Despite the glamorous and affluent reputation Saratoga Springs has in the minds of many, there are community members who struggle to make ends meet every day. The unique and comprehensive approach of Franklin Community Center fosters a sense of family for those in need, without the discomfort of bureaucratic paperwork and prying questions. We offer guidance and advocacy, while providing a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental atmosphere. We thoughtfully request your support of our mission. Your donation will benefit Franklin Community Center and ultimately, our friends and neighbors. With your help, we will continue making a difference.
Information and Referral Services
Staff members work diligently to provide clients with advocacy, information and, in partnership with area agencies, make appropriate referrals to meet their current and future needs.
Our food pantry has refrigerators and freezers allowing us to accept both perishable and non-perishable items; in-house and community gardens provide fresh produce and a team of dedicated volunteers make it all possible. Our pantry is part of the North Eastern New York Regional Food Bank and is heavily funded by community donations. Pet food, hygiene supplies and baby items are always needed as well.
A free after school prevention program, Project Lift serves students in grades 1-5 in all six of the Saratoga Springs City School District Elementary Schools and 6th grade students in Maple Avenue Middle School. Using research based curriculum, ‘Lifters’ work with positive role models to learn about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and gambling. In addition to program enrollment, our free back to school and holiday assistance programs, summer camp scholarships, and ancillary services are available to all Lift families.
The Free Store
Our distribution center located at 101 Washington Street is operated by volunteers and is open to the public for free shopping. Each Monday and Tuesday we accept donations of small household items, clothing and toys. Currently, the Free Store requires an appointment for donating or shopping.
During the summer months, Franklin Community Center accepts donations of new school supplies to distribute to students who may have otherwise been unprepared to begin the school year. Then in October, we collect new and gently used Halloween costumes for local children. Our holiday assistance program serves over 700 children in our community providing gifts for children ages 2-14.
Franklin Community Manor
Owned and operated by FCC, the Manor houses 17 efficiency apartment units. There are 2 additional units that are situated above our distribution center at 101 Washington Street. These units offer safe and permanent housing, with rent kept extremely affordable, so those living on a fixed income can afford shelter.
FCC acts as a liaison between donors and recipients in need of specific furniture items. Donors are placed on an ongoing “donations” list. When a client requests an item, donors are matched with recipients and transportation arrangements are made between the two interested parties.