BUFFALO, N.Y., February 12, 2015 – The First Niagara Foundation and Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled are partnering to provide vocational and career readiness skills for people living with developmental disabilities in the City of Buffalo. The programs will help such individuals work to become productive, contributing members of the community.
The First Niagara Foundation is providing a $10,000 grant to fund the employment programs. Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled assists people with developmental disabilities in achieving their highest level of independent living.
“First Niagara is committed to supporting initiatives that provide opportunities for all individuals to reach their full potential,” said Elizabeth Gurney, Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation. “We are proud to work with Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled to offer initiatives that increase self-sufficiency and create a thriving community.”
“Many of the individuals with developmental disabilities we support through our vocational services are living in poverty situations in the City. The objective of our programs is to support them by teaching work skills, interpersonal communication and customer relations skills that will help them find productive work,” said Mark Foley, President and CEO of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled.
About The First Niagara Foundation
The First Niagara Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable entity. Founded in 1998, the First Niagara Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in the communities in which we live and work, with specific focus on Youth and Education, Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. In 2014, First Niagara contributed more than $10.0 million in charitable grants and sponsorships to community partners across the bank’s four-state footprint.