Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Having both of her siblings and a lot of family and friends in corrections and law enforcement, an extreme soft spot in her heart for dogs, and the utmost respect for both, Amy Ethier knew exactly that her My95 donation would go to this valuable organization.
For young kids, reading is so important. According to the USA Department of education, “Children who are read to at least three times a week by a family member are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to children who are read to less than 3 times a week.“ There has been study after study showing that the introduction to reading and books at an early age can stimulate language, cognitive skills, curiosity, and memory. In this digital age, it is so important to prioritize reading early on in a kid’s life.
Peggy Hurlburt's niece, Kari Hurlburt, a volunteer at Whitehall Elementary School in Whitehall, NY, recognizes the importance of reading and that some kids may not have access to books. The 1,000 Book Club program provides kids in Pre-K through 2nd grade with books to take home to read. The goal is for the students to have read 1,000 books by the end of 2nd grade.
Peggy jumped at the opportunity to donate to this very worthwhile program with her My95. This way, hundreds of more kids can have access to free books.
With his $95, Cory Bonura decided to make someone’s day. He did so by leaving an extra special tip for an excellent server!
The Community Foundation does so much. In addition to acting as conduit to other not-for-profits, they support and encourage philanthropy within the local community.
Chris is so happy to be able to donate to an organization that works to improve the quality of life in the region by promoting and facilitating effective philanthropy. Investing nearly $70 million since inception in our communities through grant and scholarship funding, the Community Foundation is able to achieve meaningful, measurable results. Chris thoroughly believes in the Community Foundation’s mission and knows that you will put his $95 to good use to be able to help make an impact.
That is why he chose to support the foundation with his My95 donation.
Koinonia is a non-profit medical clinic located at 553 Clinton Avenue, Albany NY. The clinic primarily services downtown Albany and the surrounding area by providing both medical and psychological care to those who are unable to get treatment. Koinonia started around 2001 by Dr. Bob Paeglow, who is still the clinic’s primary physician today.
To Rachel, Koinonia is extended family. Her introduction to the organization was through her mother who is one of the resident clinical psychologists. She shares Dr. Bob’s vision of providing care through compassion and community. That is why she chose to support the clinic with her My95 donation.
Unity House of Troy’s Children’s Holiday Program 2018 offers an enormous holiday program providing gifts for all those receiving services though Unity House, as well as other children in need in our community. Each year Unity House provides gifts to over 1,500 children.
Nearly a dozen staff members joined together to donate their MY95 donations to Unity House of Troy's Children's Holiday Program for a total of $950. We were matched with two families, a family of four and a family of six.
A couple times a year, employees from Marvin and Company get together to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Donations come to them in all forms and need to be sorted before they distribute them. That’s where volunteers like us come in. The Regional Food Bank receives donations of non-perishable food, produce, paper products, household items, personal hygiene supplies, school supplies, clothes, diapers, and more that need to be repacked into useable, family-sized packages. Whatever is sorted when we volunteer at the Regional Food bank, our efforts help low-income families stretch their limited budgets and eat better.
This time, we volunteered at the warehouse dock. We sorted a variety of donations of non-perishable food in the Salvage Sorting Room.
Seeing our young strive and succeed in life is very important to John Unser and his wife, Sarah. They believe that one of the most important ways they can support children to feel successful in school is by fostering good attendance habits early on in life. That is why John has chosen to make a donation to the Gordon Creek Elementary School (where his wife is a reading specialist) and their Attendance Committee.
Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York is the largest organization dedicated to educating students about issues relating to work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through the use of experiential, hands-on programs. The Futures' Bowl (aka bowl-a-thon) has been Junior Achievement's largest fundraising event for 29 years. Marvin and Company has participated in the bowl-a-thon for 13 years. This year we raised nearly $1,200 as a team of 18 bowlers.
Several staff members joined together to donate their MY95 donations to Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York for a total of $570.
Autism has become increasingly common. According to the CDC, “Nationally, 1 in 59 children had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 8 in 2014.” With Autism spectrum diagnoses on the rise, I want to make sure families receive the support they need. No one with Autism should ever feel that there is 'something wrong' with them, and no parents of a child who has autism should feel alone and helpless."
As a parent, donating my $95 to help another parent get the support and information they need is a worthy cause to me. This is why I've chosen The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, New York for my MY95 donation.