NYSARC Grant Provides Year-Round Recreational Opportunities
By providing funding for six dances, a picnic, and two variety show performances, NYSARC Trust Services brought meaningful recreation activities to hundreds of individuals with disabilities in Livingston and Wyoming Counties throughout 2015.
NYSARC Trust Services is part of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming’s state organization. For 2015, its Trustees authorized a state-wide distribution of about $400,000 in restricted grants for the exclusive purpose of funding Chapter recreational opportunities. Livingston-Wyoming’s share was $8,000.
“The grant helped to fund a whole slate of opportunities through our Recreation department,” says Cathy Sullivan, The Arc's Day, Community and Intake Services Coordinator. “Many folks didn’t have the opportunity to do things like these when they were in high school. Now, they’re able to take part in dances, shows, and other activities with their friends and peers.”
The events included a themed dance every other month, held at the popular venue of the Moose Lodge in Dansville. The average attendance was well over 100 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who receive various services from The Arc. Highlights included Valentines, St. Patrick's Day, and Halloween affairs.
For individuals looking for outdoor fun, a summer picnic offered food, games, and friendship in Perry Fireman's Park for more than 300 people who partied under the warm August sun.
Program participants interested in the performing arts came together in November for a limited two-performance engagement of "The Arc's Show of Shows," a variety show held in conjunction with Theatre 101 in Mount Morris. It spotlighted the far-ranging talents of individuals with disabilities. About a dozen people performed, sharing talents that included singing, stand-up comedy, and impersonations.
“The show was something special—and not just for the performers, but also for the parents and other family members in the audience,” Ms. Sullivan says. “For many in attendance, it was a rare opportunity to see their son or daughter on the stage. It was very meaningful.”
About NYSARC Trust Services
The Trustees of the NYSARC, Inc. Trust have approved a remainder fund grant of $8,000 per chapter to provide recreational opportunities for people they support. Last year, The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming received a similar grant from NYSARC Trust Services to offset the costs of dances and a drama production for individuals with disabilities throughout its service area. On average, 110 people were in attendance at each event.
In addition, remainder fund grants totaling $ 1,466,000 were awarded to support NYSARC guardianship programs statewide. A total of $1,874,000 in remainder grants was awarded in 2015 to support recreation and guardianship statewide. NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits. Information is available on how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you: our website www.nysarctrustservices.org , phone 1-518-439-8323, toll free phone 1-800-735-8924 or e-mail email@example.com.