Used Cars, New Dreams

Sometimes, finding a job is only part of the battle employees face. In our rural communities, getting a ride to work can be just as much of a challenge.

A $100,000 donation from the Adirondack Foundation is enabling us to do something about that.

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This summer, we’re partnering with United Way of the Adirondack Region and the ALICE Steering Committee to administer the North Country Moves program, a revolving loan fund that will help individuals with limited income get cars and get to work.

Our partners at the Joint Council for Economic Opportunities of Clinton and Franklin Counties (JCEO) and Adirondack Community Action Programs (ACAP) in Essex County will identify clients who would benefit from the program; once approved, they’ll be eligible to spend up to $10,000 on a car. As they repay their low-interest car loans and replenish the fund, we’ll keep the cycle going, lending more to others.

“Where we live, public transportation isn’t always available, and if your car is unreliable, that can make the difference between a day’s pay and no pay,” says Russ Cronin, CEO of Adirondack Regional. “Our goal is to help deserving, hard-working North Country residents in reliable, safe and affordable vehicles, and we’re thankful to the Adirondack Foundation, JCEO and ACAP for helping to make that happen.”