Friends Foundation

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People living with a developmental and/or intellectual disability like Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Autism or Down Syndrome face many challenges in the course of learning, working and living in the community. The Friends Foundation is a resource for those people.

The Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 1995 to ensure appropriate financial resources exist to protect and expand the opportunities available to people who reside in Allegany County, NY and are served by The Arc Allegany-Steuben. The Foundation raises and awards funds to people who have special needs in the areas of education, recreation, community inclusion and self-support. 

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2022 Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

Do you know an outstanding Direct Support Professional who works in Allegany County and deserves to be recognized for their passion, dedication and overall awesomeness? If so, you should nominate them for the 2022 Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award.

The award was created in memory of Joseph Damiano, whose Direct Support Professionals enriched both his life as well as his family’s, by demonstrating an exemplary level of performance over the course of their relationship and consistently demonstrating commitment to improving the quality of Joseph’s life.

Anyone can nominate a direct support professional for the Joseph Damiano Memorial Direct Support Professional of the Year Award. However, the nominee must provide direct support, supervision and assistance to a person with an intellectual or developmental disability living in Allegany County and served by The Arc Allegany-Steuben. The nominee must also be a current member of The Arc Allegany-Steuben.

Applications are due Friday, March 25, 2022. The recipient of this award will be recognized at the agency’s annual meeting May 2022.

Click here for an application.

Qualifications for Funding:

  • Applicants must be a member of The Arc Allegany-Steuben and receive services from and/or attend programs at The Arc Allegany-Steuben.
  • Applicants must reside primarily in Allegany County, NY and the immediate surrounding area.

Request Process:

  • Requests for funding are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  • The Friends Foundation meets quarterly. It takes approximately 30 days for a request to be reviewed and processed, however time-sensitive situations will be expedited.
  • All request applicants will be notified of the Board decision via email.
  • Request recipients who are awarded funding will be asked to provide a follow-up report within six months of receiving funding to show how the funding was used and its results/impact.

Friends Foundation Board Members:

Michael McCormick (President)
Teresa McMahon (Vice-President)
Mike Damiano (Treasurer/Secretary)
Courtney Ashraf
Ashleigh Cline

Contact Us

If you are a person living in Allegany County NY, receive services from the Arc Allegany-Steuben, and need Friends Foundation assistance, please contact Carrie Redman at