Fund for Vocational Rehabilitation Awards Grants

March 27, 2008 (Syracuse, NY) – The Allen Speiser Memorial Fund for Vocational Rehabilitation, a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, disbursed $4,237 in grants to three local not-for-profit organizations.

ARC of Onondaga was awarded $1,021 toward the purchase of specialized manufacturing equipment to expand the capacity of its work center operations.

ARISE Child & Family Services, Inc. was awarded $1,944 toward the purchase of assistive technology software and materials that will build job readiness skills for individuals with disabilities.

Unity House of Cayuga County, Inc.
was awarded $1,272 toward the production of a training syllabus and to purchase necessary equipment to support the IT skills training project at their Syracuse site.

The mission of the Allen Speiser Memorial Fund for Vocational Rehabilitation is to strengthen and support efforts that advance and have a positive impact on vocational rehabilitation services. Vocational rehabilitation is the process of assisting people with any disabling condition to acquire the social, educational and work skills that will lead to employment. The Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new investments, and provide additional staff training, filling in the gaps that aren’t covered by other funding sources.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Onondaga and Madison Counties for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The Community Foundation has over $117 million in assets and awards nearly $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually.

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