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Annual Summer Appeal 2021
Help keep our wheels rolling
Olean Center staff members have been hitting the road since the start of the pandemic, and their journey has only just begun.
More than at any time in our history we brought our services to participants in their homes and, as pandemic restrictions eased, out into the community. The COVID-19 protocols that kept our staff and participants from coming to our center provided a type of reset that allowed us to better fulfill the mission of the ADA: true community participation by our friends with intellectual/developmental disabilities. And this reset has given us a clear focus for this year’s Annual Appeal: participant mobility.
By donating to the Olean Center this year, you are providing the ‘special wheels’ that our participants need to realize their dreams of greater independence, inclusion, and a stronger sense of self-worth. For some, this means living independently or working in the community, for others it means simply experiencing more of life, whether it’s socializing or just strolling through downtown. To empower our friends, Olean Center Direct Support Professionals need to spend more time on the road. But our fleet of five wheelchair lift vans, three passenger vans, and one car is aging. Last year, maintenance and other costs put us $78,000 over the small transportation stipend we receive from the State.
Adding to our transportation challenges was the theft in June of catalytic converters from four of our vans. Fortunately, as word of the thefts spread, local donors and South County Auto provided the funds and skills necessary for emergency repairs.
With all of this in mind, we ask that you consider giving the gift of mobility to those who dream of landing a job, or grocery shopping on their own, or simply taking part in events that we all take for granted. You have the power to provide the wheels needed to fulfill their dreams! Your donation to the Olean Center Transportation Fund will empower our friends and neighbors to make the most of their abilities.
P.S. Your donation is the key to unlocking the potential of those we serve.