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Foundation for Disabled People Extends "Arc of Support" with $4,000 for Katrina Relief
Members of the Livingston-Wyoming Arc Foundation know first-hand the positive differences Arc agencies make for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families. As the fundraising arm of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, the Foundation helps enhance the lives of more than 600 community members who rely on agency programs and services each year. On Monday, April 9, the Foundation extended its support beyond the two-county region by pledging $4,000 to the Arc of the Gulf Coast (Gulfport, Mississippi), a “sister” Arc agency that is recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.
“We know that the work of the Arc throughout the country is vital in providing opportunities and support,” said Tim McCallum (pictured left), Livingston-Wyoming Arc Foundation President. “One can only imagine the difficulties faced by Arc chapters that were in the path of Hurricane Katrina, as they continue to provide critical services.”
Accepting the $4,000 pledge from Mr. McCallum was Lyle Lehman, representing Livingston CARES, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to humanitarian relief and recovery efforts. Organized in response to the horrendous devastation caused by Katrina, Livingston CARES is a collaborative effort by students, faculty, staff, and retirees at SUNY Geneseo; Livingston County Administrators and Board of Supervisors; Town and Village of Geneseo; Geneseo Central School; the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce; the Livingston County Coalition of Churches; and individual volunteers. Livingston CARES set up a sister county relationship with Harrison County, Mississippi, and provides the planning and coordination to develop and support program-to-program contact and support between Livingston and Harrison Counties.
“One of the goals of Livingston CARES is to develop ongoing relationships in Harrison County to continue to provide support for recovery of programs devastated by Katrina,” explained Mr. Lehman, who is a Board Member for both Livingston CARES and Livingston-Wyoming Arc. “To date, more than 200 Livingston CARES volunteers have traveled to Harrison County to help with clean-up and reconstruction. The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming intends to establish a relationship with the Arc of the Gulf Coast and continue to provide friendship and support for its programs.”