Community Action Angels
JCEO’s Community Action Angels is a volunteer program made up of caring individuals that want to make a difference in their community. Volunteers work together to develop and implement special projects and programs that will have an impact on the individuals, families, and communities we care about. JCEO’s Community Action Angels program is part of a statewide network of Community Action Angels programs.
Community Action Angels believe that all people in need deserve to be helped and in return should be given the opportunity to help others. Our goal is to identify the needs of the disadvantaged and be pro-active in meeting these needs through volunteerism, collaboration, and partnerships with other private, government, faith-based and community organizations with similar goals.
The Backpack Program
“Good nutrition is just as important to a child’s future as a quality education – maybe even more so. We can’t expect kids to learn, excel and achieve if they aren’t properly nourished from day one.” – Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture
The Backpack Program ensures that chronically hungry children have food on the weekend. The Backpack Program is currently serving 100 children who have been identified by school personnel as food insecure. The project runs for 30 weeks throughout the school year, from October until June. Our focus area is on the elementary schools located within the City of Plattsburgh (Momot, Oak and, Bailey). The long-term outcomes for this project are improved physical, cognitive and social growth.
The Backpack Program is funded through the fundraising efforts of the Community Action Angels. The cost to sponsor one child for the school year is $183.00.
Safe Sleep Project
For over four years, JCEO has been delivering HALO SleepSack Swaddles to infants born at the University of Vermont Health Care Network- Champlain Valley Physician Hospital at no cost to parents. A HALO SleepSack Swaddle is used over regular sleepwear to take the place of loose blankets. It’s designed to ensure a clear air way and to keep a baby in place while they sleep.
Each year, the Community Action Angels raise funds to provide approximately 900 Halo SleepSack Swaddles and safe sleep educational materials to parents of newborns.
The Fostering Komfort project was born out of the surge of children entering foster care in our region. Our goal is to provide a backpack with comfort items for children entering into foster care or transitioning between foster homes. Each backpack has age-appropriate items so the child can be more comfortable in their new environment. The backpacks are tailored to gender and age so they can be distributed appropriately by the Department of Social Services. We have assembled over 150 backpacks since the start of the project in July 2016 and continue to do so based on need.
We have collaborated with other groups in the area on this project including the Plattsburgh Kiwanis Breakfast Club (whom named the project) and the Beekmantown Varsity Boys Hockey Team.
The Community Action Angels are always looking for new members and new ways to collaborate with our community. Please use the form below to request more information.