BUCKLAND –William “Bill” Quigley is making a name for himself in Buckland.
He helps clean up local parks. He plants flowers around Town Hall, and he volunteers at the Salvation Army, vacuuming and tidy up.
“He has even started keeping a photo album of these many activities,” said Barbara Pilarcik, executive director of The Association for Community Living in Springfield, a nonprofit that provides an array of services to people living with disabilities, including Quigley.
Pilarcik’s comments were offered on June 16 during The Association’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, where Quigley received an achievement award for his good work in the community.
“Bill has taken a great interest in community involvement over the past year, and he has also shown great personal growth, asking to participate in social outings at home such as going to the movies with his housemates,” Pilarcik said.
She told Quigley the organization was proud of him before an audience of roughly 300 individuals served, their families, staff, board members, volunteers and donors.
In addition to presenting 11 achievement awards to individuals served in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties, Pilarcik also honored staff with awards and discussed milestones the organization accomplished over the past year.
Pilarcik highlighted that the agency:
Held its first-ever Leadership Institute, providing high-quality management training to 20 emerging leaders at the agency.
Partnered with Baystate Health to present “Crash Reel” to over 200 community members. “Crash Reel” is a documentary that tells the story of a New England family and their son, an Olympic ski boarder who is recovering from a horrific head injury.
Produced an original play, “Once Upon a Bog,” involving more than 30 teens and adults from the Whole Children and Milestones programs to a sold-out audience.
Opened a new, fully accessible Residential Services home on Meadow Street in Agawam.
“These are just some of the highlights we have experienced,” Pilarcik said. “They don’t begin to capture the many acts of kindness that occur daily at The Association for Community Living.”
For more information about the services and programs of The Association for Community Living, visit www.theassociationinc.org.
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