Lee Association for Remarkable Citizens (LARC) has been awarded a $39,000 grant from the Golisano Foundation. The grant will help LARC, an organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, respond to urgent needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The grant is a part of the Foundation’s $2 million in grant funding to assist organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida due to the coronavirus crisis.
LARC will use the funding to create safer settings for participants and staff long-term including health screenings, air conditioning upgrades, cleaning equipment and supplies, personal protective equipment and strengthening capacity for remote programming in response to and beyond COVID-19.
“We are proceeding with caution in our planning for reopening programs and services given the vulnerability of the people we serve and the ongoing presence of the virus,” said Angela Katz, LARC Development and Communications Director. “We are grateful for the financial assistance of the Golisano Foundation during this difficult time.”
The Golisano Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the nation devoted to supporting programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It was founded by philanthropist and entrepreneur Tom Golisano, who has supported several non-profit organizations in Southwest Florida including Golisano Children’s Hospital.