News You Can Use
January - March, 2020
The Arc of Aurora is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. 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.

To get frequent updates on resources, disability policy information, and community happenings, find us on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .
 2020 Changes at The Arc of Aurora
Submitted by Darla Stuart, Executive Director
Happy 2020!

We at The Arc of Aurora have had a busy start to our year providing individual advocacy to hundreds, offering systems' change advocacy with elected officials, and educating the community through our social enterprise, THINK+change . We, too, have had a busy start to the year related to The Arc of Aurora building. The staff and Board of The Arc of Aurora have known for a while that we have outgrown our current space and have decided it's time to say farewell to our home of the last 14 years, 1342 S. Chambers Road.

Due to the above, The Arc of Aurora is excited to share that we are on the hunt for a new building in Aurora, CO! Additionally, we plan put our current building on the market and will soon have a “for sale” sign outside. We are in the very early stages of this transition and anticipate the process of selling and buying to take upwards of a year. But, it could happen sooner or later if we find the perfect fit.
 
So what does that mean for YOU ? It means that The Arc of Aurora is committed to keeping business as usual as we move through this process, and that we don’t anticipate any issues in meeting our clients' needs or our organization's mission.  

We appreciate the support of all of you who value empowerment of and justice for those with I/DD, and hope that you are as excited about this transition as we are.

Thank you, be well, and stay tuned for future updates!

Darla Stuart
Executive Director, The Arc of Aurora
Upcoming Events
Night to Shine Dance

February 7, 2020 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Night to Shine is a prom night experience for people with I/DD ages 14 and older. This year, Night to Shine celebrates its sixth anniversary and The Arc of Aurora is a proud sponsor of the Aurora, Colorado, event!

The no-cost dance is taking place at Peace with Christ Lutheran Church in Aurora located at 3290 South Tower Road, Aurora, CO 80013. If you would like to attend, simply register by clicking below.
Annual Scholarship Applications

Now thru February 28, 2020

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.

Special note: Applicants  MUST  be a 2019/2020 Contributing Member (paid $30 or volunteered for Membership) and meet specific criteria that are outlined in the application.  Applications are due by 3:00PM on Friday, February 28. If you need assistance completing an application, contact your The Arc of Aurora advocate or Erica Dennison at 720-213-1420.
Speakers' Bureau Training

February 22, 2020 | 10:00AM-12:00 Noon

Announcing The Arc of Aurora’s Speakers' Bureau Training! We are excited to offer this valuable resource so that you can make a change in your life and community. Do you want to feel confident talking to school board members, your elected officials, HOA representatives, or at a meeting that affects you or your loved one? Then RSVP! Attending this training will help you build courage and develop public speaking skills. 

All 2019/2020 Members of The Arc of Aurora are welcome to join us for this no-cost learning opportunity to build the skills YOU need to make change!
Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month - do this from home

Now through March 31, 2020

DD Awareness Month is March 2020, and we invite YOU to tell US how The Arc of Aurora has helped you or your loved one. We love success stories and want to hear more of them! Simply complete this form and email a photo of you or your loved one to Erica Dennison by February 24, 2020.

Then, throughout DD Awareness Month, we plan to share and celebrate submissions with our 2019/2020 Membership email list and on our social media accounts: Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter .

Special note: When you submit your story, you will be entered into a drawing to win one $15.00 Cold Stone Creamery gift card! The winner will be notified by March 31, 2020.
Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month - do this in the community*

March 4, 2020 | 7:30PM

It's GAME TIME and all are welcome! The Colorado Avalanche have invited The Arc of Aurora, other Arc Chapters, our supporters, Members, and their families to the Anaheim Ducks vs Colorado Avalanche h ockey game in celebration of DD A wareness Month! Attendees from Arc Chapters all over Colorado will join other attendees, and the puck drop will feature a community member who has an I/DD. When the game is over, all are invited on the ice for a post-game slap shot, to take a picture on the ice, and even to hop on the team bench!

The Arc of Aurora has purchased a limited number of tickets so our 2019/2020 Members can join in the fun! The tickets are first come, first served and are available for $5.00 each.

To request your $5.00 tickets, contact Erica Dennison at Edennison@thearcofaurora.org or 720-213-1420.
 
*Supervision before, during, and after the game cannot be provided by The Arc of Aurora.
ReFUND CO

Now through April 15

A new program called ReFUND CO enables taxpayers to donate any portion of their Colorado state income tax refund to any eligible nonprofit. Consider donating a portion of your tax refund to The Arc of Aurora! Simply add The Arc of Aurora's name, our registration number: #20023003597 , and the amount you would like to donate to the new line on your tax return titled "Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund."

Special note: Individual taxpayer information is confidential and the Department of Revenue cannot send the names of taxpayers to nonprofits under current law. Therefore, The Arc of Aurora will not know who donors are. We would love for you to tell us -- by contacting Erica Dennison at The Arc of Aurora -- that you donate so we can thank you!
Sunday Bowling Get Together

Ongoing

Need a new hobby for 2020? Then consider joining The Arc of Aurora's Sunday Bowling Get Together! This year's season is underway and ends on May 17, 2020. Everyone (age 16+) 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.
Become a 2019/2020 Member of The Arc of Aurora

Any and all the time

We all need to do our part to be a voice for people with I/DD and their families. That's why we wanted to thank all who became a 2019/2020 Member! Our Members' involvement is important to us and very much appreciated. If you didn't have the chance to become a 2019/2020 Member or renew your Membership yet, have no fear and click here !
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 Policy Profile
Submitted by Hanni Raley, Assistant Executive Director
The 72nd Session of the General Assembly opened on January 8, 2020, and legislators across the state didn’t waste any time introducing important bills to their constituents. The session will run through the beginning of May, so plenty is yet to come. The Arc of Aurora will monitor bills important to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Aurora. One way we do this is tracking bills that impact The Arc of Colorado’s 2020 Policy Agenda, an agenda that we, along with all Arc Chapters in the state, support.
 How You Can Help
2020 Online Auction
The Arc of Aurora is having our annual Online Auction in May 2020, and we are welcoming donations for auction. Here are a few ideas for items that you can donate: 

  • 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 suggestions. Do you have something in mind that you would like to donate? Contact Erica at the office by
Friday, February 28!

Edennison@thearcofaurora.org  or 720-213-1420.

Spotlight On
Holiday Season Donors
Did you know that research suggests it’s worth it to give back? New studies attest to the benefits of giving—not just for recipients but for givers’ health and happiness, as well as for the strength of entire communities. While all of our donors have strengthened our community, it was especially heartwarming to witness donor support The Arc of Aurora and our Members received during the holidays.

Holiday and Thanksgiving Projects
The Arc of Aurora's 2019 Thanksgiving Project filled  94  tables with food, and our Holiday Gift Giving Project provided gifts to nearly 100 Members . THANK YOU to all who made such an impact in the lives of children and adults with I/DD and their families!

Colorado Gives Day
We had our most successful Colorado Gives Day yet and raised more than $4000! We thank everyone who supported The Arc of Aurora as part of our sixth Colorado Gives Day campaign on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  

As always, we thank all of our donors a million times for being a part of our efforts and appreciate their kindnesses. O ur donors make a difference in the lives of children and adults with I/DD and their families, and we sincerely appreciate you. 
 THINK+change
Training and education
THINK+change  is The Arc of Aurora’s training and education program that strives to change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with I/DD, their families, and the professionals in their lives.

Check out our newest, as well as some of our more popular, resources:

TALKS
  • Caregiving Across the Continuum: A five-part series that features insightful stories of caregivers who support their loved ones who are adults with disabilities.

TRAININGS

TOOLS

Check out THINK+change’s entire product line at