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Giving Back to Our Community

The New York Capital Chapter has been active in community service for many years. In addition to individual members volunteering their services for a variety of activities, the chapter continues to be dedicated to give back to the community in which the members live.

Last year, the Chapter participated in the various events to help raise funds for several organizations including the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Community Hospice, the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Albany Medical Center Children's hospital, and WMHT. In addition, we participated in the IRS's VITA Tax Preparers program and Habitat for Humanity.


The Community Services Committee Members

Taryn Davila-Webster (Chair), Ann Marsh, Thalia Melendez, Deborah Harrington, Laurie Burns, Mary Roylance, Danielle Rancy, and Sharon Siekowski.

The Committee is seeking volunteers to participate in the following events in the upcoming year. Feel free to contact any committee member for more information, to volunteer, or to share your ideas for events.

Last Updated by: LBrown on 9/26/2011 11:28:55 AM


2016 Community Service Opportunities


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Helping at Schenectady Habitat for Humanity ReStore

1/23/2016 - 1/23/2016

Helping at Schenectady Habitat for Humanity ReStore

When: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: 115 North Broadway, Schenectady, NY 12305

The AGA New York Capital Chapter needs volunteers to assist at the Schenectady Habitat for Humanity ReStore to sell new, used, and surplus donated household goods to the community at low prices. It diverts up to 50 tons of reusable materials from area landfills per year. The sales provide funding for Habitat's effort to provide affordable housing in Schenectady County.

By volunteering, you will have more time to browse the inventory at the ReStore. You will meet fabulous people, have fun and get the chance to help a great organization, while serving the community!

Please contact Thalia Melendez at 518-253-1770, if you would like to join us in volunteering or if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your help!

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Last Updated by: LBrown on 1/8/2016 12:25:51 PM



WAMC Winter Fund Drive - Northeast Public Radio

2/6/2016 - 2/6/2016

WAMC Winter Fund Drive - Northeast Public Radio
When: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: 318 Central Avenue, Albany NY 12206

The AGA New York Capital Chapter will assist WAMC in its quarterly phone fund drive. WAMC/Northeast Public Radio is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states. WAMC/Northeast Public Radio operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year thanks to a very dedicated group of board members, staff, interns, and volunteers.

Financial support comes from listeners who contribute annually in fund drives and other appeals as well as from underwriting by businesses, grant support for WAMC's National Productions and governmental sources such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the New York State Education Department.

We need at least four people per one-hour shift. If we need to increase the number of people, please let me know as soon as possible since the shifts are filling up fast. If these shifts do not work for you, please contact WAMC at 1-800-323-9262 x189 to volunteer.

Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Linda Performing Arts Studio at 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY, right across from the station (318 Central Avenue). Volunteers are welcome to park in this lot at no charge during the fund drive only.

Please contact Thalia Melendez at 518-253-1770 by January 29, 2016, if you would like to join us in data entering the pledges, accepting phone pledges (if available) or if you have any questions. Thank you for your help!

WAMC Winter Fund Drive Flyer
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Last Updated by: LBrown on 1/8/2016 11:19:02 AM



Helping at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region

3/4/2016 - 3/4/2016

Helping at Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc.

When: Friday, March 4, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: 139 South Lake, Albany, NY 12208

The AGA New York Capital Chapter needs volunteers to clean and organize at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. It promotes the health, development, and well-being of children and their families. They accomplish this through the Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, and by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the lives of children and their families.
By volunteering, you can help meet the needs of the families using the Ronald McDonald House. You can also spend an evening cleaning up around the House that Love Built.
Please contact Bill Steinbach at 518-495-8668 or William.Steinbach@oig.hhs.gov if you would like to join us in volunteering or if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your help!

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Last Updated by: LBrown on 1/21/2016 6:39:54 AM



WMHT Membership Drive - CANCELLED

3/12/2016 - 3/12/2016

THIS EVENT HAS BBEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE


WMHT Membership Drive
When: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: The WMHT Studios, 4 Global View, Troy, NY

As our local public broadcasting station and a non-profit organization, WMHT relies heavily on the support of the community. The membership drives enable the PBS station to continue to provide quality television and radio programs.

Please join the New York Capital Chapter of AGA in collecting pledges during their live broadcast! Volunteers are trained before the shift, and will be receiving phone call pledges from PBS’s viewers. Pizza and soda will be provided and the AGA will receive on-air recognition for our efforts. This will be the 15th year our chapter has participated in the broadcast.

Parking for volunteers is located adjacent to the studios. Feel free to bring any family members or friends who are least 16 years old to participate. Directions to the studios will be provided.

Please contact Bill Steinbach at William.Steinbach@oig.hhs.gov or 518-495-8668 no later than Thursday, February 18, 2016 if you would like to participate or have any questions. We need a minimum of eight volunteers for this event. Please consider joining us for this worthy event. Thank You!!!


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Last Updated by: LBrown on 3/1/2016 8:11:14 AM



IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA)

4/1/2016 - 4/15/2016

IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA)

When: January 30 – April 15, 2016 (Dates and times vary depending on location)
Where: Various locations throughout the Capital Region

Click here for link to the various locations available

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is in need of volunteers to assist in providing free income tax assistance for low-income taxpayers (household income limit of $54,000) during the tax filing season. In addition to tax preparers, VITA volunteer positions include greeters, screeners, interpreters, etc. Training resources are available to support all volunteers.

Please go to https://www.reasearch.net/r/vitatcesignup, if you would like to volunteer. If you have questions and need additional assistance, please contact Thalia Melendez at 518-253-1770. Thank you for your help!

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Last Updated by: LBrown on 3/16/2016 10:07:49 AM



Serving a Meal for the City Mission of Schenectady

4/2/2016 - 4/2/2016

Serving a Meal for the City Mission of Schenectady
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: Wallace M Campbell Dining Center, 512 Smith Street, Schenectady, NY 12301

The AGA New York Capital Chapter will assist the City Mission of Schenectady in preparing and serving a meal for Downtown Schenectady’s homeless. The City Mission provides three hot meals a day as well as shelter to homeless and needy families. The mission always needs volunteers to provide this valuable service to the Capital District. The mission provides the food, while we are there primarily to serve it.

Please contact Thalia Melendez at 518-408-3321, if you would like to join us in serving this meal or if you have any questions. Thank you for your help!

Here is a link to get directions to the Dining Center: http://mapq.st/W54rJd

Directions to the Dining Center
April 2, 2016 City Mission of Schenectady Flyer
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Last Updated by: LBrown on 1/25/2016 7:28:17 AM



Bottle and Can Sorting at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

5/21/2016 - 5/21/2016

Bottle and Can Sorting at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204 (right off exit 6 of Rt. 787)

The AGA New York Capital Chapter will assist the Humane Society in sorting donated bottles and cans by brands to be turned in for their five cent deposit. The Humane Society has a dedicated area where bottle and can contributions are dropped off around the clock and the sorting is done. The sorting area is outside, so dress appropriately.

The Humane Society receives over 6,000 animals per year and receives no ongoing funding from government or other animal groups. In 2014, the Humane Society raised $100,000 from their bottle and can donations to help support their programs. They rely on volunteers to make this bottle deposit money.

If you’d like to bring your family – they have to be at least 14 years of age to participate.

Please contact Helen Kaczor at 518-506-6857 or kaz@nycap.rr.com by Friday, May 20 if you would like to join us in this fun activity or if you have any questions. Thank you for your help!


Directions to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society


May 21, 2016 Bottle and Can Sorting for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Flyer
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Last Updated by: LBrown on 3/21/2016 6:08:18 AM



WMHT Membership Drive

6/4/2016 - 6/4/2016

WMHT Membership Drive
When: Saturday, June 4th, 2016, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: The WMHT Studios
4 Global View
Troy, NY
As our local public broadcasting station and a non-profit organization, WMHT relies heavily on the support of the community. The membership drives enable the PBS station to continue to provide quality television and radio programs.

Please join the New York Capital Chapter of AGA in collecting pledges during their live broadcast! Volunteers are trained before the shift, and will be receiving phone call pledges from PBS’s viewers. Pizza and soda will be provided and the AGA will receive on-air recognition for our efforts. This will be the 15th year our chapter has participated in the broadcast.

Parking for volunteers is located adjacent to the studios. Feel free to bring any family members or friends who are least 16 years old to participate. Directions to the studios will be provided.

Please contact Bill Steinbach at William.Steinbach@oig.hhs.gov or 518-495-8668 no later than Thursday, May 19th, 2016 if you would like to participate or have any questions. We need a minimum of six volunteers for this event. Please consider joining us for this worthy event.
Thank You!!!

June 4, 2016 WMHT Flyer

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Last Updated by: LBrown on 5/5/2016 5:27:32 AM



Annual Golf Tournament to Benefit the Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital

6/24/2016 - 6/24/2016

The local chapters of the AGA, IIA, ACFE and ISACA are co-sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit the Albany Medical Center Children’s Hospital and you are invited to participate.

The day will include coffee, bagels and juice in the morning, 18 holes of golf (cart included) at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park, as well as an awards ceremony with lunch after golf. Lunch will include Barbequed Chicken, Sausage and Peppers, Ziti, Deli Platter, Cheeses, and Salads. The cost of this event is $100 per person with the proceeds to benefit the Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital.

Please join us for a day of golf and to support the wonderful accomplishments of the Children's Hospital. Don’t have a full team? Not a problem! We will round out your team with other participants (we'll contact you about your team prior to the event).

Contact Todd Seeberger at tseeberger@osc.state.ny.us or at (518) 473-8646 if you have any questions.

Awards will include:
1st Place Team Prize
Longest Drive
Closest to the Pin

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Last Updated by: LBrown on 3/1/2016 10:59:38 AM



Helping at Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

9/17/2016 - 9/17/2016

The AGA New York Capital Chapter needs volunteers to help at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York.

The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties. From Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in urban, rural, and suburban communities, the Food Bank provides over 30 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies.

By volunteering, you can help alleviate hunger and prevent food waste. We ask that you bring a friend or family member to help sort the food and products that are distributed to the local pantries.

Please contact Bill Steinbach at Bill.Steinbach@gmail.com or 518-495-8668 if you would like to join us in volunteering or if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help!

September 17, 2016 Regional Food Bank Flyer
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Last Updated by: LBrown on 8/9/2016 6:25:07 AM



Helping at Schenectady Habitat for Humanity ReStore

9/24/2016 - 9/24/2016

The AGA New York Capital Chapter needs volunteers to help at the Schenectady - Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The ReStore is open to the public and offers great deals on quality used furniture, appliances, building supplies, and more – making home improvements more affordable while helping to make the dream of homeownership a reality for low-income, working-class families in Schenectady County. The ReStore stocks everything from windows to washing machines, and the inventory is constantly changing.

Established in 1993, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County partners with working families, sponsors, and communities to build safe, decent, affordable homes and to provide support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership.
Schenectady Habitat serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion and welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

Please contact Bill Steinbach at Bill.Steinbach@gmail.com or 518-495-8668 if you would like to join us in volunteering or if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help!

September 24, 2016 Schenectady Habitat for Humanity ReStore Volunteer Flyer
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Last Updated by: LBrown on 8/23/2016 6:31:09 AM



Preparing and Serving a Meal for the Capital City Rescue Mission

10/1/2016 - 10/1/2016

The AGA New York Capital Chapter will assist the Capital City Rescue Mission in preparing and serving a meal for Downtown Albany’s homeless. The Rescue Mission provides three hot meals a day as well as shelter to homeless and needy families. The mission always needs volunteers to provide this valuable service to the Capital District. The mission provides the food, while we are there to primarily serve it.

Please contact Bill Steinbach at Bill.Steinbach@gmail.com or 518-495-8668 if you would like to join us in serving this meal or if you have any questions. Thank you for your help!

October 1, 2016 Capital City Rescue Mission Volunteer Flyer
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Last Updated by: LBrown on 8/9/2016 6:40:09 AM



Regional Food Bank - Food Donations

10/1/2016 - 11/18/2016

When: From October 1 to November 18, 2016

Where: The AGA will be collecting food and household donations at the following two CPE events or by contacting Bill Steinbach directly.

Topic: CPA Ethics Foundation Update Course
Date: 10/6/2016
Time: 7:30 to 12:00
Location: Radisson Hotel, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

Topic: Auditing, Measurement and Explaining Results to Management
Date: 10/20/2016
Time: 7:30 to 4:00
Location: Radisson Hotel, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

The AGA New York Capital Chapter is collecting food and household items to help the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry in our communities since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York.

The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties. From Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in urban, rural, and suburban communities, the Food Bank provides over 30 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies.

By donating, you can help alleviate hunger and prevent food waste.

Please contact Bill Steinbach at Bill.Steinbach@gmail.com or 518-495-8668 if you would like to donate or if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help!

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Last Updated by: LBrown on 9/23/2016 11:07:10 AM



Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – American Cancer Society

10/16/2016 - 10/16/2016

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight. At this local Making Strides event, you will join breast cancer survivors, caregivers, and other people who have been touched by this devastating disease to express hope and the shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century.

Please support the AGA New York Capital Chapter in collecting donations and join us in walking for the fight against breast cancer. Our team name is AGA NY Capital Chapter. If you would like to participate, you can go directly to the Making Strides website to make a donation, sign up to be a walker or both.

We need your support! You can make a donation today to the AGA NY Capital Chapter team in honor of a family member or friend. You can donate any amount! No donation is too small!

Please contact Bill Steinbach at Bill.Steinbach@gmail.com or 518-495-8668 if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help!

October 16, 2016 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Volunteer Flyer

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Last Updated by: LBrown on 8/18/2016 10:27:01 AM



AGA's Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner Community Service Event

11/20/2016 - 11/20/2016

Each Thanksgiving, approximately 9,500 meals are prepared at the Empire State Plaza and then delivered by volunteers to individuals who live within a 25-mile radius of downtown Albany. The New York Capital Chapter of the AGA will continue our annual tradition by taking part in this great cause. We will assist Equinox by helping to prepare the meals. In total, Equinox and volunteers prepare 12,000 pounds of turkey, 3,450 pounds of potatoes, 3,200 pounds of yams, 1,200 pies, 2,350 green beans, 450 dozen dinner rolls, 400 gallons of gravy, 450 pounds of onions, 2,330 pounds of carrots, 350 bunches of celery and 7,000 fruit cups.

AGA members, with family and friends, will assist in preparing this wonderful food. Please bring your own apron and wear a hat or head cover. We need 20 volunteers for this event. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
Please contact Bill Steinbach at Bill.Steinbach@gmail.com or 518-495-8668 (no later than Thursday, November 10th, 2016), if you would like to join us in preparing this meal, which time slot you prefer or if you have any questions.

Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner Flyer and Instructions for Volunteers

Thank you for your help!

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Last Updated by: LBrown on 10/21/2016 11:53:25 AM



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