• Do you know how to spot skin cancer?

    This story was shared by Michelle O’Reilly who works with the Capital NY Region of the American Cancer Society, home of the life-changing Hope Club, in Latham. 

  • American Cancer Society: Call for Volunteers!

    An Insane Inflatable Krazy Kids Fun Run event is coming to the Capital Region on June 18th and they have chosen the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life as their charity of choice.

  • 2 Steps, 2 Minutes, To Save Lives

    The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year — one every eight minutes — and most are home fires. On average, home fires result in 7 deaths and 36 injuries a day in the United States, and cause over $7 billion in property damage every year. The Red Cross has been working ... Read more...

  • Volunteer Opportunities for People of All Ages

    Giving back to your community doesn’t have to be complicated. Everyone has something to give, whether it’s time, talents, advice or funds. We’ve collected a huge list of simple ideas for people of all age groups to make a difference. 

Welcome to Strong Communities Work!

Strong Communities Work is a New York based initiative supporting positive change in our own backyards. Our goal is to show that there is a movement underway – a movement of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Sometimes, it feels as though the only news these days is bad news. However, there are those special people who, rather than feeling discouraged, focus on the small (and not-so-small) impacts they can make in their own communities. This persistence in doing good, in spite of the negativity we see around us, is the spirit that Strong Communities Work celebrates.

What you’ll find here are a collection of articles, blog entries and visuals that aim to:

  • Illustrate some of the issues impacting our state, communities and neighbors
  • Talk about the ways in which ordinary people can make a real difference
  • Celebrate our every day heroes who are already doing it!

Please visit often for new opportunities to make an impact, and join our leagues of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.