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"The ARC of Greater Plymouth is one of our United Way's strongest partners in greater Plymouth County with a leadership team and staff that understand that services and support for people with developmental challenges are most effectively delivered with compassion and in collaboration with other community organizations and businesses."


Dennis Carman

President & CEO

United Way of Greater Plymouth County


"I think the Arc does great work within the local community and as a 4th generation business we like to support local initiatives that actually help real people in need."


Dave Gallerani

President & Owner

Cape Auto Body


"Communication is what makes our partnership work. You let us know what your clients can do and what your expectations of us are and we let you know and especially the individual who will be working for us what our expectations are. In the case of Efrain the entire staff treats him as part of the family and holds him accountable for the expectations we have for him and he has responded by meeting all our expectations as any other employee has to. We also have a very structured work environment which I believe helps the individuals such as Efrain meet our expectations and their own goals."


Dave McCaffrey

General Manager

Olive Garden Restaurant 

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July 2015 
Annual Board of Directors Recognition Event

The Arc of Greater Plymouth held its' Annual Board of Directors Recognition Event on June 11th at the Plymouth Yacht Club. The Keynote Speaker was Larry Tummino, the Deputy Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Development Services. Deputy Tummino spoke eloquently about the dark history of the institutionalization of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and the progression of individuals now living independently in our communities with the services and supports needed to live a full and rich life.

Recognition Awards include:
 $500 Scholarships for graduating seniors who have demonstrated commitment to the human services field, through their friendships, mentoring, volunteering that foster greater community inclusion of people with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities. Recipients of the scholarship include the following students; Sydney Lambert, Hanover; Colleen Fallon, Duxbury; Alexander Moody, Plymouth South; Gabrielle Sears, Plymouth North and Colby Goodall, Rising Tide.

 $500 Inspired Teacher Grants awarded to teachers who promote inclusion in their classrooms in creative ways. This year grants were awarded to Geraldine Thissell, Federal Furnace elementary, Plymouth; Rachel Bates, school psychologist Federal Furnace elementary, Plymouth; Susan Carey, Manomet elementary, Plymouth; Jennifer Mulvaney, Manomet elementary, Plymouth; Pamela Borgeson, Hanover High; Alice Boyle, Hanover High; Courtney Viveiros, Kingston Intermediate and Nicole Schiro, Martinson Elementary, Marshfield.

Dave Mccaffrey, General Manager of Olive Garden in Plymouth received the Employment Services of the Year award for providing an integrated work environment inclusive to all within the community.AD Makepeace received a Community Partner Award for its' continued support and partnership of the "Arc Recycling Center."

The Food Distribution Center at South Shore Community Action Council also received a Community Partner Award for its' continued support for the Arc Food Pantry at Algonquin Heights.

Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Westwood Village in Plymouth for  their assistance with mailings; support of the Holiday Giving Tree program; purchase of backpacks and donations to our food pantry.

The Employment Services Individual of the Year was awarded to Leigh- Ann Barry for her continued personal growth, her commitment to advocacy and her standard of excellence in the areas of volunteerism, learning and work.

The Arc of Greater Plymouth Employee of the Year was awarded to Jude MacIvar and Garrett Olson. Jude is a nurse in the Adult Family Care program and Garrett is the Vocational specialist at the Arc's employment division Archways Enterprises.
The Arc's Social Recreation program and The Plymouth Community Theatre
Through a partnership between the Arc's social recreation program and the Plymouth Community Theatre many of our members have had the opportunity to spread their wings and try out their acting chops. There have been both scripted programs as well as improv. Kasey Bishoff Plymouth Community Theatre board member and head pastry chef  at "For Goodness Cakes Bake Shop"  and Garrett Olson PCT board member and Vocational Specialist at Archways head up the program and are truly enjoying sharing their love of theatre with a whole new generation of up and coming actors. Both Kasey and Garrett are accomplished Actors in their own right and have shared the stage together a number of times and are now thrilled with the opportunity to share the stage and work with some of our own talented actors  at the Arc.

Recently four of our actors were hired for their first paid acting job! Friendship Day May 8, 2015 took place at the Laura Center for the Arts at the Hanover YMCA. Patrick McLeod, Leigh-Ann Barry, Cait McCafferty and Eric Aldersley joined Kasey and Garrett on stage to perform a number of Improv performances highlighting themes such as "the importance of friendship" "how hard it can be at times to make friends" and "what is a true friend".

The group's performance was a great success and has received great reviews and positive responses from all that attended friendship day. The focus was on friendship and creating strong and lasting friendships between all people with and without disabilities. The performances were both funny and thought provoking and the actors performances were inspiring and very funny and when the group was asked if they would do it again the response from all was "YES!!"

So keep an eye out on a stage (or screen) near you because you never know who might just pop up and make you go "hey! I know them!"
"Dress for Success"
On Monday June 15th at the American Legion family and friends were treated to a Fashion Show "Dress for Success" featuring members of The Arc of Greater Plymouth's Life Skills Health and Beauty and Men's Health classes.

The "Dress for Success" fashion show is a result of 5 weeks of classes teaching skills such as use of skin care and hair products to keep us looking our best; learning  how to make healthy snacks; the appropriate attire to wear for every occasion and the importance of fitness and exercise.

Thank you to all of our class participants! Also thank you to Fashion Specialist Karen Eckl from Macy's for helping our participants choose their clothing; Carol Faria from PSHS Cosmetology and all of her amazing students who  have been so much help all year; Teresa Bonetti from PNHS for her support and commitment and Maria Wood from Fashion  Focus for her expertise