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New Endowment Fund Created by the Friends of Allegany Arc

The Friends of Allegany Arc Foundation has created a new endowment fund at the Allegany County Area Foundation. The annual earnings from this fund will be used to fund the new Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award.

The new award has been created in memory of Joseph Damiano, whose Direct Support Professionals enriched both his life as well as his family’s, by demonstrating an exemplary level of performance over the course of their relationship and consistently demonstrating commitment to improving the quality of Joseph’s life.

When Joseph passed away in 1984, Direct Support and Community Resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities were still in their infancy. He would be gratified by the professionalism and support that are available today. Through this award, the Friends of Allegany Arc will acknowledge the invaluable work of a direct support professional who provides services within Allegany County and consistently demonstrates excellence, creativity and commitment in providing supports to people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

To nominate an individual for the Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award, the nominee must provide direct support, supervision and assistance to a person with an intellectual or developmental disability living in Allegany County and served by Allegany Arc. The nominee must also be a current member of Allegany Arc.

The recipient of this award will be recognized at Allegany Arc’s annual membership dinner in May of 2018.

Those who would like to contribute to this new fund may send a check to: The Allegany County Area Foundation, 6087 State Route 19N, Ste. 180, Belmont, NY 14813. Write: The Joseph Damiano Fund on the memo line. Online donations are also available at the following website:, select the drop-down box for the Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional Fund.

Applications for the Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award will be available on Allegany Arc’s website February 2018.

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