COLONIE — Students will be at the Crossings on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon gathering and sorting items for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society as part of Global Youth Service Day.
Global Youth Service Day is billed as the world’s largest service event, with students around the world called to voluntary action on a single day.
This year’s beneficiary, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, based in Menands, is the oldest and largest animal protection organization serving Albany, Rensselaer, and surrounding counties.
In addition to providing shelter and care for strays, abused and unwanted animals, they provide an ever-increasing array of services for animals and those who care for them. This includes low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services, vaccination and microchips, clinics, stray housing for municipalities, dog training, a pet food pantry and humane education programming for all ages.
Community members are invited to attend the family-friendly GYSD event, which will also feature face painting and Henna tattoos.
Town of Colonie Police Officers Michael Clough and Robert Lemerise with K9s Eddie and Lock.
In addition, Mugzy’s Barkery will be at the event selling a variety of natural and organic dog treats.
To raise money for the project, the students hosted bake sales and will sell raffle tickets. They also will contact local businesses for their support and station community collection boxes at several drop-off points around Colonie: Town Hall, the Public Safety Building, the Crossings Park, Department of Public Works and the library.
The GYSD project is coordinated by the Town’s Division of Youth Services in conjunction with the Albany County Department for Children, Youth, and Families – Youth Bureau.
In all, about 130 local students ages 12 and up are expected to participate.
“While the town coordinates the GYSD projects, it is the participating students who make the difference by giving back to their communities,” said Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan. “Their effort and commitment to this year’s cause will not only benefit the Humane Society, but will help the students understand the importance and satisfaction of volunteering.”
For more information, contact For more information, contact Laura Archambault at 518-783-2760, Ext. 2101, or email at [email protected]
Albany County also has three drop off locations:
• Albany County Lawson Lake Visitors House 293 Lawson Lake Road Feura Bush, NY 12067
• Albany County Department for Recreation 390 New Salem Road Voorheesville, NY 12186 between 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday
• Albany County Harold L. Joyce Office Building 112 State Street Albany, NY 12207