A May Day Relfection

Lace umbrellas, wreaths and floral arrangements, baskets and poles with colorful ribbons, dancing and ritualistic fires, marches, strikes and riots – how do these all come together as a single holiday in the Northern Hemisphere?

As May Day, of course!

There’s no point in regurgitating the same information that the below posted articles explain – you can read all about the history of this storied holiday.

There is, however, a point in seeking some sort of reconciliation of the beautiful ancient celebration and the sometimes-violent industrial protests. Especially if we want to gain anything from the observation of this holiday.

Respect. Honor. Dignity. Gratitude.

Like the ancient Celts we can choose to recognize and honor the longer days of Summer. We can choose to show respect and admiration for the natural forces of the planet. We can choose to look forward, with eager and open hearts, to the hope of a fruitful planting season that provides us with sustenance and strength. In our modern society, we can choose to show respect and reverence for our shared home by educating ourselves and our children about the importance of taking care of the planet, preserving forests, and cleaning the air and waterways that sustain life.

We can celebrate May Day by also recognizing the sacrifices made by strikers, marchers, and protesters who literally put their lives on the line to demand a standard of safety and dignity for all workers. We can be thankful that, even if we don’t love our jobs, we are protected from abuse and degradation because of the work done by those who came before us. We can educate ourselves about the practices and human rights records of the companies we support, and maybe, if necessary, make switches to other brands if we don’t find ourselves agreeing with employee treatment – or ecological treatment for that matter.

It’s one day with two storied, and in their own rights, beautiful traditions. From both origin stories we can glean a lesson about respect for our planet and each other; honor of the fragility and sacred nature of Earth, and of those who fought the fight for us; dignity that is inherent in all the natural world, including human beings; and gratitude for the ways we benefit and thrive off the fruits of the planet and the fruits of others’ labor.

Read about May Day’s History:
CNN
READER’S DIGEST
HISTORY

 

 

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is almost upon us, and it’s the nationally recognized
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) …

Too often we try to avoid discussing topics like this because they’re too painful, too inappropriate, etc., but we’re only hurting ourselves and future generations in doing so. So, let’s talk. Let’s have an honest, maybe awkward and uncomfortable, but sincere dialogue about #consent, #power, #respect, #dignity, and a way to end rape culture and replace it with a #cultureofconsent. We’re going to be sharing some info and events about what our friends at Planned Parenthood are doing to raise awareness.

 

Check out this handout for great info and talking points: Consent Handout_508_0

Click here for the history of SAAM! 

Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson:
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Glens Falls/QBY Website

Allergy Agony

Springtime is officially upon us! After a wet, snowy, gray winter, who isn’t ready for the warmer weather? Fresh breezes? Open windows? How about no more shoveling for a while? With all the beauty of budding flowers and greening grass comes a nightmare of hyperactive immune systems for many of us. While we allergen warriors are well experienced, a refresher on how to live our best life while in a constant battle with the environment comes in handy. Here are a few suggestions from verywellhealth.com:

  • Know your pollen counts. Check your local weather forecast or the National Allergy Bureau website to get daily pollen counts as well as the breakdown of pollen or mold types.
  • Stay indoors during high counts. If you must go outdoors, do it later in the day when counts are typically lower.
  • Use a HEPA filter. These are designed to remove airborne particles. Keep windows shut and use an air conditioner if needed.
  • Close your windows when driving. Shut the vents and either recirculate the air or use your air conditioner.
  • Vacuum and dust frequently. “Pet-friendly” vacuum cleaners often do the best job of sucking up pollen and other allergens such dander.
  • Shower before bedtime. The body and hair can collect surprising amounts of pollen whenever outdoors. Also, be sure to wash any clothes you’ve been wearing as soon as possible.
  • Avoid drying clothes outdoors. Pollen can easily settle in the fibers and trigger symptoms when the put the clothes on later.

Head over their website for more great info! And remember, if you’re struggling to manage getting access to medical treatment, health insurance, or medicine to help treat your allergies and asthma, you can always stop by and talk to Rosemary or Zac – We’ll be sure to get you connected to the services you need.

Happy Spring!

Story Behind the Holiday – St. Patrick’s Day

Who was Saint Patrick?

Why is it that the we all become so suddenly Irish in March? Green apparel, shamrocks, minty shakes and treats, the flag of Ireland … all of it bombards us well before the month begins, advancing on us ahead of the feast day for a saint the many don’t know outside of the festive parades, corned beef and cabbage, and hullabaloo. As we did for Saint Valentine and his feast day, we decided to do some research into the man behind the holiday. Click on the images to read some fascinating info and gain some new insights into St. Patrick! And don’t forget to check out the blog below!

We’re not opposed to celebrating the secular aspect of holidays, 
but it’s important to know what, who, and why you’re celebrating!

https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/frbill/57-saint-patrick-celtic-orthodox-roman-catholic-anglican-coptic/

Mental Wellness Matters Just as Much as Physical and Social Wellness

Mental Health is all too often overlooked when we, as a society, talk about wellness. Though we’re making tremendous strides in removing the stigma surrounding mental illness, we have a long road ahead of us. Part of that road includes being courageous enough to share our stories, to open ourselves up to genuinely hearing our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and loved ones when they try to speak out, or when they’re dropping hints that they’re struggling and needing help. The Moreau Community Center doesn’t only care about keeping people fed, or providing them with the building blocks and resources to build stronger healthier lives, we care about breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness – it is, after all, a major factor in overall wellness, which is what we want to help improve in our communities. Check out the article below, and remember, if we’re here for you. If you need help trying to get on the path toward strong mental health, we can help connect you the resources that you’ll need to succeed.

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/02/04/689747637/if-youre-often-angry-or-irritable-you-may-be-depressed

 

 

Tax Season Stress

Tax season is a stressful time of the year for many of us. Stack the longest government shutdown in U.S. history on top of that, with over-worked and non-paid IRS employees, new tax law and code, and the general frustration of the times, it can be downright frightening and confusing. The Moreau Community Center stands ready to help alleviate some of that stress for you, and here’s how:

VITA tax preparation: Tax preparation assistance, provided by trained Center employees, is available by appointment at the Center for households making $50,000 a year or less.  To schedule your appointment, call 518-792-6007 and dial extension 23 for Sarah, extension 10 for Donna, or extension 12 for Rosemary.

AARP tax preparation: Tax preparation assistance, provided by AARP trained professionals, is available by appointment to anyone over age 60.
To schedule your appointment, call Jeanne at 518-792-6007, ext. 13.

There are no residency restrictions to these programs! You do not have to live in South Glens Falls, Moreau, or the school district. So, please, let us help you! Call today! 

Glens Falls Business Journal

Moreau Community Center Has Programs For Senior Citizens And School Children

 POSTED ONDECEMBER 13, 2018

Kelly Obermayer, director of development at Moreau Community Center, right, and Sarah Egan, billing assistant, prepare for the agency’s annual Holiday Caring program.

By Jill Nagy

For more than 40 years, the Moreau Community Center has served the people of Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties. Located in the heart of South Glens Falls, in a former Methodist church, the center sees more than 500 people a month, ranging from pre-schoolers to seniors, come through its doors.

The center’s programs for youth include a pre-school and before and after school programs for children as well as summer camp and recreational activities. Seniors come in for exercise programs, meals, and just to hang out and socialize and sign up for field trips.

The seniors are the most active group during the day, according to Executive Director Donna Nichols.

A third aspect of the center’s program is a range of community services: a food pantry, referral services and a thrift shop, among them. A backpack program provides weekend meals for school children and the center also sponsors a summer meal program.

An annual budget of close to $1 million is funded in roughly equal parts, by the Town of Moreau, fees for activities, and a combination of loans and grants. Right now, they are looking for a grant to install an elevator and make all three floors of the building accessible. Right now, only the first floor is accessible, Nichols said. There also is not enough parking.

A staff of 35 is augmented by a corps of volunteers who contribute some 600 hours a month.

“We have a very generous community,” Nichols said. In addition, the center “has a very good partnership with the Glens Falls School District.”

A few programs, like the backpack food program, are available only to Glens Falls students. The center, which has no recreational facilities of its own, utilizes school facilities for some of its programs.

Holiday Caring, a seasonal program, provides holiday food, and clothing and gifts for children. Last year, the program provided 767 meals and provided clothing and gifts for 234 children, according to the center’s website. This year, the program was moved to the former Moreau town hall because it has outgrown the community center building, the director said.

In addition to bus trips, ranging from day-long outings to trips of several days to a week, the center has a 16-passenger bus on site. It is available to take members to the grocery store, medical appointments, and other places around town and is also available for individuals to reserve for their errands.

Nichols has been executive director of the center since 2010. Before that, she spent 25 years at Community Work and Independence, a program for adults with disabilities. She grew up in South Glens Falls and graduated from Glens Falls High School.

“I love the community and I love my job,” she said.

The center is located at 144 Main St. and is  on the local bus lines.

More information about the Moreau Community Center and a schedule of its activities can be found at www.moreaucommunitycenter.org. The telephone number is 518 792-6007.

Former Moreau Town Hall to be used for Thanksgiving, Christmas giveaways

Former Moreau Town Hall

The Old Moreau Town Hall Building will be used by the Moreau Community Center to distribute food for Thanksgiving and food and gifts for Christmas.

The distribution has become so large that the center doesn’t have room for all the items.

“What we found in past years is we end up having to close down programs once this stuff starts arriving into the building,” said center Director of Development Kelly Obermayer. “The numbers just seem to be increasing.”

She’s not sure if there’s more poverty or if more people have realized there’s help. The center only serves Moreau and South Glens Falls residents, but last year the center gave Christmas gifts to 234 children.

The center manages the logistics — gathering applications for help, organizing donations and distributing it all. But almost all of the actual items are donated by the community, including churches and scouting troops.

For the complete article.

https://poststar.com/news/local/former-moreau-town-hall-to-be-used-for-thanksgiving-christmas/article_ddf10c20-ccce-5ec3-b076-49cbdfd1f2a7.html

 

If you are interested in donating or adopting a child/family call or email Kelly

518-792-6007 ext. 16

kelly@moreaucommunitycenter.org