Community Organizations Support Coats for Kids

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Warm winter coats were distributed to Head Start students and their siblings, thanks to our friends at Watertown Elks Lodge, Stewart’s Holiday Match, and Kmart.   Our little people made cards to show their gratitude.

Sincere thanks to the many individuals who support the Watertown Elks Lodge Coats for Kids appeal and the Stewart’s Holiday Match and to the local Kmart for discounting the cost of coats. Thanks to these organizations – and their many supporters – coats were made available to 291 children!

Jackie Powers_Melinda Gault_Jill Bruce Wiley


Pictured, from left: Watertown Elks Lodge Chaplain Jackie Powers, Community Action Executive Director Melinda Gault and Watertown Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Jill Bruce Wiley.

Warrant Officers Spread Holiday Joy

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Community Action staff were invited to a Holiday Social at the Commons on Fort Drum where we met several kind-hearted, community-minded members of the Thousand Island Warrant Officer Association.  Each year, the local Warrant Officers sell funnel cakes during Fort Drum’s popular Mountain Fest event.  The proceeds are shared with non-profit agencies.  Generous donations were distributed to Community Action, Association for the Blind and the Children’s Home of Jefferson County.

Ernie Ixtlahuac and Christine ShimanekRetired Warrant Officer and President of the Thousand Island Warrant Officer Association Ernie Ixtlahuac presented the check to Christine Shimanek of Community Action.  Coincidentally, Christine’s husband is a Warrant Officer, current serving in Afghanistan.

To the many fine members of the Thousands Island Warrant Officer Association, we send hearty thanks for their continued generosity and best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.  We also wish to recognize and thank all the brave service men and women – including the members of the Warrant Officers Association and CW2 Shimanek – and their families for their service and sacrifice to this great nation of ours!

US Warrant Officer Event 12-09-2015

Community Action Celebrates!

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Community Action staff and board members celebrated milestone anniversaries during a special program on December 4, 2015.  The day began with workshops conducted by Kelly Flanagan-Hall and Kyle Chartrand, PIVOT Employee Assistance Services, focusing on “Communicating Effectively” and “Avoiding Identity Theft.”

After the training, individuals were recognized for years of service and perfect attendance.

All Honorees


(Back row, from left): Stacie Johnson and Anne Blake, 5 years of service; Nina Hershey, Susan Joanette, Cathy Brodeur, Heather Burke, Donna Beutel, 10 years of service; Stan Zaremba, 15 years of service. (Front, from left): Marie Ambrose, 30 years of service; Barb Tucker-Jones, 15 years of service; Penny Covey, 30 years of service.

Also honored but not able to attend: Melissa Countryman, 5 years, and Peter Clough, 15 years.

Patrick Vincent Perfect Attendance 4 YrsPatrick Vincent was recognized for 4 consecutive years of perfect attendance.

Congratulations to our honorees for 2015!