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ESL Awards $161,000 Grant to Arc GLOW to Support Recent Merger of Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Arc of Genesee-Orleans

Arc GLOW (Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming) is now the largest geographic Arc chapter in New York State and the first four-county chapter

Rochester, NY — ESL recently provided a $161,000 grant to Arc GLOW to assist the agency in implementing a new electronic health record system. This initiative is expected to be the first of several steps undertaken by Arc GLOW to upgrade its technology agency-wide as it continues to serve people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

The recent merger of the two chapters has increased the number of people served by the merged Arc chapter to more than 2,000. Arc GLOW employs more than 1,100 people and provides services in a four-county area that includes Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.

“By merging into one larger agency we are better able to adapt to the ever-changing landscape in our field,” said Martin Miskell, Arc GLOW Chief Executive Officer. “As a larger agency we will be better positioned to invest in our staff and critical infrastructure that is necessary to continue providing high quality person centered supports and services to the people we support and their families. We will also be better able to continuously improve and innovate to ensure that we are providing services that meet the needs and interests of each person.”

The grant provided by ESL will help support the replacement of computers that are more than eight years old. “To help our community thrive and prosper, we must ensure that our nonprofit organizations are strong both in terms of personnel and technological capabilities,” said Ajamu Kitwana, Vice President/Director, Community Impact, ESL Federal Credit Union. “Organizations like Arc GLOW must have updated equipment that will allow them to provide the most efficient service to individuals and families in greatest need.”

Merger discussions between the Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Arc of Genesee Orleans chapters started in January 2020, but the process was delayed until October because of COVID. The official address for Arc GLOW is 18 Main Street in Mount Morris, with offices in Batavia and Albion.

About ESL Federal Credit Union

With more than 100 years of locally-owned history, ESL Federal Credit Union serves as a full-service financial institution to more than 388,000 members and 13,500 businesses. Founded in 1920, the company provides personal banking, business banking, mortgage services and wealth management services through its locally-based 23 branch network, telephone, mobile, online and live chat center.

The Rochester-based financial institution employs approximately 900 people in the Greater Rochester area and holds more than $9.1 billion in assets. Since 1996, ESL has paid out 26 consecutive Owners’ Dividends to its members totaling more than $241 million. Since the creation of its Community Impact initiative in 2018, ESL has reinvested more than $65 million in grants throughout the community. The company has appeared on the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for 11 years since 2010. ESL Federal Credit Union is headquartered at 225 Chestnut Street, in Rochester, and can be found online at www.esl.org.

Find and connect with ESL on Twitter (@ESLFCU) and Facebook.com/ESLFCU.

About Arc GLOW

Arc GLOW, formerly The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Arc of Genesee Orleans, are family-founded agencies dedicated to helping people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) meet their full potential and find fulfillment in learning, personal relationships, employment, volunteerism, recreation, the arts, and more. Visit www.ArcGLOW.org for more information.

Agency Contact: Director of Development & Community Relations Shelley Falitico at sfalitico@arcglow.org.

Find and connect with Arc GLOW on Facebook facebook.com/ArcGLOWny or Instagram @ArcGLOW

For more information, contact:

Rich Pulvino, APR
Manager, Corporate Communications
rpulvino@esl.org
585.336.1009