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January 27, 2013

Grants fund volunteer efforts

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Regional Volunteer Center, located at the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc., remembered Martin Luther King Jr. Day by offering seven mini-grants.

The money was distributed to agencies in its coverage area of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

The mini-grants were used to promote volunteerism throughout the North Country and promote www.NorthCountryVolunteers.org, the North Country’s free volunteer website.

Ten applications for funds were received, with six of them being approved. The main criteria for applying for funds were to be a non-profit and use volunteers for a project on Jan. 21, which was Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The mini-grants were awarded to:

Adirondack Young Professionals Inc: Funds were used to sponsor an evening of arts and crafts with the residents of the Vilas Home in Plattsburgh. Flowers and vases were donated by Nelson’s Flower Shop.

North Country Cultural Center for the Arts: Funds used to paint a sterile office, which is now a vibrant classroom.

North Country Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Center: Funds used for a large mural in which many volunteers and participants work together in creating a work of art.

Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga: Funds were used to purchase food from the Regional Food Bank and distribute it to children in need through a backpack program.

YMCA of Malone: Funds were used to purchase paint and supplies for 10 children age 10 to 12 to paint and clean at the Malone Fire Department.

MLK Jr. Commission: Funds were used to help put on the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, where speaker address community members, musicians perform andscholarships are handed out.

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service promotes volunteerism through the 10 Regional Volunteer Centers in New York and National Days of Service, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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