By LEVI PASCHER
Fulton County Express

GLOVERSVILLE -Members of Lexington’s Employment Resources and staff members from the local ACCES-VR office assisted the Gloversville Business Improvement District with a beautification project of the downtown area last week.
On Thursday dozens of volunteers painted, pulled weeds, swept the pathways and performed other tasks to help the BID, which relies solely upon volunteers.
“This is a wonderful event and it really helps our downtown area,” BID President Karen Smith said. “We truly appreciate the work you are doing.”
The local volunteers partnered with New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. as part of a NYSID Works community event.
Each NYSID member agency or corporate partner chose a local non-profit in need of a small beautification project. Through these joint, statewide community service projects, member agencies, corporate partners and NYSID sent a unified, heartfelt message of gratitude to legislators, business and community leaders across New York for creating employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities.
“For 40 years, NYSID has been able to turn business opportunities into jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities through the Preferred Source Program,” Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO said in a release. “This day of community appreciation is our way of saying thanks and giving back, by showcasing the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities from our member agencies and corporate partners, and demonstrating how New York State benefits from their inclusion in our workforce.”
The event in Fulton County kicked off with opening statements and the acknowledgements of two local employers with whom Lexington works closely. Both Runnings and Burger King received an award for their continued efforts to help employ people with disabilities.
The event started at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Gloversville before venturing outside the building and each volunteer made a noticeable difference within the community.
Volunteer Victor Colon said he dedicated his morning because he believes small efforts such as the beautification project has the ability to make a difference in the perception of the community.
“I like supporting the community and this is helping us keep our city clean,” he said as he picked up a piece of trash from the sidewalk. “If we all took a little time like this now and then it would make a big difference.”
Director of Employment Resources at Lexington Kathy Simone said her employees dedicated two hours of their time off to help beautify the city of Gloversville.
The Vice President of Sales for NYSID Joe Messina said there were more than two dozen projects ongoing throughout the state including neighboring Montgomery County last week.
“This is our way of saying thank you to the community,” he said.
Established in 1975, NYSID is a non-profit corporation which creates employment opportunities for nearly 6,800 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through a statewide network of 170 community rehabilitation agencies and private sector business partners.