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Capital Region Stakeholders Organization Takes Initiative to Collect Hundreds of Paperbacks to Provide Support for our U.S. Service Members

The Stakeholders Has Partnered with Shleppers Moving and Storage Company and the Mid-Hudson Valley Regional Volunteer Center to Make the Endeavor a Success

September 2012 (Albany, NY) –The Capital Region Stakeholders has announced they are partnering with the White Plains, NY based Shleppers Moving and Storage Company, the Mid-Hudson Regional Volunteer Center and Books to Soldiers in Westchester County in an effort to deliver paperback fiction to the troops at Fort Drum during the commemoration of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Jason Friedland, the company’s president said, “Shleppers has agreed to take as many books as we can gather and drive them from White Plains to Fort Drum. We plan to stop in the Capital Region to pick up additional donated books. Books to Soldiers has been hoping for a conduit to transfer hundreds of boxed books and Shleppers has stepped up to the plate.” Friedland said, “Thousands of soldiers deploying for service out of Fort Drum will be able to leave with a paperback book in their backpacks. It feels great to be able to take action and make a difference.”

Jamie Stein, Books to Soldiers’ founder, is enthusiastic about the extension of her initiative’s reach. She said, “It has always been my dream to expand Books to Soldiers beyond the Westchester area. With the help of Shleppers, the Mid-Hudson Regional Volunteer Center and the Stakeholders Regional Volunteer Center this dream is now a reality.” Having already distributed 20,000 novels to troops, Jamie Stein is the young Ardsley, NY teen who founded the Books to Soldiers initiative while recovering from a high school sports injury in 2009. Her physical therapist, a former US Marine, made her aware of the stress associated with down time and boredom in very remote areas of deployment.

“Jamie is a shining example of how young people can create positive change with their ideas and vision,” added Alisa H. Kesten. “We have been enthusiastic supporters of Jamie and Books to Soldiers and know it speaks to people beyond a particular county.” Ms. Kesten is executive director of The Volunteer Center located in Tarrytown, which was designated in 2011 as the Mid-Hudson Valley Regional Volunteer Center to support volunteerism inWestchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

“Leveraging our relationship as a New York State Regional Volunteer Center with The Stakeholders Regional Volunteer Center in the Capital Region promotes the wonderful work Books to Soldiers does outside the downstate area,” said Judy Douglas, director of regional volunteerism for the Mid-Hudson Regional Volunteer Center who assisted with the coordination of the expansion of the book donations program from Westchester to the Capital Region. “Working together means we have an even larger impact. Thanks to Shleppers for making it possible for us to rally volunteers in not just one region, but two large areas of New York.”

Kate Hedgeman, CEO of The Stakeholders said, “This is a wonderful and easy opportunity for members of our Capital Region community to show support for the troops.” The drop-off location for books is at The Stakeholders located at 915 Broadway in Albany. Hedgeman said, “We have a big box set up at our office. Just bring your books and toss them in the box during the designated times. We will package up the books and give them to Shleppers on their way through the Capital Region.”

Acceptable books will be trade or mass market paperbacks of fiction in new or gently-used condition, with covers and pages intact that would be of interest to men or women soldiers. All other types of books (hardcover, nonfiction and those in disrepair) will be rejected.
Drop –off times are as follows:

  • Sunday September 9, 2012 from 2-4pm
  • Monday September 10, 2012 from 1-3 pm
  • Tuesday September 11, 2012 from 12-3 pm

Drop Off Books Tonight, September 5, 2012
The Stakeholders is also accepting books at their networking event for professionals being held at the Beahive on September 6, 2012 at 418 Broadway in Albany from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Over 100 people are expected at the event and attendees will learn more about the Stakeholders, their initiatives and volunteer opportunities in the Capital Region.

In Westchester, books can be dropped off on September 11th between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, near the county’s memorial to local victims of the September 11th tragedy. Volunteers can register ahead of time to indicate their participation in the book drive and also review other projects that are part of a Week of Service and Remembrance on and around 9/11. Online registration is at www.volunteer-center.org/service.

About The Stakeholders:
The Stakeholders is located at 915 Broadway, Albany, NY. The Stakeholders programs include The Stakeholders Institute, which educates participants on regional philanthropy, arts and sustainability; Days of Service, which occurs twice a year on September 11th and on Martin Luther King’s birthday; special community projects and the annual Get on Board Awards (a.k.a. The GOBYs), that recognize people of excellence in volunteerism.

The Stakeholders was recently designated as one of 10 Regional Volunteer centers in the State of New York and is an affiliate of Hands On Network of the National Points of Light Institute, an organization supported by the George Bush Foundation.

For more information, contact Catherine Hedgeman, Stakeholders CEO, at 518-573-3108 or ceo@thestakeholders.org

About Shleppers Moving & Storage:
Founded in 1978, Shleppers Moving & Storage began moving with one van and one vision–to serve its customers with commitment and integrity. By working in partnership with customers, New York’s top movers have earned a reputation as the city’s number one moving and storage company, offering a wide range of relocation services, including local, long-distance, and international moving, packing, unpacking and private storage. With dedication, teamwork, and innovation, Shleppers is a NY moving company that puts customers first, creating a moving experience that’s efficient and reliable from the first box to the last. Shleppers is also deeply committed to charity and community involvement, with its donation of trucks and logistical support for the Community Mayors Foundation, the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens, The March of Dimes, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, The JCC Maccabi Games, The Volunteer Center of United Way, UJA Federation, the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Haddassah, the Food Bank of Westchester, and others. For more information, quotes, supplies, or moving tips, please visit Shleppers.com.

About the Mid-Hudson Valley Regional Volunteer Center:
Serving Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess counties (and expanding to Ulster and Sullivan by 2014) and powered by the resources of The Volunteer Center located in Tarrytown, the Mid-Hudson Valley Regional Volunteer Center supports local volunteer agencies and promotes area volunteer initiatives using The Volunteer Center’s robust web-based listings of volunteer opportunities, national days of service programs and partnerships with colleges and schools.
For more information about the Mid-Hudson Valley Regional Volunteer Center, please contact Judy Douglas, Director of Regional Volunteerism, at 914-227-9315 or judyd@volunteer-center.org.

To reach Alisa H. Kesten, Executive Director of The Volunteer Center, please call 914-948-4452 or email alisa@volunteer-center.org.

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