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  Questions should be directed to    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!


“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” … Desmond Tutu

ITS HAMMER TIME, remember next weekend 5th – 6th is a local project work weekend. Lets help this family in need!

Our work weekends are GREAT. Each is a fun time that changes a family’s life, and yours 😉

For more info email Ron at

Party With A Purpose!

Greetings one and all!

We are looking forward to our annual fall gathering to share updates on the Midwife Project, enjoy a meal together, meet new people, and to be reminded of the true impact your support has made to so many.

“Listening causes connections and connections create empathy and empathy allows for change that matters and is real.” This is a quote from Melinda Gates regarding how to begin to solve big world problems on a local level. It also is the foundation of TGCA and the Midwife Project. We are Elizabeth’s listeners. She, in turn, listens to the needs of those she serves, building trust and connections as the primary healthcare professional for hundreds in Kagoma Gate and surrounding villages.

We are happy to report that our funds this year have supplied a second salary for a much-needed nurse and the supplies their increased patient load requires. We were also able to fund and distribute over 60 birthing kits that Elizabeth requested.

We will continue to listen. As Melinda Gates also said, “we are all drops in the bucket and when we provide what is needed, and not what we want to give, the bucket can fill with drops that create lasting powerful change.”

Our goal this year is to widen the circle. We would love to welcome new friends to our Midwife Project family, so spread the word. Looking forward to seeing you and celebrating our success together.


WHERE: Home of Caren Baker
608 Route 29
(SW corner, Route 29 and Middleline Road)
Middle Grove, NY 12850

PARTY: 3 Course Meal with wine and dessert bar

PURPOSE: To serve the health and birthing needs of the Ugandan people living in Kagoma Gate and outlying villages.

100% of your contribution will go directly to the nurse-midwife’s salary and needed supplies.

501-3c tax-deductible

Limited seating
Seats will be reserved with payment
Please RSVP by October 18

Checks can be made payable to The Giving Circle, Inc. with Midwife Project written in the memo line.
Please mail checks to Hope Neikirk, 4 Laury Lane, Scotia, NY 12302

To pay via PayPal:

Midwife Project, Donor

please write MIDWIFE DINNER in comment section

Sustaining members: one dinner is included in your $100 annual contribution.
Those wishing to be sustaining member may send a check to Hope or pay via PayPal:

Eva’s Shoes

Our young Ugandan daughter is building a career as a aesthetician and stylist. She’s a stunning young woman who is an excellent model of her skills.
Besides all that, she’s building a side business with some very pretty shoes. Pictures are below. Don’t you love them??!! Eva says, “Call me on 0703807492 for any you want please.”