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2017-11-08 / News

Caputo Excavating Donates Driveway To Veteran’s Outreach Center

By Rosie Cunningham


The Catskill Veterans’ Outreach Center in Stamford (pictured), recently received a paved driveway courtesy of Caputo Excavating. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter The Catskill Veterans’ Outreach Center in Stamford (pictured), recently received a paved driveway courtesy of Caputo Excavating. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter STAMFORD - Caputo Excavating of South Kortright, has given back to the community once again.

Last week, Caputo Excavating, owned by Sabrina Caputo, paved the driveway at the Catskill Veterans’ Outreach Center in Stamford over the span of three days at no cost to the facility.

Lead operator Raymond Hayes was the man on the job and did the work with machinery and materials donated by local businesses.

This is the fourth project that the company has been a part of over the years, according to Caputo. Rodney Harris of A&R General Trucking and Eklund Farm Machinery lent equipment in the effort and Lasting Impression Landscapes donated gravel and materials, as they have in the past as well.

“This is our fourth donated driveway,” said Caputo, whose company has been in business for 15 years.

She said that the plan initiated after a customer’s son had a seizure and it was a transporting challenge due to a “rough driveway.”

“We want to give back to the community in some way and we chose the project on the necessity and severity of the situation,” said Caputo. “In the past, we have given a driveway to an elderly couple from Delhi because they were wheelchair-bound and could not safely use the driveway they had.”

Last year, Caputo Excavating repaved the Stamford Veteran’s Club and this year, the business was approached by the director of Catskill Veterans’ Outreach Center Brad Pick and Becky Smith, to do this year’s project.

The former Delaware Inn was refurbished by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) and was emulated after Central New York (CNY) Veteran’s Outreach Center in Utica.

The mission of the CNY Veteran’s outreach center is to enrich veterans’ quality of life by providing supportive, comprehensive services to all Veterans in need so they may successfully integrate back into the society which they served, consequently enhancing the surrounding communities.

Currently, the center is offering food, clothing and a place for veterans to stay between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. An open house will be held on Nov. 9, and vets can sign up until Nov. 13 to receive full Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners by showing their discharge papers.

“The Veterans Outreach Center is doing such an outstanding job for the men and women who served this nation so of course, we said ‘yes,’” Caputo said.

The South Kortright based excavating company is all encompassing: they excavate, landscape and implement septic and construction work.

After past volunteer efforts, Caputo encouraged and continues to encourage, community members and businesses to write or contact the company for future volunteer work suggestions.

“Community service is important because it brings folks together who normally wouldn’t know each other and it brings them together for a common effort,” she said.

To make a suggestion for the next project, call Caputo Excavating 607-538-9145 or email CaputoExcavating@yahoo.com.

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