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September 24, 2015

NYSID WORKS! Celebrates Work by Working Statewide

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:07 pm

NYSID coordinated NYSID WORKS! A Community “Thank You” Event on Thursday, September 17 to thank New York State for creating jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities –– a celebration of work by working.

Pictured l-r: Mac Sudduth, miSci president; Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO; and NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam), during a press conference at the NYSID WORKS! event at miSci

This day of service was in appreciation for thousands of job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities. More than 20 NYSID member agencies and corporate partners participated in this day of volunteer service in communities across New York State.

Each NYSID member agency or corporate partner chose a local non-profit in need of a small beautification project. Through these joint, statewide community service projects, member agencies, corporate partners and NYSID sent a unified, heartfelt message of gratitude to legislators, business and community leaders across New York State for creating employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.

NYSID WORKS! complemented NYSID’s 40th anniversary theme of “40 Years of Looking Forward” while also leading into National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October.

NYSID hosted a press conference with NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam); Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO; Mac Sudduth, miSci president; and Kirk Lewis, Schenectady ARC executive director.

NYSID WORKS! volunteers performed weeding, sweeping, trimming bushes, and litter pickup at miSci

NYSID then coordinated beautification of Vale Park at miSci – Museum of Innovation & Science in Schenectady with the Assemblyman, miSci and Schenectady ARC. More than 50 volunteers, including individuals with disabilities, performed weeding, sweeping, trimming bushes, and litter pickup at miSci’s entry space around the locomotive, and two adjacent lots on the miSci property. Breakfast and lunch were provided by Puzzles Bakery & Cafe.

“For 40 years, NYSID has been able to turn business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities through the Preferred Source Program,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “This day of community appreciation is our way of saying thanks and giving back, by showcasing the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities from our member agencies and corporate partners, and demonstrating how New York State benefits from their inclusion in our workforce.”

“NYSID has been creating new opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities for 40 years and there is no better way to celebrate this incredible milestone than a statewide day of community service on September 17,” Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said. “I’m so proud to join with NYSID as a partner on some of these fantastic projects that continue their tradition of creating opportunities in communities like ours all over New York.”

NYSID thanks all of our member agencies and corporate partners who supported these non-profit organizations through their resepctive NYSID WORKS! projects:

Capital Region

  • Center for Disability Services perform cleanup at Capital Roots in Troy and Habitat for Humanity in Albany
  • The Arc of Rensselaer County volunteers on loading dock at the Northeast Regional Food Bank in Latham
  • Warren, Washington, Albany Counties Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (WWAARC) sorts clothing at the Schenectady City Mission in Schenectady


  • ACHIEVE/Country Valley Industries clean OurSpace at Rec Park in Binghamton


  • Heritage Centers/Allentown Industries cleans/paints The Broadway Market in Buffalo
  • Suburban Adult Services, Inc. (SASi) serve as greeters and grounds workers at The Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo

Fulton County

  • Lexington spruces up at the Gloversville Downtown Business Improvement District (BID)/Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce in Gloversville

Hudson Valley

  • Gateway Community Industries, Inc. cleans along Route 209 in the Town of Hurley as part of the NYS Adopt-A-Highway project

Long Island

  • AHRC Nassau volunteers at Baldwin American Legion Post 246 in Baldwin
  • American Maintenance designs and plants flower bed at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook
  • Carlstrom & Ritter and Miracle League of Long Island restore veterans’ monument at Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville
  • The Nicholas Center for Autism/Spectrum Designs Foundation cleans beach at the Science Museum of Long Island in Plandome
  • The Viscardi Center performs gardening and cleanup at the Town of North Hempstead in Westbury

Montgomery County

  • Liberty builds first Habitat For Humanity home in Montgomery County to benefit Manny and Melissa Castro, two individuals in Liberty’s program, in Amsterdam

New York City

  • AHRC New York City distributes food at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn
  • The Osborne Association paints cafeteria at Davidson Senior Center in the Bronx


  • The Arc of Madison Cortland spruces up Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, site of a NYSID Battle Buddy Center


  • Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC, Inc./Schoharie Area Long Term Inc. (SALT) volunteer at the Lilies of the Schoharie Valley Walking Path and Gardens, Village of Schoharie


  • Immediate Mailing Services, Inc. (IMS) paint and clean at Upstate University Hospital – Community Campus in Syracuse

Follow NYSID on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for more photos, videos and news clips. We’ll also show a montage at our Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 30 at The Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs. Thanks to all member agencies and corporate partners who participated in NYSID WORKS!


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