Arc Madison Cortland receives pair of grants

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ONEIDA — The Arc Madison Cortland, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with disabilities in Madison and Cortland counties, has been awarded $26,500 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc Madison Cortland’s guardianship program and $26,615 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services for its recreation programs.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities by enabling individuals to maintain financial eligibility for Medicaid and other means-tested government benefit programs.

For 2022, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $3,189,968 to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

This year, The Arc Madison Cortland received $26,500 to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by Chapter staff and community volunteers, The Arc Madison Cortland’s Guardianship Program currently provides guardianship supports and services to nine people, including Standby or Alternate Standby guardian.

“We have made a life-long commitment to the individuals we support, and this generous funding helps the people we support live their best life,” said Karen Stace, compliance officer and director of guardianship at The Arc of Madison Cortland.

NYSARC Trust Services also awarded The Arc Madison Cortland $26,615 to support new recreational opportunities and enrich the lives of the more than 150 individuals it serves.

The Arc Madison Cortland plans to use the recreation grant funds to provide opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to engage in recreational activities such as going to the zoo, a baseball game, the beach, and bowling to name a few.

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