Grant to expand services

TICONDEROGA - Mental Health Association in Essex County, Inc. has been awarded a grant of $1,000 from the Evergreen Fund at the Adirondack Community Trust.

Valerie Ainsworth, executive director of the Mental Health Association, made the announcement.

According to Ainsworth, the grant will be used to provide mental health services in Essex County.

"Our organization has provided mental health services to the population of Essex County for over 30 years," Ainsworth said. "The grant from The Adirondack Community Trust will give us additional resources to provide these services. The funds are made available from the Evergreen Fund."

The Adirondack Community Trust is a community foundation working to build permanent and pass-through funds to help meet current and future charitable needs of the Adirondackregion. ACT is structured so that donors can take full advantage of tax benefits either during their lifetime or through their estates. Funds are pooled for investment and grants are made annually according to donors' wishes. ACT currently manages 150 different endowed and pass-through funds with assets of $12 million dollars and has made grants in excess of $4 million to benefit the Adirondack region and beyond.

Mental Health Association in Essex County provides supports to people in the areas of employment, housing, case management, a crisis alternative program with a 24 hour toll free HOPELINE, transportation, and other community activities for those who are considered to have mental health or emotional challenges.

The Mental Health Association also works towards and advocates for improvements in the mental health system.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information about receiving services, discussing career opportunities, or would like to provide volunteer skills can contact MHA at 962-2077 or 800-440-8074.

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