Need a new sponsor: Keith Isabirye

Keith recently lost his sponsor and we are looking for a new one so that Keith can stay in school. We are VERY grateful for his previous sponsor for Keith wouldn’t be where he is today.

Keith lives with the grand’s. He is described as a caring and social child. This is affirmed by his actions as he will share every bit of his eats with age mates in the neighborhood. He is found of crafting vehicles and is often seen cruising them.

He loves school because he will hardly be woken up for school and he is reportedly always punctual.

To sponsor Keith, please click here!  Thank you!

First Annual Giving Thanks Fundraiser a Success!

It was a GREAT day at the first annual Giving Thanks College Football watching party and corn hole tournament day at Racing City Brewery.

This years event was to raise funds to fit-out the new home for the Gonzalez family who lost everything in a house fire. The family daughter is wheelchair bound which requires modifications to the home such as ramps, doors made wider and a special bathroom to make her life much easier.

The Funds from this event will help us do what The Giving Circle does so well, with our local work the big 3 R’s: Renovate, Repair and Rebuild. Also, the very best part is having a family allow us into their homes to help improve their lives.

This event went off so well — thanks to the leadership of the project by Mary Gage Los. GREAT Job Mary and everyone who helped make it a fun-draiser!

First Annual Giving Thanks Fundraiser – Tickets Still Available!

Hi TGC friends, we have a really fun community event for all ages – especially recent high school graduates looking to connect with friends over Thanksgiving.  Best of all this is an inexpensive fundraiser to benefit the Jose & Abigail Gonzalez family who lost their home and most of their possessions in a fire in August. It will be held at the Racing City Brewery from 4-7 on Black Friday, will include picnic fare, College Football Watching on big screens, and a corn hole tournament (for registered teams). 
You probably recall that in late August the Gonzalez family lost their home in a fire.  Jose Gonzalez is the Grounds Monitor at Saratoga High School – well loved by staff and students alike.  His wife is a teacher at Greenfield Elementary. It took awhile, but they have finally found a new place to live.  Now, it needs to be made wheel chair accessible, both inside and out, to accommodate their 19-year-old daughter.
This is work that The Giving Circle, a local nonprofit, can complete for free with a team of qualified professionals ready to donate their time  However, expensive materials need to be purchased to complete this work, including special shower doors, safety bars, etc.  So buy your event ticket today and sign up to register a two person corn hole team!  Space is limited and we are hoping for a sell out!
To purchase tickets HERE!

2019 TGC Adopt-A-Family

Dear Friends,

Saratoga Christmas ~ Adopt-A-Family – 2019

“Something you want.  Something you need.

 Something you wear.  Something you read.”

The Giving Circle, Inc. announces our annual effort to help families during the Holiday Season. We will again be working with Franklin Community Center to help families in need in Saratoga County.  The holiday season is a time of festivities and gift giving, warmth, and wishes of peace & goodwill for all on earth. But as we all know, this can also be a particularly hard time of year for families. More families than ever find themselves struggling just to get by.

Please consider reaching out to a special family or a child by providing gifts* for them this holiday season.  Information about families to adopt is now posted on The Giving Circle web-site   https://www.thegivingcircle.org/wordpress/local/adopt-a-family/  Questions should be directed to karyl@thegivingcircle.org    or ask for Karyl  at (518) 226-0242.

*Gift guidelines:

All gifts $50 or less.  No electronic gifts. Gift cards limited to movie theaters, bowling alleys, or similar venues.

Suggested total gift for each child – $100 – $150.

Good News For Our Ugandan Schools

A VERY BIG Smile on our faces. We’ll have more about what this means as the full implications unfold.

Soroptimists Honor The Giving Circle

The Soroptimists of Saratoga expressed gratitude to Mark Bertrand of The Giving Circle for speaking to the club about the many services the Giving Circle provides in Africa, Afghanistan, and locally. Soroptimist Saratoga is proud to have contributed funds over a number of years to help with maternity care, medical aid, and educational services.
Mark commented, “I was honored to speak at the Soroptimist International of Saratoga County last night. I was able to thank them for all their support to The Giving Circle. Thank you to all the sisters of the Soroptimist for the invitation and for all they do to help not only us but also so many others who serve our brothers and sisters in need.
They ended their meeting with a quote I just must share.” (See the quote in the picture below.)

Hammer Time – Getting to It

Hammer 🔨 time. So proud every time. The Giving Circle sends out help to a family who really need it. Dad was disabled by a stoke and the garage wasn’t ready for winter. So many compassionate people showed up to help.
Margaret Mead tells us, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”.
For proof, see the pictures. The first is of our on-site supervisor.

Need a new sponsor: Gift Kabukaire

Gift recently lost her sponsor and we are looking for someone to welcome her into your family so she can continue her schooling.

Gift leaves with her grandparent who are struggling so hard to reach her the basics of life. She is a source of comfort to the lonely aging grand.  She loves helping in domestic choires and during her free time she is found of carrying toy babies on her back the commonly feminine trait.

The gift of sponsorship will brighten her chances of advancing her studies.

Click here if you are interested!