The Highmark Walk For A Healthy Community

Dear (Contact First Name), 

The Arc of Dauphin County invites you to this year's Walk For a Healthy Community, underwritten by Highmark.

Whether you choose to walk with us or just watch us on the nightly news from the comfort of your home, you can donate or fundraise by going to our Walk's webpage or  you can send a check to the address below (remember to indicate that it's for the Walk).

It is thanks to YOU, our donor, that we can keep providing programs for those with Special Needs and we appreciate all your support.

Thank You!!


How to Win:

Raise/Donate a minimum of $250 either online or offline by Monday April 30 and get  a chance to win  a $100 gift card to the convenience store of your choosing (Giant, Sheetz, GetGo, Wawa--Donations must be accredited to your personal walker account).

Bonus Chances:
For every additional $100 raised during the challenge timeframe, you earn one additional entry.

Penn FC Tickets

Penn FC Soccer Club has agreed to give free tickets to walkers of the Harrisburg event.

Tickets will be distributed the morning of the walk and will be good for selected games throughout the summer.  Any walker who is signed up by May 1st will receive this ticket offer.  

Saturday May 19
Where: HACC, 1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg
Everyone who donates/raises $30 and is present the day of the walk will receive the walk's T-shirt.

Call 717-920-2727 or come in  person to 2569 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA  17003 if you have any questions or you would like to donate with a check.  

Craig's Corner
A Message from our President and CEO

The Arc at 65
The last thing our Arc is at 65 years old is stagnant.  We are more vibrant than ever, working as hard as we can for our consumers, and are engaged in sorting out new opportunities to be of service to our wonderful shining stars, our friends who are terrific people who also happen to have Special Needs, and who collectively, accomplish much in their lifetimes.
Representative Thomas Mehaffie (106th District) with Art Judge and Arc Team Member Lindsey Christie along with one of the award winners of the night.

The past three-month period has been very engaging and eventful in the life of your Arc.  In February, we held our spectacular Valentine Dinner & Dance-it sold out.  Throughout the three-month period, our acclaimed art show, "Our Art, Our Voice" was on tour.  It toured over 159 days in total and allowed our consumers to SELF ADVOCATE  + COMMUNICATE THEIR SKILLS AND TALENTS + HAVE SELF-CONFIDENCE and PRIDE that their good works were viewed by thousands of people.

Retired Representative and Vice Chair of the Arc Board, Mauree Gingrich along with Pastor Terry Lemar, whose church, Harrisburg First Assembly of God, was the first stop on the Art Show tour.  Paster Lemar also provided the evening's invocation.


The Arc of Dauphin County did not speak for these artists-instead, the artists found and projected their own voice.  What we did do was serve to AMPLIFY that voice, and we certainly accomplished that!     

Our Art Show Reception was attended by families, friends, artists, teachers, principals of schools, and three members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  These Congresspersons were either active or recently retired: Representative Thomas Mehaffie, Representative Sue Helm, and Representative Mauree Gingrich (retired).  
Representative Sue Helms (104th District) gave out People's Choice Awards for Harrisburg International Airport, Lebanon Valley Mall, and others.
On a snowy night with winter advisories posted on all media, about 100 people came out to the reception and celebrated our artists. 
We were an equally big "megaphone" for Self Advocates during our 34th annual Speak Out! Celebration on March 25th. On that afternoon, three of our consumers told the audience of 65 persons their life stories, explained what they were up against in their lives and what they did to overcome those issues. One became an accomplished photographer and published poet, one overcame astonishing odds to be able to live independently as well as to chase a career in entertainment. Another speaker had accomplished the ability to be working full-time and to be engaged in service to the community.   We had wonderful dinner music from a duet from Elizabethtown College and lively dancing following the meal.

Make plans to join our celebration next year for our BIG THIRTY FIFTH SpeakOut.   35 is always a special birthday, and we are planning a special one for you that day. Here is the date to circle on your calendar:   March 24th, Noon to 3:30 at the Central Hotel, Harrisburg.

From Speak Out! Celebration, The Arc's Poet Laureate, Ken Kreider tells about his life and significant achievements.

What Is Next? 

May 19: Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. We need walkers to come out and enjoy the fresh, verdant spring day, to enjoy the party-like atmosphere in the HAAC parking lot as walkers gather and live radio broadcasts cheer the walkers on. Tour the resource fair and all the vendors and booths set up in a carnival-like atmosphere. Form your own team! Get sponsors! 

Be an Arc Team, and give your team a special name. Then, all the sponsorship moneys you receive go toward our goal of raising $10,000 for The Arc's programs. Yes, a big number, but if 30 people formed teams and had four or five supporters each giving any amount they wanted, we could come very close! Get your walking shoes on, and start asking your friends to support The Walk:

Go to   You have two options: 

Either form your team (Make sure to choose The Arc of Dauphin County as "your company," )


You can join the official Arc of Dauphin County team. 

Come out and walk the morning of Saturday, May 19th, and get your family, friends, and others to be sponsors of the walk. They just go to the Website, join your team, and donate.  They don't have to walk.  Everybody can be a virtual walker!

July 14: Faith Into Action Family Festival:  Come out to The Arc's Family Fun Day section of this large community festival. Free admission! Free food! Pony rides, bounce houses, games, concerts, and much, much more. Your Arc will host: Pie Walk (think "Cake Walk"), and Bingo.

September 17: The THIRD Annual MILLION DOLLAR GOLF OUTING, slated for September 17th, 8:00 AM. We need golf foursomes to sign up! Call Craig at 717.920.2727. Our Golf Outing gives away more goodies and fun expectations than any other golf outing in the entire South Central Pennsylvania region! Besides a chance at a million dollars, we have a new prize this year: How about a ride in a helicopter! That's right, what a memorable opportunity for one of our lucky golfers! WOW!!!

Hold onto your hats, because we are developing a terrific fall and will reveal all those plans later in the summer. In the meantime, our ArcExpression program is in full swing, and we have an opening in our SUPER SIX activity club-where one can experience the community in fun and exciting ways including factory tours, sightseeing and much more. Call Joe at 920.2727 for more information.  

One last but important future date to latch onto now: Participate in our SUMMER RESPITE DAY CAMP program! This waiver supported activity will focus on ages 13 through 21, and will range over seven weeks with a special "theme" or "club" each week. Check with your Support Coordinator, or call Ken Seeger at our office: 717.920.2727.

Respite Day Camp

Lunch and Learn: June 20

Most Americans are Not saving enough for retirement! Many are Not saving anything at all! STaRT is a "non-commercial" program, offered by the PA Department of Banking and Securities, which discusses retirement planning.

The goal is to help you determine what your retirement goals are and how to help you get there. No matter where you are in the timeline for retirement, know that it's never too late to start. That's why the Department of Banking and Securities calls the program "Start Today and Retire Tomorrow."

While national statistics are not always positive - they indicate most of us are not saving enough for the futures we want tomorrow. The good news is that if we make changes today, we can create a better tomorrow.

We present this topic because, together with the Able Act and other programs designed for savings and investments for people with Special Needs, "STaRT" could be an important component of "down the road" planning and action.

This Arc Lunch & Learn will be held in our Community Room at our Walnut Street Headquarters, 2569 Walnut Street on June 20th at noon. We encourage participants to bring a brown bag lunch, and learn from the program in a casual, relaxed setting. Our speaker has told us he won't be bothered by people sipping soup and munching on apples! 

About our Speaker: George Dillman is the Investor Education Coordinator with the Investor Education and Consumer Outreach Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities.
George has over 20 years of speaking and training experience. He is very passionate about saving and investing for the future and teaching people how to protect their assets.

For the last twelve years, George has worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to working for the PA Department of Banking and Securities, he worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry leading a team at the Bureau of Workforce Partnership Operations in Employment Services. He's worked with both employers and consumers, one on one, as well as speaking at a number of local and regional events. 

George's educational background includes a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in Kutztown, PA.

Friendly's Fundraiser with the Knights of Columbus  

Join the Knights of Columbus from St. Catherine Laboure in Harrisburg as they have an Arc benefit at Friendly's Restaurant on May 16th.  A delicious way to help our friends with Special Needs!

Simply go to the restaurant (address below) for a sweet and delicious meal, and 15% of sales between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM will go to the Arc of Dauphin County.  Some of the Knights will be there, and will be able to answer any questions about the process.  As one supporter said last year, "Ya gotta eat anyway, and if you are going out, go to a restaurant that supports those with Special Needs." Makes Sense!

What: Join the Knights of Columbus from St. Catherine Laboure as they raise support and funds for The Arc of Dauphin County! 
When:  May 16th.   From 5:00 to 8:00 PM.  Save the date! 
Where: Friendly's Restaurant, 4601 High Pointe Blvd., Harrisburg (off Eisenhower Blvd., near Target).   
See You There!!

It was only one year ago that the PA ABLE Savings Program was launched and we have come so far because of your support!

Over the past year, PA ABLE has become one of the fastest growing ABLE plans in the nation and is now helping more than 1,100 people save for their future.

While we're celebrating today, we know we have more work to do. Every day, we are working with account owners, advocates, and partners to spread the word about PA ABLE across Pennsylvania.

Thank you for a great first year and for your continuing support! 

Please visit to learn more about PA ABLE or to access your account.


Joe Torsella
Pennsylvania State Treasurer

April is Autism Awareness Month 
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller joined community members at a monthly meeting of Spectrum Friends, a support group of local adults with autism, to celebrate Autism Awareness Month (April).

"Today's meeting was a celebration of these individuals breaking barriers by becoming contributing members of their communities, gainfully employed, and promoting self-advocacy. I encourage everyone to be more kind to one another as we celebrate Autism awareness and acceptance. All Pennsylvanians deserve to be treated with respect and dignity." Secretary Miller said.

Since 2015, the Wolf Administration has made the following policy changes in support of individuals with autism:
  • All services and supports provided by DHS' Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) are now open to people with autism.

  • All ODP participants have a support coordinator to plan for the future and access to community resources, even while waiting for formal services. 
  • Every 21-year-old graduating from school from 2017-19 will have access to support services upon graduation. 

The Governor's 2018-19 budget proposal provides a $74 million increase for services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism.

The 2018-19 budget proposal builds upon initiatives enacted during the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, which provided $26.5 million to serve approximately 1,000 individuals with an intellectual disability (ID) or autism in the community, effective January 1, 2018, through the Community Living Waiver.

Yummy Way to Support This Year's Faith Into Action Family Festival

  • BBQ Lunch features a generous ½ chicken!
  • Car Wash gets your car looking great!
  • Both at the same time: Chicken & Wash

To help fund the July 14th annual Faith Into Action Family Festival, you have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch, and at the same time, get your car washed shiny clean!

Food & Deliciousness for you, plus a Clean & Shiny car for you as well!

When: Saturday, June 2nd

Where: 1st Assembly of God, 4100 N. Progress Avenue, near Linglestown

"Easy on the Pocket" pricing, yet it goes a long way to helping our family picnic! Only $8.00 for ½ a chicken, baked potato, roll, apple sauce! Beat that price for an equal lunch anywhere! "You gotta eat," might as well help the Family Festival in the process!

IDEA: Get enough for both lunch and dinner!

The car wash features youth from area churches of many different denominations, all of whom are volunteering their time to help raise funds for Family Fun Day. These energetic young adults will tackle the dirt and road film on your car and get it back to show room quality! 

Cost? Whatever you think their efforts are worth-and if you add a bit more to help fund the Faith Into Action Family Festival, good for you!

Haiku of the Month

Your car is dirty
Wafting scents of bar-b-que
Both solved on June 2

Upcoming Events

May 4, 2018

First Friday Dance
Hosted by:  The Arc of Dauphin County

Location: The Arc of Dauphin County, 2569 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA
Time:  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Fee:   $5  

May 16, 2018

Eating at Friendly's Raises Funds for The Arc
Hosted by:  Friendly's Restaurant

Location: Friendly's Restaurant, 4601 High Pointe Blvd, Harrisburg, PA
Time:  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

15% of sales go to The Arc of Dauphin County

May 19, 2018

Highmark Walk

Hosted by: 
HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, 1 HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA.  
Disabled parking is located in parking lot E-4 on the HACC campus. The activity area for the walk is located in lot E-5. 
Registration: 7:45 AM.  The 5K Walk begins at 9:00 AM. 
The One-Mile Fun Walk begins at 9:15 AM.

June 2, 2018

Chicken BBQ & Car Wash

Hosted by:  1st Assembly of God

Location:  4100 N. Progress Avenue, Harrisburg (near Linglestown )

Time:  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Fee: BBQ $8 
        Car Wash by donation


Do you like organization?  The Arc of Dauphin County seeks energized, "want to make the world a better place" volunteers to help us with our new FOA (Friends of The Arc) program, filing, organizing our many closets of supplies, materials and other projects.  Even one day a month would be wonderful help!  Call Barb Bressler at 717.920.2727.

Your place to socialize and enjoy the music is The Arc of Dauphin County.  For nearly a decade we have been offering "First Friday Dances" complete with a DJ spinning your favorite tunes.  $5.00 covers entrance and hot dogs, cookies, soda, etc. (free to Charter Members of The Arc of Dauphin County). No reservation required.

Help support our friends with disabilities through our advocacy, education, consumer programs, life in the community/inclusion, and so much more!  Your gift ensures our non-profit can continue to provide the best services possible.  Our new Respite Center, now open and operating, will also benefit from your generosity.  Please e-mail Craig George at , or call the main switchboard at 717.920.2727.

If you are thinking long term, so are we!  Planning for the future, The Arc of Dauphin County will soon launch a Planned Giving program, which will allow our supporters who own a house or other real estate, who have paid up life insurance policies, or who would like to contribute to a trust or an Arc Endowment, as well as many other planned gift vehicles, to think long term with us.  Did you know without proper planning, the largest benefactor of your estate will be Uncle Sam?  Many planned gifts pass outside of probate from you to your loved ones and other beneficiaries, such as The Arc of Dauphin County.  For a confidential consultation, please e-mail Craig George at or call the main switchboard at 717.920.2727.

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