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With the help of a bicycle, we can take better care of the environment, our physical bodies and even spend time together. So how can you mark this momentous occasion?

Wow! A great, big THANK YOU to the Dake Foundation for Children for supporting Peace Camp this summer and providing funds to enhance our staff training for working with kids with disabilities!

BECAUSE OF YOU, kids in the Halfmoon Heights community will have access to a free summer camp that helps build up their confidence and communication and problem-solving skills.

CAPTAIN's Treasures June 2024 Specials

JUNE 1 - 9
Household - 50% off

JUNE 10
Jewelry - 50% off

JUNE 11 - 16
Clothing - 50% off

JUNE 17 - 18
Shoes - $2 each

JUNE 19
***CLOSED in observance of Juneteenth***

JUNE 20 - 21
Purses - $2 each

JUNE 22 - 30
Household - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

SATURDAY, June 1st and SUNDAY, June 2nd - join us at Hoffman Car Wash in Clifton Park and make a difference! Bring your unexpired food donations to either of these Hoffman locations: 1672 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065 or 1589 Rouet 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065!

For your generosity, you'll receive a **FREE Ultimate Car Wash**!

All food donations will go to the CAPTAIN CHS' Emergency Food and Hygiene Pantry, helping our community members in need. Don't miss this chance to give back and keep your car sparkling clean!

Belated Post Alert! We missed this one in our inbox and couldn't help but share now! Cheryl’s Lodge is BACK after a longggggg Spring break! Today we partnered with the The Children's Museum at Saratoga and Two Towns One Book from the Friends of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library to work on some science experiments. We made Slime AND Butter as we learned about the different states of matter

For the 13th consecutive year, Hoffman Car Wash will be collecting non-perishable food items and donating them to food pantries.

Our Cheryl’s Lodge students are so talented! Check out some of their artwork that’s currently displayed in the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library!

What great day for some fun in the sun and ICE CREAM! A big shoutout to our volunteer, Sara Patterson, for bringing in a sweet treat for our kids in the Cheryl's Lodge after school program to enjoy!

Memorial Day means much more than time off from work and hosting a barbecue, so if you want to get involved this weekend, check out these great ways to give back.

The Hawley Foundation awarded more than $90,000 for community and camp grants to local organizations for 2024.

According to a press release, the Hawley Foundation promotes health, welfare, and education of children in Saratoga County through these grants. 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 assist Saratoga County’s children’s welfare and well being. This year, proceeds went to CAPTAIN CHS' Peace Camp.

June 6-9! Enjoy 23 thrilling stakes races, including the historic 156th Belmont Stakes on June 8.

Auction Ends: 6 PM on May 30th!
Event Dates: June 6-9
Location: Saratoga Race Course

Don't miss out—Friday and Saturday tickets are sold out! Bid now to secure your spot in the Picnic Paddock North for an unforgettable weekend!

Bid now - http://www.captaincares.org/belmont

Wow! What awesome and amazing volunteers we have. Check out Care Links of Southern Saratoga County Volunteer of the Year and Golden Inspiration Award recipients, MaryAlice O'Brien and Marilou Pries, being honored at the Town of Clifton Park Board Meeting with Supervisor Phil Barrett!

Art galleries are a beneficial component of any neighborhood. Check out some of these ways art galleries are important and why you should visit them this summer.

A nationwide campaign bringing awareness to drunk and distracted driving awareness is encouraging Saratoga County teens to 'Arrive Alive.' CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS) CAPteens program partnered with Shenendehowa Central High School and Saratoga County STOP DWI to bring UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour, "the nation’s number-one ranked drunk and distracted driving a

Shenendehowa Central High School and Saratoga County STOP DWI on UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour are partnering with CAPTAIN Community Human Services CAPteens program to bring an under-the-influence and distracted driving simulator to the school. Students can partake in the simulators on Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Storytelling is powerful, and it has enormous benefits in store for you and those around you. Today we’re going to talk about how storytelling can impact your life.

CAPTAIN's Treasures May 2024 Specials

MAY 1 - 5
Clothing - 50% off

MAY 6
Jewelry - 50% off

MAY 7 - 12
Household - 50% off

MAY 13
Shoes - $2 each

MAY 14
Purses - $2 each

MAY 15
Everything - 50% off

MAY 16 - 19
Household - 50% off

MAY 20 - 25
Clothing - 50% off

MAY 26 - 27
**CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day**

MAY 28 - 31
Anything RED, WHITE, or BLUE - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

Check out Becca Anthony on Look TV discussing the upcoming STOP DWI events at Shenendehowa High School!

May Day is a time to come together with family and friends and create festive crafts. If you’re looking for a way to get started, check out these 5 cool craft ideas to celebrate.

Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you, but positively influences you as well. Here’s six ideas to get started.

The arts play a vital role in our society. In fact, without the arts, much of our history, expression and culture would be virtually nonexistent.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced it is providing 25 local nonprofit organizations with a reserved picnic table for each day of the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which will be held at Saratoga Race Course from June 6-9.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced it is providing 25 local nonprofit organizations with a reserved picnic table for each day of the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which will be held at Saratoga Race Course from June 6-9.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced it is providing 25 local nonprofit organizations with a reserved picnic table for each day of the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which will be held at Saratoga Race Course from June 6-9.

A huge THANK YOU to Jersey Mike's Subs management for their continued commitment to giving back, the amazing staff at all fourteen store locations, and everyone who joined Jersey Mike's Day of Giving! Your generosity exemplifies the power of community and this year's Day of Giving was a resounding success. Together, we raised $138,947 to support kids, families, and seniors in our community! ALL BECAUSE OF YOU!

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced it is providing 25 local nonprofit organizations with a reserved picnic table for each day of the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which will be held at Saratoga Race Course from June 6-9.

Wow!!! A great, big THANK YOU to community heroes, the Clifton Park Elks, for supporting Karyl's Kupboard Emergency Food & Hygiene Pantry!

Meditation is powerful. If you’re unsure whether or not the practice is worth looking into, check out these top ways meditation can help improve your life.

Annual BHBL Teachers Association Garage Sale! Proceeds go towards the TA Scholarship Fund which supports graduating seniors. Don't miss this opportunity to shop for a cause and support our community!

CAPTAIN's Treasures April 2024 Specials

APRIL 1 - 7
Household - 50% off

APRIL 8 - 9
Jewelry - 50% off

APRIL 10 - 11
Purses - 50% off

APRIL 12 - 14
Shoes - 50% off

APRIL 15
Everything - 50% off

APRIL 16 - 21
Clothing - 50% off

APRIL 22 - 30
Household - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

A call for help was made in our community. Thank you for answering the call!

Because of you...

CAPTAIN Community Human Services can support and empower people of all ages to reach their goals of personal growth and self-sufficiency. We empower communities through the programs you help make possible. Thank you for your dedication as a volunteer.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

Check out CAPTAIN CHS' Melinda Osborne on LOOK TV talking about FEASST!

Turns out, regular writing and keeping a journal actually has a lot of surprising mental and emotional health benefits. Today, we’re going to check them out.

Despite their age, children can have a powerful impact in the community, if only we encourage them to do so. Here are four reasons kids should start volunteering young.

Community hero shoutout to Aaron DiMauro for leading a successful Food Drive with the National Junior Honor Society, resulting in 550 items collected!

Gardening not only brings in beautiful colors, scents and foods to your home, but it has added benefits just for you. Here are some reasons you should plant a garden this season.

From Kerala, India, to the Capital Region of New York, Vince George, owner of Spice Malabar in Clifton Park, proudly represents his culture and his love for sharing Indian cuisine. This is what led to the opening of Spice Malabar three years ago, when we were just getting out of the pandemic.

"For me, food is a medicine. And there's only three indates for a human being. One is food, then water and oxygen. And we are providing one of that," said George.

Alpine Sport Shop participated with Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce and celebrated Leap of Kindness Day 2024. Thanks to the generosity of their customers and the Saratoga Springs community, hats and socks will be donated to Captain Community Human Services. For every hat and pair of socks purchased at the Alpine Sport Shop the week of February 29, the ski shop matched it, and then some! Bill Lupin, volunteer and Community Engagement Manager for Captain Community Human Services received a filled basket from Cathy Hay, co-owner of the Alpine Sport Shop. Hats and socks will be shared with those who can use them. The items and the kindness are much appreciated! Thank you to an extended community… you gave back!

We're so excited to announce that our esteemed Family Mentoring volunteer, Kathy Chapman, has been selected as one of Hannaford's "20 Outstanding Women!" Click the link to read more about Kathy's wonderful contribution to our community.

By going green, we create a better environment for ourselves and future generations. Check out these easy ways you can live an altruistic—and green—lifestyle.

A great way to Leap for Kindness! Thanks to Keith from SEDC, retired teacher Dennis, Bethany from Ace Handyman, and retired teacher Patricia for supporting Cheryl's Lodge Homework Help program!

A great Leap of Kindness! Thanks to Owen from Ace Handyman Services for volunteering at the Youth Shelter this Leap Year! What a great job spiffing up our kitchen to keep the Shelter homey and comforting to our local youth in crisis!

A great Leap of Kindness! Thanks to Saratoga Economic Development Corporation staff for volunteering at the Food Pantry this Leap Year! Included in the photos from SEDC are Greg Connors, Vickie Niles, and Joanne Kirkpatrick. Thanks again for being an amazing support for our community!

Jersey Mike’s is celebrating its 14th annual “Month of Giving.” During the month of March, customers can donate to CAPTAIN Community Human Services at participating restaurants.

For the month of March, Jersey Mike’s Subs is celebrating its “Month of Giving” to support local communities. In the Capital Region, Jersey Mike’s restaurants are supporting CAPTAIN Community Human Services.

This Women’s History Month, get involved by showing support for the women in your community. Check out these ways you can remember powerful women from history, while advocating for women today.

Care Links, a program of CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS), is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated annual dinner show, scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2024. The event will take place from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the exquisite Mohawk River Country Club, located at 847 Riverview Road, Rexford, NY 12148.

Themed, “A Care Links Wedding”, this enchanting evening is dedicated to rallying support for CAPTAIN CHS’ senior services programs, which cater to the needs of the vibrant community in southern Saratoga County.

“We extend a warm invitation to our community to join us in honoring and celebrating the profound bond between our dedicated Care Links volunteers and the cherished Care Receivers they serve,” expressed Andy Gilpin, Executive Director of CAPTAIN CHS. “This event is not just an opportunity to relax and enjoy each other’s company; it’s a chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of our local seniors.”

Care Links provides essential assistance to homebound seniors in southern Saratoga County through a network of compassionate volunteers. Services include friendly visiting, transportation, respite, shopping, errands, social gatherings, and more, serving communities such as Ballston (including Burnt Hills), Charlton, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, and the City of Mechanicville. Funding for Care Links is generously provided by the Saratoga County Department of Aging and Youth, the Towns of Ballston, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, and Malta, the New York State Office for the Aging, as well as participant and community contributions.

“While we are grateful for the support from various local and county-wide agencies, events like this fundraiser enable us to further enhance and expand our vital programming,” remarked Gilpin. “With our community experiencing a growing aging population, it’s imperative to garner individual and business support to meet these evolving needs.”

The evening promises captivating performances by Maddalone Entertainment, featuring Zack and Terra Maddalone. Limited tickets are available at $55 per person, with sponsorship opportunities also offered.

For additional details and ticket purchases, please visit captaincares.org/care-links or contact 518-399-3262.

The South High Marathon Dance raised over $700,000 for charity. For the 47th year, The South High Marathon Dance took place this past weekend at South Glens Falls High School to raise money for local charities.

The North FEASST group, in collaboration with member CAPTAIN Community Human Services’ (CHS) Family Assistance Program, has taken decisive action to tackle the pressing issue of affordable housing in Saratoga County. Through concerted efforts with individuals and families, the formidable obstacle of security deposit affordability has been overcome, enabling dozens to secure their own apartments.

“Back in October 2023, we learned that a local affordable housing project had completed renovations on dozens of units,” shared Andy Gilpin, CAPTAIN CHS Executive Director. “Coincidentally, we recognized a significant number of individuals on the wait list for this project were those experiencing true homelessness – many living in a shelter, in vehicles, and even on the street. With a subsidized rent program already in place, the remaining issue for many was affording the security deposit and we could not miss this unique opportunity to combat local the housing crisis and provide a brighter future for many residents.”

Despite the existence of a subsidized rent program to reduce the burden of monthly payments, the requirement of full security deposits for each unit posed a significant challenge, particularly for individuals grappling with poverty and homelessness. While some new tenants managed to cover these costs through personal means or existing assistance programs, many others found themselves in desperate need of support to secure stable housing.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, security deposits can be one of the largest barriers to accessing affordable housing. Individuals who are homeless face serious challenges obtaining employment, accessing services, and saving for up-front housing expenses such as security and move-in costs.

“The North FEASST group, comprising faith-based and agency-based members committed to addressing homelessness, really stepped it up and rallied together,” continued Gilpin. “Recognizing the imperative of providing housing for vulnerable individuals, the group embarked on a determined quest for funding to meet the substantial $29,000.00 required for security deposits.”

North FEASST, formed in 2020 following discussions on homelessness in Saratoga Springs, comprises a coalition of organizations including CAPTAIN CHS, Pine Grove Community Church, The Salvation Army of Saratoga, Catholic Charities of Saratoga/Warren/Washington Counties, Presbyterian-United Church of Christ, First Baptist Church of Saratoga, Franklin Community Center, Bethesda Episcopal Church, Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, Rebuilding Together Saratoga, RISE (formerly TSA), Saratoga Abundant Life Church, Temple Sinai, and St. Clement’s Church. Additional support was provided by Habitat for Humanity Saratoga and the Saratoga Continuum of Care group.

Through a coordinated effort, North FEASST members pooled resources and pledged financial support for each individual case, ensuring that the necessary assistance was provided to those in need. CAPTAIN CHS facilitated the client intake process, liaised with the landlord, and managed all required paperwork, streamlining the assistance process. Thanks to the collective efforts of the North FEASST group and the cooperation of the landlord housing office, all new tenants were successfully accommodated by December 12, 2023.

“We were so happy to hear from CAPTAIN that so many clients were now in housing and had a safe place to live. It has been a pleasure being a part of such a worthy endeavor,” shared Dawn Miczek, Outreach Coordinator at St. Clement’s Church.

Ultimately, 31 units were assisted by this collaborative effort, and an additional five received support through CAPTAIN CHS’ Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP).

“This achievement underscores the transformative power of community collaboration,” added Gilpin. “By joining forces, this coalition of dedicated agencies has demonstrated that together, we can achieve what no single entity could accomplish alone. Through shared resources, expertise, and unwavering commitment, this group has not only provided homes but also instilled hope and stability in the lives of those in need.”

CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS) is joining forces with 14 Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Capital Region, North Country, and Mohawk Valley for the 14th Annual March “Month of Giving” campaign to support local charities. During the month of March, customers can donate to CAPTAIN CHS at participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants. 

The Month of Giving campaign will culminate with Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 27th, when local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profit – to CAPTAIN CHS.

On Day of Giving, local Jersey Mike’s owners and operators throughout the country will donate their resources and every single dollar that comes in to more than 200 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more. 

This March, Jersey Mike’s hopes to exceed last year’s record-breaking national fundraising total of $20 million and help local charities striving to fulfill their missions and make a difference.

“I would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your family to visit Jersey Mike’s Subs throughout the month of March, and especially on Day of Giving when 100 percent of sales – every penny – goes to help a great local cause,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO, who started the company when he was only 17-years-old.

Throughout March, customers can “round up” through the Jersey Mike’s mobile app or onsite. On the Day of Giving, Jersey Mike’s restaurants will donate their resources and every single dollar that comes in — whether in-store, on-line or through the app.

“Jersey Mike’s Month and Day of Giving provide invaluable support for CAPTAIN CHS’s services, including programs for homeless youth, homework help, and supports for seniors,” said Andy Gilpin, CAPTAIN CHS’s Executive Director. “We’re proud to continue this long-standing partnership with the local shops and grateful for the incredible generosity of Jersey Mike’s customers.”

Since Month of Giving began in 2011, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $88 million for local charities, including over $269,000 for CAPTAIN CHS.

Participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants include:

109 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

4930 State Highway 30, Amsterdam, NY

5 Southside Drive, Clifton Park, NY

3401 Erie Boulevard East, Dewitt, NY

380 Feura Bush Road, Glenmont, NY

1206-10 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY

800 Loudon Road, Latham, NY

4 Kelch Drive, Malta, NY

4759 Commercial Drive, New Hartford, NY

5001 State Highway 23, Oneonta, NY

756 Upper Glen Street, Queensbury, NY

307 Troy Road, Rensselaer, NY

1410 Altamont Avenue, Rotterdam, NY

3057 Route 50, Wilton Plaza, Saratoga Springs, NY

CAPTAIN's Treasures March 2024 Specials

MARCH 1 - 3
Coats & Sweaters - 50% off

MARCH 4 - 10
Household - 50% off

MARCH 11 - 12
Jewelry - 50% off

MARCH 13 - 16
Clothing - 50% off

MARCH 17
Anything GREEN - 50% off

MARCH 18 - 24
Household - 50% off

MARCH 25 - 26
Shoes & Purses - $2 each

MARCH 27 - 30
Clothing - 50% off

MARCH 30
CLOSED in observance of Easter

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

Kudos to our local CBA student for their selfless act of collecting items for the Emergency Pantry!

When it comes to supporting local business, there’s more to it than helping the community; it supports you too. Check out these reasons why going local helps you out in the long run.

Witness the transformation of hope into reality! Behold the first apartment for a young adult in our Supportive Housing for Homeless Youth program, lovingly furnished through the boundless kindness and generosity of the Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge. With their support, we've created a cozy sanctuary where dreams can flourish and new beginnings take flight. Together, we're making a lasting impact on the lives of our youth, empowering them to thrive and succeed. Thank you, Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge #161 members, for your unwavering commitment to our community's youth!

READY? SET! RUN THE ROUTE 50 MILE!! 

We are thrilled to announce the 15th Annual Route 50 Mile will be participating in the 2024 USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Series! A BIG thank you to Fleet Feet in Albany for hosting a fantastic and exciting kickoff event & to everyone who joined us to celebrate endurance, community spirit, and the thrill of the open road. 

Registration is OPEN!  Join us on Thursday, June 13th, as we lace up our shoes and hit the road together.  Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable experience!  

For more information on the event, or to become a sponsor, please visit https://buff.ly/3wvC1BJ

President's Day: Offices Closed
President's Day: Offices Closed

Please note our offices, including Cheryl's Lodge, are closed today, Monday, February 19th, in observance of President's Day. CAPTAIN's Treasures is open. Our services for homeless and runaway youth remain operating 24/7/365.

There are ways we can challenge ourselves to grow in empathy. If you want to learn more, check out these tips for how to cultivate more empathy for others.

A huge round of applause and heartfelt thanks to Robinson Ace Hardware for their incredible support in Rounding Up for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter! Your generosity is making a real difference in the lives of vulnerable youth in our community. Every penny counts, and your contributions will provide vital resources and support to those who need it most. Thank you for being a shining example of compassion and community spirit!

What if you could live with more compassion this week and share love with other people in your community, country or even the world? Turns out, you can!

A Great Big Thank You to Capitaland GMC Subaru! Last week at Cheryl's Lodge, Capitaland Subaru hosted a Coat Giveaway event as part of Operation Warm that 'warmed' hearts all around. The brand-new, high-quality coats brought smiles to kids' faces, and the gratitude from parents was palpable. Capitaland Subaru's support made this event possible, and their commitment to the community shines brightly. Thank you, Capitaland Subaru, for your generosity and for making a real difference in the lives of families in need. Your kindness truly embodies the spirit of giving.

Big shoutout to Sean, Kim, and Mikayla Culnan for their incredible generosity! Their recent donation is a game-changer for our youth programs, especially the Zachary Culnan Memorial Fund Activity Scholarship.

This scholarship opens doors for kids across counties, ensuring they can join activities they're passionate about, regardless of financial barriers.

Thanks to the Culnan family's support, we've already granted 50 scholarships, empowering countless young dreams!

To delve into Zachary's inspiring story and learn more about the fund, visit https://zacharyspirit94.com/

And if you or someone you know could benefit from a scholarship, apply here: https://captaincares.org/get-help/culnanscholarship/culnanscholarship.html

Together, let's keep nurturing our future leaders!

Check out our Runaway & Homeless Youth Committee last week - wearing red for Women's Heart Health on National Wear Red Day! #NationalWearRedDay

he sun was beating down during the last leg of the eighth annual Shenendehowa Rotary Club Outhouse Races, and the snow necessary for the course was melting after it had already withstood five charges. The top-two teams shimmied across the field to find the best spot to battle it out for the golden toilet seat.

This year the competition — held during Clifton Park's Winterfest — raised funds for Care Links, a service provided by CAPTAIN Community Human Services that matches volunteers with people aged 60-plus in need of assistance with daily tasks. Each team represented its own chosen cause to add another altruistic edge to the contest.

Give yourself and your loved ones the greatest gift this American Heart Month by focusing on making heart-healthy decisions towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Join us for a conversation about underage vaping and drug use!

This program is held in partnership with CAPTAIN CHS and Shenendehowa CSD. Stay tuned for more information!

Questions? Call 518-371-1185.

CAPTAIN's Treasures February 2024 Specials

FEBRUARY 1 - 4
Clothing - 50% off

FEBRUARY 5 - 11
Household - 50% off

FEBRUARY 12 - 13
Jewelry - 50% off

FEBRUARY 14
Anything Red, White, or Pink - 50% off

FEBRUARY 15 - 18
Clothing - 50% off

FEBRUARY 19 - 20
Shoes & Purses - $2 each

FEBRUARY 21 - 25
Household - 50% off

FEBRUARY 26 - 27
MID-WINTER BLOW OUT SALE! Entire Store - 50% off

FEBRUARY 28 - 29
Mystery Sale

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

Big thanks to the Saratoga Wilton Elks Lodge #161 for their incredible generosity and support of the young adults in our Supportive Housing for Homeless Youth program! The recent donation of essential items for our apartment is truly remarkable: giving a terrific start for a young adult; empowering them to create a safe and happy first home.
Together, we're making a positive impact in our community!

URGENT APPEAL! Our Food Pantry is facing a critical shortage of grocery totes or bags for distributing emergency food orders. Your help is urgently needed to ensure we can continue serving those in need. Please consider donating and dropping off grocery totes or bags at 5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3 in Clifton Park. Every contribution counts! Together, we can make a difference in our community. Thank you for your support!

It can sometimes be difficult to consider how exactly to recognize Black History Month. What can you do? Here are six ideas for honoring Black History Month.

The South High Marathon Dance (SHMD) is a student-driven event that raises money for individuals, families, and organizations in need of financial assistance. With approximately 80% of the high school’s population participate. g in this two-day event, plus elementary and middle school involvement, this event has grown into a celebration that brings the entire community together. This year, CAPTAIN CHS is again one of the recipients, supporting our programs for homeless and runaway youth.

A massive thank you to Orangetheory Clifton Park for their incredible support in hosting a hygiene product drive for our emergency food and hygiene pantry! Your dedication to giving back to the community is truly inspiring. Because of your generosity, we can provide essential hygiene products to those in need, ensuring everyone has access to the basics for maintaining their health and well-being. Your kindness is making a tangible difference in the lives of many. Thank you, Orangetheory Clifton Park, for being amazing partners in our mission to support our community. Together, we're making a positive impact!

We're overflowing with gratitude for the incredible generosity of the Christmas Pajama Foundation! Their donation of 103 pairs of Christmas pajamas to Cheryl's Lodge has brought so much joy and warmth to our residents this holiday season. Your thoughtfulness has made our Christmas season extra cozy and magical. Thank you for spreading holiday cheer and ensuring that every resident at Cheryl's Lodge feels the spirit of the season. Let's continue to share love and kindness with those around us!

A round of applause for NYSEG volunteers! Huge thanks to the amazing volunteers from NYSEG for their dedication in helping out at our Food Pantry! Because of their hard work and commitment, 175 families in our community received emergency food supplies when they needed it most. Your selflessness and generosity are making a real difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity. Thank you for stepping up and lending a helping hand! Let's continue spreading kindness and support to those in need. Together, we can make a positive impact!

Self-defeating thoughts can come when we least expect them and tear down our self-esteem and break our spirits. So how can we stand up to them and choose joy instead? Check out these 5 ways!

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Offices Closed
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Offices Closed

Please note our offices, including Cheryl's Lodge, are closed today, Monday, January 15th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. CAPTAIN's Treasures is open. Our services for homeless and runaway youth remain operating 24/7/365.

Save-the-date for our first Senior Services fundraiser, honoring and celebrating the relationship between the Care Links Volunteers and Care Receivers at the most exciting Senior Services social event of the year filled with laughter, fun, and a great deal of love!

Special presentations: "Care Links Volunteer of the Year" & "Golden Inspiration" Awards

Sponsorships are available. Visit Care Links online for more details!

The art of meeting new people, and establishing new relationships, is a genuine skill. And, you don’t even have to be a social butterfly to master it!

CAPTAIN CHS is once again offering free tax preparation at its main office in Clifton Park. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is in its 21st year at CAPTAIN CHS, and our IRS-certified volunteers are happy to prepare returns for households with income under $60,000. Click the link to make an appointment. Call 518-371-1185 x111 with questions.

Join us for the January Monthly Senior Zoom In! Learn about how to build safe relationships and protect you or a loved one from interpersonal scames. The presentation will take place on Zoom, with Christine Keegan, Director of Programming at Wellspring, beginning at 1:00pm on January 31st.

Visit http://carelinksgoodstuff.weebly.com for more information and to register. You can also participate in a live viewing at the Clifton Park Senior Center (6 Clifton Common Blvd, Clifton Park, NY 12065).

Urgent Call for Heroes! Homework Help Volunteers Needed!

CAPTAIN CHS' Cheryl's Lodge Outreach Center is on the lookout for dedicated individuals ready to make a difference in a student's academic journey. If you believe in the power of education and want to support local youth, we need YOU!

Join our Homework Help program and become a guiding light for students facing academic challenges. Flexible hours available – every bit of your time counts! Together, let's build a brighter future for our community.

Ready to be a Homework Hero? Contact us at 518-399-4624 or bill@captaincares.org. Let's make homework a breeze for every child!

Grateful Beyond Words! A huge shoutout to the amazing Twin Bridges Rotary for their incredibly generous donation of four brand new computers to CAPTAIN CHS' Cheryl's Lodge Outreach Center! Your support is a game-changer, empowering us to continue our mission of making a positive impact in the community. Thank you for investing in the future and helping us bridge the digital divide!

Outsmart the Scammers! Join us on January 17th at 1:00pm at St. Edward's Church (569 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065) to learn important strategies to protect yourself and those you love. Presented by Khooshu Bassi, this session will focus on spotting red flags, locating resources if you're targeted, and steps you can take to prevent scammers from targeting you.

Please email terra@captaincares.org to register.

Fortunately, recent studies have shown that volunteering with people (or a cause you care about) can actually mitigate depression and anxiety issues.

Congratulations to the incredible graduating class of Getting Ahead's Money Matters program! Your dedication to financial education is truly commendable, and we celebrate your achievements today. Wishing you a future filled with financial success and empowered decision-making!

Gratitude in Abundance! Big shoutout to Michaels Group Homes and our amazing community for spreading holiday cheer through generous donations to CAPTAIN Community Human Services!

Your kindness is lighting up the season for those in need, making a real impact for kids, families, and seniors. Thank you for being the driving force behind positive change! Your compassion is the true spirit of the holidays.

Positivity is key to creating an altruistic lifestyle in the New Year. If you want to start 2024 off on a high note, check out these tips for living a positive life this year.

New Year's Day: Offices Closed
New Year's Day: Offices Closed

Please note our offices, including CAPTAIN's Treasures and Cheryl's Lodge, are closed today, Monday, January 1st, in observance of New Year's Day. Our services for homeless and runaway youth remain operating 24/7/365.

CAPTAIN's Treasures January 2024 Specials

JANUARY 1
**Closed for New Year's Day**

JANUARY 2 - 7
Household - 50% off

JANUARY 8 - 10
Jewelry - 50% off

JANUARY 11 - 13
Shoes & Purses - 50% off

JANUARY 14
All Frames & Wall Art - 50% off

JANUARY 15 - 21
Clothing - 50% off

JANUARY 22 - 28
Household - 50% off

JANUARY 29
WINTER BLOW OUT SALE! Entire Store - 50% off

JANUARY 30 - 31
All Shoes - $2 each

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

A huge shoutout and heartfelt thanks to Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Limited for their incredible contribution to our hygiene drive! Your generosity is truly appreciated, and the impact of your donation will be felt throughout our community. Together, we are making a positive difference in the lives of those in need. Thank you, Atlantic Testing Laboratories, for your commitment to making the world a better place!

Embracing the spirit of giving, Next Generation Roofing has adopted two wonderful families in Halfmoon Heights! Our hearts were warmed as they brought joy to Cheryl's Lodge, accompanied by Santa, a feast of pizza, and Stewarts gift cards for ice cream sundaes – spreading happiness to the youth during homework help time. Next Generation Roofing, you are truly AMAZING!

A heartfelt thank you to the incredible National Guard team for lending us a helping hand in packing up the Christmas Food Bags! Your dedication and efficiency were truly remarkable, ensuring that the task was completed swiftly and with great care. We are immensely grateful for your support and selfless contribution to our community. Your efforts have made a significant impact, spreading joy and warmth during the holiday season. Thank you for embodying the spirit of service and making a difference in our community!

DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS: OFFICES CLOSED
DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS: OFFICES CLOSED

Please note our offices, including Cheryl's Lodge, are closed in observance of Christmas on Tuesday, December 26th. CAPTAIN's Treasures is open. Crisis services for runaway and homeless youth remain open 24/7/365.

If you’re ready for fun and flurries this winter season, check out some of these great winter wonderland adventures to try with your family.

CHRISTMAS DAY: OFFICES CLOSED
CHRISTMAS DAY: OFFICES CLOSED

Please note our offices, including CAPTAIN's Treasures and Cheryl's Lodge, are closed in observance of Christmas on Monday, December 25th. Crisis services for runaway and homeless youth remain open 24/7/365.

Another amazing huge thank you to To Love a Child, Inc for helping Cheryl's Lodge with another Holiday Parade! Although it rained and we had to pivot inside, Cindy and her volunteers made it magical for the kids and families.

A Stellar Shoutout to Starpoint Church!

We are beyond grateful for the incredibly, incredibly amazing donation from Starpoint Church—226 bags of donated food for Cheryl's Lodge and our Food Pantry! Your generosity is nothing short of extraordinary and is making a monumental impact on the lives of those in our community.

To the compassionate members of Starpoint Church, your dedication to uplifting others is a true inspiration. Your thoughtful contribution goes beyond providing sustenance; it's a testament to the power of unity and kindness. Each bag is a symbol of hope and support, creating a ripple effect of positive change.

A heartfelt thanks for recognizing the needs of our community and responding with such overwhelming compassion. Your generosity is a shining example of the spirit of giving that makes our community stronger and more connected.

Starpoint Church, you've lit up the path of those in need with your kindness, and we are immensely grateful for your partnership in making a difference.

Gratitude Alert!

A heartfelt shoutout to the amazing team at Broadview Federal Credit Union for their incredibly generous gift to our Food Pantry! Your support is a beacon of hope, helping us nourish and uplift our community in times of need.

Special thanks to the outstanding staff and leadership at Broadview FCU for choosing CAPTAIN CHS as the recipient of this thoughtful donation. Your commitment to making a positive impact in our community is truly commendable.

With your generosity, you're not just filling shelves; you're filling hearts and ensuring that families in need have access to essential resources. Your kindness echoes far beyond the walls of the Credit Union, creating a ripple effect of compassion and community spirit.

To the entire Broadview Federal Credit Union family, we extend our deepest gratitude. Thank you for being champions of change and for standing with us as we work together to build a stronger, more caring community.

CAPTAIN CHS has been selected as the beneficiary of the Hannaford Bloomin’ 4 Good Program! Each time a Bloomin’ 4 Good bouquet is purchased at the Hannaford in Clifton Park during January, we'll receive $1. Just look for the red sticker on the bouquet!

To close out 2023, with a continued focus on our community, Broadview Federal Credit Union will donate more than $380,000 to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity throughout New York State. This end of year donation highlights Broadview’s ongoing commitment to fighting hunger in the communities it serves, including the Capital Region, Binghamton, Buffalo, and Syracuse.

For the 13th consecutive year, GlobalFoundries (Nasdaq: GFS) (GF) today announced that the GF-Town of Malta Foundation has awarded 30 grants totaling $144,331 to local organizations that support a variety of community needs and programs. With this year’s 2023 grants, the Foundation, formed by GF and the Town of Malta, has placed nearly $1.9M into service in the Malta community since 2011.

Thanks to Our Amazing Supporters!

We are overwhelmed with gratitude as we extend a massive THANK YOU to everyone who rallied behind CAPTAIN CHS in the Times Union Capital Region Gives campaign! Your votes and support have not only touched our hearts but have also made a significant impact on our ability to continue serving the community.

Your dedication to our cause is a testament to the power of community and the shared belief in creating positive change. With your votes, you've not only endorsed CAPTAIN CHS but have also amplified our reach, allowing us to extend our services to those who need it most.

Thank you for being the heart and soul of CAPTAIN CHS. Together, we are making a difference that ripples through the fabric of our community.

Community Hero Alert: Thanks to Toys for Toga!

DeCrescente Distributing Company
Discover Saratoga NY
Druthers Brewing Company
Death Wish Coffee
Quick Response Restoration

In the spirit of joy and generosity, we extend a massive and heartfelt thank you to Toys for Toga for their incredible donation of toys for kids this year! Your dedication to spreading happiness and making the holiday season magical for children is truly inspiring.

The impact of your generosity goes far beyond the toys themselves. You've ignited smiles, created memories, and brought a sense of wonder to the hearts of countless kids in our community. Your commitment to making a difference is a shining example of the power of compassion and community spirit.

Toys for Toga, you've not only filled our spaces with the joy of play but also filled our hearts with gratitude. Your kindness is a beacon of hope and a reminder that, together, we can make a meaningful impact in the lives of those who need it most.

Thank you for being the true heroes of this holiday season, bringing warmth, joy, and the magic of giving to our community.

We’ve compiled a list just for you on last minute gift ideas that give back. Try some of these out to celebrate the holidays more altruistically this year.

A Heartfelt Thank You to BSNB!

We are immensely grateful to Ballston Spa National Bank for their generous and impactful donation to CAPTAIN CHS. Your commitment to supporting our community is truly commendable, and your contribution will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

With your support, CAPTAIN CHS can continue its mission of providing essential services and assistance to individuals and families in need. Your generosity goes beyond financial support; it signifies a shared dedication to building a stronger, more compassionate community.

Thank you, Ballston Spa National Bank, for being a beacon of generosity and for standing alongside us in our efforts to make a positive impact. Your partnership is instrumental in creating lasting change and fostering a spirit of unity within our community.

A Shoutout to Round Lake Remodeling!

We're overjoyed to share a fantastic update on our window situation at Cheryl's Lodge, thanks to the exceptional team at Round Lake Remodeling, led by the skilled Jake Ingrim and his dedicated crew.

They didn't just fix the window in our art room; they went above and beyond! Jake and his team filled in the top gap with precision-cut wood, ensuring a snug fit. Extra pieces of wood were added along the sides of the double window, and the same thoughtful treatment extended to the other window in the art room.

But that's not all – the Round Lake Remodeling team took it a step further by sealing the deal with silicon sealant, ensuring a watertight and secure finish for both windows. And the care didn't stop there; they meticulously went around all our windows, addressing gaps from the outside.

Round Lake Remodeling, your craftsmanship and attention to detail have transformed our windows and elevated the comfort of our surroundings. Thank you for going the extra mile and turning challenges into opportunities for improvement.

The Gloversville High School Key Club is holding a “sponsor a child” holiday gift drive for the third year in a row, and this year is bigger than ever.

There are 268 children from the district that are signed up to receive gifts, and 18 still need a sponsor. Regardless, the Key Club will provide some holiday magic for every kid signed up. The $1700 generated from last week's breakfast with Santa event will go toward sponsoring the remaining children.

Save the Date! We've got a brand new Street Outreach Drop-In Center opening on January 4th! This new location will be open every Thursday, 3:00pm-5:00pm for youth ages 13-21 to enjoy a meal, have some fun, and connect with the help they may need.

Heartfelt Thanks to Herzog Law Firm!

A special shoutout to the incredible team at Herzog Law Firm for their generosity and support of CAPTAIN CHS' Care Links program! Your commitment to making a positive impact in our community truly shines, and we're immensely grateful for your thoughtful donation.

Not only did Herzog Law Firm contribute to Care Links, but they've also shared the spirit of gratitude by their involvement in providing Thanksgiving Baskets to our program in Clifton Park. Your kindness is creating meaningful connections and spreading joy during this season of giving.

To the amazing folks at Herzog Law Firm, your dedication to community service is truly inspiring. Your contribution ensures that Care Links continues to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Thank you, Herzog Law Firm, for being a beacon of generosity and compassion. Your support is making our community stronger, one caring gesture at a time.

A heartfelt shoutout to County Waste & Recycling of New York for spreading joy and pedaling positivity! Thanks to their incredible generosity, 20 shiny bicycles arrived for our Toy Shop program, making this holiday season extra special for deserving families.

A massive round of applause to the dynamic team behind the scenes - Chris, Brendan, Ryan, Nahquan, and Matt! Your dedication and hard work collecting and delivering these bikes are the wheels that keep the spirit of giving rolling.

Your commitment to community service and the joy you've brought to countless faces are truly remarkable. County Waste, you've not only given the gift of wheels but also created lasting memories for children who will cherish these bicycles for years to come.

Let's all take a moment to appreciate and celebrate County Waste and the incredible team that made this possible. Thank you for being the true embodiment of the holiday spirit and making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

On Nov. 19, the Times Union published Capital Region Gives, highlighting philanthropy in the region and showcasing the way nonprofits and businesses collaborate for the greater benefit of the region.

Do you want more opportunities to give to your community? We’ve compiled a list of holiday fundraiser ideas to get involved in yourself or with other altruistic causes.

Just wrapped up an incredible holiday potluck party with the amazing folks from CAPTAIN CHS' Care Links program! Grateful for the warmth, joy, and delicious dishes shared by this wonderful community. Check out the festive moments captured in these photos! From heartwarming conversations to tasty treats, our holiday gathering was filled with laughter and good cheer. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the festivities! Let's continue spreading love and building connections this holiday season.

A Joyful Holiday Thank You to Pioneer Bank in Clifton Park for Lighting Up CAPTAIN CHS's Toy Shop with Generosity!

A heartfelt cheer to our friends at Pioneer Bank! Your incredible spirit of giving has brought an abundance of joy to CAPTAIN Community Human Services' Toy Shop. The recent donation from Pioneer Bank has added a brilliant sparkle to the holiday season for families in need.

With your support, we're crafting smiles and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Your dedication to making a positive impact in our community is truly remarkable, and we're grateful for the warmth you've shared during this festive time.

Thank you, Pioneer Bank, for being the holiday heroes we can count on, for making our Toy Shop shine a little brighter, and for spreading the magic of the season. May your generosity come back to you tenfold!

Our CAPteens had a blast at the most festive breakfast ever with the one and only Santa Claus! From laughter to reindeer food, the morning was filled with joy, smiles, and holiday magic.

The annual Mitten Tree Program is up and running and will continue through Jan. 3, the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center announced during its Nov. 28 program launch.

A Heartwarming Holiday Thank You to Northway Church for bringing a Truckload of Joy to CAPTAIN Community Human Services' Toy Shop!

A special shoutout to our festive friends at Northway Church! Your incredible generosity has turned CAPTAIN CHS's Toy Shop into a magical haven for children in need. The recent arrival of a truckload of toys is an inspiring testament to the warmth and compassion of Northway Church.

With your support, we're creating unforgettable holiday moments for families and spreading joy throughout our community. Your commitment to making a difference is truly heartwarming, turning this season into a celebration of love, generosity, and togetherness.

Thank you, Northway Church, for being the holiday heroes we needed, for bringing smiles to little faces, and for making the Toy Shop a place of wonder and delight. Wishing you all a season filled with the same joy you've shared with us!

A Heroic Holiday Thank You to The Mill on Round Lake for spreading Joy at CAPTAIN Community Human Services!

A heartfelt salute to our holiday heroes at The Mill on Round Lake! Your extraordinary generosity has transformed CAPTAIN CHS into a winter wonderland of smiles and excitement. Your recent donation of toys is nothing short of heroic, bringing joy and magic to our community during this festive season.
With your support, we're ensuring that every child receives a special gift and experiences the wonder of the holidays. Your kindness has made a real difference, turning moments of uncertainty into memories filled with warmth and delight.

Thank you, The Mill on Round Lake, for being the true heroes of the season, for spreading love and cheer, and for making CAPTAIN CHS a place of joy for everyone. Happy holidays to our incredible donors—may your kindness return to you tenfold!

As we dive into the season of giving this month, let’s explore how the very action of giving can lead to a more altruistic life, improve our mood and even makes us happy.

CAPTAIN's Treasures December 2023 Specials

DECEMBER 1 - 3
Shoes & Purses - $2 each

DECEMBER 4 - 10
Clothing - 50% off

DECEMBER 11 - 17
Household - 50% off

DECEMBER 18 - 20
Jewelry - 50% off

DECEMBER 21
WINTER BLOW OUT SALE! Entire Store - 50% off

DECEMBER 22 - 23
Clothing - 50% off

DECEMBER 24 - 25
**Closed for Christmas**

DECEMBER 26 - 30
Household - 50% off

DECEMBER 31
**Closed for New Year's Eve**

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

The annual Mitten Tree Program at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center is seeking donations of winter wear for those in need. Donations benefit CAPTAIN Community Human Services, Franklin Community Center, and Shelters of Saratoga.

Singing with others has numerous health benefits for your body and mind. Here are a few ways to be healthier and happier with music in your life.

On behalf of the amazing staff and volunteers at CAPTAIN's Treasures, we're wishing you a very Happy Holiday season!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us for Dinner for a Cause at Panza's a couple weeks ago! Your presence and generosity made the evening truly special, all in support of CAPTAIN Community Human Services.

Your kindness will have a lasting impact on the lives of those in need, and we couldn't be more grateful for your support. Together, we are making a difference in our community.

A special shout-out to Panza's for hosting us and contributing to the success of this event. Your commitment to giving back is truly inspiring.

Let's continue to spread love, kindness, and make positive changes together!

THANKSGIVING: OFFICES CLOSED
THANKSGIVING: OFFICES CLOSED

Please note our offices, including CAPTAIN's Treasures and Cheryl's Lodge, are closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Friday, November 24th. Crisis services for runaway and homeless youth remain open 24/7/365.

THANKSGIVING DAY: OFFICES CLOSED
THANKSGIVING DAY: OFFICES CLOSED

Please note our offices, including CAPTAIN's Treasures and Cheryl's Lodge, are closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th. Crisis services for runaway and homeless youth remain open 24/7/365.

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) is partnering with Toys for Toga to help spread cheer to children in our community this holiday season. “Help bring joy to a child’s life by dropping off new, unwrapped toys in the donation bin outside my District Office at 112 Spring Street in Saratoga Springs,” said Assemblywoman Woerner.

As we reflect on this Thanksgiving season, our hearts are filled with immense gratitude for the incredible support from our community. Thanks to your generosity, we've received an overwhelming number of Thanksgiving baskets, each filled with warmth, love, and the spirit of giving. Your compassion has touched the lives of many, making this holiday season brighter for those facing challenges.

Together, we've created a tapestry of kindness that reflects the true essence of community spirit. Whether you donated, volunteered, or simply spread the word, your contribution has made a meaningful difference. Thank you for embodying the values of compassion and unity, and for being the heart and soul of our community. Wishing you all a Thanksgiving filled with joy, gratitude, and the warmth of shared blessings!

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) is partnering with Toys for Toga to help spread cheer to children in the local community this holiday season.

A warm shoutout to TCT Federal Credit Union for being a beacon of community support during this Thanksgiving season! Your ongoing dedication to giving back shines through, and your contribution to our Thanksgiving Basket program at CAPTAIN Community Human Services is making a meaningful impact. With your generosity, we're able to bring smiles and nourishment to families in need, creating a ripple of positivity throughout our community. Thank you, TCT Federal Credit Union, for embodying the true spirit of unity and compassion!

Gratitude is about more than taking a second to say “Thanks.” Gratitude shows true appreciation. This Thanksgiving, we have some ideas for how you can give gratitude.

A heartfelt appreciation goes out to John W. Danforth Company for their unwavering commitment to our community. For many years, their generosity has been a beacon of hope during the Thanksgiving season, providing baskets filled with warmth and nourishment to those in need. This longstanding tradition embodies the true spirit of giving, and we're profoundly grateful for the positive impact it continues to have on countless lives. Thank you, John W. Danforth Company, for being a pillar of support and spreading joy year after year!

From the Southern Saratoga YMCA Newsletter: At 7 years old Jim was doing stand-up comedy for his family at family gatherings and holidays in Utica, NY. Born into a family who were professional salespeople (his father sold insurance), Jim further honed his sales and communication skills at his grandfather’s side in his furniture store.

After earning his B.S degree from Utica College, Jim became a Sales Representative for American Home Foods. It wasn’t long before his talent was recognized and he was recruited by Wine Merchants Limited in Syracuse, NY to introduce their newest product from Gallo Wines called Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill wine. He was sent to Modesto, CA to meet with Ernest and Julio Gallo and even had dinner with them at their home.

Over the years, Jim met many celebrities and notable people. He was General Manager for the Anheuser-Busch distributor in the Albany area and met Lou Rawls, the group Journey; and worked promotions with the Budweiser Clydesdale horse team.

Jim continued to push the envelope as he developed and applied his formidable training and development skills in major national real estate firms. Jim was an internationally recognized speaker, trainer and workshop leader in public and private organizations and conventions. He has delivered more than 2500 sales and marketing seminars and was listed in “Who’s Who in the Speaking Profession”. Jim was the second speaker at a convention in San Antonio…the first speaker was President George H. W. Bush

When you meet Jim, usually at the Wellness Center at the Y, it is an uplifting experience as he is a kind, engaging gentleman. Your encounter with Jim will make you laugh, think, and leave you a little more motivated, Now that he has retired, he serves on the Board of Directors of our community partner CAPTAIN, CHS in Saratoga County. Indeed, any advisory Board would be lucky to have him serve their organization! Make sure to say hello to Jim next time you see him. 

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) is partnering with Toys for Toga to help spread cheer to children in the community this holiday season. Donations will be collected through Dec. 10 at Woerner’s District Office at 112 Spring St. in Saratoga Springs and delivered to local families through the following local organizations: Captain Community Human Services, Franklin Community Center and Mechanicville Area Community Servies Center.

We're on a mission to make a difference, and we need YOU behind the wheel!

Volunteer drivers are urgently needed for all programs and services. Join our incredible team of volunteers and hit the road with purpose!

Please contact Meryl at 518-399-4624, meryl@captaincares.org or cruise over to our website http://www.captaincares.org/volunteer

Let's create a united front on wheels!

Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner is helping to spread cheer to children in her community this holiday season. She’s partnering with “Toys For Toga.” People are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys in the donation bin outside Woerner’s District Office at 112 Spring St. in Saratoga Springs.

Heartfelt thanks to Greenlight Networks for their incredible generosity! Your support means the world to us at CAPTAIN Community Human Services, and with your thoughtful donation, our Thanksgiving Basket program is reaching new heights of impact. Your commitment to our community is helping us create moments of joy and togetherness during this special season. Thank you, Greenlight Networks, for being a beacon of support and making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve!

The 2023 Toys for Toga campaign kicked off with a mission to help local kids have a happy holiday.

Now in its 11th year, organizers like Carmine DeCrescente, of DeCrescente Distributing Company, are aiming to make this year’s campaign the biggest one yet.

On November 25th, support your local businesses and discover hidden gems in your town.

VETERANS DAY (observed): OFFICES CLOSED
VETERANS DAY (observed): OFFICES CLOSED

Please note our offices, including Cheryl's Lodge, are closed in observance of Veterans Day (observed) on Friday, November 10th. CAPTAIN's Treasures is open. Crisis services for runaway and homeless youth remain open 24/7/365.

A huge shoutout to Pepsi for their incredible generosity! Thanks to their thoughtful donation, the Thanksgiving Basket program at CAPTAIN Community Human Services is set to make a positive impact on countless lives. Your support is helping us spread warmth and joy to those in need. Together, we're making this holiday season brighter for our community. Thank you, Pepsi, for making a difference!

Sharing is caring, and today we’re caring a whole lot! Join us in a BIG thank you to the fantabulous folks from The Mill on Round Lake, The Rusty Nail, and Bentley's Tavern for donating 20 beautiful Thanksgiving baskets and handmade cards. We are so appreciative of the generosity from the community during this holiday season!Thanksgiving Basket donations are accepted through November 17th. With a little help, anything is possible!

Together, you are providing full plates and full hearts! A BIG thank you to the Clifton Park Hannaford Supermarkets for your kind and heartwarming donation to the food pantry. With each donation, our community continues to lift people up and build brighter futures! Thank you for making a difference through your incredible help and generosity.

This month looks at the world through the eyes of a child, so today we look at how you can recognize National Child Safety and Protection Month, and keep the children in your life safe.

Make the most of your financial new year and join Wealth Solutions Network's Kevin Marin for an upcoming seminar in support of CAPTAIN CHS, "12 Financial Solutions Every Household Should Take Seriously."

The complimentary seminar will be offered twice: Wednesday, December 6th at 12:45pm and Thursday, December 7th at 5:30pm.

Click here for more info http://www.captaincares.org/seminar

November 3rd through December 31, donate $20.23 to CAPTAIN CHS or other local nonprofit agencies and submit the receipt to Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to be entered to win $100 in gift cards from Saratoga County businesses!

For more info and to submit your receipts, visit: https://www.saratoga.org/love-our-locals/

Check out more photos from this year's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner!

Our Clifton Park office staff really showed off their Halloween Spirit this week!!! We have THE BEST TEAM!!!

Check out the fantabulous folks from our Wednesday Business Development Group putting together a Thanksgiving Basket to donate. Thanksgiving Basket sign-ups and donations start today!

CAPTAIN's Treasures November 2023 Specials

NOVEMBER 1 - 5
Clothing - 50% off

NOVEMBER 6 - 7
Holiday Decorations - 50% off

NOVEMBER 8 - 9
Jewelry - 50% off

NOVEMBER 10 - 11
Shoes & Purses - $2 each

NOVEMBER 12
All Lamps - $5 each

NOVEMBER 13 - 19
Clothing - 50% off

NOVEMBER 20 - 22
Household - 50% off

NOVEMBER 23 - 24
**Closed for Thanksgiving**

NOVEMBER 25 - 30
Household - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways to help out this Halloween. Here are some top tricks to make Halloween a treat for everyone.

Celebrating Our CAPTAIN Community Heroes!

Last week, we gathered to honor the incredible individuals who make a world of difference in our community. CAPTAIN Community Human Services' Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was a night to remember, and we're excited to share some moments with you.

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of our volunteers. Your dedication, selflessness, and unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community inspire us all. Together, we're making our community a better place for everyone!

The delicious food and warm conversations made the evening even more special. Our volunteers enjoyed a well-deserved feast, surrounded by friends and fellow change-makers.

Let's raise a toast to our CAPTAIN Community Heroes and the remarkable impact they have on our community every day.

Check out our CAPteen setup for the "New to Shen" Fair - helping youth learn about our incredible CAPteen program, which helps nurture leadership skills and encourage philanthropy in school-aged youth at Shenendehowa Central School District.

WOW! Community Hero Alert! Thanks to Arnoff Moving & Storage for donating a whopping 1,044 pounds of food! They hosted a food drive competition with local companies that resulted in two pallets of donations!!! Thank you thank you!

Make October about more than just pumpkin spice lattes and costumes. Check out some of these ideas on how you can give back this month.

Thank you, thank you to Trustco Bank for all of your incredible support of the Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter's 25th Anniversary Fund! It's because of supporters like you that our Youth Shelter has a strong foundation for the next 25 years!

Congratulations to Community Heroes On the Move Health & Fitness, LLC on their second anniversary! We truly appreciate all that you do for kids, families, and seniors in our community!

This weekend! Bring a non-perishable food donation to your local Hoffman's and receive a FREE Ultimate Car Wash! The Clifton Park Hoffman Car Wash donations will go to our Emergency Food & Hygiene Pantry!

Check out some photos from our recent Staff Retreat at the farm for Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, Inc.! Our staff had an amazing experience spending time with these beautiful creatures.

Hoffman Car Wash is collecting non-perishable food items for food pantries and a couple of local food pantries are among those that will receive the donated food.

This is the second time this year and the 12th consecutive year Hoffman is having the food drive. The drive is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd.

Check out photos from The Family Counseling Center's gala honoring our Executive Director Andy Gilpin and the Nathan Littauer Foundation's Geoffrey Peck!

If you’re looking to celebrate this multicolor season in style with your family, check out these fun fall adventures you need to go on this year.

A vital part of Generosity Xchange was The Changemaker Awards. Recognizing the relentless spirit of nonprofits and the individuals leading them, this year's awards shone a light on those making groundbreaking strides in their communities. With hundreds of applications pouring in, the award ceremony was a heartfelt tribute to the changemakers reshaping our world. Winners this year included: Own The Solution Award: CAPTAIN Community Human Services

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY: OFFICES CLOSED
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY: OFFICES CLOSED

Please note our offices, including Cheryl's Lodge, are closed in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 9th. CAPTAIN's Treasures is open. Crisis services for runaway and homeless youth remain open 24/7/365.

Check out our own Melanie Puerto-Conte at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness and help prevent suicide.

Dogs are the best, and this month you can celebrate them even more, because October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

CAPTAIN's Treasures October 2023 Specials

OCTOBER 1 - 8
Household - 50% off

OCTOBER 9 - 15
Clothing - 50% off

OCTOBER 16 - 17
Jewelry - 50% off

OCTOBER 18 - 19
Shoes & Purses - $2 each

OCTOBER 20 - 22
All Holiday Decorations - 50% off

OCTOBER 23
All Items - 50% off

OCTOBER 24 - 29
Household - 50% off

OCTOBER 30 - 31
Anything Orange - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

Being kind to a stranger may seem simple, but it often requires a conscious effort to do. How can you show kindness to strangers in your life? We have 9 ideas to start.

How can you make a difference in the world? By reducing your carbon footprint. Check out these easy ways you can lessen your environmental impact and help save the earth.

Check out photos from our 25th Anniversary Ceremony and Celebration of the Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter on September 21st!

Check out a fantastic article about the 25th Anniversary Celebration of our Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter!

Community Hero Alert! Thanks so much to Starpoint Church for hosting a basketball camp at Cheryl's Lodge this summer! The kids received a water bottle, shirt, and new basketball at the end of the program. It was an awesome time!

Check out this amazing video about the Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter's 25th Anniversary by Bri Phillips!

Community Hero Alert! Thank you to JCPenney-Clifton Park Center who provided a back-to-school shopping trip for several youth from Cheryl's Lodge. Store employees, including the General Manager, were super helpful and incredibly generous in supporting these fantastic kids!

Community Hero Alert! Shopping with the Stars!!! Thanks to Starpoint Church and Kohl's for an amazing event where kids from Cheryl's Lodge were paired with a Starpoint volunteer to walk through the store and pick out what was needed for back-to-school. The kids ended the day with snacks and water too! What a fun and generous annual event!

A mentorship program has more in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.

Community Hero Alert! Thank you so, so, so much to this group of incredible people from Ayco at Goldman Sachs for coming to complete the Fall Cleanup at our Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter. Not only did the team prepare the Shelter for the coming winter, but they created a beautiful environment to celebrate the Youth Shelter's 25th Anniversary this Thursday, September 21st!

We're so honored to see one of CAPTAIN CHS's Founders, Dr. Bill Long, receiving a Key to the Town Award from the Town of Clifton Park. Dr. Long, his wife Anne, and his family have been an integral part of building a safety net for kids and families in our community. Thank you for all that you do!

WOW! Thank you SO MUCH to Paul Bonacio and Bonacio Construction, Relyea & Sons and Daughters LLC, and CAPTAIN CHS Board Immediate Past President Mike Holley for making this long journey possible - we now finally have a swing set at Cheryl's Lodge!!! The team worked through the sun and rain to get this setup for the kids and we could not be more grateful!

Community Hero Alert! Cindy from To Love a Child donated a grill to Cheryl's Lodge, which we can use for our summer programs and during the school year for grilling. Thank you so much to Cindy for this wonderful upgrade to our Outreach Center!

Tomorrow, September 12th, commemorates America’s favorite frothy chocolate drink in a way which brings together chocolate and ice cream lovers alike.

CAPTAIN Community Human Services (CHS) has announced a celebration honoring the 25th anniversary of their Runaway and Youth Homeless Shelter. The event will be held Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Doc’s Tavern at Brown’s Beach Resort, according to a press release.

LABOR DAY: OFFICES CLOSED
LABOR DAY: OFFICES CLOSED

Please note our offices, including CAPTAIN's Treasures and Cheryl's Lodge, are closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 4th. Crisis services for runaway and homeless youth remain open 24/7/365.

Whether you choose to volunteer at a local shelter, support military service personnel or donate to a cause you care about, your Labor Day can be focused on honoring those who have worked so hard to build up our country’s economic and political well being. 

What a fun event! Getting Ahead graduates planned a wonderful event at Cheryl's Lodge for the current class to welcome them into the Staying Ahead community. Gramma Tippy Toes performed for the kids, and everyone had a wonderful time at the potluck!

Learn more about our Getting Ahead program here ➡ https://captaincares.org/what-we-do/getting-ahead-and-mentoring/getting-ahead.html

Happy Happy BIrthday! Can you believe this donation? 48 bags FULL! All gifts in lieu of birthday presents for this wonderful donor's 80th!
This is community!

Thanks SO MUCH to an anonymous donor who sent along this GIANT box of cereal for our Emergency Food & Hygiene Pantry! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

CAPTAIN's Treasures September 2023 Specials

SEPTEMBER 1 - 2
Jewelry - 50% off

SEPTEMBER 3
No Sale Sunday

SEPTEMBER 4
**CLOSED in observance of Labor Day**

SEPTEMBER 5 - 9
Household - 50% off

SEPTEMBER 10
No Sale Sunday

SEPTEMBER 11 - 16
Clothing - 50% off

SEPTEMBER 17
No Sale Sunday

SEPTEMBER 18 - 23
Household - 50% off

SEPTEMBER 24
No Sale Sunday

SEPTEMBER 25 - 26
Shoes & Purses - 50% off

SEPTEMBER 27 - 30
Clothing - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

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Wow! What amazing transformations - just in time for school! Thanks so much to Matthew Russo, our Clifton Park Office Coordinator April Roberts, and Leah Gershon DesBois for completing over 20 haircuts for youth at Cheryl's Lodge! It was a great time filled with lots of smiles!

Wow! What an amazing time War Dancer auction package winners Kathy, Virginia, Bill, and Anne had at Sugar Plum Farm! What an honor to meet this beautiful Thoroughbred Stallion and experience a fantastic day at the Saratoga Race Course in style!As always, thanks to our auction donors and bidders for your incredible support!

When it comes to living an altruistic lifestyle, compassion for others doesn’t have to stop with humans.

Check out the fantastic time our kids had at Peace Camp this summer! They made art, engaged in science, and participated in recreation activities in the afternoon with Grand Master Pai. They had a wonderful trip to Pirate's Hideout for ice cream and mini-golf, learned new skills in archery and rock wall climbing at the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, got to meet the many amazing animals at Adirondack Animal Land, and expanded their understanding of science at MiSci. It was an absolute blast!

Wow! What an amazing act of kindness from Fenimore Asset Management and Siena College Basketball! These wonderful teams helped to refurbish the basketball court (Star Court) at Cheryl's Lodge this summer. The celebration event was wonderful, and the kids have enjoyed everyday on the court this summer. Thank you so, so, so much to these two groups of absolutely generous staff and players!

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Siena College basketball held its Court Rehab Dedication and Ice Cream Social Monday at Cheryl’s Lodge in Clifton Park.

This was the second straight year Siena teamed up with a community partner to rehabilitate and refurbish a local basketball court. The evening at Cheryl’s Lodge, a program of CAPTAIN Community Human Services, also included free ice cream, a meet-and-greet with the players from the Saints’ men’s and women’s basketball teams, a chance to shoot around with the players and remarks from men’s team head coach Carm Maciariello and women’s team head coach Jim Jabir.

The Siena men’s and women’s basketball teams were on hand at Cheryl’s Lodge in Clifton Park on Monday, helping to unveil a refurbished court for the community. Fans were able to shoot around with their favorite Saints, and get some free ice cream.

CAPTAIN's Treasures August 2023 Specials

AUGUST 1 - 6
Clothing - 50% off

AUGUST 7 - 13
Household - 50% off

AUGUST 14 - 15
Jewelry - 50% off

AUGUST 16 - 17
Shoes & Purses - 50% off

AUGUST 18 - 20
All Clothing - $2 each

AUGUST 21 - 27
Household - 50% off

AUGUST 28 - 31
Anything YELLOW, RED, or ORANGE - 50% off

*All sales are final. Anything priced $1 or less is not discounted. Clerks have the final say.

Summer can often feel too short, but with this list of potential activities, you’re sure to fill your days with activities that turn into fond memories.

The Siena basketball programs will host a court rehabilitation dedication and ice cream social from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Cheryl’s Lodge at 25 Fern Lane in Clifton Park.