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Dear Friends,

There are many HEROES in the world. While we have been in our homes or at an AF program or school, these HEROES have continued to support me and my friends and the mission of Abilities First.

As the Abilities First Ambassador, I would like to ask you to help to HONOR our HEROES. If you are able to, please make a gift TODAY, to ensure Abilities First can continue to help me and my friends. Your support continues to be needed.

Your friend,
William Eugene Van Ornum, Jr.
Ambassador, Abilities First


NEW! The CARES Act will allow taxpayers to deduct charitable donations up to $300 on their 2020 federal tax return, without itemizing deductions.

Donations to the Foundation for Abilities First NY and Abilities First are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 10% of all gifts is directed to the administration of Advancement and Foundation services. 

Additional information and a copy of the latest FAFNY or Abilities First financial report is available by calling AF/FAFNY at 845-485-9803 or upon request from the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, NY, NY 10005, 1-212-416-8686 or

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Ways to Give

Support the mission through a gift, in-kind donation of services or goods, sponsorship or charitable giving.

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Ways to Join In

Support the mission through individual, corporate or community group volunteer efforts, or provide employment and volunteer opportunities for our individuals.


In 1962, the vision of just a few people, moved a mission that now impacts the lives of over 1,500 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, age birth through life, throughout the Hudson Valley.

Since its founding, the generosity of numerous donors and volunteers has assured the mission continued. Consider ways that you, a community group or a business can partner with Abilities First to impact mission, lend a hand, or support the financial resources required to assure its future availability and financial security.

Abilities First, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides services to enrich the lives of children and adults in our communities. Our Federal ID number is 14-146742.


Philanthropic leadership to enrich the mission of Abilities First, Inc.

Founded in 2018, the mission of the Foundation for Abilities First NY is to garner the financial resources necessary to meet the programmatic interests and to assure the sustainability of the mission of Abilities First, Inc. FAFNY will establish a stable commitment of philanthropic support, to assure the programs, services, and quality of life opportunities remain strong and available, as well as ensure the organization’s fiscal resiliency during unexpected changes.

FAFNY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides services to enrich the lives of children and adults in our communities. Our Federal ID number is 83-3116304.

All required state and federal forms, documents and financial statements are available upon request. Please contact 845-485-9803 x 1223.