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September 2017  
Registration open for 
Allies in Disguise
The Allies in Disguise 5K and Mile, AIM's fall fundraiser, returns Sunday, Oct. 29 with new features, including a team competition, a wheelchair category and a prize for best costume.
 
The Allies in Disguise 5K and Mile, AIM's fall fundraiser, will return on Sunday, Oct. 29. Registration is now open, and early birds who sign up by Oct. 15 will be entered to win a $100 Wegmans gift card.

The race will begin at 10 a.m. at Painted Post's Craig Park.

Allies in Disguise will have several new features this year, including a four-person team competition, with prizes awarded to the top male, female and mixed teams based on the four runners' combined time. Team members will also compete individually in the 5K.

There will also be prizes for the top male and female wheelchair finishers this year, another new feature.

And, since it's a Halloween costume run/walk, we also added a prize for best costume.

AIM hired a professional timing company, Integrity Racing, to provide chipped timing for the 5K this year. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in nine age groups, male and female, and prizes will go to the overall male and female winners.

There will be snacks, refreshments, music and children's activities in Craig Park. The registration fee is $20 per person for both the 5K and mile. For families of two or more, the fee is $15 per person. Teams can register for the 5K for $60. The fee includes an Allies in Disguise T-shirt. 

Details are posted at aimcil.com . To register in advance, click here .

Runners who pre-register will be able to pick up their bibs between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Corning AIM office, 271 E. First St.

There will also be race-day registration available from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Oct. 29.
Camp Bravo wraps up for the summer; social skills classes begin this month 
The youths who attended AIM's Camp Bravo in August visited Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, where they took part in hearth cooking during a tour of the museum.

Camp Bravo, AIM's summer camp for youths with developmental disabilities, held its second and final session of the summer in late August. 

The week-long camp, for Chemung County youths, focused on learning social skills and independent living skills. 

Outings included a trip aboard The Elmiran trolley, visits to the Chemung Valley History Museum and Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, and a picnic at Eldridge Park.  There are more photos posted on AIM's Facebook page

There was also a camp for Steuben County youths in July. The free camps, funded by Office for People with Developmental Disabilities' Family Support Services, are expected to return next summer.

During the school year, AIM hosts social skills development programs for students with developmental disabilities ages 14-21 who live at home. The next program will be from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at AIM's Elmira office.

For more details, contact Wendy Watkins at wwatkins@aimcil.com or (607) 962-8225, ext. 223.
AIM to host '50s Block Party
AIM will host a '50s Block Party from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Elmira AIM office, 350 W. Church St.  The party is open to all AIM's consumers age 14 and older, and it's free. There will be a DJ, food, games and raffles.  RSVP to Wendy Watkins at wwatkins@aimcil.com or (607) 962-8225, ext. 223.
AIM welcomes new employees
Several new employees joined AIM in August. 

- Teresa Colvin is our new coordinator of waiver counseling services. She comes to AIM from the Arc of Schuyler.
 
- Ryanne Michaels will be a general advocate based in the Elmira AIM office. She came from Elcor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 
 
- Jamie Haywood will be a service coordinator for the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion and Traumatic Brain Injury programs, and will be based in Broome County. She previously worked at Southern Tier Independence Center.
 
Welcome aboard, Teresa, Ryanne and Jamie!
Job openings posted online
AIM is hiring for multiple positions, including a manager of home care services, NY Connects independent living specialists, an OPWDD youth specialist, OPWDD self-hire staff, an NHTD/TBI service coordinator, a Medicaid service coordinator, CDPAS personal care assistants, and Community Habilitation direct support professionals.  To view job descriptions and apply online, click here
New timekeeping process begins this fall
Starting this fall, AIM employees who work directly for a consumer, including CDPAS aides and other self-hire workers, will begin using a new automated system to keep track of their hours. Employees can choose between a call-in option or a web-based feature. The change will impact both employees and consumers.

Instructions will be sent to employees and consumers soon that will explain how to use the system and when it will launch. 

The new system is expected to be beneficial to AIM, its employees and its consumers. It will reduce paperwork and virtually eliminate lapses in service and missing paychecks.
Meet Our Staff: Max Birkett
Max Birkett joined AIM in June 2017. He is a support broker, part of our team serving people with developmental disabilities. He helps consumers and their families plan and budget for the services they wish to receive and the activities they want to pursue.

Q: Tell us about your role here at AIM.

A: Brokering is an exciting service for people with developmental disabilities here in the Southern Tier. I'm helping to put the power back into the hands of the individual. Do you need staff to be present throughout the night? To fly across the country with you? Perhaps it would really help you stay healthy if your Medicaid money could pay for a gym membership. That sort of flexibility and personalization is at the core of what I do: building budgets that help people live their life to the fullest.

Q: What the challenges and rewarding aspects of your job?

A:  There is a pleasant challenge to trying to bend things towards the best outcome of the client. And the reward, of course, is the people themselves. I get a lot of satisfaction out of making people's lives a little easier.

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?

A: I'm a writer! Mainly, I write humorous science fiction and fantasy stories.  I also dabble in board games, both playing and making them.
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