PARC participants help people in need
Putnam ARC, a provider of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities in Putnam County, will take part in a week-long volunteer project in conjunction with NYSARC, called the NYSARC Gives Back project.” Participants at PARC, one of 55 chapters of the state-wide, family-based NYSARC non-profit, are actively involved in supporting the Putnam County community throughout the year, but will do even more to “give back” during the week of March 25-31.
Volunteers will serve Meals on Wheels, organize local recycling projects, and deliver food to local pantries and soup kitchens. “We have always contributed back as we feel it is our duty to giveback whenever possible,” said PARC Executive Director Susan Limongello. “We make ourselves available as helpers to other non-profits, like Meals-on-Wheels, and our participants find joy and pride in those activities.”
For the East Fishkill Friendship Center, part of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, PARCs participant volunteers offer an essential service. “PARC has provided nearly weekly services at the East Fishkill site for at least 10 years and has been instrument in running meal delivery routes for our Beacon and Fishkill locations as well,” said Rosemarie Yasiejko, site manager at the friendship center. “Adequate staffing in order to provide services is imperative and volunteers from PARC are an integral and invaluable part in the successful implementation of our programs.”
Putnam ARC (PARC) is the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities, autism, and traumatic brain injuries in Putnam County. Founded in 1954, PARC supports more than 650 people living with developmental disabilities with vocational training, in community residences, at our preschool for children with special needs in Mahopac, in extensive day habilitation and clinical services, and with service coordination, recreation, and after-school programs. PARC is also one of the top employers in Putnam County. For more information about PARC’s services, programs or employment opportunities, log onto the PARC website.
NYSARC, Inc. is the largest not-for-profit organization in New York State and the United States supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families. The 55 Chapters comprising the family-led Organization provide services in every County in New York State. NYSARC, Inc. supports over 60,000 individuals, employs 30,000, and has a membership of nearly 87,000.
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