Joy of the Season

We would like to extend a great big “thank you” to everyone in the community as well as our many dedicated employees who donated gifts and funds to support Venture’s Annual Giving Tree Program.  Thanks to the generosity of community members like you, we were able to provide individualized holiday gifts to 205 individuals!

This time of year, we are especially grateful for our supporters who are committed to helping us improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.  The gifts you donated were specifically requested items for individuals in our residential programs, and you can be certain that you brightened the holiday for each and every one of them.

Many of our administrative staff members enjoyed turning our training room into Santa’s Workshop for the day, where we wrapped and sorted all the gifts.  Our program directors will also be playing Santa this week when they make their deliveries to our programs throughout the state.

Thank you again for your support, and happy holidays from Venture Community Services!

Hoyt Foundation Donation

Dick and Rick Hoyt Contribute $25,000 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 $25,000 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 so 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.

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