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NYSARC gives back

Local attorney John A. Schuppenhauer prepares for NYSARC’s President’s Project week. Courtesy NYSARC

The NYSARC Gives Back President’s Project, which kicked off Monday, is a week-long collaborative effort of the nonprofit organization’s 55 chapters and the Food Bank Association of New York State to give back to the community through volunteer programs.

Providing essential supports and services to people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families, NYSARC chapters routinely participate in volunteer programs throughout the year.

The President’s Project, an initiative of the organization’s year-long NYSARC Gives Back project, was developed by NYSARC President John A. Schuppenhauer, a Canandaigua attorney.

“NYSARC chapters routinely give back to their communities,” Schuppenhauer said. “The President’s Project is an opportunity for this organization to demonstrate just how much we give back by connecting all of those activities during the last week in March.”

NYSARC chapters have been busy making preparations for President’s Project week. For example, the organization’s Genesee County Chapter has partnered with FoodLink, Food Bank Association of New York state’s Rochester-region bank, to organize a food drive, and the Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung County chapters are collaborating on a food drive with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

“By having NYSARC chapters participate in volunteer activities across the state during one week, our collective mission is made abundantly clear to the public,” Schuppenhauer said. “For more than 63 years, NYSARC Inc. has dedicated itself to providing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities, like my daughter Hilary. But more importantly, every single one of our 30,000 staff members and the 60,000 people receiving services are members of their local communities and, throughout those 63 years, have always found a way to give back. The President’s Project is really a celebration of our mission, of our communities, and of the strong partnerships we have built over our many years.”

For more information about volunteer programs in a specific county, use the “Find your Chapter” tool on the NYSARC website at www.nysarc.org/members.