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Over the last five decades, our services and our volunteers have helped tens of thousands of people get through difficult times. Without these services, local courts would be overloaded with minor cases, and many people would have suffered needlessly because there is no one else to turn to for the services they need.

The Legal Hand Call-In Center Turns Two

In the two years since CCJ Launched the Legal Hand Call-In Center Serving Schenectady and Albany Counties, we've helped 3,000 people with civil legal issues and provided information to thousands more.

The Legal Hand Call-In Center Breaks Barriers to Justice

At Legal Hand, trained community Volunteers, supervised by our dedicated staff, provide free information, assistance, and referrals to help people resolve issues affecting their lives in the areas like employment, housing, family, immigration, domestic violence, and benefits. Our mission is to prevent civil legal problems from turning into legal actions.  Unlike most providers of legal assistance, we have no eligibility requirements, and all are welcome.  We provide assistance by phone, text, email and chat, and can meet with you virtually.  

Telephone or Text:  (518)-400-5544

Email:  schenectadyalbanyhelp@legalhand.org

Chat:  www.legalhand.org/call-in-center/schenectady-albany 

 

YOUR DONATION WILL HELP KEEP LEGAL HAND BARRIER FREE

 


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Calling all Singers ages 11-24 for the

2024 Raise Your Voice Competition

Now taking reservations for auditions on May 13 and May 14, 2024.  Contact Rhonda Vaughn to reserve your spot.

Email rvaughn@theccj.org or call 518-709-6288

2024 RAISE YOUR VOICE EVENT AT PROCTORS THEATER 

JUNE 27, 2024


We are currently looking for sponsors, if you are interested, please contact at (518) 709-6288


Find Love This February with American Heart Month

It’s February—the shortest month of the year, the month of St. Valentine’s Day and the month of love. For many, February can bring it with some anticipation and even exasperation. What do you get for your sweet honey bee? How can you find the perfect gift? What if you don’t have anyone to celebrate with?

Well, fear no more, because not only is February the month of love but it’s the month of loving yourself—American Heart Month. Give yourself and your loved ones the greatest gift this American Heart Month by focusing on making heart-healthy decisions towards a happier and healthier lifestyle.

 

What is heart disease?

According to the Mayo Clinic, heart disease applies to a range of various diseases which affect the heart. Such conditions include blood vessel diseases, coronary artery issues, heart rhythm problems and congenital heart defects (among others). 

“Heart disease” is a term often used synonymously with “cardiovascular disease,” which generally refers to conditions that include narrowed or blocked blood vessels. Blood vessel diseases can often lead to a heart attack, chest pain or even stroke. Despite the variation of heart disease a person has, it usually carries very serious side effects.

 

Why is it important?

Learning about heart disease and how to avoid it is important because it is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease every year.

Women especially are affected by heart disease, with their statistics being even higher. According to the American Heart Association, a woman dies by heart disease and stroke every 80 seconds. That’s 1 in 3 deaths every year. Thankfully, American Heart Month is taking steps to put a stop to this. 

 

What is American Heart Month?

In an effort to fight cardiovascular disease, President Lyndon B. Johnson first declared February American Heart Month in 1964. Since then, the American Heart Association has dedicated the month to promoting awareness of heart disease and its risks.

 

How does American Heart Month make a difference?

American Heart Month makes a difference in our community and our nation by raising awareness for heart disease and how it can be prevented. It also provides a great opportunity to get involved, be vocal and help others who may not know of the potential risk.

 

How can you prevent heart disease?

If you’re interested in getting involved this February and promoting American Heart Month, the American Heart Association recommends you GO RED:

 

Get your numbers by asking your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose.

Own your lifestyle and commit to stop smoking, exercise consistently and eat healthy.

Raise your voice and advocate for more cardiovascular disease research and education.

Educate your family and friends by making healthy food choices. Take time to teach those in your life the importance of staying active and monitoring their hearts.

Donate. Commit to a better future for our nation by showing support with your time or money.

 

This February, find love with American Heart Month. Take care of yourself and promote a change in your community by being educated and proactive on the risks of cardiovascular disease. Because the best way to celebrate love is with a healthy heart.

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