Charity Partner of the Year

2018 Charity Partner of the Year

Long Island Elite is proud to support Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD) as its 2018 Charity Partner of the Year! Throughout 2018, LIE members will be working together to fundraise for this very special organization.

The Greatest Giving On Earth’ Charity Event – A musical celebration and fundraising initiative benefiting ACLD was held at Oheka Castle on September 27, 2018. The Presenting Sponsor was Petro Home Services.

The mission of ACLD is to provide opportunities for children and adults with autism, learning and developmental disabilities to pursue enviable lives, increase independence, and foster supportive relationships within the community.

Proceeds raised from the event will go to support ACLD’s RewearAble program.

ACLD’s RewearAble program, a self-sustaining and integrated used clothing collection business, provides paid employment for adults with varying degrees of abilities supported by ACLD. From the initial call, pick up, sorting, sanitizing and packing of materials, people of different abilities are involved in each step. Once baled, the clothing is resold with the sales generated directly benefitting the more than 3,000 people ACLD supports on Long Island and their families. A portion of the funds generated will also go towards fueling further employment opportunities within RewearAble.

Pictured left to right: Gary Cucchi (LIE), Robert C. Goldsmith (Executive Director, ACLD), Michael Stern (President, LIE), Aimee Keegan (Director of Development & Community Relations, ACLD), Michael Mosscrop (Committee Chair, LIE)

RewearAble trains and employs people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ages 21-65), alongside a typically-developed workforce, using an integrated model. The business is located on the ACLD campus in Bethpage, NY so supportive services are immediately available to the people served by this program. Although ACLD’s Supported Employment Program works with RewearAble, RewearAble itself is a separate entity designed to be self-sustaining.

In its second year, RewearAble has successfully monetized its donations by developing a system of selling goods overseas, has implemented successful marketing initiatives, and is progressively increasing its collection on a weekly basis. The next step is to develop the infrastructure and further expand the program to serve one of its core goals. It is with this goal in mind that ACLD is undertaking the expansion of its current RewearAble site from a 2,120 square foot area to an approximately 8,000 square foot building adjacent to the existing home of RewearAble, preparing it for a demonstration product with national impact as a model for other similar agencies.

The new RewearAble Processing and Training center will be established to fulfill the goal of creating much needed job opportunities for people of different abilities. The expansion of the RewearAble program will stimulate the Long Island economy and provide training to other surrounding agencies that support the intellectual and developmentally disabled community.

The new 8,000 square foot RewearAble Training and Processing Center will help RewearAble enhance the efficiency of its operations and provide for greater storage capacity for the material collected. The site will serve as the center for all activities including sorting, sanitizing, and distribution to overseas buyers in order to maximize revenue.

The RewearAble program is truly changing the lives of people with different abilities as it demonstrates that a business can modify its structure to adapt to an employee’s capabilities. It is providing critical vocational skills, fostering independence and most importantly confidence and self-esteem.

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About Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD) 

Founded in 1957, ACLD is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit agency whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with autism, learning and developmental disabilities to pursue enviable lives, increase independence and foster supportive relationships within the community. ACLD employs more than 1,200 people and operates 80 different program sites including group homes and apartment programs across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Service programs include children’s services, day habilitation, residential alternatives, vocational training and job placement, recreation programs, respite, family support services, Medicaid Service Coordination, and occupational speech and physical therapy and social work services, and are provided to more than 3,000 people each year.

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Long Island Elite will make an announcement about its 16th Annual Charity Event in Spring 2018.

Charity Partner of the Year – Retrospective
In 2014, Long Island Elite (LIE) embarked on a new chapter in its legacy, changing the way it supports and raises funds for local charities by choosing to partner with one not-profit organization each year. This new concept has been tremendously successful. To view some of Long Island Elite’s previous Charity Partners, click on the links at the top right of this page to view our Charity Partner Archives.

Long Island Elite’s Mission
Long Island Elite’s mission is to cultivate the development, growth and leadership capabilities of young business professionals across Long Island. We are dedicated to raising awareness and funds for local not-for-profit organizations and other agencies that make a difference in our own backyard.