SCARC receives large WalMart grant

Putting people to work is Seneca Cayuga ARC’s chief objective in their new workforce development program and they just got a huge boost from Walmart. Thanks to a $56,705 grant from Walmart Foundation State Giving Program, the agency will be able to implement the program in early 2016. The funds will help support an on-the-job training program for ten individuals who will be trained as direct care professionals. The grant check was presented by Sheryl Jones, Community Involvement Coordinator for the local Walmart, and was happily accepted by Ed Sayles, Community Relations consultant for ARC, and ARC board members Marcia Herrling Finch, Rose Palmieri and Will Schwarting.According to Palmieri, president of ARC’s board of directors, “Seneca Cayuga ARC is all about caring and this grant from Walmart serves as a partnership between our organizations. It will enable us to recruit and retain direct care staff, the very core of our agency. Individuals will learn to provide personal support to people with developmental disabilities in their daily lives.”Designed to attract applicants who are dislocated or displaced workers, the program may appeal to military spouses who have lost a job due to relocation, single heads-of-households who are re-entering the workforce or high school grads with no professional training or experience. After completing the 26-week training program, individuals will have learned proper record keeping technique, medication administration, improved communication skills and enhanced computer skills.Jones, who is also an advisory member of the Walmart Foundation, said that ARC’s grant application met the Foundation’s mission of creating economic opportunities within the community. “ARC was perfect for this. I can’t thank them enough for what they do. I am so honored to give this money back to them and the community.”Walmart has an advisory council in each state to help identify local needs, review grant applications and make funding recommendations to the Walmart Foundation. After the check presentation earlier this week, Sayles addressed Jones, “Thank you for believing in us.”From left – Will Schwarting, Rose Palmieri, Sheryl Jones, Ed Sayles, and Marcia Finch. Seneca Cayuga ARC is a not-for-profit agency comprised of people dedicated to assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community. They provide opportunities and choices for treatment, employment, education, recreation, and community living to assist individuals with disabilities in realizing a productive and fulfilling life.

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