Dick and Rick Hoyt Contribute $20,000 to Venture
Funds Will Support People with Disabilities Across the State
Sturbridge – Venture Community Services, one of the Commonwealth’s leading providers of innovative human services, received a $20,000 donation from the Hoyt Foundation. Hundreds of people with developmental disabilities supported by Venture will now have greater access to the opportunities they deserve thanks to this contribution.
Dick and Rick Hoyt, the famed father-son running team, made the donation to Mike Hyland, Venture President & CEO. “We are thankful to have the support of The Hoyt Foundation,” said Hyland. “Their continued partnership with our agency speaks to their generosity and their commitment to people living with disabilities.”
Funds from previous donations have been used to construct a multi-sensory room in the Sturbridge Day Program and also for supportive and adaptive yoga for people with disabilities.
The Hoyt Foundation, founded by father-and-son team Dick and Rick Hoyt in 1989, helps build the individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of America’s disabled young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life, including in family and community activities, especially sports, at home, in schools and in the workplace. Dick and Rick have run more than 1,000 road races together all across the world, including 30 Boston Marathons, inspiring countless people to achieve what they previously believed was impossible.
Venture Community Services is committed to providing compassionate, person-centered services that assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. What began as an organization with two small group homes has grown into one of the largest human service providers in Massachusetts, and with over 700 employees, one of the largest employers in the Worcester County area. Venture has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Worcester Business Journal and as an Employer of Choice from the Employers Association of the Northeast. Venture encourages independence through a continuum of support which includes community residential services, day programs, supported employment, transportation, autism supports, adult foster care, and shared living.
Caption: Dick and Rick Hoyt presented $20,000 to Venture Community Services on behalf The Hoyt Foundation. The funds will support people with developmental disabilities and ensure they have access to the opportunities they deserve. Pictured with the Hoyts is Mike Hyland, Venture President & CEO.