One of the defining truths about the Adirondack region is that people look out for one another. We saw it during the pandemic. We saw it during Tropical Storm Irene. As we watch the updates come in from the Central Adirondacks, we see it again: emergency responders, public safety officers, federal and state agencies, businesses, and volunteers coming together to assess the damage. Central Adirondack communities have been battered by the recent deluge, especially Long Lake and the Indian Lake hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake. Roads are closed, a dam has been breached, and businesses disrupted.
And, there are already bright spots of generosity. Everywhere, Adirondackers are helping one another in ways big and small.
The situation is evolving, but our team here at Adirondack Foundation is in conversation with local leaders and our nonprofit partners to help coordinate a philanthropic response. We know the work will be just beginning as the water recedes.
If you’re wondering what you can do to help, we have activated the SUN Fund to coordinate and distribute support to the communities where it is most needed in the days, weeks, and months to come.
We will be accepting donations to the SUN Fund through our website and gifts by mail through September 30, or as conditions require. For online donations, please specify “Central Adirondack flooding” in the Special Instructions text box; you may also specify a particular community where you’d like to direct your donation. For gifts by mail, please make checks payable to Adirondack Foundation SUN Fund with “Central Adirondack Flooding” (and a specific community, if applicable) in the memo line and mail to Adirondack Foundation, PO Box 288, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Funds will be transferred to town governments to distribute according to local needs.
If you have questions about how best to make a contribution to the SUN Fund or would like to speak with a staff member about the ways in which you can support the effort, please contact Leslee Mounger at Leslee.Mounger@Adkfoundation.org or 518-523-9904.
In addition to the fund at Adirondack Foundation, here are some additional early giving recommendations.
The American Red Cross of Eastern New York is a trusted partner in the early stages of a disaster.
The Warren Hamilton Community Action Agency
Hamilton County Social Services
Long Lake Rescue Squad
Long Lake Fire Department
Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department
Blue Mountain Lake Fire and Ambulance Department
Hamilton County IDA
Adirondackers look out for one another. We see it in good times and especially in challenging ones. Thank you to everyone who is out there right now working to keep our neighbors safe during this difficult time. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
Stay safe and thank you,