Speiser Fund Announces Grant Awards

April 3, 2015 – The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund of the Central New York Community Foundation awarded $4,451 to local nonprofit projects meeting a vocational need for individuals with disabilities.

Human Services Coalition of Cayuga County received $1,000 to support an employer toolkit – Disability Diversity Training. The toolkit will increase training and technical assistance opportunities for employers and professionals who provide workplace oriented services to individuals with disabilities.

Oswego Industries received $1,376 to purchase a mobile food cart. The cart will offer individuals with developmental disabilities opportunities for vocational skill building in the areas of customer service, food handling, inventory, and money management.

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility received$1,275 to support its Mainstream Workforce Development program. The program will provide basic food training services to young adults with developmental disabilities.

Unity House of Cayuga County received $800 to purchase a new desktop computer for its Unity Employment Services (UES) program. The program is designed to assist individuals with various types of disabilities in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment. The computer will be available for clients to use for writing resumes, completing online job applications, accessing e-mail for job search activities, typing skills assessments and other various job related activities.

In 2001, the C.I.G.S. Foundation board of directors chose to direct assets to the Community Foundation to establish a fund to promote the vocational, educational, health and social needs of people with disabilities subject to social barriers. The fund is named in honor of Dr. Allen Speiser, the first director of Consolidated Industries, a sheltered workshop program for people with disabilities.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650

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