Adirondack Foundation announces $37,600 in grants to support seniors

Sunday, October 29, 2017

LAKE PLACID —  Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts Fund has awarded $37,600 in grants to organizations supporting quality of life for elders across the region.

“Approximately 10 million people age 65 and older live in rural America today and one out of four older Americans live in a small town,” said Cali Brooks, president and CEO of Adirondack Foundation. “Those trends match what we’re seeing here in the Adirondacks. We have made support for the aging population a priority because there are innovative, creative institutions and programs here supporting our neighbors.”

“Investing in our older adult population is investing in community,” said Bill Owens, a trustee of Adirondack Foundation and co-chair of the Generous Acts Fund. “The organizations we’re supporting provide companionship and increase the expertise of care providers. We thank the generous donors who help us make this possible.”

Eleven organizations serving older adults across six counties received GAF grants in 2017. This fall, an additional grant was awarded to support educational forums hosted by Mercy Care for the Adirondacks on Nov. 9 at Paul Smith’s College and featuring Dr. John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, and Greg Olsen, acting director of the New York State Office for the Aging.

“Too often we focus only on the needs of elders, but we also need to highlight the intellectual, social, and economic capital elders bring to our rural communities,” said Donna Beal, executive director of Mercy Care. “Our goal for these forums is to broaden the conversation beyond the aging services network to include the whole community.”

Mercy Care received additional GAF support this year to continue growing programs that help elders in Essex and Franklin counties age in their homes more successfully and empower communities to become more aging-friendly. Elsewhere, a GAF grant is helping Catholic Charities replicate Mercy Care’s Community Friendship Volunteer Program, which connects volunteers with elders living in their homes.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital received a GAF grant to help emergency providers obtain Geriatric EMS (GEMS) certification.

“Current EMS education gives our technicians little exposure to information on medical and traumatic emergencies for the elderly,” said John Remillard, president of Elizabethtown Community Hospital. “The trainings give our providers the tools they need to provide excellent and comprehensive care for older patients.”

Additional grants supporting quality of life for elders were awarded to:

  • High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Creative Healing Connections
  • Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society, in partnership with Historic Saranac Lake and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum
  • North Creek Railway Depot Preservation Association
  • PRIDE of Ticonderoga
  • Town of Harrietstown
  • Adirondack Folk School
  • Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area

“Increasing the power of giving together is what the Generous Acts Fund is all about,” Brooks said. “Thanks to our donors, we’ve awarded $100,000 in grants to more than 20 organizations this year. The support from our communities in growing this fund to $1 million and beyond means we’ll be able to continue this grantmaking forever.”

To make a gift to the Generous Acts Fund, visit or contact Stanzi Bliss at To learn more about Generous Acts grants, contact Andrea Grout at

To learn more about how Adirondack Foundation strengthens community through philanthropy, visit

(Pictured above: Mercy Care Community Friendship Volunteer Anne Sander, left, and Betty Benware visit the gardens at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. Mercy Care programs received support from Adirondack Foundation's Generous Acts Fund this year.)