At Phillips Hardware, we take pride in being an involved part of the community. We work with organizations like STRIDE, the United Way, and more – doing our part to make the community a little better. Find out more about the company itself here.
S.T.R.I.D.E. Adaptive Sports
Celebrating 25 years, STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a volunteer non-profit organization providing adaptive sport and recreation lessons annually to children & individuals with special needs. STRIDE has over 200 skilled volunteer sport instructors, serving over 1000 families and offers free programs in sixteen different sports and 25 locations. With focus on education in individual life-time sports and funding directly supports programs.
STRIDE is an affiliate member of Disabled Sports USA, Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors; an official Red Cross Provider; New York Special Olympics, and US Paralympics Sport Club. STRIDE is recognized as one of the leading adaptive sport programs in the Northeastern United States.
Please join Phillips Hardware and S.T.R.I.D.E. for ‘Strides 4 STRIDE’ for our annual 5K (3.1 miles) Run, Walk or Roll event in the summer at the Albany Riverfronts Corning Preserve.. Registrants may be individual or team. Each registered team of 4 requires one participant with disability or special need.
In addition to celebrating the achievements for athletes with special needs, the event will garnish awareness in the community for a wide variety of resources for individuals with special needs by hosting community organizations that support children with disabilities. The 5K race theme is to promote health and wellness for a population that is hindered by medical problems that often prevent the enjoyment of pursuing healthy active life-styles.
Albany Police Athletic League
In 1988, a group of dedicated individuals came together with a common goal in mind; to develop an organization that would provide recreational and educational juvenile crime prevention programs to the youth of Albany, New York.
This group of individuals included uniformed members of the Albany Police Department, City of Albany Administrators, local and state business leaders, local and state education leaders, clergy, concerned state representatives, community leaders, and local youth service agency members. This group particularly focused upon programming that would target Albany’s inner-city youth in grades five through eight. PAL membership is open to all youth in this age group, regardless of gender, race, or socio-economic background. Children from any Albany school, private, parochial, or public, are offered participation in PAL programs and events.
Events by the Albany Police Athletic League, are the annual Freihofer’s Community Walk. The Community Walk with APAL begins and ends outside the New York State Museum— a 1.86-mile loop that begins on Madison Avenue and proceeds around the Empire State Plaza and Lincoln Park. This event provides an opportunity for Capital Region non-profits, like APAL, to raise funds through walk pledges.
Also, don’t forget the check out the Lights In the Park every year starting in November and going till the beginning of January in the Historic and Beautiful Washington Park in Albany. It is always a great lights display with activities for the kids at the boat house.
At the end of the ride through Hannaford Capital Holiday Lights, Albany PAL welcomes everyone to visit the Lake House filled with crafts, refreshments and special friends including Rudolph. Santa will be there through Dec. 23 to hear the holiday wishes of the little ones.
The Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle is a not for profit organization, born from innovation, where two compelling community needs and two target populations were creatively addressed through one synergistic program design.
The Friendship Circle is dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive community for special needs children, teen volunteers and their families. They envision a world in which people who have special needs and their families experience acceptance, inclusion and friendship as contributing members of society.
The Fix It Right Club meets once a month in Feb-May where Phillips Hardware provides the children of the Circle exciting hands-on building projects. We will have the kids make tool boxes, bird feeders, bug barns and bird house with instructions by a Phillips Hardware employees.
United Way of Greater Capital District
United Way of the Greater Capital Region is committed to meeting essential needs, promoting financial stability, and strengthening individuals and families. More than half of Capital Region residents believe social conditions have worsened for most people over the last year, according to a Siena Research Institute poll conducted in partnership with United Way of the Greater Capital Region.
The good news is: 89 percent of respondents agree the community needs everyone’s help and many recognize the potential to make a personal contribution toward the common good. We have donated items to help them do lawn and garden clean up and gave them special pricing on other items. We hope our small contribution helps improve lives in our community.