Caring for our Community’s Children
The Saratoga County Children’s Committee is celebrating its 75th year of helping less fortunate children throughout Saratoga County. We are active year-round supporting children and teens through emergency situations as well as special requests that come to us from other local agencies such as Franklin Community Center, Lifeworks, Saratoga Mental Health, Saratoga Early Intervention, Social Services, school counselors and individual social workers. We are able to provide beds and bedding, seasonal clothing, shoes, boots, sports equipment, car seats, instrument rentals, toiletries, diapers, field trip money and other special requests to local children in need.
Since 2020, our fundraising budget was allocated for the following programs:
$7,500 in scholarships awarded to high school seniors interested in pursuing careers related to children
$27,000 given to the Saratoga Recreation Department, The YMCA and Saratoga Mentoring to fund summer camperships
$15,000 supplementing the Empty Stocking Program to provide over 1,000 children in the community with a holiday
$8,800 supplementing the Back-to-School Program, providing school supplies to over 65 children including $7,500 to Saratoga Mentoring for their back-to-school program
$1,300 shared with special requests
Our Campership Program grows each year. It allows children who normally wouldn’t be able to attend a camp during the summer the chance to participate in camps which includes Camp Saradac, YMCA summer camp, Gavin Park, camps through Saratoga Mentoring just to name a few.
We have been expanding our Back-to-School Program each year, and we now provide backpacks, school supplies, calculators, clothes, shoes, and toiletries to more than 50 kids every September to help them begin the new year on a positive note. We also provide monetary donations to local agencies for their own back to school support programs.
Finally, of course we continue to carry out The Empty Stocking Project. Because of its scope, Empty Stocking and SCCC are frequently thought of interchangeably. Through referrals from all local schools and ten other organizations including Wellspring, Lifeworks, Project Lift, and Social Services we provide gifts, clothes, toiletries and excitement to over 950 children and teens every holiday season.