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Community Connections expands to colleges

Program gives Abilities United participants more service opportunities

Abilities United's Community Connections program is giving participants from Abilities United (formerly C.A.R, a Palo Alto nonprofit serving people with developmental and physical disabilities) a chance to volunteer at local colleges.

This week, volunteers from the organization started their new weekly jobs doing office work and facility maintenance at two local colleges. Three participants and a job counselor were trained and worked in the Menlo School cafeteria Monday (Sept. 13), while three more are working at West Valley College.

"This is so exciting for us -- we are really proving to be productive and helpful members of the community," Community Connections Developer Andrea Throndson said in an e-mail.

"Seeing our participants work hand in hand with college administrators and faculty is awesome and very inspiring," she added.

Abilities United has partnerships with and provides volunteers to around 35 local organizations including the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, the Community School of Music and Art, the American Red Cross and the San Mateo County History Museum. Last year, volunteers from the organization completed more than 2,000 service hours in the community.

For more information on the program, visit Community Connections.

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Posted by Giacomo Michele
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

What a fabulous idea to have the participants working in the college environment where there are many progressive people trying out innovative ideas. What a positive connection for both the participants and the college employees! Keep up the good work Abilities United! You're truly making a difference.


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