Inspire, an non-profit affiliate of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York, provides a wide array of outpatient, educational, and support services for individuals of all ages and abilities and for the general public. Currently, Inspire operates sites in Goshen, Newburgh, and Monroe to adequately serve children and adults from throughout Orange County. Its Foundation provides financial support for programs and services at Inspire.
Its Foundation is currently focused on raising $2 million to retain as an endowment for the benefit of Inspire. In his new leadership role, Mr. DuBois, who joined the Inspire Foundation Board of Directors at the beginning of this year, will be responsible for helping to advance those efforts.
“I’ve already got some creative ideas that I hope to share in order to support fundraising and other efforts specific to Inspire’s mission,” said Mr. DuBois. “I thought an iPad drive might be a worthy endeavor, since they are such amazing learning tools for children with developmental disabilities. It should be an exciting year, and I’m pleased to have an opportunity to contribute.”
Mr. DuBois has been doing planning for families with special needs children since graduating from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, N.J. in 2007. He has also spearheaded fundraising efforts for a similar organization in South Jersey with the Camden County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Committee.
“When Austin first came on board earlier this year, he immediately tackled the project of revising the bylaws, which was a big undertaking of major importance,”
Mr. DuBois will be taking over for Interim Chair Katharine Fitzgerald, who succeeded the late William Devitt. Mr. Devitt had been the Foundation chair since its inception, making Mr. DuBois only the second person to officially serve as chair.
“Austin's professional experience and energy are going to be huge assets in helping to grow the Inspire Foundation to reach my father's original goal of $2 million,” said Sara Devitt, Mr. Devitt’s daughter and Foundation Board member. “My father felt very strongly about community service in Orange County and most importantly to Inspire. Austin shares the same commitment and I'm excited to see how we reach our goals with his leadership.”
About Inspire: Inspire's mission is to form partnerships with people who have special challenges in order to maximize their capabilities to lead fuller lives:
· By providing quality person-centered services to meet individual challenges;
· By informing and educating about development, intervention, and resources;
· By promoting understanding of special challenges and inclusion within the community; and
· By developing new and ongoing programs in response to changing community needs.
About the Inspire Foundation: The purpose of the Inspire Foundation is to provide a continued financial source for the benefit of children and adults with disabilities served through Inspire. In addition to focusing on Inspire’s major fundraisers, the Inspire Foundation Golf Tournament (held the first Monday in May annually) and the Shining Stars Celebration (held mid-November annually), the Inspire Foundation works to secure bequests and other planned gifts. The Inspire Foundation also works to generate awareness of the work of Inspire at its three locations (Goshen, Newburgh and Monroe) in Orange County.