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"Webster Bank is committed to living up to the communities we serve," said Ann Meade, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Webster Bank. We do this in part by supporting the Arc of Greater Plymouth, an organization that provides critical support for our developmentally challenged neighbors and their families. The people of Arc are true heroes in our community and we are honored to partner with them."
Ann Meade,
SVP Webster Bank
"Cool Gear International is honored to be a member of the Plymouth community and with that honor comes responsibility.  As a business leader, we are responsible for promoting the rights of those that are challenged to do so on their own.  Arc's programs and services allow our families, friends, and neighbors with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to reach their developmental goals through meaningful engagement in society.  This gift of inclusion is something that we can all be grateful for."
Donna Roth
Founder & CEO
Cool Gear International
Thank you to our Sponsors and Community Business Partners .

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January 2017
Annual Holiday Giving Tree and Thanksgiving Programs
The Arc of Greater Plymouth extends sincerest thanks to all of the private donors and supporters who made our Annual Holiday Giving Tree and Thanksgiving Programs so successful.
With your help and that of our Community and Corporate Partners we were able to provide assistance including gifts and food to 167 Arc children and adults in need this season and Thanksgiving Dinners to 57 households in Plymouth.
We wish to recognize our 2016 Giving Tree supporters...together you have made a difference in the lives of those we serve with disabilities.
  • Cordage Commerce Management and Tenants
  • United Way of Greater Plymouth County
  • Macy's Hanover
  • Webster Bank
  • KinderCare
  • Algonquin Heights Management
  • SmartPak
  • Cape Cod Toys for Tots
  • South Shore Community Action Council Food Warehouse
  • Plymouth Moose Lodge
  • Plymouth Elks
  • The American Legion
  • Shaw's Supermarkets
  • Plymouth Council on Aging
  • Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Plymouth Cub Scout Pack #51
  • Panera Bread
  • WalMart
Dan Labrecque Receives 10- year Employee 
award from Marshall's 
Daniel Labrecque has worked at the Marshall's department store in Braintree for 10 years and was honored recently at a Luncheon where the store manager presented him with a 10- year pin, a letter of appreciation and a Certificate. Each 10-year employee gets to choose their own gift from a prepared list - and Dan chose a printer.
Dan explains his job this way; "Merchandise comes in on flatbeds and my job is to unload the trucks using a handy tool to steer the flatbed to its destination. I work 1-2 days per week and my favorite part about the job is the paycheck." When Dan was asked what qualities it takes to do his job, his answer was "muscles" and getting along well with people.

Courtney, Dan's Supervisor said, "Dan is extremely friendly, always positive and happy to be at work and gets along well with everyone here."
Congratulations Dan!!!
Marie Saldi 2016 Craig Smith Self Advocate Award Winner 
The award is named for Craig Smith, a tireless advocate and supporter for people with intellectual disabilities. He was a founding chairperson of Mass Advocates Standing Strong, a trainer in self-advocacy and advised the Department of Developmental Services on policies and programs including the promotion of self-determination for people who use the Department's supports.
Marie Saldi is a passionate advocate for others and ambassador for inclusion and accessibility. After receiving the Barbara Wilensky Gopen Memorial Fellowship in 2014, Marie chose as her project to research and identify the need for more, better integrated accessible playgrounds across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her statewide tour of currently accessible playgrounds resulted in the creation of a Blog listing those playgrounds visited in the South Shore area that were deemed accessible and information on creating accessibility and integration at play areas currently non accessible. Her blog address :
She also created a brochure to publicize her knowledge/research on the subject of Accessible Playgrounds and has become a sought after public speaker on the subject - speaking to various groups such as United Way donor companies, DDS Citizen' s Advisory Board Sponsored Legislative Breakfasts and most recently the DDS Social Role Valorization Leadership Series. Her powerful presentations elicit comments of "captivating,"inspirational", always produce  laughter and quite often tears.
Marie often invites local state legislators to visit Archways to hear conversations around the important issues such as Family Support funds, enactment of The Able Act in Massachusetts and transportation needs for people with I/DD and how lack of these inhibits their ability to be more independent. She frequently visits the State House to inform Legislators of the importance and consequences of funding cuts for a variety of programs, especially Turning 22 funding.April 2016 found her in Wachington DC at The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Policy Seminar.
Marie's personal life goal is to operate her own non-profit agency to help those who are homeless. Along with food, clothes and shelter, she envisions offering her guests emotional supports as well as educational opportunities that will help get them home again. She already spearheads an annual Blanket Drive at Archways Enterprises and helps facilitate the "One Warm Coat" drive that this year collected over 200 coats plus hats, mittens, gloves and scarves which are distributed to local homeless shelters and needy families .
This prestigious award is certainly well deserved and validates the exceptional self advocacy this young woman delivers. We congratulate her and wish her every success in continuing to use her voice to advocate and in realizing all her goals.  Bravo Marie!

The Arc of Greater Plymouth is accepting applications until January 15th for our Inspired Teacher Grants program, now in it's eighth year. All faculty both regular and Special EducationK-12 are qualified as well as Special Education Post Grad Program and Pre-School Faculty. Grants of $500 are awarded for any classroom supplies, curriculum supports, special events/performances, and professional development courses that promote/facilitate inclusive learning.  Applications are reviewed and grants awarded by mid-February to allow teachers to implement projects in the current school year. 
Thank you to the Plymouth Elks for sponsoring The Arc's Holiday Dance at the American Legion in Plymouth!  Delicious food from Olive Garden, great sounds from DJ Dave Long and awesome photos from Steve McGowan. Great time!