Support Neighbors in NeED

August 22nd ALBANY FIRES

United Way of the Greater Capital Region, in partnership with CROAD, is requesting gift card donations to support the families impacted by a large fire on Myrtle Avenue late Thursday evening.

  • Short-term relief is being provided by the American Red Cross.  This assistance is in the area of food, safe shelter, clothing and medical care.
  • Catholic Charities will be providing long-term disaster case management for the survivors to help people rebuild their lives with other community-based organizations contributing to the needs of survivors as they become apparent.

100% of the funds raised by United Way/CROAD will go to the fire survivors to support mid-term and long-term recovery.   Used clothing and goods are not able to be accepted as donations.  However, knowing that a number of children were affected, the community is being asked to donate new school supplies and gift cards to allow families to purchase replacement items for their homes.  These gift cards can provide critical financial support for impacted families; helping to purchase food, furniture, clothing, and household goods that are identified by the fire survivors as part of their recovery plan. 

United Way of the Greater Capital Region will provide fiscal oversight.


Families who were impacted by the fire on Myrtle Avenue should call 2-1-1 if they have not reached out already or been connected with assistance.  All assistance requests should go through 211, which will be available 24/7.  

Call 2-1-1 is a 24 hour/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year health and human services referral line. Individuals can dial 2-1-1 on your phone and trained specialists can assist callers in a variety of areas/need.  Services can also be searched on-line www.211neny.org. 

CROAD (Capital Region Organizations Active in Disaster)

In January 2018 the United Way of the Greater Capital Region partnered with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), American Red Cross, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES), NYS Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYSVOAD), and numerous other local organizations to launch the Capital Region Organizations Active in Disaster (CROAD). The goal of this network is to work alongside our local emergency managers and create a regional coordinated long term recovery plan to guide the efforts of the health and human service sector in the event of a disaster.