RTMV & The Arc to Renovate Home in L.C.

Port Leyden, N.Y., August, 2010 – On August 17 and 18, volunteers from Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley will team up with volunteers from The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, Hamilton College and Adirondack Bank to help renovate the home of members of The Arc family in Port Leyden, New York. The project was awarded to The Arc after Wayne Brown and Mary Ingersoll, Arc Service Coordinators in the North, worked together to complete the Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley application.

The family home is in need of several repairs. Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley will repair the weakened front porch, which will make the structure both safer and handicap accessible. They will also replace a broken window and fix the garage door, both of which will help to prevent heat loss in the upcoming winter months. The volunteers will also complete needed yard work and give the home a fresh coat of paint.

Matt Wilson, Board President for Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley, said, “We're looking forward to the project, and pleased to collaborate with The Arc, Hamilton College and Adirondack Bank to make this project possible.” Mary Ingersoll, Arc Service Coordinator, added, “This project will make the couple proud of their home and assure their personal safety. It will accomplish things for them that would be out of their financial reach otherwise. We appreciate the hard work of Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley and all the volunteers that have worked so hard to make this family's dreams come true.”

About The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, NYSARC
The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter is a human service organization that has been a leader in services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1954. The Agency was founded by a group of parents who envisioned a rich, full life for their special children inclusive in the community. Today, The Arc is one of 55 chapters of the statewide NYSARC, Inc.

The Arc provides a full spectrum of educational, vocational, residential, family support, service coordination, guardianship, respite care, recreational rehabilitation, day habilitation, clinical, senior and children’s services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Agency is staffed by over 760 professionals and serves over 1,650 individuals throughout Oneida and Lewis counties.

About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local businesses and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America’s largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to energy efficiency, veterans’ housing, aging in place, and Gulf Coast reconstruction.

Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley continues to generate support for low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled, members of the military, veterans and their families by providing home repairs, improvements or modifications. To find out more about Rebuilding Together Mohawk Valley, how to refer a family or how you can help please visit www.rebuildingtogethermv.org, or e-mail info@rebuildingtogethermv.org.

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