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Franklin Community Center Blog

Hello Rebecca!!

August 31st, 2018

Hello! My name is Rebecca Green and I am so excited to be joining the Franklin Community Center as one of the Family Outreach Educators. I’m originally from Poughkeepsie, New York but have been calling Saratoga Springs home for the last three years!

Coming from an early childhood education background, I have experience working with all ages and most recently worked in a preschool setting. I graduated this past year from Bennington College with a BA in Latin American Politics and Spanish. My studies focused on the effects of migration and family separation upon women and children.

When I am not working I enjoy being outside and taking care of my various plants! I also enjoy playing soccer when I have the time. On the weekends you can find me at a flea market or my local plant nursery.

I am very much looking forward to starting my next chapter at Franklin and am ready to be part of the Project Lift team!

Welcome Abby!

July 16th, 2018

Hello, my name is Abby and I’m thrilled to be part of the Franklin Community Center family! I am a long-time resident of Saratoga Springs and previously the General Manager for our downtown Banana Republic.

I started volunteering with FCC 4 years ago and I’ve had a passion for community involvement ever since! It was my pleasure to join the team in February as a Prevention Educator with Project Lift. After an amazing school year, I am excited to start my new full-time dual role as Volunteer Coordinator and Food Pantry Assistant!

In my spare time I enjoy reading, crafting, and spending time outside. I love animals, my family and my community. I’ve  appreciated every connection made so far at the Franklin Community Center, and I’m looking forward to many more!

Meet Alex!

June 22nd, 2018

Hi my name is Alex Hilker. I am excited to start my journey as a Family Outreach Educator for Franklin Community Center’s Project Lift!  I graduated from Columbia High School and then SUNY Plattsburgh with a master’s degree in Special Education.  I have experience working with all ages from preschool up to college students.  In my free time I enjoy the outdoors by skiing, snowboarding, running, kayaking, and playing with my dog, Isaac.  On rainy days I enjoy puzzles and Netflix.  I am ready to use my past experiences and my special education background to assist Project Lift with bettering the community.

We are super happy to have Alex on our Project Lift team and can’t wait for the new school year to start!!

Hi Madlyn – welcome to Project Lift!

October 13th, 2017

My name is Madlyn Wilson and I will be joining the Franklin Community Center as a Prevention Education for Geyser and Greenfield Elementary Schools. I recently graduated from The State University of New York at Potsdam with a bachelor’s degree in biology. I am currently completing an internship though the Lake George Association as an invasive species educator, which primarily focuses on work with elementary school students discussing the importance of keeping the pristine waters of Lake George clean for future generations. My time with the association has helped me to solidify my future plans towards educating our youth, which I believe to be extremely important for the future of the world. I have come to the realization that no act is too small in making a difference in other lives. Changing the life of even one child and guiding them towards a brighter future is extremely fulfilling. I am hoping to make this difference for many of the bright and shining students I will be working with through Project Lift.

In my free time I enjoy being outside and simply taking in nature what nature has to offer, as well as spend time with my ever-expanding family! I am beyond excited to be starting this position with the Franklin Community Center and am looking forward to everything the organization has to offer.

Meet Kasey

October 4th, 2017

Hi! My name is Kasey Conklin and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Franklin Community Center, Project Lift family, as a Prevention Educator! I graduated from Port Jervis High School and continued my education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, in North Adams, Massachusetts. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I decided I wanted to go back to school to become a School Counselor. Currently, I am a graduate student in Sage College’s Professional School Counseling program. In my spare time I coach a Pee-Wee Pop Warner Cheerleading team, go hiking with my dog, and DIY projects. I love working with children and look forward to this opportunity!

Meet Rebecca

September 22nd, 2017

My name is Rebecca Schnorr and I’m very happy to be joining the Franklin Community Center as a Prevention Educator for Project Lift. I graduated from South Glens Falls High School and went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh. After graduation, I took some time off to travel and ended up living and working in Australia for just over a year. I’m currently working toward a master’s degree in professional school counseling at Sage down in Troy. I’ve worked at Longfellows Restaurant for nine years and you can find me there serving tables on the weekends. Exploring new places, spending time with my cat, and being outside are a few of my favorite things to do in my free time. I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity because I absolutely love kids and have a passion to make a difference.

Meet our newest team member, Mary Alice

July 25th, 2017

Help us in welcoming Mary Alice Cole as the latest member of the Franklin Team!!

Hello to all from Mary Alice Cole, your newest partner in the food pantry. I’m beyond excited to be a part of Franklin’s caring community as Julie’s Food Pantry Assistant. I love people and food, so there’s no other place I’d rather be! As a mom to 4 adult children & Mimi to 5 grandchildren, “What’s for Dinner” is a daily question. At the end of a tiring day, everyone wants to eat, BUT who’s going to cook? Simple, nutritional, great-tasting recipes that anyone can cook are key in our kitchen.

Community and service has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a young student, I volunteered visiting the elderly, which led to working as a nursing assistant during high school.  While my husband and I raised our family, we continued volunteering through Boys & Girls Scouts, our church, school and Regional Food Bank.  While working and assisting families at the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Cornell Cooperative Extension, I was lucky to have worked with the best-dedicated, caring individuals.

Most recently, Franklin came to my attention while working with students in the Saratoga Springs City School District. Project Lift and Holiday Assistance programs piqued my interest on how to get involved. When I realized there was a position for a Food Pantry Assistant, I had to pursue the chance to be a part of the Franklin family.

I look forward to meeting all of you while supporting Julie as the food pantry program…and garden continues to grow.

Welcome Chloe

August 8th, 2016

My name is Chloe Williams and I am excited to be joining Franklin Community Center as the Family Outreach Educator for Dorothy Nolan and Division Street Elementary Schools.  I grew up in Saratoga and volunteered with Project Lift and Franklin Community Center in high school and college.  I have been excited about the work this organization does for many years and am enthusiastic to join the strong team here.  I graduated from Vassar College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  After graduating, I taught at Esperanza Academy, a tuition-free independent middle school for girls in Lawrence, MA through AmeriCorps Social Justice Teaching Fellowship.  My experiences at Esperanza Academy solidified my passions for working with families and children.  I am eager for this opportunity to work with families in our wonderful town.

My Testimony by Anthony

May 16th, 2016

My name is Anthony, I’m 30 years old and I’d like to share my great experience I have had with the Franklin Community Center. I first heard of the Center while researching for emergency food help in Saratoga Springs, I had just moved into town and was desperately looking for work and some type of income only to be met with a serious challenge.  I was really hungry and nobody would give me a opportunity where I could produce food for myself that day, everything was focused around putting me into a program (Food Stamps) to getting jobs that would only pay two weeks later even if I ‘theoretically’ got hired (which there was no guarantee).  So naturally, I was facing a period of time where I was literally starving without anything to fall back on I started feverishly searching Google only to come to some information about the Franklin House, I decided to go there to see if I could get some help, and what I found was pleasantly surprising.

I was greeted by Julie, who is the coordinator of the pantry/ and community center.  She is very kind and also makes you feel welcome, which is refreshing as I don’t really know anyone in the Saratoga Springs area.    They have a garden outside and the community center grows their own veggies and fruits when it’s the season for it.  Inside is where the food pantry is located.   Not only did I get a sufficient amount of food to help me get through my adjustment period, the food is actually good which is quite surprising since I have frequented other pantry’s and they didn’t have a nearly as good selection or even gave you as much.  The Franklin Community Center went above and beyond to make sure that not only I was taken care of food wise, with a plethora of healthy options… they even offered to give me some food for my cat, which really gave me the overall impression that The Franklin Community Center is a great place, with some great people working there.

I would highly recommend this Food Pantry to anyone that needs immediate help and doesn’t know where to go for it.    Thank you so much for helping me and giving me meals to make it through !



I definitely got more than I gave!! By Gina Peca

January 28th, 2016

I definitely got more than I gave!


I am now settled in my new old house on Catherine Street in Saratoga and loving it. But I felt that I needed to do something meaningful with my time.  So I started volunteering at the Franklin Community Center.*  (https://www.franklincommunitycenter.org/)  The more I learn about the place, the more I realize that this is the right fit for me.

There is a food pantry, a clothing store, a furniture matching program, Project Lift University for kids in the Saratoga schools and so much more. (They even had Halloween costumes that had been donated – I wish I knew that when my kids had outgrown theirs!)  This agency provides much needed services to individuals and families.  Often when we think of Saratoga, we think of affluence.  But there are many people in need.

Today I worked in the food pantry. Staffed by volunteers, there is a concerted effort to provide people with healthful food and real choices.  People whose food stamps allot them $4 a day for food.  People who need baby formula and diapers and deodorant and shampoo and tampons and sanitary pads and toothpaste and soap.

I saw donations come in from companies like Panera and from individuals. I saw beans and pasta and peanut butter, which is to be expected.  But I also saw chicken and apples and potatoes and beef and onions.

It made me realize that we can do so much. We can purchase extra tuna fish or a package of diapers.  Pick up some shampoo and soap and deodorant.  How about peanut butter and crackers or those tuna packets for the homeless.  You know there are sales and coupons.  What if we picked up a few extra items when we went to the supermarket.  Do you have any idea what a difference we could make?

I left there today feeling humbled and grateful. People from all walks of life can fall on hard times.  And sometimes we need a helping hand.  I want to be that hand.  I want to remember to be grateful for the things I have.  And I want to remember to think of others when I am at the supermarket shopping for my family.  I can certainly pick up shampoo and deodorant.  And if chicken or beef is on sale, I can pick up that too.

Today I gave a few hours of my time. But I got so much more in return.


*Donations of Food, Clothing or Household Items
Donations of non-perishable food items for our food pantry can be dropped off at 10 Franklin Street, Monday – Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Thursday’s from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Please use handicapped entrance through fence gate.  Clothing and household items can be dropped off at our Distribution Center, located at 101 Washington Street, on Tuesdays from between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We must limit clothing donations to two bags of in-season clothing.