22 Aug VARC adds two wheelchair-accessible buses to fleet with Sau…
REEDSBURG, Wis. (WKBT) — The Vernon Area Rehabilitation Center Inc. added two new wheelchair-accessible buses to its fleet with the help of a $25,200 donation from the W.R. and Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation.
The new vehicles for VARC’s Sauk Division in Reedsburg are intended to meet the expanding transportation needs of people with disabilities in Sauk County, according to a VARC news release.
The Viroqua, Wis.-based VARC approached the Sauey Foundation about donating toward the buses in September 2019. State and federal grant programs covered a portion of the cost, but VARC needed additional funds to pay for the buses, the release said.
The Baraboo, Wis.-based Sauey Foundation’s $25,200 donation covered about 20 percent of the cost.
VARC has been serving individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities and mental illness diagnoses for 45 years. It has grown from serving six individuals to helping more than 700 children and adults with disabilities throughout southwest Wisconsin.
VARC’s Sauk Division serves 146 individuals with disabilities. In recent years, VARC opened its transportation services to anyone with a disability, regardless of whether they participate in VARC’s services.
People use the buses to go to medical appointments, social engagements, shopping errands and other activities, according to VARC’s news release.
The Sauey Foundation is a private corporate foundation that provides help in communities in which the Nordic Group Member Companies have operations.
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