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News from the Skaneateles Outreach Office

In 1960 the Skaneateles Women's Fireman's Auxiliary started the Loan Closet. Since then it has been a valuable service for residents when they need medical equipment. With the closing of the dispatch office, the Auxiliary concluded that it could no longer administer this service. A number of residents expressed concern that the Loan Closet would be no more.

The Outreach Office seems like a natural fit to succeed the Auxiliary and oversee the Loan Closet as it is similar to other services offered by Outreach and could easily be absorbed into our program.

The Town Board is working on finding a new location for the Loan Closet as the Fire Department has indicated that it can no longer be housed at the Fire Hall. It is our hope that we will have it up and running in the near future. If you are in need of anything from the Loan Closet please call us at 685-0427 and we will make every effort to fill your request.

With the addition of the Loan Closet the Outreach Office now has four programs we manage, Outreach, Helping Hands, Salvation Army and the Loan Closet. Each of these programs provides a

different service for the community.

Outreach is here for any member of the town of Skaneateles or Skaneateles School District that finds they are experiencing difficulties and need assistance. We help people navigate difficulties in life matching them with an agency that can assist with their needs.

Helping Hands confidentially and anonymously aids children in the School District who are in need.

The fund has supported tutoring, counseling, school trips, musical instrument rentals, participation in sports and admission for community sponsored events and activities. The fund has also provided clothing, winter coats, eyeglasses, school supplies and Christmas gifts. Recipients are determined by the school principals, counselors, nurses and teachers.

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