I invite you to join the Access to Independence Board Directors and staff in celebrating our 20 years of community service by making a gift to Access to Independence. You can do this by sponsoring an upcoming event or by making a donation of any amount to our 2018 Friends of the Center campaign.
Over the past 20 years, Access to Independence has evolved from a one-person volunteer office in the County Office Building, to a staff of 12 with 5,000 sq. ft. of office space in downtown Cortland. During that time the Agency has accomplished so much with the help of loyal supporters like you. We have served thousands of people with disabilities, their family members and their caregivers. We have worked with hundreds of businesses and business leaders. And we have collaborated with every single school district and disability service provider in the area to affect change.
Over the past year, Access to Independence provided services to more than 500 people with disabilities, their caregivers and their family members. We helped 28 people transition from or avoid nursing home placement, saving the State $1.5 million. We substantially contributed to 36 systems changes at the local, state and national level. We secured funding and managed from start to finish more than 50 home modifications to make them more accessible.
It can be challenging to share with you all that we do, especially if you have never accessed our services. If you are not familiar with the work of our staff (all of whom are people with disabilities or caregivers of people with disabilities), visit our website or Facebook page to learn about the impact we have on people in our community.
I hope you will consider a donation to Access to Independence during this holiday season. Your annual gift funds programming for people with disabilities right here in our community.
Donate TODAY to help our community increase awareness of disability issues. Donate TODAY to help us publicize the lack of equal human and civil rights for people with disabilities. Donate TODAY to help us increase the opportunity for all people to live as independently as possible.
Please call or email us with any questions, and thank you in advance for your generosity and support!
Chad W. Underwood, MPA Chief Executive Officer