Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Capital Region organizations to participate in NYSID WORKS! a community thank you event on Sept.17

New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. recognizes employment of New Yorkers with disabilities during statewide day of community service

Albany– New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) will coordinate NYSID WORKS! A Community "Thank You" Event on Thursday, September 17 to thank New York State for creating jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities –– a celebration of work by working.
This day of service is in appreciation for thousands of job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities. The Center for Disability Services; The Arc of Rensselaer County; and Warren, Washington, Albany Counties Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (WWAARC) will join NYSID, its member agencies and corporate partners in a day of volunteer service in communities across New York State.
Each NYSID member agency or corporate partner is choosing a local non-profit in need of a small beautification project. Through these joint, statewide community service projects, member agencies, corporate partners and NYSID send a unified, heartfelt message of gratitude to legislators, business and community leaders across New York State for creating employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.
NYSID WORKS! complements NYSID's 40th anniversary theme of "40 Years of Looking Forward" while also seguing into National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October.
Established in 1975, NYSID (http://www.nysid.org) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which creates employment opportunities for nearly 6,800 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through a statewide network of 170 community rehabilitation agencies and private sector business partners.
Capital Region events:
Center for Disability Services perform cleanup at Capital Roots (261 8th Street, Troy, NY, one block south of Hoosick Street/Route 7) and Habitat for Humanity (204 Sheridan Avenue, Albany NY)
10 a.m. - Noon At Capital Roots, volunteers will clean up the area connected to The Produce Project. This is a large three-acre garden, which is run by Troy High School students who earn credit and a stipend for participating. It is run year round, with greenhouses and a garden. A celebratory lunch will be served at Capital Roots' main building at 594 River St., Troy.
10 a.m. - Noon With Habitat For Humanity, volunteers will clean the area and move building supplies at the Sheridan Hollow project in Albany. A celebratory lunch will be served at the Center's building at 700 South Pearl St., Albany.
About the Center for Disability Services (http://www.cfdsny.org)
For more than 65 years, the Center for Disability Services has provided innovative services and expert care for individuals with disabilities and chronic medical conditions in the Capital Region. The Center provides services to more than 15,000 individuals and their families at 85 locations throughout nine counties in upstate New York. As a vital community resource, the Center reaches out to individuals, families and caregivers from all over upstate New York and 26 additional states. In 2014, there were 220 individuals with disabilities from the Center for Disability Services who worked on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.
About Capital Roots (http://www.capitalroots.org)
Capital Roots started in 1975 and is a national leader that connects people and communities with the knowledge and resources to improve their well-being. Today Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York's Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.
About Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitatcd.org)
Habitat for Humanity makes the dream of homeownership a reality for hardworking, lower-income families across the Capital District. Habitat for Humanity Capital District (HfHCD) was founded in 1988 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. It now proudly serves Albany, Rensselaer and Southern Saratoga Counties. To date, HfHCD has built 92 homes for hardworking families in the Capital District, and will complete its 100th house in 2015.
The Arc of Rensselaer County volunteers at the Northeast Regional Food Bank (965 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110)
1 - 2:30 p.m. Volunteers will work on the loading dock at the Food Bank emptying and filling trucks.
About The Arc of Rensselaer County (http://www.renarc.org)
The Arc of Rensselaer County advocates for the rights and safety of individuals of all ages who have an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability or delay. The Arc is a source of support, specialized knowledge, and available resources in assisting individuals and their families to meet their needs and goals. In 2014, there were 21 individuals with disabilities from The Arc of Rensselaer County who worked on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.
About the Regional Food Bank (http://regionalfoodbank.net)
The Regional Food Bank has been helping to feed the poor and hungry since 1982. It is the only organization of its kind in northeastern New York. The Food Bank collects large donations of food from the food industry and distributes it to charitable agencies serving hungry and disadvantaged people in 23 counties.

Warren, Washington, Albany Counties Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (WWAARC) sort clothing at the Schenectady City Mission (11 Cheltingham Ave., Schenectady, NY)
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Volunteers will sort clothes, shoes and handbags at the Schenectady City Mission. A celebratory lunch will be served from 12:30 - 1 p.m. with WWAARC volunteers and the Schenectady City Mission crew.
About Warren, Washington & Albany Counties Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (http://www.wwaarc.org)
Warren, Washington & Albany Counties Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (WWAARC) is a nonprofit organization serving more than 900 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It operates 43 residences, 30 Supported Living Program (SLP) apartments, four day programs, a Work Center, Community Employment and has the only Respite Center between Albany and the Canadian border. In 2014, there were 157 individuals with disabilities from Warren, Washington, Albany Counties Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (WWAARC) who worked on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.
About the City Mission (http://citymission.com/our-mission)
City Mission exists to meet the needs of the hungry and homeless in the community. It helps people who are in poverty, helps people get out of poverty, and helps people stay out of poverty.

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