What is “The Sharing Table”?

Community Action’s Main Street Store is excited to be partnering with “The Sharing Table” which will be managed by Anna Cruz of Albion who works for Western Governor’s University. Anna brought forth the idea to have a collaboration of a community service event partnering with Community Action. Anna reached out to, Michelle George and Annette Finch, Director of Community Services to discuss this idea and partnership. Annette Finch and her team jumped at the opportunity to be part of this great community outreach and support service initiative.

The Sharing Table will begin the 3rd Saturday of June. June 19, 2021 from 10:30 am -5pm. It will offer an open table where individuals can as the motto states, “Take what you need, Leave what you can, if you can” It will host items such as, Food, Personal Hygiene Items, Cleaning Supplies as well as, some pet foods.  In addition, to, The Sharing Table we will also be offering, The Sharing Table Club Card. It will cost $2 a month to be a card member and comes with many perks such as:

  • Updates on Volunteer Opportunities
  • Discounted Items in the Store
  • 1 Meal or Activity Basket
  • 1 Premium Specialty Item

The Sharing Table Club Card will be a monthly membership of $2 and can be paid monthly or yearly the fees collected for this club card will go toward the advertising of the monthly Sharing Table Events. The Sharing Table will be set up outside of the Main Street Thrift Store at, 131 South Main Street Albion, NY 144111. The store is located directly across the street from the Hoag Library. The Sharing Table event will start out once a month and be posted on the Hub, and the store’s Facebook page at, Mainstreetthriftstore.albion and on the Community Action Website at, https://caoginc.org/

For individuals who would like to contribute to the Sharing Table as a,1 time donation or monthly donations, they can access a Amazon List Labeled, The Albion Barn Owls Sharing Table here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/UZBDT58OOTFS?ref_=wl_share These items will direct ship to Anna for distribution during the Sharing Table Events.

The hope is that this Sharing Table is a table set up to take what is needed and to also donate what you can to your community neighbors. At WGU, we have Cultural Beliefs and the one that resonates for this Community Event is, “Achieve Together” I create an environment inclusive for diverse individuals and perspectives to enhance and harmonize our work with the communities we serve. This speaks volumes as, this is a Community Service Initiative that is community wide with no requirements to, Take what you need and leave what you can, if you can. It speaks to the value and worth of every individual no matter the circumstance.

It is a true blessing to partner with the community in which I live. I am humbled that I work for an organization that allows us to have passion for service and that I work with my colleague, Noel Rivera from, Fontana California and she was the one who saw the article about Mary Kate Tischler in Seaford, NY who started, The Sharing Tables and now has had 53 opened. Her FB page is titled, The Sharing Tables of The USA. She began this service initiative in March of 2020 to help those during the pandemic and it has bloomed and grown from there. Noel will also, be starting A Sharing Table in her community in the near future as well.

The Main Street store currently has a Sharing Stand outside the store. There is surplus foods and produce placed there during the summer months and offered there when available. The Sharing Table will be offering many items as listed above from foods to paper products and other items that are often to “luxurious “ for limited budgets.  Sometimes, all it takes to get through a difficult month is a little extra help. This often makes all the difference in what may be a trying and/or troubling time. This is a community wide service and is open and all are welcome to visit and participate.


May 21, 2021

For many years, Community Action of Orleans and Genesee has been a resource supporting reliable and affordable transportation services to community members in our two counties via the Community Action Transportation System, better known CATS.   The CATS program has been providing to residents, bus transportation service for established routes and for “on-demand” rides year-round, five days per week.  Destinations included community health centers, doctor and hospital visits, treatment centers, clinics, dialysis, and retail store shopping.   Community Action services have been able to support clients who are elderly or disabled and who remain independent in their homes but do not own/drive a vehicle.    CATS bus transportation services have evolved where experienced and professional staff have dedicated themselves not only to ensuring maintained vehicles but have also provided very caring door-to-door and door-through-door service for some of our clients.  The caring and courageous staff continued services throughout the COVID pandemic despite a drastic reduction in riders along with the added effort of sanitizing buses between trips.

While continuing to deliver excellent service to our clients, the current system of providing bus transportation has become exceedingly expensive for Community Action.  Over recent years, many of our bus trips contain only one or two riders. Using buses to transport a single rider is extremely expensive and the costs have continued to rise with increases in insurance, bus maintenance, fuel and wages.  CATS was established to fill a need in our community for safe transportation however today, our friends at Rochester Transportation Services (RTS) and others are helping to fulfill this need.

It is with a heavy heart that Community Action has made the decision to downsize the CATS Bus transportation system after these many years of service.  With costs exceeding revenue, it was decided that this is necessary to protect our ability to provide the many unique and essential services we bring to our customers.  This will be difficult and this process will take time.  Community Action will work with partners to do everything possible to ensure transportation needs are met by offering other transportation options to our Community Action clients.  We will continue to provide busing for our Head Start program. As we go through this process we will research the possibility to evolve our community transportation support to vans and energy efficient vehicles that meet the special needs of valued customers.

Renee M. Hungerford

Executive Director/CEO of Community Action of Orleans & Genesee


Congrats to our Eastern Orleans Community Center


                                    For more info, and to see why these people are smiling …  

click here:  Orleans Hub article

Sharing Table will offer food and household supplies

*** Starts June 19th! ***

Sharing Table, every Saturday, at Community Action’s Main Street Thrift Store, 131 S. Main Street, Albion. https://orleanshub.com/sharing-table-at-community…/…


Food Distribution Dates through June

The schedule is set for the food distribution program on Fridays, at 8:30am.


May 14 – Community Action Main Street Store, 113 South Main St., Albion

May 21 – Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4-HFairgrounds on Route 31 in Knowlesville

May 28 – Community Action Main Street Store, 113 South Main St., Albion

June 4 – Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 31 in Knowlesville

June 11 – Community Action Main Street Store, 113 South Main St., Albion

June 18 – No distribution

June 25 – Ridgeway Fire Department, 11392 Ridge Rd., Medina

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the Office for the Aging at (585) 589-3191. Volunteers in particular are needed for the distributions in June.

A Successful Spring Cleaning!

At our Batavia site, Spring Cleaning went very well on May 6th!
We got rid of 80% of everything! What we didn’t get rid of we gave to Quota.
We had agencies attend and all enjoyed it very much! Our volunteers are to be commended for their hard work as well. Mark Malaniak is awesome and such a huge help all the time. He should get an award. He is always so pleasant and helps out whenever and wherever he can! I think he only gets paid for limited hours and donates a lot of hours to our agency. He’s a true gem and exemplifies our mission!!  The Wx crew helped to set up the tent that morning and all went great.
Thanks to all!


Spring Cleaning Date Changed to Thursday, May 6th 2021, still at Community Action in Batavia.
Apologize for having to move the date, but weather looks like rain on Wednesday!

FCC Announces Emergency Broadband Benefit Start Date

This morning, the FCC announced that on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

In announcing the official launch date, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated: “Families in every corner of the country have been struggling to get online throughout this pandemic. For those families, we now say help is around the corner. In less than two weeks, we will have a new way for disconnected Americans to access the internet to carry out their day-to-day life, so they can reach the virtual classroom, take advantage of telehealth, and seek new employment opportunities.” 

Beginning on May 12 households can apply in three ways: 

1.  Contact your preferred particpating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. 

2.  Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you. 

3.  Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742 

Earlier this week the FCC hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the benefit, eligibility criteria, how to apply, and the FCC’s partner toolkit materials. If you missed the event live, a recording can be viewed online.

Keep checking back here for addition information as it’s released.


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