Recent Grants Recipients

2017 Recipients

CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services

CAPTAIN Transportation Initiative 
CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, (Community Action for Parents, Teens and Interested Neighbors), is a non-profit, grassroots, community-based, volunteer-driven agency that serves as an advocate for the unmet needs of disadvantaged children and families in Saratoga County.  For 40 years, CAPTAIN has created dynamic programs and services that are able to meet the changing needs of our community and address serious social issues such as; homelessness, poverty, education, hunger and family conflict.  Their mission is to support and empower young people, adults, and families in their journey to personal growth and self-sufficiency.  CAPTAIN strives to build resilient, emotionally healthy and self-sufficient families.

Crossroads Center for Children

iPad Program
Crossroads Center for Children is a small, not-for-profit center-based program for children on the autism spectrum in upstate New York.  Students go to them from any county or school district in the upstate area.  They have nine special education classrooms, starting at early preschool with children 18 months old in some cases, and ranging all the way up to 2 school-age classrooms.  Their mission is to prepare individuals with and without development disabilities for life success within their family and community.  Students work with teachers and therapists to target individual goals that will help them to achieve success in life.


Transitional Living Program
Equinox’s mission is to change lives and strengthen communities in the Capital Region through a continuum of human services.  Equinox is a dynamic human services agency with a distinctive role in New York’s Capital District.  The agency serves teens and adults struggling with chemical dependency, victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as elderly victims of domestic abuse, youth, adults, and families who are living with mental illness, and homeless and runaway youth.  In addition, Equinox manages an annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner which serves meals to 10,000 individuals in the community who are lonely, homeless, or in other difficult circumstances.  Equinox provides compassionate treatment, services, support, and positive opportunities to more than 5,500 people each year at 10 different locations, including residential facilities, throughout Albany County.

FOCUS Churches of Albany

Fresh Produce for Healthier Families Program
FOCUS Churches is a regional community of Christian congregations that work together to understand and address the needs of our local community.  The primary goal they seek is to reduce food insecurity among low-income individuals and households in the city of Albany.  To meet the rising need for these services, FOCUS plans to take its existing emergency food recovery operations to higher performance levels through the expansion of services of its current food pantry and soup kitchen.

East Side Neighborhood Recreation Center, Inc.

Hope 7 Technology Program
Hope 7’s mission is to provide life essential and enhancing services to our community in a non-preferential and nurturing manner, while promoting self-sufficiency, personal growth, and service to one’s community.

The Open Door Mission

Backpacks for Kids Program 
The Open Door exists to serve people at their point of need, cultivating personal growth and community sustainability.  The Open Door Mission partners with local schools to provide backpacks and meals for identified “at risk” students when school is not in session.  Their weekend and summer food services ensure that children in need are given nutritious meals each weekend and throughout the summer months.

Voorheesville Community and School Foundation

Friends of Voorheesville Playground Program
Voorheesville Community and School Foundation’s mission is to improve the safety and compliance of the Voorheesville Elementary Playground by providing safe, accessible, modern play equipment that promotes healthy and active lifestyles for all children in the Voorheesville Community.

Watervliet Civic Chest, Inc.

Watervliet Housing Safe Site Program
The mission of the Watervliet Civic Center is to offer organized, constructive and wholesome programs and services to youth ages 4-18 during their non-school hours and leisure time.  The Watervliet Civic Center provides services necessary to address needs through recreational, social, educational, youth development and prevention/awareness enrichment.  All programs are designed to meet the needs of the children during their formative years and to prevent negative social forces from controlling their young lives.

Wildwood Programs, Inc.

Wildwood Multi-Sensory Experience (MSE) Rooms Program

Wildwood’s mission is to work collaboratively with the community and families to empower and enable children and adults with neurological impairments, learning disabilities, autism, and other developmental disabilities to lead independent, productive, and fulfilling lives.