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District 20-Y2 Cohoes Habitat Project

Working with Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District, the Lions of District 20-Y2 were recently successful in securing a matching LCIF grant of $34,100 from funds available through a cooperative agreement between LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL and HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL. The agreement provides affordable housing accessible to qualified families who have members who are disabled. The grant, announced in October 2002, was quickly matched with funds donated by clubs in the district and several local community sponsors.

Participating in groundbreaking ceremonies, which took place on October 12, 2002 at the building site located in Cohoes, NY, were Lions Project Administrator IPDG Dave Harris, Lions Project Chairman Rob O’Malley, District Governor Dick Nason, Executive Director Paul Richer of Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District, Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, Cohoes Mayor John McDonald and other representatives from 20-Y2 and the City of Cohoes.

Site excavation, donated and completed by Norlite Corporation, followed. Foundation work and pouring of the slab has also been completed with deck construction and framing to being shortly. We thank all those Lions and Habitat volunteers who spent many hours removing snow from the site so that construction could continue. Lion volunteers will soon be scheduled to work on a more regular basis. We want to thank the following Lions clubs for their generous support of this wonderful project: Bethlehem, Northville/Sacandaga, Troy, Mechanicville/Stillwater, Albany, Greenwich, Town of Wright/Schoharie Valley, Ballston Spa, Gloversville, Galway, Waterford, Town of Greenfield, and Granville.

When this house is completed Spring 2003, the disabled beneficiary of this project will be able to move her wheelchair comfortably throughout this totally accessible home. We thank everyone involved for this wonderful opportunity to serve.