SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The leaders of Proctors and the Schenectady City Mission announced today that MVP Health Care has pledged to donate $100,000 to support the Downtown Schenectady Ambassadors Program.
The program employs mission clients to guide visitors through downtown and to and from the theater. The sponsorship funds will support the program over the next five years.
Participants are identified and selected through the mission’s training and are referred by other human services organizations. Currently, about 15 individuals participate in the program, and another 12 have already moved on to full-time employment outside the program.
The Ambassadors Program is intended to provide temporary employment for participants and to give them training in the hospitality industry with a goal of helping them find a job within the industry.
“The Ambassadors program has helped promote revitalization in Downtown Schenectady and in people’s lives,” said Schenectady City Mission Executive Director/CEO Michael Saccocio. “The generous donation from MVP Health Care will enable us to make an even greater impact in the days ahead. This is an exciting partnership!
In addition to the donation, MVP Health Care is supplying the ambassadors with red jackets and hats and gloves branded with the program logo so they will be easily recognizable by those needing assistance.