eNewsletters

We are delighted to introduce you to our monthly enewsletter, which provides communication and information to families, individuals, and the community to enjoy and feel connected to the mission of Abilities First.

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January 2024 eNewsletter

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Prioritizing Workforce Investment! | Advocacy in Albany | Firemens Way School Welcome MHVFCU | Uniting Board of Directors | FAFNY News | Upcoming Events

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December 2023 eNewsletter

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A Year of Giving: Celebrating Achievements and Looking Ahead – A Letter from our CEO | A December to Remember: Your Impact in Action! | Community Spotlight – Thank You! To Our Holiday Season Community Partners | Program Updates – Celebrating Excellence: Double the Inspiration as Two of Our Staff Receive Prestigious Awards | Congrats to Our 8th Cohort Class of NADSP Frontline Supervisor Training | Holiday Ornaments Made with ❤️| DEIA Message | AF & FAFNY Events

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November 2023 eNewsletter

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#Giving Tuesday is Today! |Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation Presents $1,500 Donation to Abilities First | NYS Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative Fuels Expansion for Myers Corners Preschool | Community Spotlight: Empowering Independence & Having Fun! | Advocacy in Albany | Community Connections: Cuddy & Feder LLP Spreads Cheer & Supports Holiday Helping Hands | Still Time to Give to Holiday Helping Hands | FAFNY News: Welcome New Board Member, Carla Alfieri |Upcoming Events

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October 2023 eNewsletter

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Abilities First Launches Life Skill Lab | Inaugural Color FUN Walk/Run/Push a Colorful Success! |Abilities First Receives Operation Santa Claus Grant | Welcome New FAFNY Board Members! | Community Spotlight | Program Updates |What’s the Buzz?

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September 2023 eNewsletter

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Celebrating Abilities First Annual Day Hab Picnic | Abilities First 2023 Golf & Tennis Classic | Community Spotlight: 9/11 Remembrance with Sergeant MaryKay Messenger | FAFNY News: FAFNY Board of Directors Welcomes New Members |Upcoming Events: 1st Annual Color FUN Walk/Run/Push | Holiday Helping Hands

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August 2023 eNewsletter

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Introducing Community Connections! | Meet Trena – Our Talented Artist Giving Back | 2023 Golf & Tennis Classic, presented by DVM Industries |Empowering Back-to-School Success | Back to School Reads | Careers At Abilities First

July 2023 eNewsletter

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Celebrating the 33rd Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act | Abilities First Summer Fun & Activities | Abilities First & the Learning Exchange for the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Host A Conversation for Providers | Dutchess County Hosts the 3rd Annual ThinkDifferently Fitness & Field Day | Abilities First & the Foundation for Abilities First Earn Gold Status

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May & June 2023 eNewsletter

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The Abilities First Inaugural Pickleball Event | Abilities First & FAFNY President’s Host Hudson River Evening | Donor Supported Events Entertain All | Hudson Valley Gives Thank You! | Cheers to Class of 2023 | Program Updates | Golf & Tennis Classic Cocktail Reception | Volunteers Needed! | Support FAFNY

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April 2023 eNewsletter

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April Autism Acceptance Month | Support Abilities First and the Autism Acceptance Campaign | Highland Middle School students commit to their school and community Autism Acceptance | Think Wealth Think Pickleball event on May 6th! |Upcoming Events: Hudson Valley Gives & Abilities First Golf & Tennis Classic |

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March 2023 eNewsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:

Abilities First Recognizes Disability Awareness Month | Finding the Right Fit: Jacob’s Story | AF’s Noah Pomerselig Completes EyeHarp Professional Certification | Thank You, Adams Fairacre Farms, Walgreens & Perkins! | AF Students Show off Their Artistry at Art Show | FAFNY Board of Directors Welcomes James McIver | Give a Gift Today with PayPal | Autism Acceptance Month Campaign | Abilities First Golf & Tennis Classic 2023 | ThinkWealth Think Pickleball Classic | Abilities First is Coming to a Career Fair near YOU! | Follow us on Social Media | Support FAFNY

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February 2023 eNewsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:

Sensory Room at Plaza Neighborhood Center | The Personal Request App Returns! | AF School-to-Work Program (Special Shoutout: Sierra Lily) | Thank you, Fit & Fun Playscapes! | ThinkWealth Think Pickleball Classic | Spring Break Registration | Follow Us on Social Media | Give an Online Gift & Support FAFNY

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January 2023 eNewsletter

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NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities’ 2023-2027 Strategic Plan | Meet the FAFNY Board of Directors! | Adult Day Services “WOW” in the Community | Unplanned Journey: What do you want to talk about? | Start a New Career Path at Abilities First | Weather & Closure Announcements |  Follow Us on Social Media | Support FAFNY

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December 2022 eNewsletter

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A Holiday Letter from the CEO | Abilities First Celebrates 60th Anniversary at the Community Partners Breakfast on Giving Tuesday | Dr. Jeffery Fox Appointed to NY Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council | Community Connections | Community Spotlight | Follow Us on Social Media | We’re Hiring! | Support Abilities First, Inc. FAFNY

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October 2022 eNewsletter

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Celebrating 60 Years of Service |  Unplanned Journey: First of many a Success! | Community Connections | Staff Spotlight: In Flight, Inc. | Community Spotlight | Celebrate with us: AF’s Community Partners Breakfast | Career Opportunities | Support Abilities First, Inc. | Support In Flight, Inc. | APHV Leadership

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September 2022 eNewsletter

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NADSP Training: Supporting our Frontline Supervisors! | 2022 Community Partners Breakfast Honorees Announced | Community Connections | Thank You for Making Cornhole for a Cause a Success! | Community Spotlight | Abilities First Annual Picnic Celebrations | Music Can Be Everyone’s Voice | Join Abilities First’s 60th Anniversary Giving Society! | Volunteer Opportunities | Career Opportunities | Support Abilities First, Inc. | Support In Flight, Inc. | APHV Leadership

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August 2022 eNewsletter

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Abilities First Turns 60! | Abilities First Golf & Tennis Classic: Thank You! | Community Connections: Abilities First | Community Connections: In Flight | EVENTS: In Flight’s Cornhole for a Cause | EVENTS: Abilities First 60th Anniversary Community Partners Celebration | Volunteer with Us! | We’re Hiring! | Call for Story Submissions | Follow Us On Social Media | Join Our 60th Anniversary Giving Society! | Support FAFNY

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July 2022 eNewsletter

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Abilities First Awarded $400,000 NYS Grant for Statewide Website | Time to Bid: Abilities First Live Auction | Justin & His Heart of Gold | Take Me Out to the Ball Game | In Flight Program Updates: Fourth of July Fun | Community Connections: Abilities First | Community Connections: In Flight | 2022 Abilities First Golf & Tennis Classic: Cocktail Reception Tickets Available | In Flight’s Cornhole for a Cause | Abilities First Community
Partners Breakfast: Save the Date | Join our 60th Anniversary Giving Society! | Residential Services: Looking for a New Residence? | We’re Hiring! | Follow Us On Social Media  | Support FAFNY

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June 2022 eNewsletter

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Congratulations, 2022 Graduates! | Join Our 60th Anniversary Giving Society! | AF Establishes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (DEIA) Committee | Staff Spotlight | Community Connections | Community Spotlight: Thank You, Jeanine Agnolet! | 2022 Abilities First Golf & Tennis Classic: SOLD OUT | InFlight’s Cornhole For A Cause | Residential Services: Looking for a New Residence? | We Want to Hear Your Stories | Follow Us On Social Media | We’re Hiring! | Support FAFNY

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May 2022 eNewsletter

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NYS Commissioner Of OPWDD Visits Abilities First | AF Challenge Coin Commemorates 60th Anniversary | AF Receives Dutchess Community College Award | Community Connections | Abilities First Offering Summer Programs Congratulations, Ronald Adriello! | Thank You, Michael Garofalo! | Residential Services: Looking For A New Residence? | 2022 Golf & Tennis Classic | Cornhole For A Cause | Follow Us On Social Media | Commercial Vacancies Available | Call For Story Submissions | We’re Hiring! | Support FAFNY

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April 2022 eNewsletter

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NYS MHREDC Invests in Abilities First Schools with $300,000 Grant | Autism Awareness Month: Peer-to-Peer Giving | AF Employees Spearhead “In Memory” Initiative | Those Supported by AF Give Back via Donations to FAFNY | Leadership Spotlight: Abilities First Welcomes New Board Members | Thank You’s & Shout-outs | 2022 Golf & Tennis Classic: Presented by DVM Industries | Commercial Vacancies | We Want To Hear Your AF Stories! | Follow Us On Social Media | We’re Hiring | Support FAFNY

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December 2021 eNewsletter

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Holiday Helping Hand Makes Thanksgiving & Christmas Extra Special | Central Hudson Offers Assistance Programs To Help Qualified Customers | What’s Happening at Abilities First? | Shout-Outs & Thank You’s | Save the Date: Golf & Tennis Classis 2022 | Follow Us On Social Media | We’re Hiring | Survey | Support FAFNY

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November 2021 eNewsletter

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DSPs are the Heart of Our Mission | What’s Happening at Abilities First? | Shout-Outs | Year-End Giving Opportunities | Save the Date: GivingTuesday | Happy Thanksgiving | Call for Stories | Commercial Vacancies in New Windsor, NY | Save the Date: Golf & Tennis Classis 2022 | Follow Us On Social Media | We’re Hiring | Survey | Contribute

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October 2021 eNewsletter

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Abilities First & In Flight, Inc. Launch Partnership | Back To School | Shout-Outs | Commercial Spaces In New Windsor, NY | Focusing On The Mission Of Abilities First | Thank You To Our DSPs! | What’s Happening At Abilities First | Mark It In Your Calendar: NYDA & HPSV Virtual Workforce Crisis Rally | SAVE THE DATE: Golf & Tennis Classic 2022 | Community Connections | Follow Us On Social Media | We’re Hiring! | Share Your Feedback | Contribute

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August 2021 eNewsletter

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A Family’s Time & Support Express Appreciation | Abilities First & In Flight, Inc. Launch Partnership Corporation | Shout-Outs | FAFNY & Entergy: Working To Provide Emergency Assistance  | Golf & Tennis Classic | 44 Years Of Shaping Lives At Abilities First | Community Member Entrusted With Board Leadership | Abilities First Welcomes Its First Director Of Grants | We’re Hiring! | Share Your Feedback | Contribute

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July 2021 eNewsletter

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Meet Freddie, Hard Worker & Music Lover | Make Our Garden Grow: The Garden Project | Shout-Outs | Mission of Abilities First | THANK YOU: 2021 Golf & Tennis Classic | Last Chance Auction | We’re Hiring! | Resources | Share Your Feedback | Contribute

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June 2021 eNewsletter

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AF’s Own Brings Mythology, Magic & Personal Motivation to NY Alliance Art Show | New AF Preschool Offers New Community Opportunities | Karen Roskin: A Vibrant Life, A Legacy of Friendship (1966-2021) | Welcome LEGOLAND New York | Mission Sponsor Shout-Out | Community Members Entrusted to the AF Board of Directors | Board Members Recommit to Continued & Expanded Leadership | Donovan Ashe: From Program Coordinator to Director of Residential Services | Save The Date: 2021 Golf & Tennis Classic | Thank You to Our 2021 Golf & Tennis Classic Committee | Shout-Out to Our Sponsors | Resources | Share Your Feedback | Contribute

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May 2021 eNewsletter

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We’re Hiring | Enriching & Saving Lives | Thank You! | AF Preschool Helps Trevor Grow | Leadership Spotlight: Joshua Mackey | Mission of Abilities First | Golf & Tennis Classic (Details, Committee, Sponsors) | Resources | Share Your Feedback | Contribute

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April 2021 eNewsletter

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Collaboration Strengthens Futures | Inspiring Growth in Challenging Times | Thank You’s | A Lifetime Commitment to Those with Disabilities | Shout-Out | Mission of Abilities First | Support & Commitment: A 36 Year Journey | Save The Date | Pledge to Power | We Want to Hear From You | Now Hiring | Contribute

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March 2021 eNewsletter

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Executive Drive Preschool | YOU Helped Give Jaime A Future | Michael Pine Secures $10,000 MassMutual Foundation Grant | Thank You’s | NEW Abilities First Ambassador | Lots of Love to Go Around | What Is The Foundation for Abilities First NY (FAFNY)? | 2021 AF Golf & Tennis Classic | Parent Resources | Support FAFNY

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February 2021 eNewsletter

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Karen, Ray & Shane | Stephanie’s Journey | YOU helped Give Heroes Hope | Martuccis support New Windsor Preschool | Remembering Carole Nugent | 2020 Honorees | 2021 AF Golf & Tennis Classic | Support FAFNY

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ABOUT FOUNDATION FOR ABILITIES FIRST NY (FAFNY)

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.