Niagara Gazette

March 27, 2013

Raising awareness through giving

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara has spent this month on efforts aimed at raising awareness about the organization and its work with the developmentally disabled in Niagara County.

On Wednesday, representatives from the organization donated the fruits of their labor to another county group that helps provide food to needy families living in the Niagara Falls area.

Representatives from Opportunities Unlimited, including participants and employees, dropped off more than 135 pounds of donations to the Niagara Falls distribution center of the Niagara Community Action Program. 

The non-perishable food items were collected this month as part of the "NYSARC Gives Back" program by Opportunities Unlimited adult participants and employees under the leadership of the organization's two self-advocacy groups in the Falls and Lockport. 

"I just wanted to say on behalf of our food providers how much we appreciate Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara and your efforts to assist those in need in Niagara County," said NIACAP Executive Director Suzanne Shears after receiving the donation on Wednesday. "These items will be distributed to needy families throughout Niagara County. This is the second year of such a successful drie. Thank you so much." 

All donations will help families across Niagara County through NIACAP and the Food Bank of Western New York. The collection effort is part of a special, month-long project celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. 

"As Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from across Niagara County, it was a priority to partner with an organization like the Niagara Community Action Program that served people county wide as well," said Connie Brown, executive director of Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara.