The United Way of Central New York’s Board of Directors voted to approve the final allocations for the 2017-2020 Community Program Fund and AURORA was awarded $98,000 for two programs addressing the needs of people with vision/hearing loss in our community.
The Vocational and Employment Services Program equips youth and adults with vision or hearing loss or both with the skills to secure and maintain educational and vocational success. This program provides specialized job readiness and vocational skill building through pre-vocational (soft-skills) and assistive technology training, pre-college preparation and career exploration and work readiness workshops and training, in an experiential, community-based context that specifically addresses the unique needs of workers with vision or hearing loss.
The Community Living Skills Program received funding to assist individuals of all ages to remain independent, safe and productive in their homes and the community by providing support, resources and specialized training. Program participants learn skills for coping, adjustment to sensory loss, safe travel, household management and activities of daily living to achieve their goals of independence and overall personal health and well-being.
AURORA has been a proud recipient of United Ways funds since 1926.