Since 1883


The Center’s cause-driven programs create meaningful change for local families every day by bridging the gaps in community needs.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The Youth and Family Center works closely with members of our community to develop social programs that fit the unique needs of our local population with a mission to support neighbors with the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive regardless of age, income or background.

Thanks to the generosity of people like yourself, we continue to fulfill our mission that started in 1883 to provide low-cost programs and financial assistance for youth and families in need.


Since before the Great Depression, The Center has been developing micro-local, community-based programs to support our low-income families to make ends meet and develop healthy, fit lifestyles.  These programs have been a life-line for so many of our families, friends, and neighbors over the years, helping them to find emergency shelter, food, clothing and even a friend who will listen during a time of need.

The Center’s philanthropic approach is rooted in the belief that neighbors helping neighbors can make a visible impact for all citizens within our community. Let’s make a difference together.  

If you have the ability to support just one charity this year, consider keeping your donation local…where you can see the concrete, near-term results of your donation and where it’s likely to do the most good. Donate today!

Community Programs

Food Pantry

The Center’s Food Pantry assists Little Falls individuals and families who are in need of food. The pantry distributes holiday baskets on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The food-sense cooperative buying program allows participants to nearly double their food-buying power. Food pantry services are run by volunteers from the local community and churches. Contact Susan Tucker at the Little Falls Community Center at 45 Furnace St. at 315-823-1793 or The Center at 315-823-1740.

Community Garden

A Garden where you can help make a difference. Help by growing fresh vegetables to benefit the Food Pantry and also have an opportunity to learn about gardening. For more information or to volunteer please contact Chris Van Meter at 315-717-8299 or The Youth and Family Center at 315-823-1740.

Housing & Emergency Shelter

Rooms and apartments for male, female and family tenants available by the night the week & month at The Youth and Family Center. Contact Anthony DeLuca at 315-823-1740.

Community Meeting Facilities

The Center offers classrooms, offices, and facilities provided for your group or agency’s special needs. Gym rentals & splash parties can be arranged. We offer childcare, community outreach programs, and pre-school as well as UPK. Call 315-823-1740 or 315-866-6570.

Community Senior Center

Located at 524 E Main St., the facility has meeting space available for your individual or agency’s special needs. Call 315-823-1740 to check the program listings.

Outsiders Outdoor Club

The Outsiders Youth Group was formed on Facebook and is designed to highlight outdoor activities and fitness for children. The group gets together a couple of times per month for outdoor activity and play. Activities include group bicycle rides in the park and on the bike path, the fitness trail at Moreland Park, group runs, kickball, hiking, kayaking and more. Find the group on Facebook where we will put useful links, events, and discussion. Call Marc Verri at 315-723-9379 for details.

Health Food Store

Community Co-Op

The Community Co-op was established in 1975 as a local food buying club enabling local families to stretch their food dollars while at the same time providing items that met their special dietary and nutritional needs. This Food Service Program gives families the opportunity to purchase bulk foods, spices, supplements, and hard to find items at discounted costs. There is no membership fee, anyone can come in and shop with them.

Besides food, the Community Co-op also sells a mixed variety of beauty products, housewares, gardening equipment, seeds, gifts, local products, books, and more.

Volunteers are encouraged, especially during the holiday season, and receive an extra discount for working 5 hours per month. Call 315-823-0686 to learn more or stop by and visit us at 589 Albany Street in Little Falls.

Make a Local Impact


For as little as $19 a month, you can join the long legacy of community supporters who have impacted thousands of lives over the years. Almost a third of our local population (29%) currently live at or below the poverty line. Without the generosity of people like yourself, free-access to The Center’s facility and programs for adults, youth and families would not be possible.

Won’t you join us today in becoming an integral part of The Center’s legacy of neighbors helping neighbors with a personal donation, a corporate donation, a memorial gift or sponsoring a scholarship for a young person in our community? Visit the Donate section of this site or contact Tony DeLuca, Executive Director at The Center today at (315) 823-1740 for details.



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The Center’s Hours

The office opens at 8 am

Mon: 8 am – 7 pm
Tue: 8 am – 5 pm
Wed: 8 am – 7 pm
Thu: 8 am – 5 pm
Fri: 8 am – 5 pm

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