To the greatest extent possible, Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County wants its money to go directly toward its homeownership program, executive director Madelyn Thorne said.
But at the same time, she said, the roof under which the agency sits is falling apart.
For that reason, Thorne said she appreciated the $5,000 grant her agency received Tuesday from an Albany credit union’s charitable arm.
In all, the CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s CAP COM Cares Foundation handed out 20 grants of $5,000 each to various nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region, with the city of Schenectady and Saratoga County programs well represented.
Habit for Humanity will use the $5,000 to help pay for the replacement of the aging roof on its Broadway building in Schenectady. The building houses its administrative offices, boardrooms, kitchen, two bathrooms, and a ReStore business, where volunteers work in public shops to support the agency’s mission.
“It’s a start,” Thorne said of the grant, “and it gets us going. It’s the beginning of our capital campaign that we are just initiating. We are a downtown merchant,” with ReStore, which she said creates sales tax revenue for Schenectady County while keeping millions of tons of items out of landfills annually.
“ReStore is a benefit to the whole community, but we need the place to be safe and right now, we need a little help with our old roof,” Thorne said.
Northern Rivers Family of Services will use its grant…