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Finger Lakes Hires Business of the Week: The Arc Ontario

September 11, 2023
Contact: Michael Woloson
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board recognizes The Arc Ontario as
“Finger Lakes Hires Business of the Week”

Canandaigua, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) is pleased to share that The Arc Ontario, Canandaigua, New York is “Finger Lakes Hires Business of the Week”.

Finger Lakes Hires promotes businesses in need of workers by promoting their workforce culture and opportunities. “The Finger Lakes region offers excellent career opportunities for working families,” said Lynn Freid, FLWIB Executive Director. “Finger Lakes Hires” is designed to highlight the unique stories and business cultures of companies in the Finger Lakes every day for one week.

The ARC Ontario History
The Arc Ontario was founded in 1954 when opportunities for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities were extremely limited. Individuals with disabilities had no rights, were not encouraged to attend school, find employment, or become contributing members of the community. Overall, very limited expectations were placed upon them. A pioneering group of parents from Geneva, NY recognized this growing issue and thanks to their perseverance and persistence, they founded the agency.

Come Grow with Us
Today, the Arc Ontario has successfully grown to offer over 40 wide-ranging services for hundreds of families and continues to work with the community, making it a place where people with disabilities or other challenges are welcomed, involved, and respected. To accomplish this requires talent.  The Arc Ontario is proud to have built a friendly, diverse workplace that nurtures uniqueness, celebrates individual strengths and offers staff countless opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. The agency welcomes your enthusiasm and creativity and encourages you to take advantage of professional development, educational training, and team-building opportunities.  They are committed to the health and wellness of both staff and the individuals the agency supports with offerings such as a fitness center, yoga and Zumba classes, walking groups, smoking cessation and more!

“Congratulations to The Arc Ontario and Executive Director Ann Scheetz for her amazing leadership. Ann and her team have created social enterprises in Canandaigua that promote independence, improve quality of life, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential. These businesses create jobs and serve the community by giving back to our greater economy. Kudos to the entire Arc Ontario team for setting the example,” said Senator Pam Helming.   

The mission of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) is to improve the economic well being of job seekers and employers in the region by aligning human potential with opportunities in the workplace.

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