At Bullard, McLeod, we invest in the success of our clients as well as the success of our community. Community involvement is a long-standing corporate objective. Given the financial constraints put on not-for-profit organizations nation-wide, now more than ever, we believe in the importance of enhancing our community through volunteerism, board service, and donation.
To this end, some of the programs and organizations we support are:
Washington Park Conservancy
Established in 1985, the Washington Park Conservancy assists with the restoration and maintenance of Historic Washington Park. Run by a collection of residents, community leaders, business owners, and professionals, the Conservancy was created to help provide visitors with history and updates about the park, inform them of upgrades, and give general information about Albany itself. Some recent projects of the Conservancy include installing new lighting fixtures around the park, restoring and rehabilitating the nearly six miles of available walking trails, and examining the Lakehouse, home of Park Playhouse, designing a plan to utilize it year-round while maintaining its structural and architectural integrity as a historic structure. The Conservancy's website provides photos of Washington Park, showing how it has evolved over the years, and also directs viewers to local events occurring at or near the park, such as Alive at 5, Albany's summer concert series, and the popular annual Tulip Festival.
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Park Playhouse is known for producing free musicals and plays right in the heart of Albany. Housed at the Lakehouse in Washington Park and able to seat 1,500 viewers in its amphitheater, Park Playhouse seeks to provide arts education programs to the community while promoting an all-inclusive atmosphere, as demonstrated by its free-admission shows. Seeking to inspire and train the next generation of artists, Park Playhouse also operates the Park Playhouse Kids after-school program, where students can continue theater training outside of the classroom during the off-season. This popular program is now a featured element of Park Playhouse's summer calendar. Working with artists and volunteers, Park Playhouse brings the highlights of Broadway into the Capital Region.
Homeward Bound Dog Rescue of NY
Homeward Bound Dog Rescue of NY is one of the Capital Region's best resources in providing dogs with loving, stable homes. This 100 percent volunteer-based not-for-profit organization works toward adoption through fostering, keeping dogs out of shelters and in safe, loving, and at times, rehabilitative environments until permanent homes are found. Homeward Bound's success stems from the efforts of its dedicated staff members, who manage weekly adoption clinics, run training classes, and work closely with applicants to make sure each adoption is a perfect fit. Homeward Bound's website provides resources to connect to local veterinarians, lists success stories, and links to the popular Petfinder.com, another top resource in connecting pets with their future homes. In providing these resources, Homeward Bound works to ensure that each dog in its care is properly socialized, trained, and made to feel cared for and secure, making it possible to connect dogs to the families that will love them for life.
Historic Albany Foundation
Historic Albany Foundation's mission is to preserve and protect buildings with architectural, historic, or civic value by providing technical assistance, education, and advocacy to the community. HAF works with preservation and community partners to identify reuse and rehabilitation opportunities. The organization also sponsors tours of historic homes and gardens, holds an annual silent art auction inspired by Albany’s architecture, and runs a series of pub lectures and walking tours in order to increase awareness and education of preservation efforts. HAF hosts a preservation library where individuals can research and learn about regional history, historic preservation, and architectural styles. The Foundation works with individuals working to preserve endangered properties, by helping property owners obtain grants for restorative work, holding workshops on how to properly preserve and restore materials, and salvaging reusable parts from buildings; such as bathtubs, door knobs, and stained glass.
Doane Stuart School
The mission of Doane Stuart is education, for students from every quarter. In a college preparatory context, where the joy of discovery is valued, Doane Stuart emphasizes serious study, educates to social responsibility, and lays the foundation for a strong faith." As one of the region's oldest and most prestigious independently run college preparatory schools, Doane Stuart prides itself on its dedication to community and inclusiveness, providing education to students from Early Childhood through Grade 12. Equality is promoted in the school's coeducational and interfaith formats; all students are encouraged to approach other religions and backgrounds from an intellectual perspective, cultivating respect and compassion for the diversity of individuals and traditions.
Ducks Unlimited is a global leader in conserving and protecting wetlands and the animals that inhabit them. Started in 1937 by a group of sportsmen wanting to conserve the habitats of waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited works closely with individuals, landowners, agencies, and scientific communities to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands for waterfowl in North America. This volunteer-based organization hosts over 4,000 fundraising events each year, and has managed to reforest more than 178,000 acres of land in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, rebuilding essential breeding and foraging ground for the waterfowl that live there. Ducks Unlimited works with farmers and other landowners to make their land more wildlife-friendly, in addition to improving its agricultural and recreational value, to ensure that waterfowl and the wetlands they inhabit are able to thrive.
Civil Air Patrol
Established just one week prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Civil Air Patrol was brought to life by 150,000 volunteers eager to use their aviation skills in defense of their country. These volunteers performed critical wartime missions during WWII, including saving crash victims and sinking two enemy submarines. The Civil Air Patrol was declared a benevolent nonprofit organization in 1946 and in 1948 was permanently established as the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The Civil Air Patrol carries on its mission of providing beneficial services in the areas of aerospace education, where the basics and advancements of aerospace technology are taught; cadet programs, where youths between the ages of 12 and 20 compete for academic scholarships and learn how to be effective and moral leaders; and emergency services, where members participate in search-and-rescue missions, disaster relief, and other humanitarian services.
Capital District YMCA
The Capital District YMCA is one of the 35 largest YMCA associations in the country and one of the largest membership-based community service organizations in the capital region. The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y nurtures the potential in every child and youth by providing children with a healthy and safe environment in which to learn about themselves and others; the Y improves the nation’s health and well-being by providing access to a variety of innovative programs, from Pedaling for Parkinson's and LIVESTRONG© at the YMCA to Yoga and Zumba; and the Y provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors by working to address important social issues such as child welfare and education, and improving public health." For more information, visit www.CDYMCA.org or call 518.869.3500.
Capital Repertory Theatre
What began as an abandoned supermarket was quickly transformed into a thriving pillar of the Capital Region's cultural community. The Capital Repertory Theatre was established in 1981, brought to life by the donated materials, labor, and expertise of the community, as well as the passion of The League of Theatre Artists, community leaders, and volunteers. With an annual operating budget of $2.3 million, over 83 percent of which is returned to the local community, Cap Rep has produced more than 5,000 performances and employs over 1,500 professional artists. Striving to provide quality theater for the Capital Region, this not-for-profit cultural organization draws tourists, shoppers, and diners to the downtown area, making it a leader in defining the upper Hudson-Mohawk Valley as a destination for culture and community.
Capital District Community Gardens
Started as a community service project in 1975, Capital District Community Gardens is a non-profit organization that reduces the impact of poor nutrition on public health in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga counties. Through the organization of community gardens, food hub services and hands-on nutritional and horticultural education, CDCG brings fresh, local food and a wealth of knowledge to individuals and communities throughout the region. From The Produce Project, which grants high-school students year-round access to job training, hands-on education, and employment opportunities, to The Veggie Mobile, which distributes fresh produce to senior residences, low-income neighborhoods, individuals with disabilities, CDCG is making the Capital Region a greener, healthier place to live.
Albany Institute of History and Art
Founded in 1791, The Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the nation's oldest museums. Focusing on local history, the Institute documents the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late 17th century to present day. Offering both formal and informal learning programs, the Institute is able to connect students and teachers, as well as the community at large, to lecturers, photographers, authors, and other artists and scholars with a passion for teaching and discussing local history. With more than 30,000 works of art and artifacts, including the famous Hudson River school paintings and long-term exhibits from Colonial Albany, the Institute offers the opportunity for people of all ages to explore the history and heritage of the Capital Region.