The Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County was awarded a $434,977 grant from the Town of Hempstead this week.
The money, from the federal CARES Act, is aimed to help alleviate the unexpected costs of required personal protective equipment for the organization’s staff and adult program participants.
The grant will also fund new disinfecting systems, machines, cleansers and other equipment needed to effectively fight the COVID-19 virus and ensure the safety of program participants, their families, staff and visitors.
The Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County serves about 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. The organization has more than 900 employees and its Roosevelt location is home to the Children’s Learning Center, which offers individualized educational programs for 250 children between the ages of 2 and 21, as well as a myriad of therapy sessions from occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, music and art therapy, to computer instruction and an adapted gym. Adults also have specialized day programs at the main building and hub sites.
“We are immensely grateful for the town’s support as it will allow us to continue supporting those who depend on us every day,” Bob McGuire, executive director of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau, said in a written statement. “This funding is essential to continue fulfilling our mission in a safe and protective manner while also keeping our staff and participants safe.”