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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities throughout our country.

Monday, April 28, 2014

19th Annual NYS Child Abuse Prevention Conference

Prevent Child Abuse New York  will present Ideas, Inspiration & Innovation at the 19th annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference. The conference inspires and equips professionals, advocates, and caregivers to strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and improve outcomes for at-risk children and families. This year you’ll find the quality programming this conference is famous for—nationally renowned keynote speakers and highly rated workshops—along with some new offerings.

For more information, visit the conference website


Marriott Hotel, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205

Thursday, May 01, 2014

National Foster Care Month

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system throughout the country.  The campaign raises awareness about the need for foster families.  Visit the OCFS website or the Foster Care Month website  for more information.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

"I Love My Park" Day

I Love My Park Day is organized by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the NYS Commission on National and Community Service.  Volunteers from across the state will participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites, cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.

For information visit www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Join Hands Day

JOIN HANDS DAY is the only national volunteer day that specifically targets and develops relationships between young people and adults through neighborhood volunteering. Youths and adults work together on an equal basis to plan, organize and implement the day’s activities. Building relationships across generations restores confidence, trust and respect for each other and creates a sense of community.


Sunday, May 04, 2014

National Public Service Recognition Week

 Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.

Throughout the country, mayors, governors, agency leaders, communities and public service organizations participate in PSRW by issuing proclamations; hosting award ceremonies and special tribute events; and delivering messages about the value of public service.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Provider Appreciation Day

This special day recognizes child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.

If you want to share your appreciation of your child's provider, you can post it here or you can print out this certificate to give to your provider.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fifth Annual Foster Care Awareness Walk

Join us for the Fifth Annual Foster Care Awareness Walk!

Walk less than a mile to raise awareness of the thousands of children in foster care and the need for foster families. Kickoff begins at 5:15 followed by food, music and fun for the whole family.

This event is free and open to the public.

There will be food, music, raffles, face painting, clowns and games.

For more information please contact: Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families at 518-447-7324 

The Crossings of Colonie South Pavilion Ciccotti Center 580 Albany Shaker Road

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Make a Difference Day

Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service. On the fourth Saturday of October, millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. Make A Difference Day is a day to celebrate the power of people to make a difference.




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