Mark Pacheco WOW (Working on Wonders) Fund

Income from this fund, named for a former employee of The Resource Center, us designated so that individuals with disabilities can participate in a fun outing or other type of experience.  The WOW Fund had a balance of $5,205 as of 9/30/15.

WOW Fund seeks to make wishes come true

TRC Foundation’s newest fund aims to create something positive out of a tragedy that hit close to home.

Mark Pacheco poses with one of the women who lived in the group home where he worked.

Mark Pacheco poses with one of the women who lived in the group home where he worked.

The Mark Pacheco “WOW”(Working on Wonders) Fund was established to make wishes and dreams come true for individuals with disabilities, by providing money to enable them to enjoy events or experiences they couldn’t otherwise undertake.

The fund is named in memory of Mark Pacheco, an employee of The Resource Center who died in March 2010 after an altercation on a downtown Jamestown street.  His family and friends suggested the creation of the WOW Fund as a tribute to Mark and to create something positive from his death.

Money from the WOW Fund “would be used to assist individuals in accessing events or activities that they have long wanted to attend or do, but have never had the opportunity,” said Nancy Ingram, Assistant Executive Director at The Resource Center.

“Some examples would be an individual who has always wanted to attend a New York Yankees game, or an individual who talks and dreams about taking a special trip but cannot without some financial assistance,” said Marcos Figueroa, a TRC employee and friend of Mark’s, who spearheaded the effort to memorialize Mark via the creation of the WOW Fund.  “Wishes and dreams could be more modest, like a ride on the Summer Wind on Chautauqua Lake, or a trip to Waldameer or Cedar Point.”

“There are funds and funding sources available for needed supports for individuals; for example, for special equipment or therapeutic activities.  There are funds available for personal needs like haircuts or new clothes for a new job,” Nancy said.  “We are proposing this fund to be strictly for fun, to enable individuals with disabilities to experience a WOW moment, something they will always remember.”

In addition to having a disability, individuals wishing to benefit from the WOW Fund must receive supports from The Resource Center.  Individuals may apply for assistance themselves or have TRC support staff or a family member submit an application on their behalf.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  For information, phone Cynthia Phillips at (716) 661-1519.

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION:  For a limited time, TRC Foundation will match any financial contribution to the WOW Fund.  People who contribute $10 or more are eligible to receive a TRC Membership Card, which entitles you to discounts at many local businesses.