Community Services Support Foundation
Enhancing our services by eliminating gaps in funding through events, mini-grants and more!
The Community Services Support Foundation secures financial resources and manages funds that support organizations, activities, and individuals that provide and improve services for individuals with developmental disabilities in Western New York. The Foundation accepts and administers gifts, donations, bequests, and grants on behalf of Community Services for Every1. We offer opportunities for donors to participate in the pursuit of service excellence, new services and new approaches that improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Every year we celebrate the incredible accomplishments of the people served by Community Services for Every1. Mark your calendars for the third Monday in June (June 17th, 2019) for our annual Golf Tournament, Chipping in for Community Services held at Wanakah Country Club. Then add our 30th Anniversary Event, which will be held on September 20th, 2019. We invite you to show your support for our Mission through: Corporate Sponsorships, Donations for Basket Raffles and Silent Auctions or simply Purchase a Ticket. (For more information visit our Events Page.)
Why We Were Established
The Community Services Support Foundation came into being in the spring of 2011 as the first formal foray of Community Services for Every1, Inc. into a sustained fundraising initiative. The Community Services Support Foundation, Inc. is incorporated as a New York State not-for-profit corporation and has received its 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation, while independent from Community Services, has been developed to address the challenge ahead for all agencies serving people with developmental disabilities in New York State.
Who Needs Our Support
Over 27,000 people in Western New York are directly affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. While many are receiving caring services from not-for-profit agencies such as Community Services for Every1, and many more are receiving services directly from New York State, over 1,000 people remain on the NYSOPWDD waiting list for residential placements. Our agencies are overwhelmed by the demand for services at the same time that governmental support is being cut back. There are many more people today that are presenting with multiple service needs that include behavioral, vocational and complex medical requirements. The individuals served are getting older, on average, and that in itself presents significant challenges.
Community Services, founded in 1989 has a staff of over 800 well-trained individuals offering services through 40+ programs to an average of 1600 people and their families every day. Because Community Services puts the individual first its programs are offered in a variety of in-home and community-based settings, created to allow each individual to achieve his or her highest level of independent living, and to participate as a productive and contributing member of society.
Community Services has earned the reputation of an agency that is willing to take on the more difficult challenges and work with individuals from families without financial means. Often our dedicated staff are the default family of those being served. The agency’s commitment to bringing an optimal quality of life to everyone it serves means that State reimbursement does not always allow for the “extras” that bring a smile to peoples’ faces. This is where the Community Services Support Foundation comes in, to ensure that Community Services and other agencies can continue to innovate, have a positive impact on peoples’ lives, and grow capacity to meet the unmet needs of our community.
Scott B. Vahue
Karen A. Silver