HERKIMER — Thanks to a $6,000 grant from NYSARC Trusts, children, teens and adults enjoyed life enriching activities while participating in Herkimer ARC’s recreation programs.
NYSARC awarded the 2013 grant for the purpose of creating new or expanded recreation programs for people with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.
NYSARC is America’s largest nonprofit organization supporting over 60,000 people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families through its 55 chapters in New York state.
The Herkimer ARC is the Herkimer County chapter.
“The NYSARC Trusts recreation grant becomes even more essential each year in light of state and federal funding cuts. The grant allows us to provide fun and meaningful events for the individuals we support,” said Herkimer ARC Vice President of Day and Community Supports Susan Streeter in a news release. “The money allowed individuals to learn and enjoy golf this summer and fall. We recently hosted the Magic Paintbrush Project Workshop, which allowed individuals with special needs to focus on their unique abilities and delighted younger and older participants. We purchased two adult tricycles to promote exercise while participating in a fun activity. We purchased 39 tickets to take individuals to the holiday classic, ‘Scrooge,’ at the Stanley Theater, and groups are now enjoying the excitement of Utica Comets Hockey at the Utica Auditorium. In the end, it’s a win-win for participants and our community as this money is also reinvested into businesses locally.”