Most people in our corner of the Adirondacks have some familiarity with the North Country Outreach Center. Maybe you've donated some clothing to the clothing center or know a local child who has attended one of the Center's playgroups. In both instances, Outreach is the key component and neighbors helping neighbors is what drives the Center and its volunteers to work hard and continue to provide programs and assistance to anyone who needs it.
The Food Pantry is open every every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. The shelves are stocked with healthy, nutritious foods and anyone in need is assisted. There are no qualifying requirements for the Food Pantry.
The Center is now able to sign people up for Food Stamps right on site. This has and will continue to make it easier for those in need, who may not have the means to travel to the county municipal center or simply feel more comfortable dealing with familiar, hometown faces. Everything is, of course, kept strictly confidential.
The Extra Helpings program is run out of the Center as well and we are now allowed to accept Food Stamps for the Extra Helpings offerings.
The Family Clothing Center is open every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m. and every Saturday, 10-1 p.m. and is open to everyone. There is a large variety of clothing of all sizes available as well as shoes and other items. Donations of clothing can be dropped off behind the Center at any time and there is always a great need for winter outerwear and children's apparel.
Thinking about getting your high school equivalency but not able to travel? The Outreach Center offers a free GED program every Thursday night at 7 p.m. Books and tutors are always available to help individuals with their course of study.
A Computer Users Group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. This is a very non-structured gathering where people can use the online computers, get help using a computer or even bring their computers in for repair or programming.
This is the second year that the Center will host a community garden program on site. You can get more information about how to reserve a plot and what the program entails by calling Andrea Hogan at the Outreach Center, 251-3481.
These are a few of the offerings and happenings at the North Country Outreach Center. Look for our logo in future issues of the News Enterprise for updated information and events.