Food: The Country Pantry
The Country Pantry is a community food bank that distributes uncooked food once a month to families and individuals in Clinton, Clark Mills, and Westmoreland, New York. Each month the pantry serves 264 families, which is the equivalent of approximately 1,000 people and 10,000 meals.
With help from The Indium Corporation & Macartney Family Foundation, The Country Pantry established and supports a fresh fruits and vegetables program, which provides a wide range of fresh produce each month to Pantry families.
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"The families that we serve are used to going to the store and buying produce,” said Mary Zimbler, The Country Pantry volunteer. “When these families fall on hard times, fresh produce helps to improve the quality of life and helps to remove the stigma of pantry food. People don’t feel second rate."
"I couldn’t run the fresh fruit and vegetable program without that donation. We haven’t missed one month in three years and that’s because of the donations from organizations like The Indium Corporation & Macartney Family Foundation."
Education: The House of the Good Shepherd Tilton School
The House of the Good Shepherd's Tilton School is a New York State Education Department certified Special Education K-12 residential school providing programs for students with disabilities, and instructs over 200 students every year. Both residential and day service students attend Tilton School to complete the mandated New York State curriculum.
With the help of the Indium Corporation & Macartney Family Foundation, Tilton School students now have access to iPads that are used to support and enhance learning opportunities in their science and math classrooms.
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"It is critical to expose the children at The House of the Good Shepherd to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) so that they have better chances of moving on to higher education,” said Shannon Perri, Tilton School principal. “The iPads help us accomplish this by assisting students in researching for special classroom projects, obtaining books electronically, encouraging logical thinking, enhancing science experiments, and improving the classroom dynamics to work as a team."
Healthcare / Shelter: Abraham House
Abraham House provides a secure, loving home without charge for individuals who have reached the end of curative therapy options, are seeking comfort care at the end of life, and need around-the-clock loving care.
Abraham House does not collect insurance reimbursements nor receive state or federal funding. The organization, which is sustainable through donations, grants and fundraising, focuses on creating an experience that is customized to each guest with the goal of making each guest’s final days as comfortable and meaningful as possible.
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"Our sustainability is due in large part to gifts such as those given to us by The Indium Corporation & Macartney Family Foundation,” said Gina Ciaccia, Abraham House Executive Director. “These generous awards allow us to continue to make our services available to those in need of high quality, loving, end-of-life care. Since Abraham House is based on the model of a family caring for their loved one at home, we offer residential placement along with 24-hour caregiving. This allows us to care for their loved ones so families and friends can concentrate on simply caring about them. The quality of life this adds to someone’s final days is priceless, and the responsibility is taken off the family so they are free to focus on spending this precious time with their loved one. In addition, we open the home and encourage those we serve to use it as if it were their own. They fix lunch in the kitchen, help themselves to a cup of coffee, and can use the living quarters upstairs to spend the night and shower, or to just seek solace in a quiet space."
Education: Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program, LLC
The Indium Corporation & Macartney Family Foundation sponsored paid internships for ten students from the Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP).
Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program is a multi-year collaborative project between Utica College and the Utica City School District. It is designed to motivate diverse and talented students to stay in school, earn a New York State Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, graduate college, and be career-ready.
The internship program allowed Young Scholars graduates to receive a paid internship with a local area business for the summer.
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"The summer before college or the start of a first career is an especially important time for our graduates,” said Pamela Matt, executive director, YSLPP. “A paid internship offers so much – leadership, career possibilities, community connections, networking, and the finances to bridge the gaps found with college expenses."
Kwayvon Midget, who interned for the YWCA, said that the opportunity gave him a step ahead and helped him prepare for his career.
"One of the tasks given to me was to help work on a strategic plan, which involved planning, decision making and organizing,” Midget said. “This internship definitely helped me prepare for my future career in psychology. It gave me a feel for ‘office life.’ Although I was somewhat familiar with most of the things I learned here, I wasn’t aware that all of it goes into a job like this."
Food: Hope House
Hope House is a soup kitchen that is open 363 days a year, serving three meals a day. The organization’s sole purpose is to feed the hungry and serve visitors who come from all walks of life. Many have addictions, illnesses, low wage earnings, or lost homes.
Hope House is a non-referral agency. Anyone who walks through its doors is welcomed with open arms to share in a meal.
With the help of The Indium Corporation & Macartney Family Foundation, Hope House was able to serve an additional 13,600 meals within a four-year period.
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"We have found that when people are not experiencing hunger, their spirits remain high and they are not turning to illegal activities to try and get money for food,” said John Madej, Executive Director of the Hope House.
Education / Shelter: A Better Chance (ABC) Clinton
Since 1972, A Better Chance (ABC) Clinton has helped more than 90 students enter college and live fulfilling lives as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and businessmen.
ABC Clinton hosts up to eight male students who live together on the edge of the Hamilton College campus. Students attend nationally-recognized Clinton High School and are enrolled in a challenging college preparatory program. While resident directors provide parental-type support, students from Hamilton College provide tutoring assistance on school nights to help the ABC scholars excel academically.
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The assistance provided by The Indium Corporation & Macartney Family Foundation accounted for six percent of the program’s annual budget in 2016. This support enabled students to receive free tuition, room, board and weekly allowance for completing weekly chores or honor roll placement. Foundation support also provides other advantages, such as college counseling from Hamilton College admissions officers.