By Dan Ziegler SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- On Tuesday, a community resources fair was held at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Syracuse on Hamilton Street.
A combined 50 non-profit and government agencies came together at this event. Among the topics discussed were health insurance, voting, education, developing small businesses, reclaiming lost money from the state, and many more.
This event was brought together by New York State Senator David Valesky. Valesky said about the fair, “There are government programs and services, and services that are provided by so many not for profits throughout the Syracuse and greater Central New York community that people just aren’t aware of what those services are.”
One of the organizations at this event was the New York State Office of Unclaimed Funds. They said at the fair, “We have already claimed millions of dollars in lost funds today.” There are billions of dollars which are held by New York State which the office works to bring back to the people.
Support groups were also emphasized at the community resources fair. One group there was the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The VA was at the event promoting their crisis line which helps veterans get support so they will not commit suicide.
As for support, an organization you would not expect to see at a fair like this was the CNY SPCA. They were promoting their program of sending highly trained dogs to give support to needy children who have disabilities or live high poverty areas.
This community resources fair was one day only so it is unknown for now when the next fair will be.
Despite the unknown future, Senator Valesky said there would be more fairs like this one in the future. On October 11, he will be a holding a senior information fair at the Rusty Rail in Canastota for Madison County. All residents can attend this event.