Our Consumers Need Your Support

Golf is the vehicle that allows us to raise funds to run our programs and services. Our 3rd Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing is our signature fundraising event. The Outing, slated for September 17th at Deer Valley Golf Course, is quickly getting a reputation as the most "fun" outing in the area because:

We give away more in prizes and opportunities than any other outing in South Central Pennsylvania!

Win a chance to shoot for a cool ONE MILLION DOLLARS, courtesy of Hole In One, International, the insurance company behind the million dollar annunity. (Paid for life. Should the winner die before the Million Dollars is paid out, it continues to their designated beneficiary!)

Every golfer has a chance to win $10,000 on a special hole for a hole in one.  No limit!  If six golfers get it, all six win the $10,000. EACH. 

Every golfer has a chance to win a brand new set of Callaway Clubs!

Every golfer has a chance to win a 52" Smart TV!

Every golfer is given a coupon for a free club of their choice. No hole in one required!

Every golfer gets a delicious LARGE "grab and go" breakfast they can hand hold and go right on out to the putting green to warm up! -- Courtesy of Chick-fil-A ® on Lindle Road.

Every golfer gets a chance to win lots of prizes donated by local merchants!

Every golfer can bid on a silent auction, which includes a Helicopter Ride for Three over the Harrisburg area.  A benevolent pilot has donated their time, fuel and equipment to make this possible to help our Consumers!

Every golfer can win a year's new car lease from our long time partner Sutliff Chevrolet!

Every golfer enjoys a delicious BBQ Picnic Lunch!

Registration at 8:00 AM. Shotgun Start at 9:00 AM.

Charles White came very close to winning a million dollar prize last year!
Last year the golfer winning the chance for a hole in one MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE came sooooooo close...the entire golf course held its collective breath.  He came so close!   Who knows what will happen this year!  

Know a sponsor?  We seek sponsors to make the outing a success!  The above link lists the sponsorships available (Note:  There is a good chance the "Hat Sponsor" is already taken, a local company has first right of refusal on that, but all other opportunities are open!).  Join these sponsors already signed up: M&T Bank, Robert Jones & Associates, United Concordia.  

Please have anyone wishing to support the Golf Outing call Craig at 717.920.2727 and we'll get the outing all set up!

Craig's Corner
A Message from our President and CEO

Sixty-five years ago, the hula hoop had yet to be invented. Color TV was new and unpopular technology, and Elvis Presley was two years out from releasing his first album. And you know of so many other changes that have occurred since those milestones!  

Indeed, a lot has changed since 1953, but The Arc of Dauphin County is still advocating for the rights, concerns and needs of our wonderful friends who happen to have intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and other special needs. WE DON'T LET THOSE TERMS "BOX US IN", one size does not fit all--everyone has something to share from personality, or smiles, or an "inner connection" and more. We lift up and believe in all the wonderful people with whom we work.

We are still a grass roots civil rights organization, championing and advocating for our Consumers 
and helping them to advocate for themselves.

Our programs and services are constantly reviewed as we look for new ways to serve our Consumers, and as we elevate our best practices in our constant search for ways to help our friends have the everyday life they want and deserve.

Here for the first time, we announce our newest offering! We have completed all the requirements as established by the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) at the state level and the Mental Health-Intellectual Disabilities program (MHID) at the county level to offer Supports Broker services. This is our inaugural announcement, and you will find more information about this service, which frees families in so many ways, in other parts of this newsletter.

More good news! We have been blessed to receive a grant, (we will describe it in more detail next month) which allows us to finalize our Respite Center project by providing a way to complete Phase II. We call this a "capstone project" because it "caps off" and finishes our project at the Respite Center. In this final phase, we will improve access into the building, which will greatly aid our Consumers who have special mobility needs. 

The project also completes the remodeling of a room untouched in Phase I, and will include the addition of an outdoor backdoor entrance, which will lead onto a patio for our Consumers to use for fresh air in a safe and secure environment. A BBQ grill will also be installed on the patio so Joe can create his grilling masterpieces for our Consumers, and a new privacy fence will be installed. This is a significant step forward for Respite, and when complete will finish off and finalize our Respite Center project, making it 100% complete! Already, it is unique--nobody anywhere in our region has a respite program nor a respite center to match what our Community of Supporters has created at The Arc of Dauphin County.

Golf! Golf! Golf!  C heck out our main story at the top of the newsletter--a feature story on our most important fundraiser of the year, our 3rd Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing. We are pushing hard to have a minimum of 18 foursomes, and we need you! I have been telling everyone I can that golf is the vehicle that will enable us to help those who depend upon our fundraising to complete funding on programs and services we offer. 

Do you know a company that could be a sponsor? Do you know a golfer that could bring three of her or his friends and play? Tell them the cost is the same as any weekend round of golf, but they get so much more including breakfast, a lunch BBQ buffet, tons of prizes, games, and opportunities to win a new car lease for a year, a $10,000.00 cash award, and true to the golf outing's title, an opportunity for one player to win a cool one million dollars!   It should be the easiest thing in the world to find 18 foursomes, but it won't happen unless the golfers find out about us. Please spread the word.

The Arc of Dauphin County Now Offers Supports Broker Services!

An idea whose time has come! The Arc of Dauphin County has just been officially ordained to provide Supports Broker Services throughout the region. "For years and years, a family could choose Supports Broker Services, but they usually did not because the cost would cut into their waiver budget," explained Ken Seeger, Director of Consumer Programs. "Now, because they believe in the Supports Broker Program so much, the county has made a change: A NEW STREAM OF WAIVER FUNDING just for Supports Broker services, that will not impact other waiver budgets at all! Instead, folks can add this service to their budget at no cost, no impact to them whatsoever!" he added.

"All of us, our board, our professional staff, and particularly Mr. Seeger, have worked diligently ever since the new funding stream was announced to become sanctioned, and now not only are we fully authorized, but we are proud to be able to soon bring on board our first Supports Broker to help our Consumer's families," said Craig George, President.

"Supports Broker Services ARE FREEING to families. The Supports Broker enables the family to go to places in the support of their child that they never could before. Now, with the Supports Broker, they are free from the often burdensome tasks of recruiting help, overseeing employees, paying staff, and other aspects. The Supports Broker does this all for the family, and in the process, frees them from these responsibilities, which enables them to better care for those who depend upon the parent for life's necessities," explained Kathy Gingerich, longtime Advocate for The Arc of Dauphin County.

Want to know more about The Arc's Supports Broker services? Please call The Arc of Dauphin County to speak with Mr. Seeger.
Respite Day Camp Running at Full Speed
Day Camp participants in front of the Respite Center's mural.
Our annual summer Respite Day Camp is working well for a number of our friends who have been looking for a fun-filled weekend  break from normal routines, and an opportunity to experience fun and engaging exercises where they learn about the world around them and they make community connections.

"We are finding that Consumers look forward to our annual Respite Day Camps, and the Case Management organizations such as the CMU have been excellent at putting out the word about our availability," said Ken Seeger, The Arc's Director of Consumer Programs.

Planning out the Respite Day Camp: Yvonne  Jackson, Gay Bowman, Ken Seeger, Director of Consumer Programs.

Ken supports the Day Camp Team, composed of returning Arc team member Gay Bowman and new this year , Yvonne Jackson, longtime Special Needs professional and ABA Certified Counselor. In this particular role, Ms . Jackson is not providing ABA counseling, instead joining Gay to ensure the Consumers in the Day Camp have a spectacular time, that they have engaging learning experiences, and that they participate to the degree to which they are comfortable.   Ms. Bowman is a longtime professional in human services focusing on the I/DD community, and was most recently presenting all the special educational courses for the Arc's EITC program. 

The result of planning, research and scheduling: A great time at Respite Summer Day Camp!

On July 30th, the first day of Camp, Mr. Seeger summed up the 2018 season launch as, "...a great start. All of our Consumers went home today with smiles on their faces, feeling encouraged, and eager to come back!" 

Lunch and Learn Moved to "Learn After Work"


  • Tuesday, September 18th 
  • 5:30 to 6:30 PM, The Arc of Dauphin County Community Room 
  • George Dillman discusses the new STaRT retirement planning program
  • Great for families with Special Needs individuals, helpful for planning 
  • Never too late to start, let George show you how
Free of charge but reservations are required. Please Call: 717.920.2727 to reserve your space
Please feel free to bring your own "after work snack/brown bag dinner"

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 we call this "Start Today and Retire Tomorrow."
National statistics are not always positive-- they indicate most of us are not saving enough for the future we want tomorrow. The good news is that if we make changes today, we can create a better tomorrow.

About Pa Dept. of Banking & Securities' George Dillman...

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 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.

Donors in Time of Need

When Architect Jim Frey and his wife, Master Gardener Cecelia (both long-time Arc of Dauphin County supporters) heard that one of our accounting specialists in the RepPayee department was working at a broken, 50 year-old desk that didn't have a smooth writing surface, they jumped to the rescue, donating a beautiful and spacious 14-drawer desk and "return" to The Arc. Shown in the photo, framed by the moving van hauling the desk: Jim and Cecilia Frey along with Joe Martin, longtime Arc professional team member who specializes in direct work with Consumers at activities such as the Weekend Respite Camp, The Aktion Club, the Super Six Club, First Friday Dances, Annual Valentine's Day Dinners, and much more.
Do Good Shopping!

By Rhonda Mays
  • Your Online Purchase can aid the Arc of Dauphin County!  
  • No extra cost to you in any way!
Thinking Back to School?   Already planning for Holiday gifts?  Lots of birthdays coming up?
Nowadays, shoppers often turn to online shopping for ease, speed, and comfort.  Today, we are telling you about two programs that will pay a percentage of your purchase back as a donation to The Arc of Dauphin County--no cost to you at all, and it is effortless!

If you are an Amazon.com shopper, without any extra effort you can also support The Arc of Dauphin County! When you register with the Amazon Smile Foundation and designate The Arc of Dauphin County, a portion of the purchase price is donated to support The Arc of Dauphin County mission and programs. Just click or cut and paste this website address into your browser  http://smile.amazon.com . Once there, you will be brought to the official Amazon.com site, (on the fundraising side.)
The first time you log-in to Amazon Smile, you will be asked to choose the organization that you want to support, and here is where you can type in The Arc of Dauphin County. After registering, you will now see a log-in screen that shows you are supporting The Arc of Dauphin County. Here is an example:

EN     Hello, Rhonda     Account & Lists     Not rhonda?     Sign Out     Orders     Try 

Prime Cart 0


Browsing History     rhonda's     Amazon.com     Today's     Deals     Gift Cards 

Registry     Sell Treasure     Truck     Help Disability      Customer Support

Supporting:  Arc of Dauphin County  

When you log in via the Amazon Smile website, (bookmarking the page is the easiest way to remember) you will be enabling The Arc of Dauphin County to receive a small percentage (1/2 of 1%) of your eligible purchase price .

Same items, features and prices with the added benefit of supporting Arc of Dauphin County programs and services!

Amazon Smile has the same items, shopping features, and prices as Amazon.com; the only difference is the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of all eligible products. Items eligible for Amazon Smile donations will be marked on the product detail page with the words "Eligible For  Donation".

Gumdrop at Good Shop Give

What is more fun than shopping at your favorite stores? Donating to your favorite cause while shopping, of course!

Get Gumdrop and a percentage of what you spend online will be donated to T he Arc - Dauphin County.   At Gumdrop you get the latest available coupon codes (so no more searching the internet for discount codes at your favorite stores!), and a percentage of your purchase price is donated to The Arc of Dauphin County.
The Gumdrop app with complete registration instructions is located here: https://www.goodshop.com/gumdrop?cause_id=952417
There are literally thousands of participating online retailers, and more are added all the time. When using the Gumdrop site to do your online shopping, you will also automatically donate to The Arc of Dauphin County.
Whether you are shopping for birthdays, holidays, or just your usual household items, we hope you will consider signing-up on these charitable giving sites and designating The Arc of Dauphin County. 

Every dollar donated is used to support The Arc of Dauphin County as we move forward in our mission that is improving the everyday lives of those living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Thank You To TE Connectivity and United Way of the Capitol Region!

TE Connectivity's crew of amazing hard workers did much more than a TON of work to help The Arc out this summer.  This crew looks fresh and lively here, and after moving multiple pickup truck loads of  heavy file boxes from the third floor of one building to the lowest level of another, they were still energized and lively-albeit a bit more dusty from all the files!  We could never have accomplished this ourselves and are grateful for their power and determination!

Take Action Now! Calling All Advocates

Longtime, PROVEN, successful Federal program now in jeopardy
Tell Congress to Continue the Money Follows the Person Program : t he future of a program that has helped more than 75,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move out of nursing homes and institutions is in jeopardy.  Enacted in 2005 with strong bipartisan support, Money Follows the Person (MFP) is one of the longest running, most successful Medicaid demonstrations.  MFP significantly improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities through assisting them to effectively transition out of long term institutional settings. By favoring community-based services, states save money and see better outcomes. 

Take Action  here.  
Thank You To K & L Gates and United Way of The Capital Region!

Meet team #1 of 2 from K & L Gates law firm here in Harrisburg.  Our Arc is grateful to two wonderful teams of organizers from K & L Gates and the support of the United Way of the Capitol Region who sent these wonderful volunteers to us in order to help us re-arrange and organize office supplies in six different offices as well as completely reorganizing our arts & crafts room and its related supplies as well as setting up a new office supply system, which helps us to save money on supply orders.  We are most grateful to them for their very hard work this summer!
Do You Have An IRA

Here at The Arc, we are already thinking about December 31st, and the need many of our supporters have to make a contribution to a nonprofit to not only help a charity but to ease their tax burden.  Later on, you will hear about our Campaign for Best Lives, which kicks off in October, but we want to give you some good news so you can start your financial planning now!

Do you have an IRA? Worried about taxes and required designated withdrawals  if you are age 70.5 or older?

The mandatory withdrawls COULD increase your tax bill because they are taxable, however there is a way to do the mandatory withdrawl, to help your Arc of Dauphin County, while at the same time have zero tax liability!   Read on:

New tax reform law is in place!
Ability to donate to The Arc and/or other charity the required distribution from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) has now been made permanent.  Previously, the provision to do this had to be renewed every year. No longer.

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)
If you have an IRA, SEP IRA or Simple IRA the RMD is the amount the account owner must withdraw from their account each year.  Generally, IRA holders must start taking withdrawals once age 70.5 is reached.  However, Roth IRAs do not require withdrawals during your lifetime...not until the death of the owner.  Here is a link we discovered to a detailed page that looks to us to be very well put together, and explains this process.  Click here to open the IRS page.   Note that on the IRS page, besides the IRA accounts we have listed, they also require RMD for "retirement plan accounts."   

You are obligated to take the RMD if you have any of these plans once you reach age 70.5.  When you take that deduction, you have just created a taxable event for yourself, and you will owe taxes on that withdrawal.  You can avoid paying that tax if you donate the distribution to The Arc or other qualified nonprofit.  The Arc of Dauphin County is qualified under IRS regulations.
If you have an IRA, SEP IRA or Simple IRA the RMD is the amount the account owner must withdraw from their account each year.  Generally, IRA holders must start taking withdrawals once age 70.5 is reached.
When you donate the proceeds from your RMD to The Arc, you are making what is called a "Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)".
Here are some things you should know if you are considering a QCD to The Arc of Dauphin County:
  1. The distribution must be sent from the financial institution that has held the IRA directly to the Arc or other charity. If the check or wire transfer goes to the donor, it does not count
  2. Any qualified charitable organization counts, with the exception of donor-advised funds, supporting organizations, private foundations, or split-interest charitable trusts. The Arc of Dauphin County is none of these entities. We do qualify. 
  3. The distribution will not be included in the taxpayer's income, and it is not deductible on the taxpayer's income tax return. 
  4. The QCD will count toward the IRA owner's required minimum distribution from his or her IRA or, alternatively, the donor can have up to $100,000 of the RMD transferred to charity. 
  5. The distribution is limited to $100,000 per year; husband and wife are treated separately. 
  6. Owners of inherited IRAs also qualify if they are over 70½.  
  7. IRA distributions add to a taxpayer's gross income unless donated as described. 
  8. Higher income for retirees can disadvantage them in several ways, from causing higher taxation of Social Security benefits to reducing the deductibility of Schedule A deductions. Therefore, giving to The Arc of Dauphin County or another charity can avoid those problems. 
  9. For retirees who cannot itemize, this law indirectly allows them to make a charitable deduction. 
  10. To the extent that an IRA owner makes charitable deductions, and so long as it is administratively feasible, charitable contributions should come from the IRA-this makes sense when the donor is already donating to The Arc or another charity in the first place. 
  11. No gifts may be exchanged in return for donating the IRA distribution. That would invalidate the donation. Here at the Arc, we state on your acknowledgement letter that no gifts, services, products are offered in exchange for the deduction because the deduction must be made free and clear of any responsibility. We believe in being as transparent as possible. This helps ensure the charitable deduction for you remains valid, which as stated keeps your tax liability down. 
  12. The donor will be allowed to take the standard deduction and also the charitable deduction. Isn't this good news! 
  13. Finally, here at The Arc, we tell every donor who is contributing RMD's, stocks or other negotiability securities to not do so until first clearing your plans with your financial advisor and/or attorney.
  14. Bottom line: While the RMD and QCD have been around a long time and are well known/recognized, it is very good news to our supporters over age 70.5 that the tax reform that has passed now solidifies this program year after year (unless the code is again changed down the road, of course.)
We have found a good calculator, which will help you determine what your RMD will be this year.  It is very easy to use, it does not ask any personal questions other than your age (which should be age 70.5 or higher) and data needed to make the calculation.  It comes from Kiplinger.

Book Bag Drive for Back to School Complete

Your Arc professional staff, members of The Aktion Club, and many of our supporters collected book bags and back to school supplies to help the Penbrook Lions LEOS CLUB with its project of supplying Penbrook students with backpacks stuffed with a myriad of school supplies.

"We thank everyone at The Arc and all their supporters for helping us fill the book bags. Your generosity is going to help a number of students start school off with nearly everything they need. And because of your help, they will also start off with a key ingredient for success: Enthusiasm!" exclaimed Carmen Gonzalez, adult advisor to the LEOS and longtime Arc of Dauphin County volunteer.

Our next backpack drive will begin in early spring 2019; once the snow starts melting, start watching our ArcNews newsletter for an announcement!

Miller's Minute

Is Your Child Eligible for Childhood Disabled Beneficiary Benefits?

Understanding what benefits might be available to your child or loved one with special needs can be confusing. Different benefits apply in different circumstances, and sometimes different benefit programs can work together to help meet the needs of an individual.  Childhood disabled beneficiary benefits (CDBs) are a case in point.
CDBs, provided through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), are generally available to any minor or the "disabled adult child" of a person entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, or of a person who was fully eligible for or receiving Social Security when she died. If determined eligible, a child may receive up to half of her parent's full Social Security monthly benefit.
These are the primary factors for determining eligibility. The Social Security Administration (SSA) starts by looking at four main factors when deciding if a child qualifies for CDBs:  
  1. Is the parent "fully insured" under Social Security law? A person is fully insured after working 40 quarters, or ten years. Under some circumstances, such as where a parent claims a disability for herself, benefits may be awarded to a child when the parent has worked for as little as six quarters. 
  2. What is the relationship of the child seeking benefits to the wage earner? The SSA uses a broad definition of child to include a range of relationships, from natural legitimate child to step-grandchild, and others. Under certain circumstances, your step-child may qualify for benefits under your Social Security record.  
  3. What is the age and marital status of the child? A child less than 18 years of age or less than 19 and a full-time student is eligible for benefits, regardless of whether she has a disability, if the parent is retired, disabled, or deceased. A child who is 18 or older and who has a disability that began before turning age 22 also is eligible for a CDB. The child must be unmarried, or have a marriage that was ended by annulment, divorce, or death.  
  4. Was the child a dependent of the insured at the time she applied for benefits, at the time the insured became disabled or died, or otherwise became entitled to collect Social Security benefits? 
Determining Disability
When it comes to determining whether an adult child with disabilities may receive CDBs, there are several additional factors relating to the child's disability that the SSA considers. According to the SSA, a person has a disability if he cannot engage in a "substantial gainful activity" because of a "medically determinable physical or mental impairment" that is expected to last for 12 months or result in death. The adult child's medical disability must meet one of the medical impairments listed in the SSA's regulations, and that impairment must limit his ability to work and earning capacity in ways that are explained in the regulations.
Start planning now

In terms of planning for future CDB benefits for your child with special needs, there are two important things to remember. If you think that your child might qualify for CDBs as a disabled adult child, be sure to obtain a finding of disability from her doctor before she reaches the age of 22. You might also want to explore eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) before applying for CDBs. SSI is a means-based program for people with disabilities that provides a limited monthly cash benefit. The bigger benefit that usually comes with SSI eligibility is access to Medicaid and long-term care, access that CDBs do not provide. With the CDB benefit limited to one-half the wage earner's full Social Security benefit, having Medicaid can make a significant difference in the beneficiary's life.  However, receiving SSI in no way affects eligibility for CDBs.  And, while receiving CDBs may lower the monthly SSI check, Medicaid will continue as long as the SSI benefit is at least $1.

You don't want to wait to start planning if you think your child might be eligible for these benefits now or in the future. It is a complicated process that is best understood with the help of a professional knowledgeable about the complexities of special needs planning. Contact your special needs planner to discuss the best strategy for moving forward.

If you would like to discuss how to put a financial and legal plan in place for a loved one with special needs, you may e-mail mike@millersfinancialgroup.com or call 717-509-7154.

Source:  Social Security Administration website  

Michael Miller
Millers Financial Group, LLC
Financial Advisor

Federal News -- Employment 

Disability Employment Incentive Act Introduced

Senator Bob Casey has introduced the Disability Employment Incentive Act . This bill increases three tax credits for employers:
  • The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides incentives for businesses that hire people referred by vocational rehabilitation, or who are on Supplemental Security Income of Social Security Disability Insurance, would be increased from $2,400 to $5,000. 
  • The Disability Access Expenditures Tax Credit will be increased from $5,000 to $10,000. 
  • The Architectural and Transportation Barrier Tax Credit will be increased from $15,000 to $30,000. The Arc of the United States and its chapters, including The Arc of Dauphin County supports this bill.

News You Can Use

Beware of a lurking danger in your back yard. Did you know that if you use a grill brush to clean your grill, unbeknownst to you one tiny wire or plastic bristle could become embedded in the food you are cooking, and then embedded in someone's throat? And furthermore, did you know doctors often determine it is better to leave it in you than to remove it? Result: A lifetime of pain every time you swallow. Click this link to learn more.

Meet The Archivists...  

Over ten youth from throughout Central Pennsylvania descended upon The Arc of Dauphin County last month to volunteer to help us re-arrange our archives, which contains exhibits and documents from 65 years of helping those with Special Needs. 

And the Basement Crew...
They also completely reorganized two of our three basements, enabling us to find files quicker, and to have maintenance and other supplies quickly accessible. 

They made us better! The youth, full of energy and zeal, were part of the Faith Into Action festival, held at Camp Curtin, where our Arc had a pavilion focused upon games and events for our Consumers as well as all members of our local communities.  

Faith Into Action is sponsored by Harrisburg First Assembly of God Church, and supported by numerous regional Churches and many different denominations.

From Our Friends at PAR:

Register To Vote!

PAR is delighted to join forces with AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities) to promote REV UP! Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power!

The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues.

PAR is a non-partisan association whose members provide supports and services to PA citizens with intellectual disability and autism. PAR and our member organizations do not endorse candidates and are grateful that Republicans, Democrats and Independents have a long history of supporting people with disabilities and their right to live in the community.

Full political participation for Americans with disabilities is a top priority. AAPD works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to eliminate barriers to voting, promote accessibility of voting technology and polling places; educate voters about issues and candidates; promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters' right to participate in elections.

And Registering to Vote and Voting is especially important for Direct Support Professionals, self advocates, family members and friends who wish to see disability concerns be treated with greater attention and detail at every level of government.

Here's How To Check Your Voter Status In Pennsylvania!

Use the following Links to Register, request an absentee ballot, find your polling location and check your voter status. Please share widely!

Whether you are a member of the Republican or Democratic Party or an Unaffiliated Independent Voter, become informed, exercise your right and  vote!

Brightening Up Lives

The Pennsylvania State Police invites children and adults, with special needs, or disabilities and Special Olympics participants, with their families to join them for the first annual free law enforcement based "Sunny Day Camp" in Hershey. This event will be held at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and is open to all residents of the Commonwealth. This will be a fun filled learning day with law enforcement for all ages.

Saturday, September 8th 9am-330pm

Pennsylvania State Police Academy 
175 East Hershey Park Drive Hershey, PA 17033

Day includes demonstrations and activities:
  • Canine Unit 
  • Aviation- Helicopter 
  • Police Vehicle Display 
  • Games 
  • DJ 
  • Bomb Squad 
  • SERT Team 
  • And Much More!

To find out more and to register online visit www.sunnydaycamp.org
Sunny Day Camp is FREE with lunch and snacks included. 
Any questions can be  referred to Cpl. Samantha Minnucci, Director, at 717-533-9111 ext. 411,
PA State Police Academy.

Super Six Club Going Strong!

Your Arc's Super Six Club gives Consumers an opportunity to get out into the community in unique and interesting ways.   The club meets each Monday morning and, under the care of our own Joe Martin, goes forth into the world for an adventure in discovery. 

"We currently have only one opening for membership in Super Six," said Mr. Martin, noting that dues are not required--only a sense of adventure!
In this photo Seth is in a parachute simulator at the Army Heritage Center in Carlisle, PA.

Man Of La Mancha

Never Cease to Believe in Possibility!

Please take a moment to see the link below for more information regarding the Success Story shared by Carolyn Bennett-Carson of PA Life Sharing at the 8/1/18 Dauphin County IDD Provider Forum -- Never cease to believe in possibility!

Upcoming Events

September 7, 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   

September 17, 2018

3rd Annual Million Dollar Golf Outing
Hosted by:  The Arc of Dauphin County

Location:  Deer Valley Golf Course
Time:  8:00 AM

Fee:  $75 per golfer

September 18, 2018
Learn After Work
Pennsylvania Dept. of Treasury's George Dillman will present a lively program on retirement savings at any point in life--especially important for families with children who have Special Needs.

Hosted by:  The Arc of Dauphin County

Location:  The Arc of Dauphin County, 2569 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA
Time:  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Fee:  Free   

October 5, 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   


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 many programs and services.  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   cgeorge@arcofdc.org , 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 cgeorge@arcofdc.org or call the main switchboard at 717.920.2727.

Visit us at www.arcofdc.org.