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Non-Profits are here to help (and need your help!)

Posted: 4/7/2020

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Non-Profits are here to help (and need your help!)

It's even clearer now how truly essential our community non-profits are while New York is on pause as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Local non-profits are working tirelessly to help the community — whether it's working to get food on the tables for families or a new Community Response Fund.

Find out what they're doing and what you can do to help below as we all work together to get through this time. 

Open Door Mission

226 Warren St.
Glens Falls, NY 12801

 URGENT NEEDS (as of 4/6/20):

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Goods
  • Sliced Bread
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Plastic Ware or Utensils
  • Paper Products (plates, cups, bowls)
  • Large Brown Paper Bags with Handles
  • Vinegar
  • Bleach
  • Pine Sol
  • Lysol Wipes
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Large Black Garbage Bags
  • White Kitchen Garbage Bags

Please note that we are unable to any clothing or furniture at this time.

The Glens Falls Salvation Army

37 Broad St.
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Due to the constantly evolving regulations and guidelines we are receiving from both county and state levels of government, please refer to our Facebook page for the latest updates regarding the operational status of our services or call us at (518) 792-1960.

With many people out of work right now we have seen smaller food pantries overwhelmed with requests. Additionally there are older community members and those with health concerns who are not able to get out right now and get basic food and care supplies.
The Glens Falls Salvation Army is here to help.

Click here for a flyer on setting up at home delivery.
Click here to purchase items to donate through a virtual food pantry!

Tri-County United Way

Tri-County United Way is helping people with prescription delivery! Read on to learn more.

Tri-County United Way is committed to connecting residents to prescription savings resources during the coronavirus pandemic through its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Community residents can call FamilyWize for free customer support to help them coordinate prescription medication delivery from participating pharmacies. Residents will also continue to receive savings on medications by using the free FamilyWize prescription program card. 

“It is essential for our residents to take prescribed medications as directed by their physicians, especially during times when the healthcare system is stressed,” said Duane Vaughn, Executive Director   “FamilyWize is ensuring that people have the help they need to access pharmacy delivery services as well as more affordable medications during this critical time.”

 The free FamilyWize prescription savings card immediately lowers the cost of prescription medications by an average of 45 percent and can be used whether or not you have insurance. For nearly 15 years, FamilyWize has partnered with United Way communities helping people reduce the cost of their prescription medications. The FamilyWize card can be used at most major retail pharmacies. Registration is not required for the FamilyWize card and there is no eligibility criteria to use it.   

“During these times of uncertainty, so many are struggling with the high costs of prescriptions and need help now,” said Vilmarie Gilliam, vice president of partnerships at FamilyWize. “Our support team is here to help people not only access affordable medications, but work with their pharmacies to help deliver prescriptions to their doors.” 

Here are 3 steps for how people can call to help coordinate at home delivery of prescription medications:

  1. Call the FamilyWize toll free number at 800-222-2818
  2. A FamilyWize team member will work with you and your local participating pharmacy to arrange and schedule delivery to your home 
  3. Ask your pharmacist to apply your FamilyWize card number to receive a discount on your prescription

To learn more about the savings FamilyWize offers, please visit or simply download the free FamilyWize mobile app.  For other types of help and additional resources, please call the United Way health and human services helpline 211 or visit  You can learn more about FamilyWize at

 The Tri-County United Way COVID-19 launched the Community Response Fund, which supports relief efforts of organizations addressing unmet basic needs as a result of the coronavirus. Designed to provide additional, critical funding and resources to existing assistance programs and local nonprofit agencies, the fund will help people in Warren, Washington and Northern Saratoga Counties. 

 “Our local nonprofit agencies are quickly becoming overwhelmed by the rapid growth in requests for basic needs and often, from families who have never required assistance before.  We are committed to providing them assistance as soon as possible,” said Duane Vaughn, Executive Director.

100% of the funds donated will be distributed. The first allocation of funds will be used to help food pantries respond to a rapidly-growing demand for food and commodities.  Additional allotments will be made in the coming weeks. Tri-County United Way board committee headed by Judge David Krogmann will oversee the funds and their distribution. The committee will determine the specific requirements and the process for providing payments from the fund.  The total amount in the fund, contributors to the fund and use and impact of the fund allocations will be available at  Donors may donate online to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund at or send checks to Tri-County United Way, 636 Upper Glen Street, Queensbury, NY 12804.  Please note your contribution to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund on your check.  

WAIT House

10-12 Wait St. PO Box 3252
Glens Falls, NY 12801
(518) 798-4384

The WAIT House has been closely monitoring the local impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and has implemented the recommendations of the CDC in addition to our federal, state and local officials and other community partners. WAIT House serves one of the most vulnerable populations so their doors will remain open for youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness. They are taking proactive steps to implement additional health and safety measures in their shelters to best prevent the spread of COVID-19 which includes screening all residents and educating them on how to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. No visitors will be allowed in the meantime. 

How can you help?

WAIT House has relied on community support since its beginnings for financial, in-kind, food and goods donations.  The Corona Virus outbreak has created new needs and challenges for WAIT House as we work to keep our residents and staff not only safe & healthy but also entertained during social distancing.  

Food & Meals

WAIT House is in need of meals to help feed our residents.  Currently there are 8 individuals eating full portions and 3 toddlers eating child portions at every meal.  WAIT House has relationships with local food banks but as these organizations face increased demand due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are working to subsidize supplies through community donations.

Hygiene & Cleanliness

  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibacterial sprays & cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Antibacterial Soap
  • Razers
  • Deodorant
  • Facial tissues
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • Size 5 diapers

Fun & Games

Our residents are abiding by social distancing guidelines just like your families.  As you probably know, that can sometimes be pretty boring so WAIT House is looking for activity donations like the ones below.

We ask that donations be either new or in good working order and clean.

  • Basketballs, footballs, soccer balls
  • Board games
  • Puzzles
  • Card games
  • Arts & crafts activities

Have another idea?  Get creative!

Click here for more information on donating and how you can help WAIT House!

If you work or volunteer at a non-profit and would like to be on this list, please fill out this form!

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