October 2017  
New features highlight 
Allies in Disguise 5K and Mile
The Allies in Disguise 5K and Mile will be held Sunday, Oct. 29 at Craig Park in Painted Post.
This year's Allies in Disguise 5K and Mile will have some new features, including a team competition in the 5K.

Allies in Disguise is set for 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Painted Post's Craig Park.

The Halloween costume run/walk is the sixth annual fall fundraiser for AIM, and proceeds support local programs and services for people with disabilities.

The top male, female and mixed teams in the 5K -­­- based on combined time -- will win prizes. The team members also compete individually in the 5K, which will have a professional timing service, Integrity Racing.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners, and medals will go to the top three finishers in nine age-group categories in the 5K.

Also new this year, prizes will be awarded to the top male and female wheelchair finishers in the 5K.

A prize will go to the best Halloween costume at the event. There will be snacks, refreshments, music and face painting in Craig Park. The entry fee is $20, with discounts for families and 5K teams, and includes an Allies in Disguise T-shirt. 

Those who register by Oct. 15 will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Wegmans gift card. Those who register in advance can pick up their bibs between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at the Corning AIM office.

There will also be race-day registration available from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

For more details or to register, visit the event page or call (607) 962-8225
AIM to add family support navigators to help families struggling with addiction

AIM Independent Living Center was recently awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to help individuals and families navigate the state's addiction-treatment systems.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, AIM will have family support navigators on staff to help families in the Southern Tier. Family support navigators help individuals and their families better understand the progression of addiction, provide guidance on how to navigate insurance issues, and offer information on how to access treatment services.

"Individuals and families seeking help for addiction should focus as much of their energy as possible on treatment," said John Zick, AIM's director of government and public affairs. "It's our hope that this program will alleviate some of the burden that comes with seeking treatment. We applaud and thank Gov. Cuomo and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse for making this commitment."

AIM will begin recruiting candidates for two open positions later this fall. The job listings will be posted on AIM's recruitment platform, which can be accessed by visiting
AIM seeks volunteer advocates to help long-term care residents
AIM is seeking volunteers for its Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, which serves Steuben and Allegany counties.

Ombudsmen are advocates for people who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult care homes.

Volunteer ombudsmen visit long-term care facilities, build relationships with residents, and give them a voice.

The volunteers help people understand their rights; address issues that could impact health, safety and quality of life; and investigate complaints.

The typical commitment is two hours per week at a long-term care facility in Steuben or Allegany counties that is convenient for the volunteer.

AIM will host a training and certification program for volunteers on Oct. 19, 20, 23, 24 and 25 at the Corning AIM office. There is no charge to attend and mileage will be reimbursed.

For more details or to register, contact Ombudsman Program Coordinator Taryn Roloson at or 962-8225, ext. 112.
Special Olympics bowling league
to start Oct. 20 at Crystal Lanes
A Special Olympics bowling league will start Oct. 20 at Crystal Lanes in Corning.

The 20-week program for people with disabilities ages 8 and older will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Fridays through March 2. It's called the Bandits Training Club, and the club is affiliated with the Genesee Region of Special Olympics New York.

The club's coordinator and coach is Tracie Johnson, who is a service coordinator at AIM. She has been involved with Special Olympics for many years and is now expanding the Bandits in this area.

The fee is $7 per week, which includes two games and bowling shoes. Ramps are available. Ryan Shafer, a PBA Tour bowler from Horseheads, will be available in the Crystal Lanes pro shop to help with equipment needs and to give some friendly tips.

Following the season, Bandits bowlers can compete in Special Olympics regional tournaments in the spring.

To sign up, email Johnson. While RSVPs are appreciated, bowlers can also just show up on Fridays at Crystal Lanes. Participation is flexible and participants don't have to commit to the entire season. C-Tran, Chemung County's bus system, can stop at Crystal Lanes on its Elmira-Corning route.
AIM adds two new staff members
Two new employees joined AIM in September. 

Casey Schoonover is our new employment specialist. She came from Pathways, Inc.

Sarah Swarthout is our new OPWDD direct support professional. She graduated in May from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor's degree in human development.
Welcome, Casey and Sarah!
Job openings posted at
AIM is hiring for multiple positions, including a manager of home care services, a veterans' advocate, a Social Security benefits adviser, two NY Connects information specialist/options counselors, an OPWDD youth specialist, an NHTD/TBI service coordinator, a Medicaid service coordinator, OPWDD self-hired staff, Community Habilitation direct support professionals, and  CDPAS personal care assistants. 
To view job descriptions and apply online, click here
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