When you enter the Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop, take a good look around. You’re likely to see a diverse collection of paintings, photographs, ceramics, handmade glass, beaded and silver jewelry, and even a larger than life mosaic and metal sculpture of a tropical fish. And if you visit the Gallery on a Friday morning, you’ll probably meet one of the Gallery’s regular volunteers, Michael Larkin.
Mike is an enthusiastic artist who wanted to get involved in a volunteer opportunity that matched his interests in drawing and painting. The Franklin Street Gallery is a community arts center established by The Arc of Schuyler to provide opportunities for regional artists, including artists with developmental disabilities. Gallery volunteers help extend operating hours and assist with exhibits and events. For Mike, volunteering at the Gallery was a perfect fit.
The next time you visit the Watkins Glen Public Library, be sure to say hello to Jason Crane. You’ll likely find him shelving a full cart of books or DVDs, or at the reception desk checking out books for library visitors.
Since 2011 Jason has been a volunteer at the Watkins Glen Public Library. Jason was seeking a volunteer opportunity where he could make valuable use of his time while giving back to his neighbors. A frequent visitor of the library, which is within walking distance of his home, Jason asked Judi Richards, Watkins Glen Library Volunteer Coordinator, if there were any tasks he could help with on a regular basis.
When Jamie completed school, she began looking for supports in her community that could help her become more independent. Jamie’s service coordinator referred her and her parents, Harold and Monda, to The Arc of Schuyler. The Arc was just a few miles from their home and could provide the supports Jamie needed.
Jamie became connected to the Glen Industries vocational training center. Through Glen Industries, Jamie is learning the skills required to work on a custodial crew, that provides cleaning services for area businesses while learning viable work skills that could lead to future employment. Jamie has also been able to explore her areas of interests with opportunities to attend hockey games and other local events with new friends she has made by participating in The Arc’s Home Services program.