With the holidays quickly approaching, the Intandem agency has well over 100 individuals and families that it supports who are struggling to make ends meet — let alone provide family members with anything for the holidays.  And with the current pandemic affecting so many communities, the traditional fundraising methods just won’t work this year.

“We typically raise funds and collect merchandise donations throughout the season with our Wish Tree program, basket raffles, and other community events,” said Larry Sorokes, Intandem’s chief development officer. “This year, those aren’t possible; so we have created a new way for local residents to help their neighbors in need while possibly winning some valuable prizes for themselves.”

The Good Riddance to 2020, Countdown to 2021 raffle features six weekly drawings, beginning Dec. 1 and concluding on Jan. 5. Prizes include a fire pit with firewood and a handmade quilt, $200 Old Library Restaurant gift certificate and cocktail basket, a collection of local gift cards and a case of wine from Allen’s Liquor Store; a stack of lottery tickets, flat-screen TV and a case of wine donated by Intandem employees; an 8 x 12 outdoor storage shed donated by Home Depot and assembled by the Intandem maintenance staff and $1,000 in cash prizes to start the new year.

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Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by calling Intandem at 716-375-4730, ext. 1563; or by mailing a check (payable to The Rehabilitation Foundation) to 1439 Buffalo St., Olean NY 14760. Tickets are also available at Intandem’s Buffalo Street office lobby.

Sorokes added, “Every year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the greater Olean community.  We are hopeful that we can continue to count on this support as we brighten the holidays for hundreds of our friends and neighbors.”

Intandem provides supports and services to people with developmental disabilities and behavioral health concerns, operating over 40 residential and day-services sites in Western New York.  Its charitable efforts are managed in Cattaraugus County through the Rehabilitation Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.