Membership campaign

by Michael A Szpak, Executive Director ARC of Oswego County

As a private, not-for-profit organization, ARC of Oswego County has been providing programs and services to children and adults with disabilities since 1953.

We provide ongoing service coordination for children; parent advocacy/training services; training and consultation to community based daycare and preschool programs, Medicaid Service Coordination, Senior Day Habilitation programs, guardianship, community recreational respite services for adults.

Our sister agency, Oswego Industries, provides pre-vocational and vocational training and supported employment to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment.

Together, our programs and services create a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities; and to date, we have served thousands of individuals. We make a difference.

I’m pleased to announce the kick-off of ARC of Oswego County’s Annual Membership Campaign.

ARC of Oswego County is one of 42 countywide Chapters of NYSARC. NYSARC is also a not-for-profit statewide organization that provides support and advocacy for people with development disabilities.

With the inauguration of our Annual Membership Campaign, ARC of Oswego County invites you to consider becoming a part of our plans for the future.

By becoming a member, your generosity will allow you to share in our commitment to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities, and your annual membership plays an integral role in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.

We are in the midst of rapid and radical changes in our field.  Federal and state funding mechanisms are changing as are the amounts that we receive for the programs and services we provide to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Now, more than ever, we must rely on our existing memberships and engage new members to join our cause as we navigate this ever changing political and fiscal environment.

By joining as a member, you contribute to ARC of Oswego County’s success in three important ways.

First, each name we add to our list of members increases our advocacy at the state and national levels, giving the ARC of Oswego County and the individuals and families we serve a more influential voice in legislative matters.

That has a direct impact on our federal and state funding.

Second, your membership contributions help to fund those items that government funding does not provide.

But most importantly, your membership is a statement that you believe in the importance of what the ARC of Oswego does and that you support our mission.

Please consider becoming a member today.

If you would like more information, please take a moment to call ARC of Oswego County at 598-3108. Your commitment matters. Your efforts matter.  Your membership matters.

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