In recognition of our 80th year serving the Capital Region, it was important to us to include our amazing TEAM, CUSTOMERS and COMMUNITY in the celebration! With that in mind, we launched our Crisafulli Cares Campaign!

8 CHARITIES

Our TEAM'S role! We reached out to the 150 members of our Team and asked them to nominate a LOCAL non for profit for the chance to receive $1000. Each nomination included our Team members’ ‘Why Story’. Once we collected all the nominations, and there were many, the Team voted for their favorite, narrowing down the list to our 8 Finalists. Hopefully you have seen the check presentations and our Team members’ ‘Why Stories’ featured on our social media channels!

Now it’s time to engage you, our loyal CUSTOMERS and the COMMUNITY to determine our $8,000 Grand Prize Winner

Just click on your favorite below, you can vote once a day, every day. The winner will be announced November 8th!

$8,000 FINALISTS

Eyes Wide Open

HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

They are an organization that brings awareness to human trafficking and intends to spread the word to our community, friends, and families about the issues that persist. The founder of Eyes Wide Open NENY, INC. is Debbie Fowler and she started this organization upon learning of the atrocities happening to women while she was living in Kuwait. In 2014, Fowler published a book titled Fragrance in the Desert, sharing how her eyes were OPENED WIDE to this tragic problem. We are proud to support this awesome and helpful organization.

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The first organization, Eyes Wide Open, was nominated by Andy, our warehouse manager. He nominated this cause because it is near and dear to his heart. Andy feels that “human trafficking is an epidemic underserved in our market and many people think of it to be only an overseas issue. Not only is it an issue here in America but it is also in our backyards.” He also says the foundation does a tremendous job of bringing awareness to the cause and raises money for individuals who have been victims of human trafficking.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany

HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

This organization is an extremely generous non-profit that is built around helping others. What is unique about them is that they truly cater to the needs of those they are helping and tailor their services. We were honored to experience an example of their generous efforts first-hand when our team made a trip to one of their agencies, Catholic Charities Tri-County Services. We witnessed one of their programs at work, CoNSERNS-U, during their Back-To-School Drive and watched children with BIG smiles eagerly flll their new backpacks with items from their school’s supply list. What an awesome experience to watch them shop! They take this same “shopping” approach to their food pantry. Families can select what they would like from different food groups based on their family’s size and needs, as opposed to being handed a bag of standard pantry items. We thought that was great! We had a blast visiting and all the volunteers were so kind and friendly.

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The foundation Jason nominated for Crisafulli Cares is Catholic Family Charities. He wanted to try and help someone who had helped him or someone he knew. He remembered a time as a child where his family took advantage of the services that Catholic Charities provides. At one point, his family ran into a difficult time. In fact, the priest at his church had referred his mom to Catholic Charities. They helped her a lot with counseling for her and her two kids. They offered services by providing food and clothing. Recently, our team had the chance to visit one of their sites during a back-to-school program and saw first-hand what his family took advantage of 35 years ago. The families and kids there were basically shopping for back-to-school supplies and at the church’s grocery store, not getting free services from a charity.

ShellStrong Foundation

HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

This foundation is all about supporting those diagnosed with childhood cancer. The founding family of this non-profit, The Shell’s who had their own battle with their son, Jacob, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer that Jacob was considered “old” for. After a couple of years of fighting, Jacob was declared CANCER-FREE! He is still cancer-free today and continues to support those that are affected by this life-changing disease at such a young age. The ShellStrong Foundation enthusiastically looks forward to the future and cannot wait to continue to help those in need. Here at Crisafulli Bros., we are honored to be able to support such a foundation.

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The ShellStrong Foundation was nominated by Terry. He nominated this local charity because it is very important to him and really has done wonders for the community. He says, “It started when one of my son's classmates, Jacob, came down with stage four neuroplastic cancer, just a couple of years after his father got done battling cancer. If you can imagine just getting your feet kicked right out from underneath you. What does a family do? Turn to the community.” The ShellStrong foundation is truly amazing. Its mission is three things - Be Hopeful, Get Involved, and Be Strong.

The Ronald McDonald House

HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Albany Ronald McDonald House is an amazing asset to our community, providing housing to 25 families at a time while they are going through the unimaginable, and never at a cost to the family. These homes offer a place to stay for loved ones and provide a haven of love and support. We were so happy to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities as they are near and dear to our hearts.

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For the Ronald McDonald House, we had two team members nominate this wonderful organization and we wanted to share why they felt compelled to. Jason shared his reason because “Every child deserves to have their parents there when they are going through these very tough times and the Ronald McDonald House makes this possible by providing shelter for the families and doing everything they can through generous donations to support all of their families." Kellie also shared her reason being “they are an amazing nonprofit organization. Their goal is keeping families together with their sick or injured child.”

Things of My Very Own

HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

This amazing, life-saving organization provides crisis intervention services to children who are in abusive situations and/or neglected environments. They aim to get children out of destructive home settings while striving to keep them together with non-abusive family members and siblings. They know the transition out of an abusive home is never easy so their goal is to provide children with things of their very OWN so they can begin their healing process. We were honored to give this awesome non-profit with the $1,000 donation as we know it will go toward children who are in need.

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Chris nominated the non-profit Things Of My Very Own. He shared his reason being “I chose Things Of My Very Own because they do so much good for those who need it. My wife started sharing stories from them and honestly, they bring you to tears. When people's lives are changed so drastically and traumatically these people, most who volunteer, are there for them with nothing but respect and compassion.”

The Autism Society

HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, is committed to supporting those in the autism community and we are proud to support them. They are dedicated to providing information regarding autism and serve as a resource to bring members of the autism community together – a recent example is their Hero Walk that is their primary source of income. One important note is that ALL of the funds raised stay local! They work with the Capital Region to be the voice and resource for those in need. We are so appreciative of the difference this organization makes in our communities

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Steve is our team member who so graciously nominated the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, NY. This is an important organization for Steve as it hits home for him. He shared his reason for nominating this charity being "My son is on the Autism Spectrum and they offer a lot of services and opportunities for people on the Autism Spectrum. The organization provides not only support for those in need but also provides wonderful opportunities to participate in fundraising. They offer a lot of resources for people to learn more about Autism and also offer guidance to parents, enabling them to better understand people with Autism.”

The Community Hospice

HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

When individuals are at their most vulnerable, this non-profit enhances their quality of life of those in need of care and provides a network of support to their loved ones. We also learned about one of their signature programs, Camp Erin – a free weekend camp experience that provides support and grief education to youth who are grieving the loss of someone important in their lives. We are honored to showcase this organization for all they do for those in need. Thank you for the positive impact you have each and every day in the Capital Region.

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Our next team member who nominated a non-profit is Karen. She wanted to showcase The Community Hospice due to how they helped her family in their time of need. She wanted to share this photo of her Father-In-Law and Mother-In-Law who were directly affected by this wonderful organization. She shared that this organization made lasting impressions on her and that “The Community Hospice helps families and individuals in so many ways, it is a wonderful organization that I will continue to support the best I can.”

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

HOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Over a hundred years old, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is the oldest and largest animal protection organization in New York’s Capital Region, that means they have been caring for animals longer than we have been providing plumbing and heating services in our community! We were thrilled to present them with the $1,000 donation knowing it would provide much-needed services for our furry friends! Not only does this organization shelter and care for animals, but they also offer additional veterinarian services for those who care for animals.

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Joe Borowiec is a Plumbing Service Technician here at Crisafulli Bros. He nominated our last featured organization, The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. He shared his reason for nominating this non-profit being that he “has much love for animals” and that “we need to help this organization so they can find forever homes for these poor animals.”