Friends Foundation

Individuals living with a developmental and/or intellectual disability like Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism or Down Syndrome face many challenges in the course of learning, working and living in the community. The Friends Foundation is a resource for those individuals.

The Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 1995 to ensure appropriate financial resources exist to protect and expand the opportunities available to individuals served by Allegany Arc. The Foundation raises and awards funds to individuals who have special needs in the areas of education, recreation, community inclusion and self-support.

Qualifications for Funding:
• Applicants must be a member of Allegany Arc and receive services from and/or attend programs at Allegany Arc.
• Applicants must reside primarily in Allegany County, NY and the immediate surrounding area.

Request Process:
• Requests for funding are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.
• The Friends Foundation meets quarterly. It takes approximately 30 days for a request to be reviewed and processed, however time-sensitive situations will be expedited.
• All request applicants will be notified of the Board decision via email.
• Request recipients who are awarded funding will be asked to provide a follow-up report within six months of receiving funding to show how the funding was used and its results/impact.

Download Friends Foundation Funding Request Form (PDF)

If you are an individual served by Allegany Arc, or know someone served by Allegany Arc, who may need Friends Foundation assistance, please contact Carrie Redman at 585-593-5700 x 514 or

Friends Foundation Board Members:
Michael McCormick (President)
Teresa McMahon (Vice-President)
Mike Damiano (Treasurer/Secretary)
Courtney Ashraf
Ashleigh Cline
Ralph Eastlack
Lenny Liguori