Our Community Cares, inc.

Assisting resident of Columbia County, NY

Support for Rich Powers

Rich PowersSupport for Rich Power’s and Family

This week we were very fortunate to have met Rich and Tina Powers. On May 27, 2016, while riding home from his job in Boston, Rich was involved in a life-changing motorcycle accident. He was thrown 150 ft on the Mass Pike and suffered a traumatic brain injury. After three weeks in UMASS, (12 of which were in a coma, ) he was transferred to Sunnyview Rehabilitation in Schenectady to begin healing.

Complications occurred, and he was back in the hospital for a week before returning to Sunnyview.

Today, Rich is home with his family which includes his wife, Tina, and three children. Tina drives him to Sunnyview three times a week for therapy. Rich is relearning to do all the activities of daily living.

Tina and Rich are also coaches of their son’s Pop Warner football team and have committed to doing so while regaining their lives. The family has set up a page to follow Rich’s recovery HERE.

Tina is an R.N. who even though she possesses the knowledge, is now on the other side of the diagnosis. She has taken 4 months of unpaid leave from her job to care for Rich.

The only income at this time is a disability check Rich receives for a prior service related injury while serving. It is not easy for ask to help is what Tina said, however, one of the first things said was “We will be there to help when we can”.

The Powers’ family could use our help. We have set up a meal train which you can view HERE.

We are also asking the community to donate to Rich and his family. These funds will go directly to Rich.

If you would like to donate to the family, please click below.


Checks and or gift cards for travel expenses can also be sent to :

Our Community Cares, Inc.

PO Box 463

Ghent, NY 12075

Please write Powers family in the memo field.

If you would like to contact us you can: 518-336-5254

Cancer Relief Fund


Our Community Cares currently supports individuals that have been diagnosed with cancer.  We encourage you to make a donation to our Cancer Relief Fund by clicking below.  This will enable us to continue to help them and their families as they battle this disease.


Support the Cancer Fund

GreenLight A Donation To A Veteran


America’s veterans are some of our nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet, sponsored by Walmart, is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.


Change One Light to Green

Change one light to green in a visible location on your porch, in your home, or at your office and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

Why Green?

Green is the color of hope renewal and well-being. “Greenlight” is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities.

How can you help?  Where can you get a green light?


Our Community Cares is selling green light bulbs for a minimum $10 donation to our organization.  Your minimum $10 donation will be used to support a vet or veterans program right here in Columbia County.  None of your donation will leave Columbia County.  Chatham Hardware has given us a generous gift of 120 light bulbs at no cost to help us raise money for this program.  If all 120 light bulbs are sold, a minimum of $1200 will be raised for Columbia County Veterans!

Light bulbs can be purchased at Chatham Hardware starting TODAY December 2nd or from an Our Community Cares Director.  (contact us on our OCC Facebook or by calling 518-336-5254)

Thank you for supporting our Veterans and Our Community Cares!