Newsletter July 2022


  • Get Ready for the Hot COCO
    • Sponsors and Exhibitors Sought
    • Registration Now Open
  • New Executive Director Named
  • AWB All Star Band to Perform
  • Great Services Available Now:
    • AWB Landscaping Crew, fall cleanup spots filling fast
    • Janitorial Crew serving local businesses
  • Document Shredding Service
    • Pick up available
Hot COCO race logo, 5K, Kids Fun Run, 1-Mile Walk
Saturday, November 12, 2022

Seeking Sponsors & Exhibitors

If you own a company, or know someone who does, sponsoring our Hot COCO event is a great way to support the community and get great recognition. Depending upon level, sponsors are recognized in our emails to runners across the state, in social media posts, on our website with valuable backlinks, and on those long-lasting race tee shirts. We also have an opportunity for you to exhibit at our event on race day! CLICK HERE for a Hot COCO 2022 Sponsorship Packet.

Registration Open

Run or Walk, start now and encourage your friends to sponsor you! Enjoy the gorgeous Farmington Canal Line and stately homes. Run for fun before winter comes. Raise $100 or more for a complimentary entry. CLICK HERE to visit race manager JB Sports to register and fundraise.

New Executive Director Named

Amanda Barnes is named Executive Director. She has been with AWB since 2016. Amanda brings her skills in administration, problem solving and team building. During 2020 Amanda took a role with the State of Connecticut as an Investigator for DDS. She rejoined AWB in 2021 as Director of Operations and Human Resources, then was named Executive Director. Amanda has great love and passion to serve the individuals in our care.

AWB Landscaping Crew

Our dedicated landscaping crew has enjoyed a full schedule this year. For the rest of the summer, they are fully booked. They’re managing commercial and private landscapes. Services include lawn maintenance, planting beds, shrubbery care and more. Make your reservations now for fall cleanup! Call Career Services Coordinator Erika Gregory: 203-272-5607, ext. 1122.

AWB Janitorial Crews Available

You’ll not find a more willing, careful, meticulous group of workers. Every crew comes with a job coach to ensure quality. Our individuals love to work. Enhance workplace diversity. Save money and feel good. Here’s a way to give back while getting something of value in return. For a free site evaluation, call Career Services Coordinator Erika Gregory: 203-272-5607, ext. 1122.

AWB Document Shredding

Document shredding is a perfect job for our individuals who cannot travel to worksites. They love it! They appreciate the paycheck. They take pride in their work. We can come to your home or business to pick up your materials.

  • Commercial and Residential.
  • Managed by a job coach for quality.
  • Chain-of-custody locked storage.
  • Serving Cheshire and surrounding towns.
  • Competitive rates.

“For more than 20 years now, I have used Abilities Without Boundaries for shredding and disposal of my expired medical records. Their pick up service is a real convenience. I have confidence in their procedures and controls.”

Lloyd R. Saberski, MD – Cheshire, CT

Music Matters Free Concert

  • What: Our own AWB Music Program Band performs at Summer of the Blues All Star Jam.
  • When: Sunday, August 14, 1:30 — 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Señor Pancho’s, Prospect, CT.

AWB’s music therapy instructor John Ingrassia will feature our individuals and other students. Outdoors on the beautiful back lawn. CLICK HERE for more information.


Abilities Without Boundaries helps people achieve independence, self-sufficiency, community participation and personal satisfaction through employment and day support services. CLICK HERE to learn more.


Since 1978, Abilities Without Boundaries has helped individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead a more productive and fulfilling life. We support adults ages 22 to 80 in Cheshire and a dozen surrounding towns. We were named Nonprofit of the Year by the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce in 2019. CLICK HERE to learn more.


While our primary funding is through the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS), we rely upon our generous donors to provide extra opportunities for enrichments and activities for our individuals. Thank you for your continued support! Donations in any amount are deeply appreciated! CLICK HERE to donate.

Shown here is a tie dye activity.