This couple is on fire for dance – and you will be, too

Natalia O’Connor is a National Champion, World Semi-finalists and World Cup Finalist in ballroom dancing. She and her partner, Florin Vlad, have represented the United States at FIVE World Championships! In 2017, this couple opened Dance Fire Studio & Fitness in Niskayuna, so they could share their talent and technique…

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Hudson Sloop Club takes kids to the river

“The Community Loan Fund made it possible for us to realize the long-standing dream of building the Everett Nack Environmental Education Center for the people of the City of Hudson,” says Nick Zachos, Executive Director, Hudson Sloop Club. “Thanks to the Community Loan Fund, our small volunteer-run non-profit is able to do big things.” The Hudson Sloop Club also offers fishing, boating, ecology, and even boat-building courses for youth.

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Puzzles Bakery offers a missing piece for the community

Sara Mae Pratt, owner of Puzzles Bakery

Pratt started Puzzles in 2015, with help from the Community Loan Fund. “I’m a firm believer that every dollar we spend in our communities is like casting a vote for the world we want to live in,” says Pratt. “We are so fortunate that the Community Loan Fund was willing to invest in Puzzles Bakery & Café early on– this allowed us to open our doors for business and fulfill our mission of providing meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with special needs.”

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Out of the Pits rescues dogs and changes the way we think about pit bulls

Out of the Pits was founded in 1998 to rescue pit bulls. Today, more than 6,000 pit bulls have been saved by this growing organization. In 2018, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region loaned this non-profit the funds to build a new kennel – making it possible for them to save even more pups.

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Community Loan Fund helps Palace Theatre gear up for future

This week, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region closed on a loan to the Palace Theatre totaling $390,000. The loan will help prepare this performing arts center — which is best known for its spotlight performances and twinkling marquee — for a bright future!

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Habitat for Humanity levels up Sheridan Hollow

Habitat for Humanity Housing

In 2015, Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District, with $600,000 in financing from the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, completed the construction of 13 affordable, energy-efficient homes in Albany’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood. This project was just the latest phase of residential development for this neighborhood, with included the construction of 30 Habitat homes including both new construction and rehab.In 2015, Habitat for Humanity of the Capital District, with $600,000 in financing from the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, completed the construction of 13 affordable, energy-efficient homes in Albany’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood. This project was just the latest phase of residential development for this neighborhood, with included the construction of 30 Habitat homes including both new construction and rehab.

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