Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Craig Donnelly Receives 2012 Community Partnership Award from the Westchester Arc

Craig DonnellyCraig Donnelly, Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice Coordinator, will be honored by the Westchester Arc for his exceptional support for people with developmental disabilities.

"It is such a heartwarming feeling to be recognized by one of the organizations that has been with the Duchesne Center for the past eight years," Donnelly said. "The honor also goes out to all the volunteers that have worked with this amazing organization."

The Westchester Arc works to empower children and adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their potential based on personal choices, abilities, and interests.

Manhattanville College has maintained a relationship with Westchester Arc for the past eight years. Student volunteers work with children and adults with developmental disabilities, teaching them acting, dancing, and art throughout the school year. Manhattanville also acts as host to an eight-week summer camp that helps to provide life skills, sports, computer skills, writing classes, music, and swimming.

In the fall the Duchesne Center is starting a new program called Dream Catchers where students will teach various workshops to high school students with special needs, including poetry, business, education, and music.

Donnelly will receive the 2012 Community Partnership Award at the Westchester Arc Annual Membership Meeting on June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Gleeson Israel Gateway Center in Hawthorne.