planning Council where they will be sorted and shared with partner agencies Salvation Army, Watertown Urban Mission and the Rhode Center.

Heartfelt thanks to Kinney Drugs and Assemblywoman Russell for their continued efforts in promoting literacy … and thanks to the community for their support of Addie’s Books for Children.

Addies Books for Kids

Pictured, from left:  Bill Fisk and Wendy Rambone of Kinney Drugs, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, and Melinda Gault of Community Action Planning Council.

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Community Action Celebrates Years of Service

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Community Action Planning Council recognized staff and board members for years of service during a special celebration on December 5.  Board members Andrea Kaler (5 years), Nancy Brown and Anne Thomas (10 years) were honored, along with 21 staff members who celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2014.

Congratulations and thanks to Community Action staff and board members for their efforts in “helping people, changing lives.”

5 Year Honorees
From left: Vickie Brownell, Shayla Mount, Rebecca Sicley, Mary Hoistion, Chris L’Huillier, Shawn Jensen, Patti Wetterhahn and Renee Eisel.  Not present for the photo: Darlene Wessner

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15 Year Honorees
From left: Kris Faunce, Priscilla Johnson, Judy Klementowski, Barb Desormo and Deb McPherson

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20 Year Honorees
Tina Shannon and Sue Backus. Not present for the photo: Trish Gay
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25 Year Honorees
Elaine Soper and Nancy Penrose

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30 Year Honorees
Nancy Gossiaux and Joanne Kahler

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Perfect Attendance
Darlene Chartrand, Patrick Vincent and Judy Klementowski

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Warrant Officers Spread Holiday Joy

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It wouldn’t be the holidays without the good company of our friends from the Thousand Islands Chapter of the US Army Warrant Officer Association.  They recently invited non-profit professionals to visit them at Fort Drum and presented checks in support of programs for low-income families and children.  Each year, the group supports local charities with proceeds earned from various fundraising initiatives, including the sale of funnel cakes during Mountain Fest.

To the men and women of the Thousand Islands Chapter of the US Army Warrant Officer Association, we send a hearty THANKS for their good work and kind support! USA Warrant Officers Check PresentationPictured from left: Ernie Ixtlahuac, Chapter President; Paul Passino of the Children’s Home; Tammy Kitto and Christina Kelley of Community Action Planning Council;  John Hardy, Chapter Secretary; and Scott Mathys of Lewis County Opportunities.

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