Belco Works

Dear Editor

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Times Leader for its continued support of Belco Works, Inc.

You recently published a guest editorial from our Board President, Mary DePalma, detailing some of the changes that are currently taking place regarding employment services being offered to people with developmental disabilities. We are very grateful for those dedicated employees that are committed to the success of our mission, which is to provide resources that promote meaningful employment and community opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The Belco Works of today bears little resemblance to the program that started in the basement of a local church 49 years ago. However, one thing has remained constant – we continue to strive for all people to be accepted and treated equally in every aspect of their daily lives.

On Tuesday, May 6, Belco Works is participating in the Amazing Raise Ohio Valley, a 24-hour online charitable challenge. Basically it is an online telethon for non-profit organizations. Belco Works is now a separate charitable organization and is no longer part of any county funded organization. It is for that reason that we ask for the communities help on May 6.

All donations of $10 or more made on line Tuesday May 6 with a credit or debit card will receive matching funds from the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley.

Donations must be made between the hours of 12 am and 11:59 pm by logging on to Thanks for your help.

Richard E. Dolan

St. Clairsville