Community News and Events

Public Notice

The Westerlo Heritage Museum has canceled the 2020 Town of Westerlo Annual Garage Sale day.

Public Notice

Space has been reserved on Nexamp's community solar farm for Town of Westerlo residents, businesses, non-profits, and religious organizations.  Residents and organizations are eligible to subscribe to the solar farm and reduce their annual electric bills by up to 10% annually. There are no long-term contracts or upfront costs. For each resident or organization that enrolls by May 30th, Nexamp will contribute $75 to the Town of Westerlo's Park Fund to assist in buying sanitation equipment and other supplies to help keep equipment safe and clean for the town's residents. For more information or to enroll in the solar farm please visit or call 877-247-9436. This program is available to all residents, businesses, non-profits, and religious organizations.

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Hilltowns Community Resource Center

The Hilltowns Community Resource Center, a program of Catholic Charities Tri-County Services is located in the town of Westerlo, NY and has served the communities of Berne, Knox, Westerlo, and Rensselaerville since 1981. We currently serve over 600 individuals in the Hilltowns.

The Hilltowns Community Resource Center provides assistance to low-income individuals with a variety of programs and special projects:

  • Information, referral and advocacy
  • Food Pantry, including a mobile pantry
  • Holiday Assistance: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Back-to-School Project: School clothing and supplies
  • Emergency assistance to individuals and families experiencing a crisis
  • Satellite office for Albany County Food Stamps in-take

Amidst the challenges our world is facing today, Catholic Charities meets people where they are. Their struggles are very real and hunger is most often a symptom of a larger issue in their life such as, no transportation to get to work, a past due heating bill, or needing back-to-school clothes for growing children. Our goal is to see that no person goes hungry with a larger hope to strengthen their lives and our communities.

Hilltowns Community Resource Center
566 State Route 143, PO Box 147, Westerlo, NY 12193
Program Coordinator: Marybeth Peterson (518) 966-7380 or

Mission Statement: Catholic Charities, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, is committed to active witness on behalf of the Scriptural values of mercy and justice. Catholic Charities, recognizing human need at all stages of life, responds to all persons regardless of race, creed, or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Catholic Charities serves and empowers persons in need, advocates for a just society, calls forth and collaborates with women and men of good will in fulfillment of its mission.

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Kenneth Secor, Director & Veteran Services Staff
Will be available to answer questions and assist veterans and their families in obtaining benefits or services. Veterans should bring their DD-214.

heidelbergsHelderberg Senior Services Inc.
Presents a Congregate Lunch
At The Hilltown Senior Center
1360 Helderberg Trail (Rt. 443) in Berne

lunchLunch is available every Monday, Tuesday & Friday at noon. Reservations needed in advance. Call Karen Stark at 518-937-5963. (You can come for 1, 2 or all 3 days each week)

Or you can always sign up when you are at the senior center enjoying lunch.  We will be available to help you.

When you call we need: Your name, Phone number,   # of people coming.

The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Program provided by Helderberg Senior Services Inc., Sponsored by Albany County Department for Aging, meals provided by the Life Living Center.