Herkimer, NY – This year, Arc Herkimer received two grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services.

The first, a grant in the amount of $15,000, was awarded to support recreation programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The second grant, $30,000, was provided for the guardianship of six individuals supported by Arc Herkimer.

“The goal of recreation is to empower individuals who receive respite and similar services to remain in our community with greater independence while providing a unique outlet and peace of mind to their loved ones,” says Audrey Piccione, Arc Herkimer Supports & Services Director.

“From a guardianship perspective, we are providing that lifelong commitment of care, guidance, and support for people who otherwise would not have a legal guardian or advocate,” says Tammy Helmer-Bergen, Arc Herkimer Guardianship Coordinator.

The funds have been utilized in a number of ways for both programs. Recreationally, individuals have enjoyed new avenues for art and creativity, indoor gaming and entertainment, outdoor sports, cooking and baking, and attending sporting events in the community. In the Guardianship program, the grant has helped to facilitate day-to-day operations, as well as annual celebrations for the individuals, including group picnics, holiday festivities, and birthday parties.

Grants from NYSARC Trust Services dramatically improve the lives of people with disabilities by enabling them to maintain comfort, increase independence, and improve their overall quality of life.