Your Donations At Work

The Foundation was established to be a resource for positive change in our community. Our work is dependent on the consistent involvement with and by our community members. We started this organization with just ten people and have now grown to one with over 100 members. Together, we’ve helped local businesses, individuals and organizations realize a variety of different wellness, sustainability and stewardship projects. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors, members, and community. To say we are grateful for your support would be an understatement. Thank you all!

Here’s a quick look at some of the ways your generosity has made a difference this past year!
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Spring 2022

Graphite Range Community Forest

Over 200 acres of forest lands will be acquired by Saratoga County this fall, with a vision to preserve the scenic beauty and natural habitats of the area. Foundation grant funds will assist with trail infrastructure and amenities such as trailhead kiosks, signage, boardwalks, and bridges. This exciting project will become a recreational hub for history, hiking and mountain biking.

Spring 2022

Rise Healthy Housing & Support Services

Rise is a human service agency whose mission is to help people living with mental health, substance use, and other life challenges by providing housing and supportive services. They are currently in the middle of an initiative to rehabilitate all of their residential properties for increased accessibility, safety, and quality of life for tenants. Foundation grant funds will assist with the replacement of some aging appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers.

Spring 2022

Saratoga Shredders

Since its conception in 2018, Saratoga Shredders' mission has been to get more girls on bikes by hosting weekly mountain bike rides and skills clinics for girls in the Saratoga Springs NY area. They reached out to the Common Roots Foundation seeking funds to support their ‘Broadening Shredders Reach’ project, and we are proud to have been able to grant their request. The project aims to grow a bike fleet that can be gifted to kids in need, as well as to increase program scholarships.

Spring 2022

Pitney Meadows Community Farm

Pitney Meadows strengthens our local food system by bringing fresh vegetables to the cafeterias of five local schools, and also donates more than 20,000 pounds of produce annually to food pantries and other social service organizations in the region. Foundation grant funds are helping them to purchase a trailer to transport coffee roasting waste from Death Wish Coffee and use it in compost. This not only improves soil health but also diverts waste from a landfill, reusing it in a sustainable way! 🌎

Spring 2022

South Glens Falls United Methodist Church

The church wrote to us about transitioning a portion of the church lawn into a natural grassland habitat and pollinator garden. Foundation funds will assist with planting native wild flowering vegetation, building and placing birdhouses and bee hotels around the grounds, and also the creation of a seasonal farm stand to offer free garden vegetables to the community!

Spring 2022

Warren County Soil and Water

Warren County Soil and Water focuses on providing assistance for conservation projects, offering education programs to help protect natural resources, and helping to protect and improve natural resources. They reached out to the Foundation for help with their Murray Street Garden Project, and we were thrilled to help. Grant funds will go towards implementing soil conservation practices such as cover crops, row covers, mulching, crop rotation, no-till methods, integrated pest management and more!

Spring 2022

North Country Wild Care

Since its conception in 2001, NorthCountryWildCare has aimed to aid, assist, and care for injured and orphaned wildlife.They reached out to the Common Roots Foundation seeking funds to help purchase food, formula, medications and supplies for the animals they raise and rehab, and we are proud to have been able to grant their request. Their licensed wildlife rehabilitators work with all types of creatures, including squirrels, rabbits, deer, skunks, opossum, bobcats, foxes, chipmunks, porcupines, hawks, eagles, owls, and more!

Spring 2022

Family Service Association of Glens Falls

Family Services of Glens Falls is a non-profit agency that provides services and support to families in crisis or in an emergency situation. For over 20 years, they have been serving the children of Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga counties with their annual “Feet First” program. Through this program, they provide new shoes, socks, snacks, books and supplies to children who live in low resource/low income households. With the funds provided by the Common Roots Foundation, 20 children will be provided with new shoes!

Fall 2021

Saratoga PLAN

Saratoga PLAN’s twelve nature preserves are free and open to the public year-round for recreation, relaxation, nature education and more. They applied to the Foundation for funding to replace and update two worn trail kiosks, and we were happy to oblige. In addition to serving as welcoming landmarks for trail-goers, these new kiosks will provide information on local flora and fauna, as well as environmental stewardship perspectives about the land itself.

Fall 2021

Glens Falls Area Youth Center

Every day, the Youth Center welcomes local students in grades 5 –12, offering a variety of educational, recreational and life-skills programs, including a food program with healthy after-school snacks and home-cooked dinners. They reached out to the Common Roots Foundation seeking funds to support their important food program, and we are proud to have been able to grant their request.

Fall 2021

Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park

When the Wilton Preserve reached out to us with a great idea they have for a “Campfire Chat” series, we jumped at the chance to help get them started. The plan is to host free gatherings at Camp Saratoga during the spring and summer to educate the public on environmental stewardship. Each month will feature a discussion of native animals who are threatened, and what we can do to help. After the talk, attendees will be invited to hang out around the fire for cocoa, marshmallows, and conversation.

Fall 2021

Crandall Park Beautification Committee

One of the many uses of the lawn at Crandall Park is for the City Youth Soccer League. The city owns several sets of wooden soccer goals; however, some of them are starting to fall apart. One of our missions at the Foundation is to support community efforts that promote wellness and outdoor recreation. So when the park reached out to the Common Roots Foundation for help with soccer goal replacement, we said “of course!” The new aluminum coated goals will be lighter and easier to move, and will be structurally sound and safe.

Fall 2021

Moreau Community Garden

To serve the residents of Moreau and the surrounding area of South Glens Falls, the Town of Moreau applied for a Foundation Grant to establish a new Community Garden. The Common Roots Foundation will help cover the costs for soil, lumber, and other startup materials. The new garden will open in the spring with ten 4 x 12 garden plots, with the hope of expanding to twenty plots in the future. Gardening will be open to individuals, families, youth groups, civic organizations, and local businesses.

River Run for the Roots 2022

Our third annual River Run 5K and Foundation fundraiser featured a scenic run/walk/stroll through South Glens Falls and along the Hudson River. Runners won bragging rights and loads of swag in age-group, stroller, and overall divisions. After the race, we enjoyed beers, food, and camaraderie in the taproom. Thanks to all who came out to run for a good cause!

RiverSweep 2022

In May, the Common Roots Foundation led an afternoon cleanup along the Betar Byway as part of the 2022 Riverkeeper Sweep. Our small but spirited group succeeded in removing 200+ pounds of debris from the shores! After, we enjoyed beers and camaraderie in the taproom.

We’re so grateful to have been able to participate in this important and fun event to help clean up a beloved local waterway.

Fat Bike Rally 2022

Saratoga Fat Bike Rally was founded with two principles in mind; building a community of fat bikers, and supporting the communities we live in. Last February, bikers joined us in Saratoga State Park for snacks, beers and biking and CRUSHED IT! A special thanks to all who participated – you raised over $2,100 for the Common Roots Foundation!

Beat the Brewers 2021

Our inaugural Beat the Brewers Disc-Golf Challenge fundraiser attracted more than 125 players and raised over $6500 for the Common Roots Foundation. Teams of 4 gathered at the Crandall Park Disc Golf Course for a chance to beat the Common Roots brew crew. Players won bragging rights and loads of swag in games like Ring of Fire, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive. Thanks to all who came out to play some disc golf for a great cause!

518 Day 2021

As part of the United Way area-wide, volunteer-driven 518 Day on May 18th, the Common Roots Foundation teamed up with AIM Services to build a community garden on one of their properties in Saratoga Springs. This garden was be named the Common Roots Community Garden and serve AIM’s community of disabled people by fostering independence and work skills.