SCARC, Sussex County’s primary provider of services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, is proud to announce that it has again received a $15,000 grant from the UPS Foundation. This important gift helps to fund SCARC’s Summer Experience program, which provides new and exciting indoor and outdoor experiences for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities.
For a full decade now, the UPS Foundation has provided SCARC with generous annual grants that have enabled the Sussex County organization to continue to develop new and innovative programming for the young people SCARC serves.
The UPS Foundation grant serves as an integral source of financial support for SCARC’s popular Summer Experience program, which is offered in four sets of two-week-long sessions throughout the months of June, July, and August.
The program, aimed at individuals from 15 to 21, is also funded by other generous private donors who make these experiences possible for those SCARC serves. Summer Experience offers access to community-based activities that support socialization, help individuals develop new skills, and expose participants to exciting educational opportunities.
This summer, 40 teenagers and young adults with developmental disabilities had a wonderful time visiting historical sites, enjoying the outdoors, and trying new things.
Outings through the program include visits to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Turtleback Zoo, and Liberty Science Center, as well as local water and amusement parks, movie theaters, laser tag and bowling facilities, and state parks!
“SCARC’s commitment to this underserved population aligns with our goal to invest in organizations who embrace those with different challenges, backgrounds, and experiences,” remarked Eduardo Martinez, the president of the UPS Foundation. “We are honored to again support SCARC’s tireless efforts on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities. This is one community organization that clearly has a profound and lasting impact on the lives and futures of those they serve.”
For more information about SCARC’s Summer Experience program or to learn more about SCARC’s work on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, please contact Dr. Lecher or visit www.scarc.org.