Meet Our Heroes: Individuals, Businesses and Groups Making a Difference in Our Community!

Thank you to the United Way of the Greater Capital Region for your generous support in awarding CAPTAIN Community Human Services the inaugural Luminosity award in partnership with Saratoga Hospital and the Saratoga Community Health Center.

We're excited to kick-off this work to bring about transformative change in the local health and transportation systems. This project aims to build a new collaborative transportation model that will meaningfully change the landscape of health equity and mobility in Saratoga County.

Wow! Thank you SO MUCH to the wonderful ladies in Jackie Sorensen's Aerobics Class for your generous donations of hygiene products! You are true COMMUNITY HEROES!!!

WOW! It's a DOUBLE COMMUNITY HERO ALERT! Thanks so much to the New York Army National Guard for your service and sacrifice, and for taking even more time out of your day to make a difference for kids, families, and seniors in our local community.

Local Guardsmen helped to pack over 150 holiday food bags for families in need!

Community Hero Alert! Thanks so much to Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB) for your support of kids, families, and seniors in our community! And special thanks to volunteer Ann Sharpe for presenting this generous donation!

What a FUN FRIDAY it was at Cheryl's Lodge! All thanks to Starpoint Church for bringing in frosted cookie kits! It was an educational event too, as the kids learned the importance of balanced meals as they munched on healthy snacks.

The weather might be cold, but these community heroes still warm our hearts!

What an absolutely MAGICAL time the teens at our Youth Shelter had at Christmas Land this year! Thank you so, so, so much for bringing holiday cheer to those kids who will be spending their Christmas at the Shelter. It was truly a special experience!

Thanks to the youth at Cheryl's Lodge for fashioning these terrific blankets - all gone to good use! Check out this update from Ibi Semper Training, Inc and the Fulton County Regional SPCA - NY:

"We just adopted a dog from the FCRSPCA today and matched it with a Marine Veteran. Please let the kids know that these blankets will go to great use and we’re very!!! much appreciated! The FCRSPCA was one of a number of shelters that took in a large number of dogs coming from a hoarder situation that was in the news this year. Those blankets are very much welcome!"

Thanks so much to the Capital District YMCA - Southern Saratoga Branch for helping out with this year's Care Links Senior Holiday Project! What a wonderful way to brighten a local senior's day this holiday season!

WOW! Thank you so, so much to The Mill on Round Lake for your incredibly generous gifts for this year's holiday programs! You'll truly bring smiles to so many children this coming Christmas morning!

WOW! Check out this amazing youth who collected bottles and cans over the last 15 months in support of kids, families, and seniors in our community. She returned 5,500 bottles, not even counting the CLYNK bags she dropped off! Hats off to Mini Miss Spirit International 2021, Cailin Moore!

WOW! Thank you SO MUCH to Britney FIitzmaurice, NP IN Adult Health, for hosting a food drive and for your INCREDIBLE donation to the Emergency Food & Hygiene Pantry, which will go a long way to helping kids, families, and seniors in our community keep food on the table throughout the often difficult holiday season.

Wow!!! Maggie from All Saints Episcopal Church delivered over 20 beautiful gifts from the Giving Tree for Care Links of Southern Saratoga County care receivers! What a way to brighten the season for local homebound seniors!

This is truly community! Thanks SO MUCH to the Leads Group at the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to putting together these beautiful Thanksgiving Baskets - giving the gift of warmth, family, and food this holiday season.

Thank you too for all of the continued partnership and support. We cannot say enough about the Chamber's commitment to community!

WOW!!! Talk about getting into the holiday spirit of charity. THANK YOU to John W Danforth for putting together these wonderful baskets for our local families! #CommunityHeroAlert

Thank you SO SO much to Hangr CoWorks for your incredible support of families during this holiday season! Your incredible donation of Thanksgiving Baskets will make a huge, dynamic difference for kids, families, and seniors in need on the upcoming holiday.

We can't say enough that #ThisIsCommunity and we are beyond grateful for heroes like these!

WOW! Thank you so much to these Community Heroes at Orangetheory Fitness Clifton Park! Their Food Drive was a smashing success and has helped many kids, families, and seniors access emergency food supplies when they're most in need.

THANK YOU for making a difference, each and every day!!!

Wow! Thanks so much to Starpoint Church for helping our Cheryl's Lodge kids learn more about meditation and different ways to cope with challenges and build trust in those around you. The group setup a meditation station, a martial arts station, and a trust circle for the youth and brought some delicious snacks to finish out the afternoon!

Community Hero Alert! Thanks so much to Orenda math teacher and CAPTAIN CHS volunteer Chris Bernd for putting on a spectacular STEM night at Cheryl's Lodge of Captain Community Human Services! The kids had a blast!!!

Thanks so much to the YMCA Malta and Malta YMCA Early Learning Center for keeping our neighbors warm this winter by donating TWELVE bags of winter coats to the Coats for CAPTAIN program! The very definition of #community!

Wow! Thanks so, so much to Grace Fellowship - Halfmoon Campus for coming out for Cheryl's Lodge fall cleanup and really sprucing up the grounds for the many local kids that use our playgrounds and basketball courts! This is the definition of community!

Wow!!!! Thank you to On the Move Health & Fitness for your incredible generosity in supporting kids, families, and seniors right here in our community. We were so honored to be a part of your one-year anniversary celebration and look forward to your continued success!

Beginning October 21 and running through December 31, when you spend or donate $20.22 or more at a local business or non-profit, you could be eligible to win one of a variety of $100 gift cards from the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce! 

This year, they want everyone to think big. Whether shopping local, dining out, paying for a service, hiring a contractor, taking a fitness class, donating to a good cause, or sending flowers, any purchase or donation of $20.22 or more counts!

Thanks so much to Empire Financial Advisors for being Community Heroes and supporting local nonprofits! We had a blast at the 1st Annual Oktoberfest at SingleCut North & Side Stage Tap Room!

Thanks so much to Starpoint Church for setting up a kids produce market for the youth at Cheryl's Lodge!

Starpoint volunteers setup tables and created produce stations with samples for the kids to go around and grab. Each student received a Price Chopper Supermarkets bag and went around with a volunteer to all the tables.

Impact Athletics NY was on hand with donated shirts and gift certificates for private lessons!

What an AMAZING DAY! The kids had so much fun!!!

Thank you SO SO much to Verrillo Motor Car Co. and the Mohawk Valley Pontiacs for your incredible support throughout all of the Cars & Coffee events! We loved being there and could not say enough about the many ways you support the kids, families, and seniors in our community!

Thanks so much to Robinson Ace Hardware for hosting a raffle at their GRAND OPENING earlier this month! It was a fantastic day with giveaways, yummy food, product demos, and lots of family fun.

Don't forget - Robinson Ace Hardware will be "rounding up" for the remainder of September to support CAPTAIN CHS!

Please join us in welcoming this new business to our community!

Join Robinson Ace Hardware for their GRAND OPENING on Saturday, September 10th, with a ribbon-cutting at 10:00am. Free give-a-ways, free food, product demos, raffle prizes, and family fun all day! Proceeds of the raffle go to support the kids, families, and seniors in our community. Saturday, September 10th, beginning at 10:00am at 132 Lapp Road in Clifton Park.

WOW! Thanks so much to Community Heroes BUSINESS FOR GOOD for making a huge difference and starting the year off right for our local school-aged kids! This was a tremendous donation of school supplies and we know it will go a long way to help youth succeed in school!

This is community!

Ibi Semper Training, Inc visited this summer's Camp CAPTAIN Cares at Cheryl's Lodge and showed the kids the importance of service dogs along with why service dogs are important for veterans. Thank you so much for sharing and taking the time to be there!

Community Hero Alert! Thanks so much to the staff and ownership of Euphoria Beauty Bar in Amsterdam for donating free haircuts for our youth who are homeless or at-risk. While it can seem a small thing to many, the dignity of feeling and looking your best is something all of our kids deserve. Thank you for giving that to them and for your continued incredible support of our CAPTAIN CHS Street Outreach program!

Thank you SO MUCH to the Town of Clifton Park and the Town of Halfmoon, New York for all of your incredible support throughout the last few years and commitment to building a brighter future for all of your residents! We could not do this work without you or the support of our amazing community!

WOW! Thank you to the Town of Clifton Park for providing funds to support kids, families, and seniors in the community. We're humbled to have your endlessly generous support and faith in our good work!

The funding was in connection with American Rescue Act funding the Town received. The Town created a special fund to support non-profits in the community.

The fund is called the Town of Clifton Park Community Preparedness and Resiliency Fund.

CAPTAIN CHS received $4,000 to support our programs around food insecurity and hunger, primarily to support food delivery from our Food Pantry to low-income individuals and families who are homebound or lack transportation that reside in Clifton Park.

Pictured is our Associate Executive Director, Fern Hurley, with a certificate for the funds.

WOW! What an amazing day of community coming together and making a difference for local kids in crisis.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to the 80+ volunteers from Ayco who transformed the Youth Shelter by moving eight yards of wood chips to the ropes course up and down hills, clearing the ropes course pathways, weeding and planting the flower beds, mulched the gardens, powerwashing the Shelter building and patio areas, cleaning the outdoor furniture, and so, so, so much more!

We can't help but be inspired by this act of selflessness and generosity.

THANK YOU THANK YOU for truly transforming a place of refuge for kids in crisis!

A great, big THANK YOU to The Country Drive-In for providing a most delicious end-of-the-year Ice Cream Social at Cheryl's Lodge!

And thanks to our incredible CAPteens, staff, and volunteers for hosting such a fun event and great opportunity to kick off the summer season!

Thank you so much to Starpoint Church for showing up every month to engage the Cheryl's Lodge Homework Help youth in fun activities! And this month planned a fantabulous end-of-the-year party!

There was a DJ, snow cone machine, popcorn, chips, hula skirts, and bubbles galore. What a fun time to be had by all!

Congratulations to all of the amazing, stupendous students and our endlessly generous volunteers for helping this school year be a smashing success!

The Hawley Foundation provides camp awards to Saratoga County organizations that provide summer camp opportunities, designed to offset camp fees for children in need. Community Grant Awards provide funding to not-for-profit organizations that have Saratoga County’s children’s welfare or well-being as their main objective. College Grants are provided to high school seniors who will be entering college or a vocational school.

WOW! Thank you so much to the New York School Nutrition Association for hosting "10,000 on the 10th!" and helping to stock our Food Pantry shelves and provide funds to purchase food and hygiene items in bulk for our local kids, families, and seniors in need.

What a fantastic event!

Our employees are THE BEST!!! Thanks so much to Jenn Shaw, who works for both CAPTAIN's Treasures of Captain CHS and Shenendehowa Central School District. Jenn has been helping to gather donated Shen apparel that we receive at CAPTAIN's Treasures and make them available to families who cannot afford to purchase such items for their children who are in sports at Shen. Our incredible staff - making it happen everyday for kids, families, and seniors in our community!

Don't miss out on Mohawk Valley Pontiacs and Verrillo Motor Car Co.'s "Cars and Coffee" series this summer! 9am to noon on June 18th!

Plus, you have the chance to support kids, families, and seniors in our community with the purchase of ticket to win one of three amazing prizes!: Fundraiser Tickets for 1st Prize: Philips 65” Class 4K Roku Smart LED HDTV; 2nd Prize: Frank Adams Jewelers Watch; 3rd Prize: Craftsman 215 Piece Tool Set and Box.” Drawing on September 17, 2022, at Noon, proceeds to benefit Captain Community Human Services. Need not be present to win, some Rules and Restrictions apply. “DJ Andy” Narzynski and the Curvy Girls Food Truck & Catering at all events. Monthly Prizes Donated by Death Wish Coffee Company.

Thanks so much to Northwestern Mutual - Capital Region for showing up on 518 day to support our Emergency Food & Hygiene Pantry! You are truly community heroes!

Congratulations to Board Member Kishani Choudhury on being honored with the YWCA of Northeastern NY's Volunteerism Award. It's tremendously well-deserved!

Thank you to all who participated in our 2nd Annual Swing Into Action: Play Winter Golf for CAPTAIN CHS!

Congratulations To Our Award Winners!

Low Gross and Best Dressed Foursome: Sunmark Credit Union - Amber Cooleen, Cathy Goska, Jay Singh, and Audrey Stone
Low Net: The Sunway Team at Morgan Stanley - Mary Irish, Graham Irish, Richard Irish, and Robert Dwyer
Longest Drive: Kevin Riley, George Normandin, Bill Caprood, and Joel Beecher
Closest to The Pin: Lawrence Corbett, Susan Dwyer, Bill Long, and Anne Long
A BIG THANK YOU to Our Sponsors:

FLIGHT SPONSOR - The Sunway Team at Morgan Stanley
PROGRAM SPONSORS - C.T. Male Associates and Machnick Builders, Ltd
THANK YOU to Our Supporters: Price Chopper Supermarkets and Northway Golf Center!

We appreciate your support and look forward to hosting the event next year!

Community Hero Alert! Thank you to the Clifton Park Elks #2466 for your generous support of our Emergency Food & Hygiene Pantry! Because of you, kids, families, and seniors in Saratoga County have the support that they need when there's not enough food to put on the table tonight.

Community Hero Alert! Thank you to Lana Mendelsohn for donating water, snacks, and gift cards! She donated the items after seeing our programs' needs on our Wish List.

Community Hero Alert! New shelves are in at the Food Pantry! Thanks to a Grace Endowment Grant from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Clifton Park, NY, there's now more room to hold food and hygiene supplies for our community members in need! Pictured are some CAPteens helping to re-stock the shelves!

Community Hero Alert! A great, big THANK YOU to Sean Culnan and Culnan's King Of The Deadlift for this incredibly generous donation to support the Zachary Culnan Memorial Family Fund Scholarship and more! We're forever grateful for the inspiration and partnership Sean and his family provide for so many youth in our community!

A great, big THANK YOU to Atlanta Braves pitcher Ian Anderson for coming out to support our local community and help fill Food Pantries throughout Saratoga County! This is what a hometown hero looks like!

WOW! Thank you to SEFCU and CAP COM Federal Credit Union for making sure that kids, families, and seniors in Saratoga County have the support they need during a food emergency. Your generosity and kindness goes a long way to helping end food insecurity in our community!

Thank you to Melissa Kollar and friends who made wonderful holiday bags for the youth at Cheryl’s Lodge!

Thank you to Starpoint Church for their gingerbread house activity with the children of Cheryl's Lodge! Special gratitude to Laurie Barrett from Create Kindness who purchased the supplies! The kids had so much fun decorating their houses!