News You Can Use
-January 2019-
News You Can Use is our quarterly e-newsletter covering what’s new in public policy, events, resources, and happenings at The Arc of Aurora.

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 Happy New Year!
-A Message from the Executive Director-
It was a busy 2018, and I am proud of our board and staff for their dedication and commitment to our mission. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on The Arc of Aurora's 2018 successes and to advise you of an important 2019 program addition. 
Upcoming Events
Now thru Thursday, February 28

Annual Scholarship Applications
It's scholarship application time! The Arc of Aurora Board of Directors has again budgeted funds to offer two different scholarships to qualified The Arc of Aurora Contributing Members.  
 
Click on the links below to read the eligibility requirements and to apply for a scholarship.

Applicants MUST be a 2018/2019 Contributing Member (paid $30 or volunteered for Membership) and meet specific criteria which are outlined in the application. Deadlines listed on the applications are strictly followed. If you need assistance completing an application, contact your The Arc of Aurora advocate or Erica Dennison at 720-213-1420.
March 2019

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

In celebration of DD Awareness Month, we encourage you to educate your community and spread awareness. Be on the lookout for an email from us sharing information about our DD Awareness Month get-together.
Ongoing

Sunday Bowling Get Together
Did you know that The Arc of Aurora hosts a Sunday bowling league? This year's season is underway and ends on May 19, 2019. Everyone of every ability is welcome to join anytime. Click here to learn more about location, time, and cost. 

Questions? Contact Dottie at 303-880-5506.
2018/2019 Membership and Organization Agreements
Thank you to all who became and renewed their Membership for 2018/2019! Our members involvement is important to us and is very much appreciated.
 
If you didn't have the chance to renew your membership for 2018/2019, have no fear! Below are options to renew:

  • Online - click here to do that
  • In person - Come by The Arc of Aurora and complete this form or drop it off
  • By mail - Complete this form and mail to 1342 S. Chambers Road, Aurora, CO 80017
  • By email - Complete this form and email to Erica at edennison@thearcofaurora.org 
  • By phone - Call Erica Dennison at 720-213-1420 to complete over the phone
 Policy Profile
-Submitted by Hanni Raley, Assistant Executive Director-
The Dali Lama said, "A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity,” a sentiment many involved in the Colorado IDD system can relate to. After decades of suspicion and concern from the community and confusion under the golden dome, 2016 Legislative leaders passed Senate Bill 16-038 . This bill examined, by way of audit, Colorado’s 20 Community Centered Boards’ (CCBs) processes and structures.
 How You Can Help
The Arc of Aurora is having our annual Online Auction in May 2019 and we are welcoming donations for auction. Here are a few ideas: 

  • Event tickets
  • Vacations
  • Gift Baskets
  • Spa services
  • Fitness training
  • Gift cards
  • Photography session
  • Jewelry
  • Electronics
  • Signed memorabilia
  • Artwork
  • Classes/Lessons

These are just a FEW ideas. Have something in mind? Contact Erica at the office by
Thursday, February 28!
Edennison@thearcofaurora.org or 720-213-1420.
Spotlight On
-Our Holiday Season Donors-
Wow! November and December 2018 were very exciting at The Arc of Aurora. We are grateful to all who supported our members and the organization.

We couldn't have done it without you!

Holiday and Thanksgiving Projects
The holidays can be tough for many we help, but generosity and thoughtfulness reached many this past holiday season because of incredible donors. The Arc of Aurora's 2018 Thanksgiving Project filled 101 Members' tables, and the Holiday Gift Giving Project provided 91 Members' holiday gifts. THANK YOU to our donors for making such an impact in the lives of the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families!

Colorado Gives Day
Thank you to everyone who supported The Arc of Aurora as part of our fifth Colorado Gives Day campaign on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. It was our best year yet with 45 people and organizations showing their support to raise $4,030.00 . Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to help us make a difference in the community!

Tonya Bartels, Renee Beauregard, Linda Benjamin, Frank & Carla Bennett, Jacqueline Bess, Jeff and Gayle Boevingloh, Petri Brill, Andrea Chiriboga-Flor, Julie Covelli, Daisy and Lauren Davison, Kari Easterly, Francis Fitzgerald, Cathalina Fontenelle, Donna Giles, PASCO Home Health, John Groom, Dorothy Kerr, Edward and Anna Marie King, Ashlee Lewis, Denise Marcouillier, Marlene Murillo, Martin and Pam Nelson, Randall Patrick, George and Barbara Peck, Dr. Carolyn C.K. Phillips, Joseph Prezioso, Hanni Raley, Julie Reiskin, Betsy Ried, Jill Ruehrdanz, Sydney and Steve Schuster, Barbara Sharp, Linda Skaflen, Jayne Socotch, Jean and Joe Solis, Fred and Arnetta Starnes, Darla Stuart, Willie and Jana Sullivan, Representative David L. Young and anonymous donors.