The Arc of Schuyler was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Golisano Foundation, located in Pittsford, NY, to support renovations at The Arc’s 203 12th Street building in Watkins Glen.
In order to meet a New York State mandate to close or modify all sheltered workshops by 2021, The Arc of Schuyler will be transforming its sheltered workshop, Glen Industries, into an integrated food copacking business.
“Under today’s standards, sheltered workshops need to change because they can be considered a closed and segregated setting,” said Jeannette Frank, Executive Director at The Arc of Schuyler. “The Golisano Foundation has been a leader in supporting projects that contribute to an improved quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are very thankful for their support and confidence in our plans.”
In addition to employing people with and without disabilities, the Glen Copack business will offer an inclusive job training component for anyone, people with and without disabilities, to acquire essential food safety skills to prepare them to work in growing, and highly regulated, food industries.
The Golisano Foundation grant will supplement other fundraising The Arc of Schuyler has been pursuing to meet the agency’s Transformation 2020 goals. With the addition of this grant, The Arc has raised $1,506,000 of the $1.75 million needed.
Companies, individuals and foundations are encouraged to support The Arc's efforts. More information about The Arc of Schuyler’s plans can be found at www.arcofschuyler.org. Contact Jeannette Frank to assist in giving opportunities at 607-535-6934.
Golisano Foundation Mission Statement: “The Golisano Foundation is devoted exclusively to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. We are committed to promoting inclusion, acceptance, and opportunity though the initiatives we support, so that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are valued as people who can contribute and be a vital part of our community - as good students, good neighbors and good workers. We want to create a better understanding of the contributions people with IDD can and do make to their communities and encourage the delivery of services in ways that create more opportunities for meaningful participation in all aspects of community life. In the words of our founder, Tom Golisano, we imagine the possibilities, advocating for families, fighting for their dignity and giving people with IDD the opportunity to thrive in their communities.”