Award to support Project Lift and meet the increasing demand for youth services
Saratoga Springs, NY – Franklin Community Center is excited to share the news of being selected as a grant recipient by The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust. This generous award, amounting to $10,000, will be instrumental in supporting Project Lift. Established in 1984 as a free after-school program, Project Lift addresses the pressing need for youth to engage in prevention-based conversations and enhances their social and emotional skills.
The funding from The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust has a profound impact on Project Lift, enabling us to provide essential ancillary services to the students and their families. This support is not limited to the after-school program; it extends to initiatives like the back to school backpack program, holiday assistance, food assistance, and camp assistance, benefiting Project Lift students throughout the year.
Colleen O’Connor Potter, Project Lift Program Director, expressed gratitude, stating, “Helping children develop social and emotional skills is the heart and soul of our program, and we are pleased to have the commitment of this organization supporting our work. Relying on this generous funding helps Franklin Community Center achieve its goals, providing fun and impactful experiences for each of our Lift students. We are incredibly appreciative and look forward to many more years of collaboration.”
Franklin Community Center would like to thank The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust for this outstanding award. The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust was established to benefit nonprofit scientific, medical, educational, cultural, religious, and charitable organizations by funding projects and programs in memory of the Trust’s founder, Alfred Z. Solomon. Mr. Solomon, a leader in the fashion industry, a horse racing enthusiast, and a philanthropist in Gansevoort, NY, and New York City, died Sept. 4, 2004, at the age of 104, and founded this Trust in his Last Will and Testament.
Project Lift works directly with students in grades 1st to 6th in the Saratoga Springs City School District. The program serves up to 175 children and their siblings in all 6 elementary schools and the middle school, with support to the students’ families. Services include Camp Assistance, which offers scholarships for participants enrolled in Project Lift the experience of attending summer camp. The goal is to offer students a place where they may learn about and better understand themselves in a safe, supportive, and relaxed natural environment. Providing camp opportunities to children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds helps the students to constructively learn independence and safe risk-taking, build relationships with peers and reap the benefits of connecting with nature. Community members interested in learning more about supporting the program and the services provided, can find more information on our website at www.franklincommunitycenter.org.