Nassau County AHRC Foundation Provides Financial Support
To ensure that AHRC Nassau, a nonprofit agency that works with people who have developmental and other disabilities, can provide services regardless of the economic climate, the Nassau County AHRC Foundation regularly hosts events and other opportunities to raise funds. AHRC Nassau and its affiliated organizations work with thousands of children and adults with special needs in Nassau County each year. The foundation’s board of directors, led by Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates founder Thomas Rosicki, oversees its fundraising activities.
In 2014, the Foundation is hosting several events to benefit AHRC Nassau and Camp Loyaltown, a summer camp in Hunter, New York, that annually welcomes more than 700 campers with special needs. The Camp Loyaltown auction raises money for capital improvements and repairs to the 65-year-old camp, including an infirmary, new roads to allow wheelchair access all over the camp, and a mini-golf course. The AHRC Foundation’s annual Margiotta Memorial Golf Outing offers recognition and honors for different levels of sponsorship, and the AHRC Walk and 5K in Eisenhower Park draws more than 1,000 people to celebrate the AHRC’s mission.
NCBA Advertises Pro Bono Programs Due to Jump in Foreclosures
The Nassau County Bar Association has launched an advertising campaign to publicize the free legal services it offers to Nassau County residents facing foreclosure following Superstorm Sandy. The NCBA is committed to providing civil legal services, and it has expanded its pro bono programs after seeing an increase in the number of foreclosure cases in New York State. According to the NCBA, foreclosure actions rose from about 26,700 in 2006 to more than 44,000 in 2013. Recently, 59 percent of the defendants in cases outside New York City did not have legal representation.
To spread the word about its civil legal services, the NCBA is publicizing “free mortgage foreclosure help” on large ads on the outsides and insides of public buses. The group is also sending out direct-mail postcards to people affected by foreclosure proceedings. Gale D. Berg, director of NCBA pro bono attorney activities, said in a press statement that the NCBA wants to publicize the free service to as many residents as possible. “Unfortunately, the need has not abated but keeps increasing,” he said. The advertising effort is funded by a grant from the NYS Attorney General Homeownership Protection Program.
Go Red for Women Promotes Heart Health
The American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign aims to help women across the United States to understand the importance of taking care of their hearts. Many people do not realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and fail to recognize the symptoms of heart disease or an impending heart attack. Go Red for Women encourages women who have had heart issues to share their stories of survival and advocate for more education about heart disease. AHA encourages women to eat healthily, reduce stress, and practice “heart-healthy” exercise to prevent heart disease.
The Long Island Chapter of AHA recently hosted a Go Red for Women luncheon that included an educational component for guests. Janet Ward, a senior associate and the managing attorney of the Closing Department at Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., is a member of the 2014 Luncheon Committee, which planned a program for the event that taught women to take care of their hearts and to gain an understanding of cardiovascular disease and the risk factors that are of particular importance to women.
Mercy Medical Center Recognized for Patient Safety
Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre was recently awarded an “A” by The Leapfrog Group in its Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The hospital was one of just six on Long Island to receive such a high rating for patient safety. More than 2,500 hospitals across the United States were rated in spring 2014, and only about one-third of them earned an “A.”
Lately, Mercy Medical Center has received various forms of recognition for its outstanding service. Notably, The Joint Commission, a prominent accreditor of health care organizations in the U.S., ranked it as a top performer on key quality measures. Moreover, U.S. News & World Report has recognized it as one of New York’s best hospitals. Moreover, according to Becker’s Hospital Review, it is one of the “100 Great Community Hospitals in the U.S.”
In a recent press statement, Mercy Medical Center’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Dr. Aaron E. Glatt, said in reference to The Leapfrog Group’s assessment, “This latest recognition underscores the superior safety and quality provided at Mercy.”
Dutchess ARC Foundation Serves People with Developmental Disabilities
Based on a special education teacher’s vision to provide opportunities in the community for people with special needs, the Dutchess ARC Foundation has grown into the largest organization in Dutchess County, New York, that provides services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. The educators who established the foundation believed that people with developmental disabilities have a right to become contributing members of their communities and that their involvement will enrich the places where they live and work.
Today, the Dutchess ARC Foundation offers a range of services, including community living facilities for clients, resources for families, and employment services. The foundation develops partnerships with businesses in the community to provide trained and committed employees who make a positive contribution to the business. Staff members also meet with families and their loved ones to talk about their needs and help them navigate the complex system of services.
The foundation’s board of trustees, which includes Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates senior attorney Tom Frost, provides leadership and fundraising support. In addition to federal funds the Dutchess ARC Foundation relies on help from friends, businesses, and individual donors.
Nassau Safety Board Focuses on Hempstead Turnpike
In order to help make local roads safer for pedestrians, the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board has launched the “Walk Safe Nassau” campaign. The board developed the campaign in response to the 2012 death of Anthony D’Alessandro, who died after he was hit crossing Hempstead Turnpike. More than 35 pedestrians have been killed on the turnpike since 2005, including, in recent years, several teenagers, and in 2012, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign named it the deadliest road in the state of New York. Other roads in Nassau County where pedestrians have died include Sunrise Highway, Merrick Road, and Fulton Street.
The community education campaign has blanketed local businesses with informational flyers and posters. Walk Safe Nassau also has issued public service announcements that address the dangers of crossing roads and provide safety tips for pedestrians. Through the effort, the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board hopes to reduce the number of fatalities on Hempstead Turnpike and other unsafe roads in the county.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates CFO Bob Molloy serves as a board member of the Nassau County Traffic Safety Committee.
Annual Hunter’s Hope Gala Honors Jim Kelly
The 10th annual Hunter’s Hope Gala paid special tribute to Jim Kelly, the founder of Hunter’s Hope, who recently began a new round of chemotherapy for jaw cancer. The event, which raises funds for research and education about Krabbe disease and other degenerative disorders that affect the nervous system, began with a reading of a poem dedicated to Jim and his wife, Jill Kelly. Hunter’s Hope is named after the Kellys’ son, who died from Krabbe disease at age 8.
The poem, which is about the Kelly family, recognizes their generous giving and faith. Tom and Cynthia Rosicki shared the poem with Jim Kelly in his hospital room before the gala. Kelly sent a message to attendees at the event saying he loved and was grateful for the poem.
The chaplain for the Buffalo Bills professional football team, who officiated at the Kellys’ wedding, also attended the gala. He remarked that the Kellys had a strong faith after the loss of their son that would help them endure Jim Kelly’s battle with cancer.
eWorks Program Partners with Nassau County for e-Waste Recycling
A new contract with Nassau County will bring as much as 100,000 pounds of e-waste to AHRC Nassau’s eWorks electronics recycling program. The eWorks program provides jobs for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities while offering a responsible recycling process for items such as computers, televisions, and copy machines. Currently, the program has about 30 clients in the Tri-State Area.
Employees of eWorks, which was founded in 2010, work at the AHRC vocational training center in Freeport. They help with unloading e-waste items from delivery vehicles, sorting and labeling items, and dismantling recyclable items and parts. In addition, they clean and prepare items to be shipped to other facilities. More than 20 adults with disabilities are employed in the eWorks program.
“With the way the economy is, it is very difficult getting community-based jobs for adults with disabilities,” Karleen Haines, director of AHRC’s vocational services, said in a recent press release. “With eWorks, it gives these workers the ability to earn a pay check like everyone else and it improves their quality of life.”
Touro Law’s Community Justice Center Receives $40,000 Grant
Touro Law Center will expand its immigration law training thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Hagedorn Foundation, an organization based on Long Island that supports social equality. The funding will support Touro Law’s Community Justice Center (CJC), a law business incubator in Hauppauge, New York. Alumni lawyers working at the CJC will receive intensive training in how to represent immigrant clients in pro bono situations.
Lawyers will develop in-depth knowledge of U.S. immigration law while interacting with officers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security. Specialized training will cover topics such as humanitarian relief, naturalization, and family based immigration. Lawyers also will work with the Brentwood office of Make the Road New York, which serves the immigrant communities of Long Island.
The CJC opened in late 2013 and provides space for new graduates to begin building their own practices. Lawyers are charged minimal rent, and they receive mentoring and training opportunities that prepare them for a career that balances work with giving back to the community.
AHRC Adds 5K Run to Annual Fundraiser
The annual AHRC Walk, which draws hundreds of people to support the AHRC Foundation, has added a 5K fun run to its 2014 event. The AHRC Walk & Fun Run will be held on September 14, 2014, at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County. Families are invited to enjoy music, free snacks, games, and face painting. The New York law firm Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates regularly supports the AHRC Foundation, and members of the firm participate in the walk each year.
The 2014 5K Fun Run, which will not be timed, is open to anyone, including those in wheelchairs and people pushing strollers. The AHRC Walk will follow, and Fun Run participants in the run can stay for the walk.
The AHRC Foundation supports local organizations that work with people with autism and other special needs. The foundation’s financial support and efforts to raise awareness about special needs issues have affected thousands of children and adults. AHRC also provides clinical, vocational, and residential services for people with developmental disabilities.