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Arc of Westchester Foundation Receives $25k Grant Press Release

Arc of Westchester Foundation Receives $25,000 Grant from The UPS Foundation

HAWTHORNE, NY - November 18, 2011 Arc of Westchester Foundation received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to create a website to introduce parents, caregivers, educators and prospective employers to the diverse employment options available for individuals with developmental disabilities.

This visionary new web resource will illustrate the complex sequence of decision-making about employment opportunities. The content will be dynamic, engaging and highly visual. This web resource will be launched locally, but will be a replicable model with national impact.

Tibi Guzman, Assistant Executive Director for Day Services says, “We are excited about the potential for broad impact of this project. Information made available through this grant could potentially serve an infinite amount of families, teachers and employers who support people with disabilities.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

In 2010, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $44.6 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Arc of Westchester’s employment website and provide support for building stronger communities. UPS employees, family and friends are encouraged to volunteer at the organizations that UPS supports. Recently, UPS employees and their friends volunteered to spend a Saturday morning beautifying the entryway to Arc of Westchester’s Mount Kisco Center.

“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities—so we are proud to support Arc of Westchester’s efforts to further the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in the workplace,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.

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Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in the county serving people of all ages who have disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Currently celebrating 61 years in the community, Arc of Westchester has long advocated social inclusion for individuals with disabilities because of benefits to the individual and to the entire community.

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