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Mission: Schoharie Area Long Term Development builds resilient and sustainable communities.

Vision: Schoharie County and surrounding communities will be vibrant, healthy, resilient and sustainable.

Motto: Building Community through Collaboration and Volunteerism

What does SALT stand for?   SALT is the acronym for Schoharie Area Long Term, Inc.

When was SALT formed?   Shortly after the devastating floods of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in the fall of 2011 SALT began organizing, officially incorporating on December 7, 2011.

What area does SALT serve?  Schoharie County.

What is SALT’s focus? SALT Development coordinates collaborative regional projects that build disaster resilience and develop existing local assets.

Disaster Resilience

Kits for Kids – School-Aged Preparedness Kits & Program – SALT’s Preparedness Committee will be coordinating the Kits for Kids Program again this year. The project will kick off in September 2016. To get involved contact PREPARE@SALTdevelopment.org.

In 2015, SALT, Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services and AmeriCorps VISTA spearheaded a project to make Emergency Ready Kits for local children. On Tuesday, December 1st, SALT’s AmeriCorps VISTA team presented its Kits for Kids Emergency Preparedness program to 214 children, ages 4-13, in the Gilboa-Conesville Central School District.

Hope for the Homebound – In 2014, SALT, Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services and AmeriCorps VISTA spearheaded a project to make Emergency Ready Kits for 200 “homebound” residents of Schoharie County. Over 30 organizations participated in this pilot program by hosting a drop-box location, donating money, or donating one or more of the items being collected. Over 4,000 items and $3,000 in cash were collected, which allowed us to assemble all 200 Emergency Ready Kits with the help of the Schoharie County ARC. The kits were dispersed among the Cobleskill-Richmondville School District, HEAD Start, and the Office for the Aging. SALT plans to coordinate Hope for the Homebound again in 2018.

Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) Standard Operating Procedures – In the event of a future disaster, Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services has asked SALT to stand up and coordinate a VRC. SALT’s Preparedness Committee has developed VRC Standard Operating Procedures and identified five locations throughout the county that have agreed to be VRC sites. A VRC is a location where spontaneous, unaffiliated disaster volunteers can come and register, and from there they are referred to local agencies to assist with relief efforts. To learn more contact our Preparedness Committee at PREPARE@SALTdevelopment.org.

Natural Assets

Schoharie Creek Trail Feasibility Study – SALT, in partnership with Schoharie County Planning, NYS Department of State and dozens of other partners, is facilitating an exciting asset based community and economic development venture to analyze the ecological, legal and economic feasibility of a 38- mile multi-use trail connecting assets and communities throughout the creek basin from Esperance to Blenheim. Contact Jerrine Corallo at JerrineC@SALTdevelopment.org.

Schoharie Creek Access Task Force – While an active Project Advisory Committee works on executing the tasks associated with the Schoharie Creek Trail Feasibility Study, SALT is also eager to harness local volunteer energy and interest to increase recreational access to the Schoharie Creek. In the spring of 2017, SALT Project Director Jerrine Corallo and local volunteer Scott Danner will convene a taskforce of volunteers to develop plans and secure funds and labor to construct a series of public access boat launches throughout the valley. To get involved contact Jerrine at JerrineC@SALTdevelopment.org.

Cultural Assets

Trails to Tales of Schoharie County Website & Augmented Reality Mobile ApplicationSALT,  in partnership with NYS Council on the Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NYS Folklore Society, Schoharie County’s Quilt Barn Trail and Beverage Trails, Go Gonzalez and dozens of other partners, is facilitating the development of an innovative website and augmented reality mobile application to highlight the region’s rich assets (museums, parks, historic sites, artisans). Users will be able to access various cultural trails and in future years recreational trails, as well as accompanying videos and audio clips about local assets. To learn more contact Laura Morace at LauraM@SALTdevelopment.org.

 

Community Assets

Central Bridge Planning Project (pending funds) –On behalf of the Towns of Esperance and Schoharie, SALT will carry out the following community development planning process focused on housing and streetscape improvements in the residential hamlet of Central Bridge. The project will engage local leaders, municipal officials, universities, regional community planning, landscape architecture and/or engineering firms, as well as residents in community planning for four (4) focus areas. These include: 1) Inventory of Assets and Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis; 2) Produce Streetscape Plan including conceptual designs, cost estimates and a matrix of implementation funding sources; 3) Housing Conditions and Vacant Property Assessment Survey and Report with recommendations and matrix of implementation funds; and 4) Community Center SWOT Analysis. For more information contact Jerrine Corallo at JerrineC@SALTdevelopment.org.

Vacant Property Task Force – SALT recognizes that housing is a fundamental element of a healthy community. Vacant properties continue to negatively impact the quality of life in our communities. Project Director Jerrine Corallo will be working with a team of local volunteers, municipal leaders, national experts and other stakeholders to form a Vacant Property Task Force later this fall. To get involved contact Jerrine at JerrineC@SALTdevelopment.org.

 

Local Economic Assets

Business Advancement Initiative – Small businesses are the cornerstone of our rural economy, whether they are farms, main street enterprises, tourist attractions, or consultants providing professional services. SALT recognizes that a strong, vibrant local economy depends upon strong, vibrant local businesses.  By working with regional business leaders, Sarah Goodrich, Executive Director at SALT, is developing a new initiative to provide resources and programming, that complements the existing supports available to small businesses through the Chamber of Commerce, SUNY Cobleskill and other regional business development programs. More details coming later this year; to get involved contact Sarah at SarahG@SALTdevelopment.org

Schoharie County Beverage Trail Marketing Administration – SALT is pleased to assist the Schoharie County Beverage Trail by carrying out marketing efforts in 2017.

Where is the SALT Main office? At the Heritage House, 258 Main St., Schoharie, NY 12157.

What is the mailing address? PO Box 777, Schoharie NY 12157

How can someone access help from SALT?  Call the office at 518-702-5017, or email info@SALTdevelopment.org.

How can I volunteer?  Call the office at 518-702-5017, email: volunteer@SALTdevelopment.org, or sign up through our website: SALTdevelopment.org.

Which agencies partnered together to form SALT?  Multiple agencies working together formed SALT, and our list of partners is still growing. Among the founding agencies are: Schoharie Reformed Church; Schoharie County Child Development; Rural Preservation; Office for the Aging; Community Maternity Services; Catholic Charities; Lutheran Disaster Response; United Methodist Committee on Relief; Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce; Schoharie Recovery; SUNY Cobleskill Office of Communiversity Affairs; Cornell Cooperative Extension; the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region; and other agencies and faith-based entities.

What’s the latest progress on the rebuilding and recovery effort?

The latest SALT Survey completed in 2014 (based on 1,674 residential properties impacted by the flood) shows that 79% of impacted properties have fully recovered. This leaves 9% of properties that are still rebuilding. Additionally, 12% of properties were destroyed and are either buyout properties (forever green space) or properties with no current plan to rebuild. SALT plans to continue efforts to address the remaining vacant properties challenges through the creation of a regional Vacant Property Task Force to thoroughly analyze the causes, consult with local and national experts, find best practices, and develop and execute a plan to turn our vacant spaces into healthy, thriving, vibrant places.

How is SALT funded? Through the generous donations of individuals, businesses and groups, and by awards of grant monies from public and private sources.

How can donations be made?

Tax deductible donations can be made by check, made payable to SALT and mailed to: SALT, PO Box 777, Schoharie, NY, 12157; OR online at: http://www.saltdevelopment.org/donate

Does SALT have paid staff members or only volunteers and who are they?

SALT has a core staff of two full-time and two part-time individuals. The majority of people who work with SALT are volunteers. Having a core paid staff has allowed the organization to coordinate more than 38,000 volunteers and 30 AmeriCorps VISTAs / volunteers who have served throughout the area since 2011.

SALT current staff members are:

Sarah Goodrich – Executive Director

Darlene Van Deusen – Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)

Laura Morace – Project Director & VISTA Supervisor

Jerrine Corallo – Project Director (Part-Time)

Who are SALT AmeriCorps VISTAs?

SALT has been the recipient of an AmeriCorps VISTA or “Volunteers in Service to America” grant annually since 2012. Through this national service program, VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization. Since 2012, over 30 AmeriCorps VISTA members have assisted SALT with volunteer recruitment and management, construction management, fund development, grant research and writing, marketing and special events, business and community development, and technology services. We are pleased to announce that SALT has been awarded a contract for a fifth year of AmeriCorps VISTA members.

Who are the AmeriCorps NCCCs?

Another national service program, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) work to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. SALT hosted two NCCC teams in 2013, one team in the spring of 2015 and another in spring of 2016. NCCC members work on a range of recovery and community development volunteer projects during their four – eight weeks in the county.