Happy New Year from The Arc Lane County

While 2020 was certainly tumultuous, The Arc was reminded of the good that exists in our community.

With help from Cobalt Computer Services; Comcast; Essex General Construction, Inc.; First Baptist Church of Eugene; Hagan Hamilton Insurance Solutions; Industrial Source; LiveWire Electric, Inc.; Rosboro; Sheild Bistro & Catering Kitchen; and Summit Bank, The Arc was able to provide a holiday meal and resources to families facing economic hardships. Thanks to their kindness and generosity, many families were able to experience a season of joy.

The Arc is now turning its attention to 2021 with renewed spirit and hope. We wish our supporters a healthy, happy and prosperous 2021!
CARES Center Accepting Donations

Since the CARES Center opened last October, it has provided food boxes to 2,698 households and COVID wraparound services to an additional 212 households. The need is great in our community, and it continues to grow.
 
The Arc Lane County will host a Donation Drive this month to collect much needed items for the CARES Center, including diapers and wipes, laundry detergent, personal hygiene items, clothing and household cleaners. Contact Angela if you can donate and help people in the community.
COVID Vaccine Now Open to
Disability Community

The Oregon Health Authority announced that anyone in Phase 1a, Groups 1-4 can now receive the COVID vaccine. This includes people who experience I/DD, family members and provider agencies.

Adult group home and I/DD foster homes have already been, or will be, contacted by a pharmacy representative to coordinate vaccination. People who receive in-home services, as well as day support activity, employment services and providers of those services, should contact their service coordinator or personal agent for vaccination information.

To make an informed decision about the vaccination, read the COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet. or listen to the recording of the Vaccine Listening Session for the Disability Community. Another helpful resource is the Oregon Support Services Association's What You Need To Know Now That People 16+ with IDD, Their Families, and Support Workers Are Eligible For the COVID Vaccine.
New Job Board Website Goes Live

Impact Oregon is a new job board website for people interested in pursuing a career in the disability field. The website feres job postings and career profiles that outline opportunities for growth in the field. Interested job seekers can search the site based on region, wage range and experience level.
National Advocacy Opportunities

The Arc National is accepting applications for both its National Sibling Council and the Self-Advocates Council, with applications due by February 5.

The Sibling Council is for siblings of people with I/DD who are eager to take a leadership role in the disability rights advocacy movement. The Arc's National Council of Self-Advocates (NCSA) is looking for new officers to voice the needs of people with I/DD and advise The Arc on its advocacy and services.