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Reilly grant funds Red Cross senior advocacy program

Northeastern NY 12/19/12 Reilly grant fund Red Cross senior advocacy program
This grant from Assemblyman Reilly is going to provide us with an opportunity to better recruit, train and retain volunteers

(Check presentation ceremony on 12/11/12 - shown from left to right: Assemblyman Robert Reilly, ARCNENY Ombudsmen Coordinator Edie Sennett-Jozwiak, ARCNENY CEO Gary Striar and Karen Bilowith, CEO of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region)

The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York (ARCNENY) is the recipient of a $1,900 grant from the Assemblyman Robert Reilly Salary Fund.

This grant will go toward funding the ARCNENY Ombudsmen Program in the Town of Colonie, in Albany County; part of Reilly's 109th District.

This is Reilly's last year in office, and the eighth year that he has worked with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region (CFGCR) to donate all of his $79,500 salary to various charities and non-profits.

This grant is specifically earmarked for four facilities in Colonie: Albany County Nursing Home, Our Lady of Hope Nursing Home, Millview Assisted Living, and Colonie Manor.

The long term care Ombudsman Program is a federal advocacy program dedicated to protecting people who live in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes and adult care facilities.

The New York State Office for the Aging has contracted with the American Red Cross to establish and administer a Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) in Albany, Schenectady, Montgomery and Washington Counties.

"This grant from Assemblyman Reilly is going to provide us with an opportunity to better recruit, train and retain volunteers, who are the heart and soul of the Ombudsman Program," said Edie Sennett-Jozwiak. "Without volunteers, there is no program and the training piece is essential, as it expands their knowledge of the long term care system, and sharpens their advocacy skills so that they can become more effective and efficient."

Sennett-Jozwiak adds that this is a unique volunteer opportunity because the Ombudsman Program is the only advocacy group in New York State that is strictly designed to serve those individuals in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities.

Reilly has donated more than $533,420 to local charitable organizations. Some of the groups throughout Colonie, Clifton Park, and Halfmoon that have received funding include: Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer, The Catie Hoch Foundation, Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc., Down Syndrome Resource Center, Inc., Food Pantries for the Capital District, Gilda's Club Capital Region New York, Inc., Mechanicville Area Community Service Center Inc., NYSARC - Saratoga County Association for Retarded Citizens, and Shenendehowa Senior Citizens, Inc.

For more information on the ARCNENY Ombudsmen Program, visit