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As the pandemic continues in the United States and throughout the world, local communities have banned together to aid businesses and individuals who have been impacted by the crisis.

At the height of COVID-19, The Arc Madison Cortland was mandated to suspend crucial programming and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including day habilitation, senior habilitation, clinical services, and more. Additionally, the organization had to postpone its annual fall fundraiser, Bourbon & Bidding, which created a loss in critical funding dollars.

To that end, The Arc Madison Cortland has launched a new campaign, the COVID Cares Campaign, aimed to help close the gap in funding needs.

The objective of this campaign is to evaluate everyday items people take for granted – a morning latte, new fall jacket, monthly streaming videos – and utilize those costs in a way that can build a foundation for individuals with disabilities and the heroes who support them. The monetary goal mirrors what would have been raised during the fall event. However, this is just the start of what can be accomplished with the loyalty of the local community.

During this unprecedented time, The Arc Madison Cortland has seen a boost in adaptability and imagination for individuals with disabilities, and needs donors’ help for them to continue to thrive.

At the Willow house, the residents have appreciated spending quality time together during the pandemic. With the consistency of care from the Direct Support Professional (DSP) staff, they have found unique ways to fill their time. Outdoor, the group has enjoyed walks along the property, sing-a-longs, and parachute play. Inside, crafts and cooking are at the forefront, as they relish the opportunity to be innovative and creative.

The Arc Madison Cortland is asking all constituents in Madison and Cortland counties, and beyond, to consider making a charitable contribution to the campaign. For more information or to make a donation, visit the COVID Cares Campaign page.

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