WBZ Cares: SNAP Volunteers

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (Photo Credit: Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc./Facebook)

Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (Photo Credit: Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc./Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling Special Needs Arts Programs, Inc. (SNAP) which provides people with disabilities opportunities that celebrate each person's unique abilities while cultivating creative expression, building peer relationships, and fostering self-esteem through life-enhancing activities in the arts.

Many members and volunteers at Special Needs Arts Programs, SNAP, have been a part of the program for years. Ben Weiss sings in the chorus as he has since he was a kid.

“We like to go out in our community, we like singing at different places,” Weiss said.

Margaret Counts-Klebe first got involved as a SNAP volunteer in the 1980's while attending Lexington High School.

“We kinda fell in love with the group, and most of us would go every single Monday night. Homework or not, to sing along with the Sing-A-Long Chorus and become, you know, almost friends with many of the participants,” stated Counts-Klebe. She says being a part of SNAP means a lot to her, “I would say I get far more out of the experience than I give to the organization because the joy and the musical talents and the artistic talents of the members are very inspiring to me.”

Board member Rich Trakimas' son Greg is in the special artists class and is also an accomplished photographer. He says SNAP has been a big benefit to his son.

“You see the enthusiasm and the effort and the pride that goes into each one of these projects that they accomplish, it’s thrilling as a parent. We’re very grateful to everybody who’s associated with the SNAP program that allows Gregory to be able to develop his art and to maintain his social contacts and lead a more fulfilling life, which is what we all want,” Trakimas concluded.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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