Pictured Above: The 2020 Arc of Chester County Walk, Run & Fun "Best Costume" winners, TEAM OLIVIA, sporting their custom-made tees as they walked in honor of Olivia and raised awareness for developmental and intellectual disabilities. 2021 event date confirmed: Sunday, May 16th!
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A Message from The Arc of Chester County
Board President, Matt Holliday
Spring is officially here with its promise of renewal and rebirth. There are signs of spring emerging once more. Our Arc family is springing into action as we prepare for The Arc’s biggest fundraiser of the year, our 1 mile walk and 5k run event. Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 16th to walk or run virtually with us in support of family and friends with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

This year our goal is to raise $125,000 and with your support I believe we can make that happen. Plus we have exciting new prize incentives for our top fundraisers and a few other surprises up our sleeves. Last year, it was the generosity of “The Arc family” that kept us afloat through the pandemic and resulted in one of our most successful events to date. The pandemic has affirmed for us that it's working together with our entire Arc family (all those we support, our members, staff, volunteers, board, and community partners) that fuels our mission and success. Scroll down to see our event flyer with more details. I hope you'll register and consider making a donation to help us reach our goal again this year!

On that same theme, The Arc is actively recruiting everyday heroes to join our Direct Support Professional team (DSP). If you’re looking for a job that will make a difference in someone’s life including yours, consider joining The Arc as a DSP. Check out the Spotlight section of the newsletter to learn more and please share the job post to help us find the best candidates.

Lastly, our Advocacy team has rolled out workshop sessions just in time for spring. The popular Chat-n-Chew series covers relevant and timely topics from services and supports, to employment opportunities. These free workshops feature guest speakers and experts in the field. Highlights for Spring 2021 include: “Finding Employment in the New COVID Era" to “How Services Have Changed Post Pandemic for Individuals with Disabilities and Autism." We’ve included a link in the newsletter to sign up for these free workshops.

Many of the resources I’ve highlighted are virtual, but I am personally looking forward to engaging in-person soon. Let’s continue to look at the signs of spring emerging and better days ahead. I remain dedicated to serving you this season and have no doubt that I will be seeing you Around The Arc. “Where flowers bloom so does hope.”

Sincerely, 

Matt Holliday
Board President, The Arc of Chester County
Direct Support Professional Job Opening

Today’s Direct Support Professional (DSP), plays an invaluable role as both caregiver and champion to those in their care. Here at The Arc of Chester County, our DSP’s support people with disabilities and their families by providing services that create opportunities for each person and family, to achieve their hopes and dreams. In return, our DSP’s lives are forever changed from the relationship and experience.

Ready to help change lives and support individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their family? Click here to learn more and apply today. We look forward to meeting you!
Click here to register for The Arc Bubble Walk & Run 2021 Event
Winter Food Drive Collects Over 100,000
Meals for Area Senior Citizens
--Last month The Arc of Chester County collected 750 pounds of non perishable food donations for West Chester Area Senior Center's annual "Weather the Weather Food Drive.” West Chester Area Senior Center created the post-holiday food drive to support seniors throughout the winter months, when the need is high.

Total donations to date from local friends, charities, and organizations are equivalent to 100,000 meals and projected donations may tally even higher!

The Arc of Chester County was asked to collect specific items as part of The Senior Center's "special” food boxes, distributed to seniors on St. Patrick's Day. These customized boxes included 40+ additional shelf stable meals for each recipient. Special thanks to all who participated and our friends at West Chester Area Senior Center!
Arc staff volunteers including Jeanne Meikrantz, Lisa Harner, and Kerri Walton, en route to drop off collected canned and boxed goods to The West Chester Are Senior Center.
The Arc's Advocacy Team Presents
Spring 2021 Virtual Chat-n-Chew Series 

Join us online for The Arc of Chester County's upcoming Chat-n-Chew presentation series.

There are four free virtual workshops remaining in the spring series, covering relevant topics and resources including services and supports, transition programs, and employment opportunities. Whether you are the parent of a child with disabilities, an individual with a disability, or a professional who works with individuals with disabilities, these workshops can provide you with a wealth of information.

Workshops are scheduled every Wednesday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM during April. The next round of Chat-n-Chew workshops following the conclusion of the spring series is fall 2021.

Register here to attend our free workshop offerings. We'll see you online!
The mission of The Arc of Chester County is to advocate, educate and provide services to empower individuals with disabilities and their families to enhance the quality of their lives. The official registration and financial information of The Arc of Chester County may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. The Arc of Chester County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The Arc of Chester County is affiliated with The Arc of Pennsylvania, The Arc of The United States, and The United Way.
Phone: 610-696-8090
900 Lawrence Drive
West Chester, PA 19380
Fax: 610-696-8300