The Saratoga Six: Aimee Taylor
Six inquisitive questions with Saratoga’s most interesting people.
Aimee Taylor recently joined the team at AIM Services, Inc., a local organization that provides support and services to people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. It’s the perfect fit for a woman who has long championed the underserved. (Speaking of fit, she is also a stylist for J.Hilburn, a custom and ready-to-wear men's clothing company.) We recently tracked Aimee down to learn more about her Saratoga favorites.
1. Tell us about your earliest Saratoga memory.
About 20 years ago my family was relocated about an hour west of Saratoga. At the time I had a one and a half-year-old and was pregnant with my second child. I was focused on finding the ideal town or city to raise my children. I kept driving around exploring new areas, focused on finding the ideal town or city to raise my children. Eventually, I drove into Saratoga; I will never forget it! It had a public library, numerous museums, parks and more. That was it. Saratoga was exactly where I wanted to be.
2. The Saratoga Social was created to highlight the work of our local nonprofits. Which organization is most important to you?
I love living in such a philanthropic city. How lucky are we to have so many caring, compassionate and generous people? As a mom of three, these three nonprofits speak to me the most: The Dake Foundation for Children helps bring independence to children with disabilities by providing specialized equipment for activities so children ca participate in activities with their families and friends. I love the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s mission of providing youth with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life, in addition to encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Lastly, CAPTAIN works with children, adults and families throughout Saratoga County providing a hand up during times of crisis. Additionally, anyone who daily risks his or her life to defend our collective freedom deserves our unwavering support. That’s why Saratoga WarHorse, whose mission focuses on veterans with PTSD, is another priority for me.
3. Which spot in town serves your favorite drink or dish?
There are so many fabulous eats in Saratoga but if I had to pick one it’d be 15 Church. They hit the trifecta for me with food, service and ambiance. My favorites are the signature 15 Church cocktail, the Carpetbagger starter and their Zeppoles (drowning in as much of the two sauces as possible).
4. What’s the most impactful way the Saratoga community can get involved in the mission of AIM Services, Inc.?
People with challenges want to be part of the community and not just exist in it. Establishing meaningful and authentic relationships can go a long way. When it comes to employment, we offer support services to individuals looking to learn job skills and obtain a job in the community. If you think you might have a job opportunity for one of the individuals we support, or want to create one, I would encourage you to visit our website for more information. Besides that, there are many other opportunities for someone to get involved-from attending an event to investing in the organization. Not to mention, we’re hiring.
5. What's the first app/website you open in the morning?
The weather app Dark Sky… so I can dress accordingly.
6. "I consider Saratoga's greatest hidden gem to be..."
You can't drive Fitch Road–lined with horse farms–in spring or fall without smiling, laughing and suddenly forgetting about the things that are stressing you out. It is a family tradition to make the drive several afternoons throughout the year to frolicking, fuzz foals and fillies as they test their speed in the pastures.