Viscardi Disaster Relief Fund Established to Assist Students, Consumers and Employees Devastated by Hurricane Sandy
“The health, shelter, safety and mobility of these individuals have been greatly compromised,” explained John D. Kemp, president and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “Some have completely lost their homes. Some have relocated to alternate housing that cannot meet their daily health and mobility needs. Others have lost medical equipment and adaptive devices they depend on every day such as powered wheelchairs and lifts. And, let’s not forget the loss of basics like food, warm clothing and toiletries.”(See how having to move from his damaged home has affected one of our students and his family.)
Every dollar contributed to the Viscardi Disaster Relief Fund will benefit the individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy and all contributions are tax deductible. Donations of any size may be made to the Viscardi Disaster Relief Fund online (simply select “Viscardi Disaster Relief Fund” from the restricted gift drop down menu) or by mailing a check to The Viscardi Center at 201 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson, NY 11507. All checks should be made payable to The Viscardi Center.
In addition, thanks to the generosity of Michael N. Vittorio, President and CEO of The First National Bank of Long Island, and his dedicated staff who have joined The Viscardi Center’s effort, contributions to the Viscardi Disaster Relief Fund may also be made at any of The First National Bank of Long Island’s locations. “The First National Bank of Long Island is sensitive to those who have special needs as well as those that support them,” said Vittorio. “We welcome the opportunity to assist anyone who has been affected by the storm anyway we can.”
“With the help of our neighbors, families and friends, we can ease the suffering of our Henry Viscardi School students, Abilities, Inc. clients, our staff and their families, by providing the critical assistance and human kindness they need at this time,” added Kemp.
Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs more than 300 professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology.