It’s a fact of nonprofit life: Funding cuts have resulted in more effort having to be directed into finding alternative sources of support. That’s why the Walk for Independence is so important for clients of Always Reaching for Independence – or ARI – of  Connecticut, Inc., says Gerard Gasparino, manager of development and recreation.

The event takes place Sunday, May 1, at Cove Island Park in Stamford, and sponsors are needed, Gasparino says. ARI serves area adults with developmental disabilities.

“ARI invites the public to walk in support of the 150-plus clients who receive services at the agency,” says Gasparino. “Come out, enjoy the weather, meet our clients and support ARI in this great event.”

This will be the fifth annual walk. Levels of sponsorship range from $150 team sponsorships to $5,000 title event sponsorship. There is no cost to walk. However, walkers must pledge $50 to receive a T-shirt.

“Proceeds from the event will help offset the decrease in state and other funding,” said Gasparino, adding that in addition to services ARI provides homes and jobs to clients. The ARI mission, he said, is to enrich clients by helping them reach their fullest potential at home and work and in the community.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with registration. The three-mile walk will start at 11 a.m. and a lunch for participants will follow. For more information about the walk or to sign up for a sponsorship, call Gasparino at , ext 3023.