An editorial in the April 4, 1930 Plattsburgh Sentinel reporting on the death of William Miner the previous day stated: "When wealth came to him it was not something to be hoarded. He was only the instrument for its distribution whenever there was good to be done." The people of the North Country still benefit greatly from his generosity more than 85 years after his death. At the August 2016 premiere of Heart's Delight: The Story of William H. Miner at The Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh, Producer Paul Frederick asked a series of questions to the sold-out crowd of nearly 900. Who among you has ever worked at Heart's Delight Farm or Miner Institute? Who has attended or worked at Chazy Central Rural School? Who has worked at, was born at, or ever treated at CVPH? Most everyone in attendance had some link to William Miner. At Miner Institute, our mission is to carry on William Miner's vision -- that certainly involves research, education and agricultural demonstration, but also extending generosity to the broader community. At our December staff meeting, our staff put together two 20-inch bicycles and two motorized ride-on toys for kids. It was a great experience for our staff for a great cause. We worked with the United Way of the Adirondack Region to help us place the toys with families in need in time for Christmas. United Way partnered with Clinton County Department of Social Services to identify foster families to donate the toys to.
"It is nothing short of remarkable that Miner Institute's employees coordinated with the United Way to find deserving children and resources for those less fortunate children who are spending their first Christmas outside of their home, more so now in such trying economic and social times," wrote Christine Peters, Director of Legal and Social Services at the Clinton County Department of Social Services in a letter of thanks to Miner Institute.