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Tomorrow is what??

July 30th, 2015

How the heck is it August 1st already…where did July go…we aren’t  even sure what happened to June!!!  Well, we better get on-board because August is coming no matter what.

What does August mean to Franklin…it means a very (very) busy food pantry, a much needed school supply collection, getting geared up for Project Lift AND our annual Project Lift University Fundraiser is gearing up!

Want to know how you can help?

Treasure your last day of July and look forward to what August will bring.

FCC and WhenToHelp

July 20th, 2015

Hello everyone, this is Patrick Taylor, the summer intern at Franklin Community Center.  I’m proud to announce that we have begun to use WhenToHelp to better coordinate our volunteers.  WhenToHelp is a volunteer management program that we are using in order to help streamline things on our end.  We are so grateful to have as many wonderful volunteers as we do, and this program helps us to make sure we can make the best use of all of their donated time.  We’ve already entered many of our volunteers into our new database with the program and many of you may have already received sign-in information.  With this program, volunteers will be able to view their schedules and shifts online, set preferences for when they would like to volunteer and  trade shifts with other volunteers.  We hope that this program will make volunteering with us even easier.

Think School Supplies

July 20th, 2015

Okay, so track season is just beginning this week, it feels about 110 in the sun and no kid anywhere wants to think school supplies…but we do!  Now is the absolute best time to donate school supplies to Franklin.  This gives us enough time to compile the donations and have them ready for that mad rush during the middle of August when those massive lists go out and the kids need their supplies.  Our goal is to make sure that every student in our area can be prepared for a successful year starting day 1!  To view the complete list of supplies needed click here.  Please remember that every single donation matters – whether it’s a box of pencils or a carload of supplies.

Happy summer:)

Did you hear? Project Lift is expanding!

July 13th, 2015

This fall, Franklin Community Center will extend its after-school prevention program, Project Lift, to two additional district elementary schools, Caroline Street and Dorothy Nolan. The expansion was made possible with city school district funds.

“The Project Lift expansion has been a priority of Franklin’s for years,” said Franklin Community Center Executive Director Kari Cushing in a press statement. “We are thrilled the school district feels the same way and are anxious to open up these services to additional families.”

Project Lift began back in 1984 at Geyser Road and Greenfield elementary schools. This unique, comprehensive program emphasizes positive youth development activities, raising self-esteem and developing communication, problem-solving, decision-making and refusal skills. Franklin staff uses research-based, science-backed curricula to equip children with information to make healthy decisions on their own.

Project Lift works with each student’s family on an individual basis to identify existing needs, and provide intervention and supportive service. The program helps students set goals and improve family life. Volunteers from local high schools and colleges also spend time with the “Lifters,” adding another unique component to the program. The combination of education, social skills, family bonding and a positive environment make Project Lift an effective way to impact children’s lives, while helping kids grow into healthier and more productive community members.

In addition to the time spent at the after-school program, children and their families also have access to all Franklin Community Center’s ancillary services, including referral and advocacy, free food and clothing, school supplies, holiday assistance and summer camp scholarships.

“Working with the Franklin Community Center to expand the role of Project Lift in our school district is a win-win-win proposition,” said Superintendent Michael Piccirillo in the statement. “The school district and Franklin Community Center strengthen their long-standing relationship, but more important, we will significantly increase the number of our students and their families who will benefit from the support Project Lift provides.”

Franklin Community Center Associate Director Jaime Williams stated, “We are super-excited about the expansion and what this will bring to the additional schools.”

Welcome Back Sophie!!

July 1st, 2015

My name is Sophie Rotter and I am so happy to be back at Franklin Community Center as Project Lift’s Family Outreach Educator! I have worked for Project Lift in the past and I am so excited to officially join the team once again. I attended Skidmore College as an undergraduate and fell in love with Saratoga, and have returned to work in the community after earning a Masters in Social Work at SUNY Albany in May of 2015. I very much look forward to the coming school year, during which Project Lift will expand to serve two more schools!

Welcome back Sophie…