The Arc of Schuyler launched its first ever capital campaign in November to raise $1.75 million for renovations and equipment and update its services to be more inclusive for people with disabilities and the general public.
Dominick Franzese and Margaret Lawrence are co-chairs leading the effort to raise $375,000 locally toward The Arc’s capital campaign projects.
“The Arc is an important part of this community, adding to the quality of life and economy in Schuyler County,” said Lawrence. “Through the generosity of early supporters, half of the goal has been met, with $187,000 to go.”
Projects are beginning to take shape as the fundraising campaign continues. “People have been very interested in our plans,” said Jeannette Frank, Executive Director of The Arc of Schuyler. “Enhanced partnerships with the educational community and other nonprofits will result in new options available for area youth and adults interested in career exploration and job training.”
The plan has multiple phases. The first phase is to renovate The Arc’s former sheltered workshop which is required to close under new NYS regulations. The space is being modernized to expand food manufacturing services through The Arc’s social enterprise, Glen Copack. The project is funded through a USDA grant and requires a 50% match. Glen Copack is also developing a Power Skills and Food Safety training curriculum that will be used to prepare students for jobs in food related industries.
The second phase is to renovate The Arc’s building at 210 12th in Watkins Glen and construct a 3,800 square foot addition to the building for a Neighborhood Center.
“The space needs to be welcoming and versatile to address needs of area nonprofits to hold meetings and classes. People with disabilities will be involved in operating the Neighborhood Center and volunteering, making this a big win-win for The Arc and the community,” Frank said. “The goal is to open our doors to the public at large and invite people with disabilities to take part in community activities.”
The Arc of Schuyler was awarded a grant from the NYS Dormitory Authority for the Neighborhood Center addition, but Frank adds that supplemental funds are still to finish the project.
Photos: Top left: Entrance to future kitchen that will house two new kettles and triple Glen Copack’s capacity. New design will make operations and movement of materials more efficient.; Bottom left: New dry fill kitchen interior will expand capacity.; Bottom right: Former meeting rooms being converted into prep area for employees before entering food processing area