As disruptive as the prolonged pandemic has been in all of our lives, it has been especially trying for people with disabilities.
That’s why VersAbility Resources will use the funds raised during the Give Local 757! initiative for community engagement initiatives that will support independence and belonging for people with disabilities.
The Hampton nonprofit raised $1,505 on May 10, the day that the Peninsula Community Foundation designated to spark regional philanthropy. VersAbility was among 201 local organizations that took part in the 24-hour giving campaign that raised more than $1.7 million.
“We are grateful to our community members for their generosity in supporting our mission of a world where people with disabilities enjoy dignified, productive lives of their choosing,” said Kasia Grzelkowski, President and CEO of VersAbility. “Helping people with disabilities fully participate in social activities is integral to their overall wellbeing, and the money raised will expand those opportunities.”
The donations will help purchase memberships/tickets to local attractions and help purchase gym memberships through local community centers. All proceeds will be designated to help the 1,700 people with disabilities and their families that VersAbility serves.
At the height of the pandemic, VersAbility was forced to close its in-person programs, which led to increased mental health challenges for people with disabilities who were no longer able to follow a routine. With day programs safely reopening, community engagement has emerged as a primary focus. The additional funding will increase access to learning opportunities and create more resources for people with disabilities to return to a healthy lifestyle.