The A. Eleanor Jackson Fund at the Northern New York Community Foundation recently awarded a grant to help Gouverneur Rescue Squad enhance care provided to young patients.
The charitable legacy fund established by Ms. Jackson through the Community Foundation provided a $5,207 grant to the Gouverneur Rescue Squad for the purchase of five Handtevy Pediatric dosing systems. The systems help ensure young infants and children in need receive optimal and accurate care in a prehospitalization setting. Four kits will be utilized in the field for ambulance and rescue calls and an additional kit will be used for educational purposes. The rescue squad has served the Gouverneur area and surrounding communities for more than 50 years.
“Through this fund, Eleanor continues to make a difference in the community she cared so much about. Because of the way her fund was structured, it has enabled support for a wide variety of community programs, projects and endeavors over the years. That type of enduring support is powerful,” said Rande Richardson, Community Foundation executive director.
Ms. Jackson, a longtime Gouverneur resident, established her legacy fund at the Community Foundation through her will. Her goal was to provide a permanent source of grant funding to programs and projects impacting the quality of life in the town or village of Gouverneur forever. Ms. Jackson died in 2002. Since the establishment of her geographic-specific fund, more than $175,000 in grant funding has been distributed throughout the Gouverneur area.
The Northern New York Community Foundation makes grants to support the work of non-profit organizations and provides scholarships to individuals in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The Foundation has been built and added to from gifts (both while living and through their legacy plans) by individuals and organizations committed to meeting the changing needs of Northern New York, as well as supporting specific charitable interests and passions. The Community Foundation is located at the Northern New York Philanthropy Center in Watertown.