Speiser Fund Announces Grant Awards
April 3, 2017 – The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund awarded $4,700 to local nonprofit projects meeting a vocational need for individuals with disabilities. The Speiser Fund is a component of the Central New York Community Foundation.
AccessCNY received $2,000 to purchase a 20-quart mixer with an advanced safety feature for Provisions Bakery trainees. At the bakery, individuals with development disabilities or health issues receive training to garner the skills needed to maintain permanent employment.
Our Ability Alliance received $1,950 to pilot a training program that helps people with disabilities gain the necessary skills for employment at Price Chopper supermarkets in Central New York.
Peers in Cayuga County received $750 to purchase a computer workstation that will be available for use by individuals with mental health issues who are applying for jobs and developing resumes.
In 2001, the C.I.G.S. Foundation board of directors chose to direct assets to the Community Foundation to establish a fund to promote the vocational, educational, health and social needs of people with disabilities subject to social barriers. The fund is named in honor of Dr. Allen Speiser, the first director of Consolidated Industries, a sheltered workshop program for people with disabilities.
Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $193 million. It awarded $11 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $150 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.