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Photo credit:  Gregg Richards

Photo Credit: On-Point for College

​​​​​​​Lending a Warm Helping Hand

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is making a difference through its Emergency Energy Assistance Fund so residents won’t be left out in the cold. Through a $120,000 grant from National Grid Foundation, Catholic Charities is able to provide emergency energy assistance to more than 1.400 people this winter.

National Grid Foundation is proud to support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany
​for the past 10 years.

2017 On-Point for College

More than 460 Syracuse and Utica students are better prepared for college thanks to On Point for College and National Grid Foundation. On Point for College offered pre-college orientations to instill college knowledge to help students transition to a college environment. The students also received information on financial aid, study skills and time management.

Melanie Littlejohn, board member, National Grid Foundation, joined the students last summer.  National Grid Foundation supports On Point for College and along with a program grant provided backpacks for the students so they may be better equipped for a successful transition to college. 

RPI Shoot for the Stars Shines Bright Light on Young Students

​Photo:  Kris Qua

brooklyn public library

2017 Summer Reading Program

Hundreds of children along with their families enjoyed a fun and educational day as the Brooklyn Public Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program in front of the Central Library June 8.

The goal of Summer Reading is to prevent the “summer slide” and encourage young people of all ages to continue reading and visit the library during the summer months. Students who take a vacation from reading in the summer may lose up to one month of instruction per year.

“Only by reading over the summer can students preserve and build upon the gains in literacy and comprehension they made during the previous school year,” said Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson.

“We are proud to help Brooklyn Public Library ensure that summer break does not become a vacation from reading for the borough’s students,” said National Grid Foundation Board Member Reverend Gary V. Simpson. “Summer Reading is an effective solution to a very real threat to young people’s success in and out of the classroom.”

National Grid Foundation is the leading supporter of Brooklyn Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program.

Shoot for the Stars students were in the spotlight as they joined the ceremonial puck drop when Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) took on Yale University at the Houston Field House December 1, 2017.  Joao Aladio Quintero dropped the puck for RPI Men's Hockey Captain Victor Liljegren and Yale University Men's Hockey Captain Chase Priskie.

RPI won the game 2-1.

Read about the Shoot for the Stars program

in the December 2017 issue of Destiny.

Retires from Board of Directors;

Reflects on


Growth in

20 years

2017 On-Point for College

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December 2017

Joao Aladio Quintero drops puck for RPI Men's Hockey Captain Victor Liljegren & Yale University Men's Hockey Captain  -  Chase Priskie