Community Caregivers

Community Caregivers Community Caregivers provides services that enable individuals of all ages to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life within their homes and communities.
We serve residents of Albany County, New York, including the Towns of Berne, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Knox and New Scotland. As of 2012, we also provide services in the City of Albany. Our clients must be ambulatory on their own or with a walker. We cannot lift clients in and out of wheelchairs, and we do not transport wheelchairs. There is no age restriction for our clients -- we will assist adults aged 18 to 118. Minor children may be served, too, as long as a parent or legal guardian also becomes a client and agrees to stay with the child for the duration of any Community Caregivers service.
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Operating as usual

08/25/2020

Do you have a little time during your lunch hour today? Come join us for today's lunchtime chat at 1pm. Just call 518-992-6661 to join.

Today, Laura will give us an overview of the village movement, the benefits of aging in place and local organizations that are following this model.

Thank you, Lia Auto Group for the support you have been giving us over the years. We truly appreciate it.
08/25/2020

Thank you, Lia Auto Group for the support you have been giving us over the years. We truly appreciate it.

This weeks #communityspotlight shines bright on Community Caregivers!

Community Caregivers was founded in 1994 on the belief that individuals of all ages should maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life and remain in their own homes and communities for as long they may choose. Their Motto is Neighbors Helping Neighbors and accomplish their mission by offering non-medical assistance to clients who might otherwise be hospitalized or institutionalized. They also assist home caregivers manage the physical, emotional and financial toll and responsibilities that are part of continuous caregiving. These home-based, non-medical supportive services are provided to residents of Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Transportation to important medical appointments, grocery shopping/medication pick-up services, and critical telephone reassurance calls to isolated, senior citizen clients currently comprise the majority of their work.

What makes them so unique: All of their services are provided at no cost to their clients—there is never a fee. Their dedicated and trained corps of more than 130 volunteers provide these life-enhancing, important and often times critical, services.

***Community Caregivers is entirely funded through corporate support, individual donations, fundraising events and through grants.

08/17/2020

If you haven't joined us for one of our Lunchtime chats yet you are missing out!! It's so simple: just call 518-992-6661 on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1pm and you are automatically connected to the chat.

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Have you heard about our popular lunchtime chats? Anyone can join by simply dialing #518-992-6661. No access code requir...
07/23/2020

Have you heard about our popular lunchtime chats? Anyone can join by simply dialing #518-992-6661. No access code required.This Friday, July 24th our speaker will be from the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society talking about the challenges and successes of rescuing animals. Chats take place between 1 and 2pm.
We hope you can join us!!

For upcoming Lunchtime Chats, please refer to this handy schedule! Call 518-992-6661 to join our free, interactive chatl...
06/17/2020

For upcoming Lunchtime Chats, please refer to this handy schedule! Call 518-992-6661 to join our free, interactive chatline every Tuesday and Friday at 1 p.m.! Open to all!

This Tuesday, on our Lunchtime Chat, Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County Master Gardener Judith will talk about ...
06/15/2020

This Tuesday, on our Lunchtime Chat, Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County Master Gardener Judith will talk about her experiences gardening as a way of telling stories about our lives. At 1 p.m. you are invited to join this free, interactive discussion by dialing 518-992-6661. Or you can have us call you! Just let our office know by calling 518-456-2898 and we will put your name on the automatic "call list."

This Friday on our Lunchtime Chat, John Gray, Channel News 10 Anchor, will give insights on his writing, dogs and how li...
06/10/2020
Image: John Gray

This Friday on our Lunchtime Chat, John Gray, Channel News 10 Anchor, will give insights on his writing, dogs and how life rarely turns out the way we think it will. Simply call 518-992-6661 at 1 p.m. to join this free, interactive conversation! https://images.app.goo.gl/FvMSBu4jRhnaKYpW7 ( John Gray Writer

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06/09/2020

A big thank you to Albany Distilling Company and CS Energy for donating 5 cases of hand sanitizers to our organization. They will be a big help to us in continuing our vital services in the community!!

06/08/2020
Karner blue butterfly release

This Tuesday on our Lunchtime Chat line, Albany Pine Bush Preserve staff member Jodi Nash will tell us about this rare, nationally important and locally distinct National Natural Landmark. At 1 p.m. you are invited to call 518-992-6661 and join this free, interactive telephone chat! Watch below as Karner Blue butterflies are released at the Pine Bush. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35RZ0JNwk7E

July 17, 2013 Karner blue butterflies are released at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission in Albany, NY. The butterfly eggs were raised in a captive rea...

We are Neighbors Helping Neighbors-- delivering important and essential services to clients for more than 25 years.  Thr...
06/04/2020

We are Neighbors Helping Neighbors-- delivering important and essential services to clients for more than 25 years. Throughout these challenging few months our doors have stayed open to provide groceries and medications to clients most in need. Our dedicated and trained corps of volunteers also has been making hundreds of reassurance telephone calls to our isolated seniors to help counteract the effects of the pandemic. Yet there is STILL more work to do as we move into summer and we’re asking for your help. Your gift of any amount means we remain a trusted source of critical and life-enhancing services in our community. Visit our website at www.communitycaregivers.org and donate today.

Community Caregivers's cover photo
06/01/2020

Community Caregivers's cover photo

Have you got a story to tell? Join us this Tuesday for our Lunchtime Chat as past CC director, Diane Cameron, talks abou...
05/31/2020

Have you got a story to tell? Join us this Tuesday for our Lunchtime Chat as past CC director, Diane Cameron, talks about memoire writing. Diane is a writer, teacher, advocate and long-time family caregiver. Her columns appear in the Albany Times Union and in papers across the country. Diane's essays on caregiving were included in the program “The Sound of Writing” on National Public Radio. She is also is the author of three books: Looking for Signs, Out of the Woods and Never Leave Your Dead. Simply call in to our free chat line at 518-992-6661 at 1 p.m. and learn how to start your story!

Dig up your past! This Friday at 1pm Priscilla Linville presents a lecture on genealogy and getting started researching ...
05/28/2020

Dig up your past! This Friday at 1pm Priscilla Linville presents a lecture on genealogy and getting started researching your family history. Simply dial 518-992-6661 to join this free, interactive Lunchtime Chat!

Today we honor the bravery and sacrifice of our country's fallen heroes.
05/25/2020

Today we honor the bravery and sacrifice of our country's fallen heroes.

Catch a ride on our virtual rollercoaster tour! Dr. Stuart Fass is an avid rollercoaster fan and has ridden on hundreds ...
05/23/2020

Catch a ride on our virtual rollercoaster tour! Dr. Stuart Fass is an avid rollercoaster fan and has ridden on hundreds of roller coasters. Dial in to our Lunchtime Chat on Tuesday, May 26 at 1pm to hear Dr. Fass describe some of his favorites! Join us for a virtual trip down rollercoaster memory lane and share with us some of your own favorites! Simply dial 518-992-6661 to join the free call.

This Tuesday at 1pm, on the Community Caregivers Lunchtime Chat line, our own Mike Burgess reflects on the excitement ca...
05/18/2020

This Tuesday at 1pm, on the Community Caregivers Lunchtime Chat line, our own Mike Burgess reflects on the excitement caused by the 1980 Winter Olympics held in neighboring Lake Placid. Simply dial 518-992-6661 and get in the game!

The Albany Times Union featured Community Caregivers in an article today. Executive Director Lee Lounsbury speaks about ...
05/16/2020
Guilderland-based nonprofit crosses county lines to help seniors

The Albany Times Union featured Community Caregivers in an article today. Executive Director Lee Lounsbury speaks about our newest program, Checking on Our Neighbors, an initiative to locate and connect with isolated individuals in Rensselaer County. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Guilderland-based-nonprofit-crosses-county-lines-15273292.php

GUILDERLAND — Community Caregivers has been providing services to seniors and those in...

For our Lunchtime Chat this Friday at 1pm, Mary Greagan will discuss how Pine Hollow Arboretum was created, describe som...
05/13/2020

For our Lunchtime Chat this Friday at 1pm, Mary Greagan will discuss how Pine Hollow Arboretum was created, describe some of the amazing species that grow there and tell us about current conservation efforts. Join us by dialing 518-992-6661. All are welcome!

Join us for a sing-a-long with Ruth Pelham, the beloved musician and founder of The Music Mobile! This Tuesday at 1pm on...
05/11/2020

Join us for a sing-a-long with Ruth Pelham, the beloved musician and founder of The Music Mobile! This Tuesday at 1pm on our Lunchtime Chat line. Simply dial 518-992-6661 and get in on the fun!

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out there!! Take care of yourself.
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out there!! Take care of yourself.

We are so pleased to announce a new collaborative effort between Rensselaer County and Community Caregivers. The Checkin...
05/06/2020

We are so pleased to announce a new collaborative effort between Rensselaer County and Community Caregivers. The Checking on Our Neighbors program will locate and contact seniors in Rensselaer County who may be isolated and provide check-ins and conversational support. If you are interested in more information about volunteering for this program, please contact Linda, [email protected].

The Rensselaer County Department for the Aging is excited to announce our partnership with Community Caregivers. The goals of this partnership is to find and locate seniors not currently connected with the Department for the Aging and provide them with friendly check in calls and if needed, linkage to needed services and programs. We have many seniors in our community that are lonely and isolated. We are trying to locate them and help them. If you know of an elderly neighbor or friend that can use some connection, please call our NY Connects program at 518-270-2767.

In times of crisis, we come together to support one another. Thank you to our amazing community - people like you. We ar...
05/05/2020

In times of crisis, we come together to support one another. Thank you to our amazing community - people like you. We are Neighbors Helping Neighbors! Today, on this #GivingTuesdayNow, we ask you to join with us and support our ongoing, critical services which we provide to our isolated senior citizen population and to those others who rely on us the most during this pandemic. Be an important part of this designated day of giving and unity throughout the globe! Visit our website at www.communitycaregivers.org to make your gift of any amount. Thank you.

Do a little digging during the month of May! The Upper Hudson Library System just announced that ancestry.com is availab...
05/02/2020

Do a little digging during the month of May! The Upper Hudson Library System just announced that ancestry.com is available through the end of the month for anyone with a library card in the Upper Hudson Library System.

Access to Ancestry.com has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders at home, until the end of May, courtesy of ProQuest.

You can log on with your library card here: https://www.uhls.org/ancestry.htm

Another Creative Concoction from Laura Jonas: "For today’s Creative Concoction, Laura's Pantry Chili, I found onions and...
05/01/2020

Another Creative Concoction from Laura Jonas: "For today’s Creative Concoction, Laura's Pantry Chili, I found onions and bell peppers in my vegetable drawer; turkey sausage in my freezer and diced tomatoes and canned beans in my pantry. I also used some dried spices in my cabinet. I was able to make a hearty and delicious chili for dinner in about an hour. I have included the recipe for you to make at home. Feel free to add extra vegetables you have available- sweet potatoes or zucchini would be great too. The idea is to be creative with the ingredients you have on hand. Please let me know how you liked it by emailing me at: [email protected] And if you have your own Creative Concoction to share, please email me a photo and recipe along with any explanations you wish to add."

Laura's Pantry Chili
Ingredients:
1 medium onion, chopped
2 bell peppers (whatever color you have)
Turkey sausage (I had 4 links but you can use whatever quantity or substitute ground meat or other types of sausage)
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 can black beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can diced tomates (24 oz)
1 bottle of beer, any type
Corn meal
Cilantro or parsley, garnish
Cheese and sour cream (optional)

Directions: In a large pan, heat 1 tsp oil and cook chopped sausage pieces until browned on all sides. Remove to plate. Add second tsp oil and saute onions until soft. Add chopped peppers. Stir and add spices and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and turn to medium-low. Add beans and sausage. Add beer and stir. Simmer covered for 35 minutes or until tender. Add up to 3 Tbsp cornmeal and stir to thicken. Remove cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Serve in bowls and garnish with sour cream, cheese or cilantro if desired.

You've heard her on WAMC, now connect with Jean Gagnon this Friday on our Lunchtime Chat at 1:00pm! Jean is owner of Pla...
04/29/2020

You've heard her on WAMC, now connect with Jean Gagnon this Friday on our Lunchtime Chat at 1:00pm! Jean is owner of Plaza Travel Center in Latham and will be discussing some of her favorite recent travels to Portugal and Morocco. Simply dial in to our NEW chat line at 518-992-6661 and journey with us to far away places!

Thank you to the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region fo...
04/29/2020
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Thank you to the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region for their efforts to help organizations like ours during this unprecedented time. “Community Caregivers is so grateful for the support received from the Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund,” said Lee Lounsbury, Executive Director of Community Caregivers. “Nonprofits like us rely mostly on individual and corporate donations to keep our doors open. Support from the COVID-19 Response Fund helps keep our staff on board to provide services to clients and support our volunteers.”

Nearly $200,000 was deployed in late April to 19 organizations responding to meet the needs of under-resourced communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for specific populations, including low-income individuals, senior communities, immigrants and refugees, and individuals at higher risk of contracting coronavirus, such as people with disabilities and compromised immune systems. In the most recent deployments, the Fund provided support to the following organizations:

Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Alliance for Positive Health
The Arc New York
Bethesda House of Schenectady, Inc.
Capital Roots
Clifton Park Chabad
Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc.
Community Caregivers
Oakwood Community Center
RISSE
Schenectady Community Action Program
Senior Hope Counseling
Shalom Food Pantry
Shelters of Saratoga - Code Blue Saratoga
South End Children's Cafe
St. Catherine's Center for Children
The Living Room at Ellis Medicine
WellSpring
YWCA NorthEastern NY

Have you been counted? Joe Burke, Director of the Altamont Free Library, will be speaking about the library and the US C...
04/27/2020

Have you been counted? Joe Burke, Director of the Altamont Free Library, will be speaking about the library and the US Census at our Lunchtime Chat this Tuesday at 1:00pm. Please note our NEW dial-in number: 518-992-6661. All are welcome to join us for this informative conversation!

Today at 1:00pm, Melissa Hale-Spencer, Editor of The Altamont Enterprise, will be speaking about creating an award-winni...
04/24/2020

Today at 1:00pm, Melissa Hale-Spencer, Editor of The Altamont Enterprise, will be speaking about creating an award-winning local paper. Join us for this special Lunchtime Chat by dialing in to 518-261-2761. All are welcome!

It's important to take care of ourselves during stressful times. To find out how, join us Tuesday as Licensed Clinical S...
04/20/2020

It's important to take care of ourselves during stressful times. To find out how, join us Tuesday as Licensed Clinical Social Worker David Rosetti speaks about resiliency and self care. Call 518-261-2761 and join in on this informative session. All are welcome!

New Hilltown charity sets up Little Free Pantry
04/18/2020
New Hilltown charity sets up Little Free Pantry

New Hilltown charity sets up Little Free Pantry

The Switzkill Valley Volunteers, a recently developed charity group that focuses on individuals, has opened up a Little Free Pantry at the Helderberg Lutheran Church in Berne. Donations of nonperishable foods and other resources may be dropped off and picked up at will. Unlike a traditional food pan...

There is no better time to get organized than now! Join us this Friday as we discover ways to declutter and spring clean...
04/15/2020

There is no better time to get organized than now! Join us this Friday as we discover ways to declutter and spring clean with Lynda Schrager of At Home for Life. Simply dial 518-261-2761 at 1:00pm to join the call! All are welcome!

Righty-ho! Join us in welcoming Hon. Jack McEneny, NYS Assemblyman (ret.), as he discusses "A Royal Visit and the Decisi...
04/13/2020

Righty-ho! Join us in welcoming Hon. Jack McEneny, NYS Assemblyman (ret.), as he discusses "A Royal Visit and the Decision to Build Albany's Empire State Plaza" with our very own Lee Lounsbury at 1pm. Simply dial 518-261-2761 this Tuesday to listen in or even ask some questions of your own!

The Board and Staff of Community Caregivers wants you to know we are thinking of you all and wish you a safe and healthy...
04/12/2020

The Board and Staff of Community Caregivers wants you to know we are thinking of you all and wish you a safe and healthy Passover and Easter Holiday !!

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2021 Western Ave, Ste 104
Albany, NY
12203

General information

Our services are funded entirely by donations, charitable gifts, grants, and fundraising activities. They are delivered by unpaid volunteers or paid staff members. Here are some ways in which Community Caregivers can help you, your family and your fellow community members: • Transportation to and from scheduled appointments • Grocery shopping and prescription pickup • Basic paperwork tasks • Referrals to other agencies and services (see list of links to other agency websites) • Home visitation and telephone assurance calls • Respite time for home caregivers • Educational workshops and support for those affected by caregiving Note that we cannot perform any hands-on or medical services such as bathing, bandaging, medicating or assisting with physical therapy. Help support us by using this link to shop on Amazon! Our organization will receive a portion of your purchase!http://smile.amazon.com

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

+15184562898

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Community Caregivers, Inc. was founded in 1994 in Altamont, NY as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With the help of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the founders used the Parish Nurse Program as a model in developing the organization. Our mission is to enable individuals of all ages to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life within their homes and communities. Community Caregivers provides non-medical support services to those in need. Services are offered to residents of the Albany County Towns of Guilderland, Bethlehem, New Scotland, Berne and Knox and the City of Albany in upstate New York. We support family caregivers with education, resources and, for some, respite from caregiving.

We operate with a robust volunteer network of dedicated individuals who want to help their neighbors. Since 2010, more than 230 Community Caregivers’ volunteers have provided approximately 16,500 services to nearly 500 individuals. Services include transportation, friendly visits, respite for caregivers, shopping assistance, prescription pickup, telephone assurance calls and help with paperwork and light chores.

The organization is guided by a Board of Directors consisting of community members, business leaders, and professionals from healthcare and other fields; the office is staffed with a small team of dedicated employees. Services are provided at no charge regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. The organization is funded by charitable contributions, fund raising and grants.

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