Giving recognition

The Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council Inc. (EOC) held its annual Community Action Awards Breakfast on May 28, to recognize May as National Community Action Awareness Month. Five awardees were recognized for going above and beyond to help the community. Anita Paley, EOC executive director, welcomed the guests, including Congressman Paul Tonko who gave a moving talk about poverty within Saratoga County, and Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and EOC Board member Matthew Veitch. Phillip Lyte was recognized as a dedicated volunteer of the EOC’s food pantry since 2013. The Holiday Inn at Saratoga Springs was honored for donating the space for EOC’s VITA Tax Program each year, saving a total of $28,880 for customers who would pay for tax return preparation in the open market. Living Springs Church was awarded for donating its parking lot for EOC’s Mass Distribution of food twice a month as well as space for Thanksgiving Baskets to be prepared and delivered in 2013. The Milton Grange was awarded for providing low-cost vegetable plants to Head Start families. Megan Quillinan from Mechanicville Community Center was the last awardee. She began with EOC almost 20 years ago in the food pantry as an intern. Through that experience, she has helped hundreds of families, and Mechanicville Community Center donates space for EOC’s WIC program twice a month.

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