One Thursday a month at 1 p.m., registered nurse Sue Griffiths, Community Caregivers’ intake coordinator, hosts a group of men and women, mostly women, who have come together for support.

As 2014 unwinds, we begin to look to a new year.  But, before we end this one, here are some things Community Caregivers is grateful for:

— 1. Our staff who make the volunteer-client connection;

— 2. The over 200 volunteers who provide direct service and those who help in the office, serve on committees and on the board of directors;

— 3. The 105 businesses and people who made donations to the Gala fundraiser;

— 4. The 88 businesses and people who made donations to the golf tournament;

— 5. The ability to help people in our community who need us to take them to the doctors, help with grocery shopping, provide a human connection by phone or a friendly visit, pick up prescriptions.. — things a neighbor could do for a neighbor;

— 6. The 18 businesses that sponsored our events. Would your business like to join that group?

— 7. People who make donations, great and small, to Community Caregivers;

— 8. People who celebrate their loved ones by sending a donation "in honor of" or celebrate a birthday or just to help Community Caregivers; we are a not-for-profit;

— 9. The Guilderland and Bethlehem libraries for providing space for events;

— 10. Christ the King for providing space for Memory Loss meetings; and

— 11. The Altamont Enterprise for providing space for this column.

This list isn't exhaustive.

For the new year, Community Caregivers’ wish is to serve our community by providing our services to those who need us.

Our other wish is to increase the number of volunteers to do that . We serve all ages and there is no charge.

If you're interested in being part of the organization call us at 456-2898. Orientation schedules for January will be posted on our website and Facebook page within the week.

Add Community Caregivers to your "to do" list for 2015: volunteer, donate, call for help. Our website,, provides information on our services and opportunities for volunteers.  Happy holidays!


As Community Caregivers celebrates its 20 years of helping folks remain independent, helping them stay in their homes and in their communities, it's important to say thanks to all the volunteers wh

While Community Caregivers focuses always on the needs of our clients and volunteers, we sometimes take a step back and recognize community members for their volunteerism and giving natures. 

One of the more exciting events we’re holding to help commemorate Community Caregivers’ 20th anniversary is a drawing for a very special one-of-a-kind gold pendant that is made in the form of CC’s logo.

The pendant, which is 14K gold, was handmade by Cindy Crounse, a local jeweler, and comes complete with an 18-inch gold chain. Tickets for the drawing will be available by Aug. 1 and will be $10 each or three for $25.  You may stop by the office to purchase tickets, or mail in a check and we will send you your stubs.               

The drawing will be held at the end of the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day” reception.  The reception will be at the Crossgates Mall food court on Friday, Sept. 26.  The reception will begin at 1 p.m. and we will hold the drawing at 2 p.m.

We would like to encourage people to register as a volunteer for this day of helping, which is another part of the celebration of CC’s 20th year of serving the community.

All proceeds from the drawing will go to help support CC’s ongoing programs.  If you’d like further information on the drawing or on being a volunteer, please call the office at 456-2898.  Or check out the website at

We thank everyone in advance for helping CC make it to this amazing anniversary and for your ongoing support. So, who is going to go home with some very cool new jewelry?