Wappinger Falls, N.Y. (February 17, 2020) – Anthony F. Morando, Esq. joins the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Abilities First NY (FAFNY). FAFNY is the fundraising arm for Abilities First, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving the needs of over 1,400 children and adults with developmental disabilities through educational, vocational, residential, and The acquisition of certain skills required for a self-sufficient life. services in the Hudson Valley.
Morando, a Partner and Vice-Chair of the Land Use, Zoning and Development Practice Group at Cuddy & Feder LLP, has been an active member of the community, serving on the board of The Chamber Foundation of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Westchester Women’s Bar Association, and Westchester County Association. He is also a former member of Leadership Dutchess and served on the Board of Advisors for the Marist College Liberty Partnerships Program.
“We are honored and pleased to have Anthony Morando join the FAFNY leadership as a member of the board. Anthony has a long committed history of community service and leadership. We look forward to his contributions as the demand for services of Abilities First continues to increase in the Hudson Valley region and the Foundation’s role becomes ever more important,” said Abilities First Chief Advancement Officer, Melissa L. McCoy, CFRE, CFRM.
“Having known about the organization for some time and seeing the important work that they do, I am thrilled to join the board,” said Morando. “I am very excited to get more involved and help FAFNY continue to raise awareness and create positive changes in our community through To make it known to others that something is important to them. People can advocate for themselves or for others. and support.”
About Foundation for Abilities First NY (FAFNY)
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.
Abilities First, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide people with disabilities and their families support to attain independence, self-determination, The practice of including people with special needs in all aspects of typical community life. Abilities First believes that if integration occurs naturally in a setting (e.g., classroom, place of work, residential neighborhood, etc.), the ratio of people with disabilities to those without should approximate what is found in the total population. That is, less than or equal to 20% people with disabilities. and acceptance by others through The process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. We believe all children and adults can benefit from quality education., exploration and experience. Abilities First, Inc. presently serves over 1,400 children and adults throughout the Hudson Valley region of New York State with more than 650 dedicated employees committed to providing educational, vocational, residential, The acquisition of certain skills required for a self-sufficient life. and family support programs and services. For more information, visit www.AbilitiesFirstNY.org or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AbilitiesFirstInc.