CFAC Recap: Habitat for Humanity


What a beautiful day we had last Saturday, 4/19, at Habitat for Humanity’s downtown Sheridan Ave build site!

More than 15 CAYP members and board members joined us for a full day of fresh air, power tools, 2x4s, and most importantly, giving back! We started the day at 9 am, with orientation with Mandee Naan, Capital District Habitat for Humanity’s Volunteer Coordinator, and soon after were getting our “gear on”. We were given hard hats, nails, hammers, tool belts, safety glasses and put right to work!

We met Bailey, the Habitat Mascot, took some group shots, and started with the tools. Some of us were better with the nail gun and power saws than others! We worked on framing, sub flooring, general construction, and we even built walls! Pizza was served for lunch, but the full day of volunteer work for such a great cause was the most rewarding. It was such a blast, and we can’t wait for our next Habitat project in the future.

Thanks to all the members who joined us for the day!

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Saturday, April 19th from 8am – 4pm


Habitat for Humanity’s Sheirdan Hollow Location

(204 Sheridan Avenue)

This HFH location is a 60 house mixed use/mixed income revitalzation project in Albany.

Sheridan Hollow is Habitats biggest, most exciting project to date! They are partnering with the Touhey Homeownership Foundation to add owner-occupied rental units alongside the typical Habitat Homes. There will also be a café and their new offices!

Possible tasks on April 19th: Framing, installing windows and doors, and general construction!

 We’re seeking 20 total volunteers for this event! Spaces are limited!

If you would like to sign up email Kate Fruscione at

 Fun Facts about Sheridan Hollow:

-Sheridan Hollow is a neighborhood in Albany located in a ravine north of Downtown Albany

 -Between 1917 and 1936 the turnover rate was 91% -36% of all households had an income of less than $10,000; 30% had household income between $10,000 and $39,999; 33% between $40,000 and $59,999; and 1% over $60,000 (2000 census)




CFAC Recap: Ronald McDonald House


We had quite a productive day this past Saturday, February 22nd, at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Albany. 21 CFAC Committee members and CAYP members rolled up their sleeves and put on their chef hats on the unusually warm day to assist with tasks such as cooking breakfast, baking goodies, preparing dinner, spring cleaning, and performing assorted odd jobs.

Our members were able to interact with residents of the House and hear first-hand about how the Ronald McDonald House has alleviated some of the worry and allowed them to focus on what is truly important-the health of their child-during a difficult time.

The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families of seriously ill children. With the help of many volunteers and donations, the House is able to provide the comforts of home at no cost to the families. Since 1982, the Ronald McDonald House of Albany has had over 14,000 visits from families across 37 New York counties, 38 states, and 29 countries.

We were happy to be able to help the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday. Special thanks to Tina and all of the volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House for everything!

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Recap: CAYP for a Cause (CFAC) Service Project


We had a lovely evening last Monday, November 25th at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY. More than 25 CFAC Committee members and CAYP members joined together to lend a hand in the Food Banks warehouse.

The Food Bank receives thousands of both food and non-food donations each and every day, so we were needed to help repack the Warehouse Dock. We sorted and boxed tons of packages so that families in need receive easy to use boxes that are free of any damaged or mislabeled products.


This was such a fun team-building exercise for us as a group, and we were all blown away at the massive amounts of donations that needed to be sorted. We had an overwhelming number of volunteers wanting to participate in this activity, so we hope to go back and do another project.

Special thanks to Laura and her team at the Food Bank for setting this up for us!

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Thanksgiving Service Project

November Service Project

Introducing CAYP for a Cause

CAYP for a Cause logo

CAYP for a Cause logo


Every month, CAYP members and non-members get together to network and represent our organizations. But it’s time to get together for the purpose of making a true difference in the communities of the Capital Region.

CAYP for a Cause is a sub-committee of Capital Alliance of Young Professionals members who are interested in helping to further professional and social growth by participating in community engagement and service activities that benefit non-profits throughout the Capital Region. We will plan quarterly service projects with various organizations.

Requirements? Just bring your enthusiasm.

For more information, contact Eric Guzman at

CAYP Supports Rock the Runway for Health

Rock the Runway for Health

Rock the Runway for HealthCAYP is proud to support the 4th annual Rock the Runway for Health, an event to benefit Whitney M. Young Jr.’s Health Services . The event is a night of fashion that attracts the area’s young professionals. All proceeds from the event go to benefit the center’s mission — providing consistent quality healthcare without regard to income.

CAYP will be supporting the event as a model sponsor. Other local sponsors include M&T Bank and CDPHP. Purchase your tickets here for a night of fun and networking at 11 North Pearl in downtown Albany on May 18, 2012.

For more information on Whitney M. Young Jr.’s Health Services, visit their website.

CAYP Supports the Lukemia and Lymphoma Man and Woman of the Year

Lukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year

The Lukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research. Through a variety of events and campaigns, LLS has been dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma since 1949. Their biggest event is the annual Man and Woman of the Year. In support of children affected by blood cancer, compassionate and goal-oriented individuals compete to raise funds to for research as well as education and assistance for patients and their families.

CAYP proudly supported dedicated member Chris Wessell in his campaign for LLS Man of the Year. Be sure to check out his fundraising events.

The grand finale event took place on May 4th, 2012 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY.

For more information on the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society visit the local chapter website here.

the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society


CAYP Supports Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

A Taste of Albany 2012
A Taste of Albany 2012

A Taste of Albany 2012 by Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

On May 3, 2012 CAYP supported Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless’ fundraising event — A Taste of Albany. All event proceeds went to benefit Interfaith’s mission to provide critical programs and services to homeless individuals and families in Albany. Some of the programs Interfaith provides include emergency shelters, drop-in centers and summer youth activities. Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless also works to prevent homelessness by teaching life skills and self-sufficiency.

The event took place at the New York State Museum terrace gallery. A culinary showcase was the focus of the event, including food from several local restaurants such as Yono’s, Creo, Coccadotts, Brown’s Brewing Company and more. CAYP was a proud sponsor, alongside other local organizations such as Price Chopper, News Channel 13, CAP COM Federal Credit Union, CDPHP, Crisafulli Brothers, SEFCU and more.

For more information about Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, please visit their website here.

For photos of the event, visit the Times Union SEEN gallery here.