South End Children’s Cafe – Dorm Cleaning – Don’t Throw Away – Donate – See Below – Not Counted As Hours for RSSW

To all the wonderful students that the South End Children’s Cafe has had the honor of serving with this semester…thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to make the lives of children and families better. You are all amazing and I can’t thank you enough for your generosity.

As you are packing your dorm room up and before you throw anything away, please consider a donation to the South End Children’s Cafe. We would be happy to be the recipient of the following clean, unopened, gently used items if you were considering throwing them away (we will share them with our families):

Any food that is unopened, nonperishable and not expired.

Small, clean bins we can use for organizing.

Notebooks or other school supplies that are barely and gently used.

Backpacks that are in good condition and clean or any sports bags or small luggage.

Blankets and sheets that are clean and in good condition.

Bath towels that are clean and in good condition.

Unopened toiletries.

Bulletin boards or dry erase boards.

Decor especially fairy lights or white Christmas lights.

Plants (please give instructions for watering).

Unopened laundry detergent, dryer sheets (can be opened) or other cleaning supplies especially wipes.

Unused trash bags

Blue tooth speakers.

Gently used yoga mats.

Pouf type seats or ottoman squares with storage.

Coffee and tea items like one cup coffee or tea appliances, individually packed tea bags, coffee or tea pods or sugar, disposable coffee cups with lids.

Any clean work out clothing like yoga pants, yoga shorts, mens or womens shorts, sneakers in good shape, Uggs, sweatshirts, tee shirts, bathing suits (both men and women)

Thank you so much for consideration and generosity. If you have any questions please text Tracie at 518.275.8890.

Congratulations on another successful year!


Tracie Killar


South End Children’s Cafe

Employment Opportunities – Not for Credit – Language Learning Institute

Come Join Our Team!

Our staff loves to spread their love of language and culture to people of all ages!

Is this you?

The Language Learning Institute is seeking to fill the following positions:

Part-Time Admin Assistant and Sales

The Language Learning Institute is seeking a mature person to fill a part-time Admin Assistant and Sales position. The successful candidate must have computer skills in Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher. .

Sales and customer service experience necessary. Foreign Language background a plus. Organization skills and good English grammar in both spoken and written language a must. Creativity welcomed. Availability is needed for hours between 10am and 5pm with some evening hours on occasion.

Send resume to:

Questions? Call 518-346-7096


Part-Time Language Teacher Teachers 

The Language Learning Institute is seeking language teachers to take on new programs which are starting soon in French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and English Grammar.

Successful candidates must be bi-lingual with good command of the grammatical structures of both English and the target language. The Language Learning Institute seeks team players who are interested in commitment and making a difference through language learning and cultural events. Prior teaching experience a plus. Teachers will be expected to teach children and adults in both a private lesson and class environment.

Send resume to:

Questions? Call 518-346-7096

Please do feel free to forward this email on to your friends and family. I have left information in this newsletter to show what we have done and what we plan to do.

We are seeking dedicated and committed people who want to make a difference.

We look forward to meeting you!

Best regards,

Nancy A Scarselletta, Founder/ Director


We have on-going enrollment in each of our classes, so please browse the links included in this email to view our current course selection and start learning a new language today!  Any of our courses can be held online through virtual instruction, or in your workplace. We additionally offer private lessons.

Be sure to contact us or call 518-346-7096 for more information regarding classes and gift certificates. We are here to help!

Keep in touch with us through  FacebookTwitter, Google+, and Linked-In. Don’t forget to visit us at:


Best regards,

Nancy Scarselletta; Founder/Director

Americorp Vista Opportunity – Deadline Extended Until Positions are Filled

We’re hiring!

National Service (VISTA) Opportunities:

Food Security and Sustainability in Albany’s South End


The Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, an environmental education organization with an emphasis on urban food security, and the South End community advocacy organization AVillage…, Inc. are seeking applications for two AmeriCorps VISTA positions to advance access to healthy food in Albany’s South End neighborhood.

These one-year positions will start in July 2016, and applications must be received as soon as possible. The final decisions are made by Hunger Free America, a New York City Program that is the sponsoring organization. Interested parties should contact Stacy Pettigrew, executive director of the Radix Center, at, or Tom McPheeters, secretary of AVillage, at

AmeriCorps VISTA membership requires a serious commitment for a year of full-time national service. Members receive a stipend ($447.85/ 2 weeks in the Albany area) and health insurance benefits, as well as invaluable training and contacts. Please research carefully to decide if this program is right for you before contacting us.

Both the Radix Center and AVillage, together with our third partner, the Trinity Alliance, are engaged in addressing the many issues around hunger, health and sustainability in the South End of Albany, which is officially labeled as a “food desert.” The Radix Center is an urban agriculture entrepreneurial program for high school youth that produces a weekly Farm Share for local families and grows produce for the South End Farmers Market. AVillage operates the Farmers Market during the summer and fall, as well as year-round exercise and nutrition programming. The market accepts Food Stamps and WIC and people are encouraged to attend exercise and nutrition classes at the market in exchange for free produce In addition to the 5 gardens we currently manage, we also are helping develop vacant lots into productive garden space and organizing with neighbors to facilitate their use. We are also planning to create a second Farmers Market at the Ezra Prentice Homes, Albany’s most isolated public housing.

The VISTAs will help us build capacity and further the sustainability of these programs. Responsibilities will include:

  • Generating a diversity of funding streams by designing new and creative fundraising systems, prospecting potential donors, creating grants calendars, writing grants, and developing fundraising and donor cultivation events; improve systems to manage and acknowledge volunteers, and conduct outreach to new volunteers;
  • Develop a marketing/educational outreach strategy to attract neighborhood residents to shop at a Farmers Market and eat more vegetables; strategize and help implement creative ways to turn the Farmers Market into an attractive event, including partnering with youth theater or musical performances, etc.; increase/improve presence on social media; and assist in improving evaluation metrics to increase program efficacy and project reporting.

Our ideal VISTA is a self-motivated, energetic, creative person with excellent communication skills, capable of independent action and problem solving, and experience in grant writing and organizing fundraising events. The ability to navigate/quickly learn online non-profit organizational and website platforms is necessary. Experience working with diverse communities and an interest in urban agriculture are much desired. Drivers license and vehicle are great, but not required.

Albany Barn – Earn RSSW Credit – Hospitality/Tourism – Art, Music, Theatre – Business, Marketing, Development – Accounting

Albany Barn has a variety of opportunities available in the following areas:

Hospitality/Tourism: planning & research, events coordination, and purchasing

Arts (music, theatre, audio/visual  technology): gallery management , venue and stage management, marketing, program development and exhibition planning, gallery docents, print shop volunteer, sewing lab volunteer, craft lab volunteer

Business: marketing communications, development support, arts administration

Accounting: bookkeeping, auditing, purchasing

Please let me know the best way of more fully articulating the potential for intern and volunteer roles and connecting students with these opportunities, as we are seeking interns and volunteers for as early as the summer term and are very interested in continuing to work with UAlbany students.

Kristen M. Holler (
Executive Director
Albany Barn Inc.