Community Bank is Presenting Sponsor of Team NYSARC For 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - St. Lawrence NYSARC, (, a non-profit corporation dedicated to working for and with people with disabilities is proud to announce that Community Bank, N.A. is the 2013 presenting sponsor for Team NYSARC, a group devoted to local volunteerism. The group is comprised of program participants, staff, family members and the general public.

“Team NYSARC was established by request from our program participants in an effort to assist community members in need,” said Daphne Pickert, St. Lawrence NYSARC’s CEO/Executive Director. “Community Bank has a long standing commitment to assisting local people, so this makes our partnership very well suited.”

Team NYSARC hosts an Annual Autism Awareness Walk and sponsors the Down Syndrome Society of St. Lawrence County’s Buddy Walk. The Team also participates in a variety of service activities throughout the year.

The funding provided by Community Bank last year made it possible for the Team to increase support to charitable causes. This additional commitment to another year of support will ensure the group can keep “giving back” and do even more! Team NYSARC currently contributes time, energy, and support to about 50 annual projects, eight monthly activities, and five weekly projects. One group delivers food five days a week with Meals on Wheels, too!

Over 200 people with disabilities work with a variety of community members to help others each year. A few of these partnerships include: Meals on Wheels, Heart Walk, Habitat for Humanity, food pantries, Salvation Army, Edward Moses Walk/Run, Renewal House, Humane Societies, community clean-ups, American Red Cross, Nursing Homes, etc.

“At Community Bank, we value the people in our neighborhoods and pride ourselves on providing quality service,” said Nick Russell, Community Bank Senior Vice President. "Team NYSARC has already proven to be a driving force in civic engagement and we are glad to assist them on their quest to give back to the community.”

For more details or to join the team, please contact Susan Freego Gibbons at 315-386-3529 or, log on to the Events Calendar at or check us out on Facebook!

November 21, 2012