Helping frontline workers, end-of-life care, museum facelift – The Daily Gazette


In Saratoga County, FLAG Saratoga has reinvigorated its efforts to help frontline healthcare and hospital workers following a spike in covid cases. FLAG Saratoga was founded in the spring of 2020 by Saratoga residents Nadine Burke, Becky Kern, Andrea Macy, and Lisa Munter, and in less than two months has raised over $40,000. The money was used to purchase 4,000 meals and gift cards, which were delivered to more than 30 different hospital departments, nursing homes, fire departments, police and emergency services throughout the Saratoga area. With a new spike in covid cases again straining healthcare workers, the group is working with the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and the Saratoga Hospital Foundation to raise funds for workers, with a goal of $40,000. All money will go directly towards providing meals, snacks and other needed resources. To donate, visit

To Schenectady, individuals and businesses have raised more than $17,000 to help those at the end of life, through the Joan Nicole Prince Home’s 2021 Holiday Sponsor a Patient campaign. The Joan Nicole Prince Home provides a safe, comfortable and caring residence for terminally ill patients in need of a home during their final days and is 100% operated through community donations. At $25 a day, the community raised enough to support residents for over 680 days of care, allowing residents to stay for free. Donations provide services such as 24/7 bedside care, meals and a safe environment. Local businesses and organizations that contributed to the campaign included Adirondack Pest Control, Anker’s Auto Service, Find Your Dreams, Inc., Glenville Funeral Home, Immaculate Conception Church, RA Fuerst Law Group and Scotia Rotary. For more information and to donate, visit:

In the Ballston Spa, donors have contributed more than $30,000 to help preserve and improve the Brookside Historical Museum as part of the Saratoga County History Center’s 2021 fundraising campaign, “Preserve the Porch!” The campaign, which ran through November and December, raised $20,720 from donors, plus another $10,000 from an anonymous donor to bring the total raised to $30,720. The funds will be used to replace the building’s storm windows and make major repairs to the museum’s signature porch and portico. For more information on the Brookside Museum, visit:

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