Our Community Cares, inc.

Assisting resident of Columbia County, NY

Fire Relief Assistance

On the afternoon of December 3rd, the Ordway family suffered a devastating fire that claimed the lives of some beloved pets and destroyed all their personal belongings. In an effort to assist the family this holiday season, OCCi is raising funds to pay for the removal and clean up of what is left of their home. The minimum estimate received thus far, per homeowner Brett Ordway is $5400.00.

Please consider assisting OCCi in helping this family with this task by making your tax deductible donation using the link below.

Donate to the Lachterman Family

                          Donate to the Lachterman Family

Our Community Cares, Inc. first met Rachel, Brandon and Addison when their home was destroyed due to fire three years ago. They now have been facing a new battle. Rachel is in treatment for Stage IV Glioblastoma. Currently, Rachel is inpatient at a rehabilitation facility. Brandon who is the primary care giver to both Rachel, and their 5 year old daughter Addison has needed to return to work.

We have established a Meal Train for the family. To provide a meal, please click visit https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/k4nlm2

If you would like to donate to assist Rachel and family, please click the button below, or if you prefer, checks can be mailed to : Our Community Cares, Inc. PO Box 463 Ghent, NY 12075. Please also write Lachterman family in the memo field. All donations will be distributed to the family to assist in their time of need.


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 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!