Day of Giving was filled with tears of joy and applause for those supporting the community
GLENVILLE, N.Y. – Two local nonprofits were surprised with monetary donations on behalf of the Haraden Family Foundation. The Foundation, along with Mohawk Honda and Mohawk Chevrolet executives, awarded Things Of My Very Own and The Charlton School with the donations Monday.
Things Of My Very Own, a crisis intervention organization, received a $10,000 donation and The Charlton School, a therapeutic learning community for young women, a $5,000 donation.
Mohawk Honda invited Things Of My Very Own Chief Executive Officer Rayn Boncie to this month’s staff meeting, where they presented her with the check. Boncie initially participated in October’s monthly meeting, where she spoke about the importance of giving back and encouraged employees to volunteer. The company invited her back the second time for the surprise donation.
“This donation is going to affect so many lives within our local community,” said Boncie. “I don’t think anyone really understands how substantial this is for us and those we help every single day.”
The Charlton School was also surprised with its donation while providing a campus tour to the Haraden Family Foundation, Mohawk Honda and Mohawk Chevrolet executives.
“Many of our students who have struggled emotionally prior to enrolling with us will thrive in the supportive surroundings and our 360 degree approach here at The Charlton School,” said The Charlton School Executive Director Alex Capo, LMHC. “On behalf of our students and community we thank the Haraden Family Foundation for supporting Charlton. This generous gift will allow us to continue our crucial work to help young women battling mental health conditions with the therapeutic and education support they need to drive their creativity, self-discovery, and resilience.”
With the announcements came tears of joy and applause for the organizations’ work to support the Capital Region community.
“These two nonprofits are more than deserving of receiving the donations,” said Steve Haraden, vice president of Mohawk Honda. “To see the smiles on their faces and hear how these donations will be used to further expand who they help is what it is all about.”
About Haraden Family Foundation: The Haraden Family Foundation has called Schenectady County and the Capital Region home since the early 1900s. Joseph Haraden was recruited by Thomas Edison to work for General Electric after graduating from MIT. Seeing a need for a car dealership in the booming city of Schenectady, Haraden began what is now Mohawk Honda in 1919. The dealership became the first Honda dealership in the area in 1971 and added its current location in Glenville in 2011 while maintaining its original Schenectady location to serve that community.