Arc of Seneca Cayuga is pleased to announce they are the recipient of a $5,000 donation from Community Bank, N.A. of Waterloo. The money will be used toward the agency’s major expansion and renovation of its work facility at 1885 Danaren Drive in Waterloo, which houses the agency’s Finger Lakes Textiles (FLT) division. The check presentation was made by Alexis Spina, Waterloo Branch Manager, and Jim Vedora, Vice President, at the Danaren Drive site.
According to Arc Executive Director, Allen Connely, “We have many challenges, but the decreasing support from both State and Federal Governments is the biggest challenge we face. FLT is our most viable option to become financially sustainable. We’re very pleased that Community Bank, N.A. believes in our ability to do just that.”
Last year, FLT produced over one million pieces of headwear, most of which fulfilled contracts with the U.S. Military. The surpluses that come from FLT operations are the primary reason the Agency has been able to stay in the black, despite major government funding cuts. Their strategic plan aims to build on this success and greatly increase these surpluses.
Ms. Spina claims, “Everyone at Community Bank, N.A., is excited to be involved in this project that will increase income for Arc and preserve more than 60 jobs for people with developmental disabilities.”
Step one of the plan calls for an addition of 4,500 square feet on the FLT building, increasing work space by 50%. Step two will use the additional space created by the expansion for a state–of-the-art automatic computer-driven fabric cutting system, enabling Arc to cut its own fabric and saving $200,000 per year.
Step three will move the tagging, bagging and shipping part of the operation to Arc’s Auburn facility at 180 North Street, preserving jobs at that site, while increasing production at the Waterloo site.
Arc has already raised $700,000 of the $915,000 cost of this project and is in the process of reaching out to numerous foundations, business and community members for their support.
Information on Arc services, please contact Elissa Gray in the Intake Department by calling 315-612-0131.
Mission: Arc of Seneca Cayuga embraces diversity by recognizing the uniqueness of each individual and by working to ensure the success of people with disabilities as they pursue lives of choice and fulfillment.