Final push! Advocate to Fully Fund DSP Wages in Remaining Weeks of Session
Join The Arc Lane County in one final advocacy push to fully fund Direct Support Professional (DSP) wages!

People with disabilities deserve to live and work in their communities, yet without a robust DSP workforce, The Arc cannot provide supports and services to help people with disabilities live full and meaningful lives.

Please contact members of the Oregon Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services and let them know DSPs need and deserve a liveable wage! You can help us advocate in 3 easy steps. Visit the Oregon Resource Association's Take Action website, enter your mailing address and email (so the message also goes to your state legislators), and share a personal story about why DSPs are a critical workforce deserving of a liveable wage.
Families Connected to Host Ice Cream Social Today for Students, Parents
Students and parents have survived a challenging school year. Families Connected will celebrate their resiliency by hosting a Drive Through Ice Cream Social today from noon to 3 p.m. at 4181 E Street.

Come pick up a delicious ice cream treat and celebrate the start of summer! Families Connected will also hand out parent toolkits loaded with resources and helpful tips and tricks for surviving summer break.
The Arc to Host Two COVID Vaccine Clinics This Month
The Arc's Families Connected will partner with Lane County Public Health, the Autism Society of Oregon, Early Childhood CARES, Head Start and WIC to host a Florence Drive-Through COVID Vaccine Clinic this Saturday, June 19 at the Siuslaw Middle School from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be administered at this event.

The CARES Center will also partner with Lane County Public Health and host a vaccination clinic on Sunday, June 27 at 4181 E Street in Springfield from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. At this clinic, the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to people 12 years and older. Contact Edith to schedule an appointment; walk-in appointments will also be available.
Employment Path to Start New Classes in July
Adults interested in exploring job opportunities are encouraged to sign up for the Employment Path Workforce Readiness Classes scheduled to start next month.

In these classes, adults will explore their areas of interest learn new skills and gain valuable experience designed to help them get ready for the workforce.

Contact Rachel for more information about these exciting classes.
The Arc Receives $70K for ESTEAM, $50K Grant for its Family Network

The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded The Arc Lane County a $70K grant to support its ESTEAM youth program to inspire children and youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math.

In addition, the Early Childhood Family Support Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation has awarded The Arc Lane County a $50K grant to use for its Families Connected family network. Families Connected and Familias en Conexión will utilize the funds for family outreach efforts, including parent workshops and family fun events.
Community Partner Spotlight: International Paper
Read our Community Spotlight on International Paper, a leading paper and packing manufacturer. With its Springfield Mill located down the street from The Arc Lane County, the company has made generous contributions to help The Arc Lane County, both financially and in volunteer manpower.
More Companies to Sponsor Play Your Part Auction on August 14
Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions, Brothers Cleaning, Dari Mart, Lithia Toyota of Springfield and Cobalt Computer Services have added their names to The Arc's premiere list of Play Your Part Auction Sponsors. We are thrilled to have the generous support of these companies.

It's not too late for YOU to help. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Jo Ann. To donate gift cards, experiences, vacation stays or specialized services for the auction, contact Laura.

Be sure to like the Arc Park page on Facebook to keep up to date on the park construction and the Play Your Part auction.
The Arc Lane County Accepting Applications
Got great skills? Want to join an exceptional team and do rewarding work?
The Arc Lane County has positions open for people to join our fun team. If you are looking to join a wonderful, supportive and family-friendly team, then submit a completed Employment Application to
First Baptist Church Volunteers Spruce Up ESTEAM Outdoor Space

Special thanks to the team of volunteers from First Baptist Church of Eugene who beautified the ESTEAM Youth Program outdoor play space on Saturday, June 12. Volunteers pulled weeds, pruned shrubs and made the space ready for the 24 youth who will start the ESTEAM summer program on June 21.

We are greatly appreciative of our volunteers' time and service!
JumpStart Preschool Receives Toys, Supplies

There will be lots of happy smiles on children's faces when The Arc opens the doors to the JumpStart Preschool, thanks to all the community members who donated supplies and to Columbia Bank for hosting a toy drive earlier this month. The Arc is putting the finishing touches on the preschool now; tours and registration will open soon. Contact Annie for more information about the JumpStart Preschool.