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The Arc Quinebaug Valley's 17th Annual Rubber Duckie Race

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November 14: Please join us on Friday November 21st  at The Arc Emporium (160 Main St, Putnam) to celebrate 6 successful years in Putnam. We will be open 8:30 am - 7:00 pm, so stop by whenever is convenient for you. Cookies, special sales, and our gratitude to you, for your support over the last six years! Look for our ad in next week's Shoppers' Guide for more details.  

November 7:  Save the date for the 28th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, July 10th, 2015!  Thank you to all of our sponsors, raffle donors, and golfers who participated this past July. We hope you will join us again in 2015!

October 22:  This year, The Arc Quinebaug Valley will participate in Giving Tuesday.You may have heard of Black Friday or Cyber Monday - days after Thanksgiving when we look for the best deals of the holiday season. In recent years, another distinctive day has emerged: Giving Tuesday! On Tuesday, December 2nd, people throughout the U.S. will recognize the start of the "giving season" with donations to charity. In 2013, record numbers of donations rolled into participating groups on Giving Tuesday.  This year, The Arc Quinebaug Valley will accept donations on our website as part of this celebration of community giving and the spirit of the season!  Stay tuned for further details.  

September 18:  Congratulations to employees of The Arc Quinebaug Valley Patrick Kuhn and Michael Waters, who received shout-outs during the "Unsung Hero" segment on WINY Radio this morning!  Thank you also to Core Plus Federal Credit Union, who sponsors this segment. 

August 20:  Save the date for September 14th - we will have our fundraiser at Skydive Danielson/Danielson Airport, 11 am - 4 pm, rain or shine! The Garage Band Reunion will be performing from 12 pm -3 pm so bring your dancing shoes! Professional divers from Skydive Danielson will be diving for our skydive bingo game. We will also have face painting, pony rides, glitter tattoos, raffles and many more activities and games for the whole family. And what kind of celebration would it be without food! Please plan on coming down to see us to support a great cause. 

August 11: This past Friday, August 8th, 2014, the Autism Cares Act was signed into law.  This legislation - The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, & Support Act of 2014 - reauthorizes and improves upon the Combating Autism Act of 2011.  The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc of the United States celebrate the passage of this important legislation.   

August 11:  THANK YOU to everyone who made the 17th Annual Arc Quinebaug Valley Rubber Duckie Race in Putnam's Rotary Park a successful fundraiser. Check back for details of the 2015 race, or view our "Fundraisers" page under the "How You Can Help" tab for updates and the list of raffle winners.  

July 14:  THANK YOU to everyone who made the 27th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament on July 11th a great success! Once again, our community of supporters, staff, participants, and volunteers came together to create an enjoyable event to support our programs.  Stay in touch for information about next year's tournament by following us on Facebook now: click here and "like" our page. 

June 20:  The deadline to register to play in The Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament has been extended to accommodate more golfers!  Contact the Development Office at (860) 774-2827 or Sandi Riemann at sriemann@qvarc.org to register. 

June 13:  The Arc Quinebaug Valley has a new fundraiser that you can participate in from anywhere!  Trivia Mogul is an online trivia game that is free and easy to register for.  Go to www.triviamogul.com and click "Register" on the top right - enter "QVARC" in the Referral Username box. Play fun online games while donating your "points" to The Arc Quinebaug Valley. Donations are received according to the daily users playing for 10 minutes or more per day (sessions ending before 10 minutes will not result in a donation).  Thank you again for your support, and enjoy this fun way to support our mission! 

January 24: RESCHEDULED: Family Hearing Day for the newly formed I/DD Caucus: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday February 7 in Hearing Room 2D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The Arc Quinebaug Valley will be there and hope you will join us! Click here for more information!

January 21: The Family Hearing Day will be rescheduled due to forecasted weather. A new date will be announced shortly.

December 19: Family Hearing Day for the newly formed I/DD Caucus: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday January 22 in Hearing Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The Arc Quinebaug Valley will be there and hope you will join us! Click here for more information.

November 25: Huge thanks to Reminder News for their article on The Arc Emporium's 5th birthday! Read the article by clicking here.

November 25: The Arc Quinebaug Valley will have a float in this year's Holiday Dazzle Light Parade! Come to downtown Putnam on Sunday December 1st to see Donny the Duck and his helper Elf riding their Payloader chariot!

November 20: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to The Arc Emporium! Our one-of-a-kind store is celebrating its 5th birthday on Thursday November 21st. Come in for specials, gifts and cupcakes! The celebration lasts during our regular hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a special ceremony and cake cutting will occur at 1 p.m. Please join the celebrations!

November 14: Click here to download the flyer for The Arc's December 15 Dining for a Cause event at 99 Restaurant in Killingly Commons in Dayville. From noon to 8 p.m., 15% of the food and beverage orders by patrons who present the flyer will be donated to The Arc's next capital project: the installation of an accessible bathroom and training kitchen at our Cook Hill Road Education Center. Flyers will be available at several locations in the community soon, stay tuned for details!

November 12: Save the Date of Sunday December 15th! The Arc Quinebaug Valley will host a Dining for a Cause from noon to 8 p.m. at the 99 Restaurant in Killingly Commons. 15% of all food and drink orders by patrons who present a flyer will be donated to The Arc Quinebaug Valley. More information to come!

October 29: The Arc Connecticut will host a Families for Families Parent Leadership Training from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday November 16 at The Arc Meriden/Wallingford, 200 Research Parkway, Meriden. RSVP with Shannon Jacovino at sjacovino@arcofct.org or at 860-246-6400, ext. 102.

Sept. 30: The Arc Quinebaug Valley's upcoming FREE workshop, "Exploring the Tools of Self-Advocacy" was scheduled for Wednesday October 2 and will be postponed due to low registration. Reschedule date to be determined. "Getting and Keeping the First Job" will be on Wednesday October 9. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quinebaug Valley Community College (room E239) at 742 Upper Maple Street in Danielson. For more information, click here to read the flyer.

Sept. 16: A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made the September 15th Community Party at 4 G's Restaurant & Pizzeria a huge success! More than $3,800 was raised for The Arc. To read the press release, click here.

August 29: It's a COMMUNITY PARTY! Local restaurants are teaming up for The Arc. The party will be Sunday September 15th at 4G's Restaurant & Pizzeria in Dayville from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, click here to view the flyer.

August 28: The Arc Quinebaug Valley will host two FREE workshops, presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, for students with disabilities, their parents and educators. Exploring the Tools of Self-Advocacy will be held on Wednesday October 2 and Getting and Keeping the First Job will be on Wednesday October 9. Both will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quinebaug Valley Community College (room E239) at 742 Upper Maple Street in Danielson. For more information, click here to read the flyer.

August 12: The 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race was a smashing success! Stay tuned for more event totals as they are calculated, but click here for the list of lucky winners!

August 7: THANK YOU to the Putnam Elks Lodge and Esteemed Knight Lisa Molnar for their $2,000 grant to The Arc's Kids on the Block Program! Lisa presented the check to The Arc's Executive Director Susan Desrosiers and President of the board Jeff Rawson this morning at WINY Radio. Renaldo Rodriguez and Brenda Dubrowski were also on hand for the big news! (Ann Tetreault and Emily Groves only partially pictured...)

The kids on the block putnam elks donation

August 1: The 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race is almost here! The Arc will be selling tickets outside the Putnam and Dayville Stop & Shop stores from noon to 7 p.m. on August 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th.

July 16: Executive Director Susan Desrosiers, Vice President of the Board of Directors Pam Brown, Secretary of the Board Mary Ellen Snyder and Administrator of Development, Public Relations and Facilities Linda Lamoureux were on WINY Radio this morning quacking it up about The 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race. Want to know more about our annual event? Check out our Fundraisers page.

July 12: The 26th Annual Garnder Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament was a huge success!! Nearly a full field of 130 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at Foster Country Club. For photos from the tournament, please visit our Facebook page by clicking here or check out our Photo Gallery.

June 18: Executive Director Susan Desrosiers and President of the Board of Directors Gene Michael Deary were on WINY Radio June 18th to share the latest updates on The 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race.

June 3: THEY'RE HERE! Tickets to The Arc Quinebaug Valley's 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race are on sale at more than 50 locations in Northeastern Connecticut. To check out where you can adopt a duck and take a chance on winning on of our 50 great prize packages, click here. To view our prize list, click here.

May 18: The Arc Quinebaug Valley entered a team in the Relay for Life of Northeastern Connecticut at the Woodstock Fairgrounds on May 18 and 19.

The Arc Quinebaug Valley at Relay for Life

April 1: "We have a message of hope. We know that when families get involved, things change." -Shannon Jacovino, Individual and Family Advocate, The Arc Connecticut, on the WINY Radio 1350 AM Talk Show this morning. For more information on how YOU can get involved, please visit The Arc Connecticut's Families for Families by clicking here.

March 13: "Most people don't think of this word as hate speech, but that's exactly how it feels to us." Please take a moment to watch this amazing video by The Arc's Education Department for Spread the Word to End the Word, filmed last week in our beautiful sensory room. View it on YouTube by clicking here.

March 6: The Arc's Education Department is filled with stars! Check out this great video students made for Spread the Word to End the Word in 2012. View it on YouTube by clicking here.

March 1: Thanks to The Norwich Bulletin for publishing a great column by The Arc Quinebaug Valley Executive Director Susan Desrosiers in today's paper. Read it online by clicking here.

February 27: In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, The Arc Quinebaug Valley’s Education Department has started a pledge drive for Spread the Word to End the Word. Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and their supporters to raise consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word. The official annual day of awareness is the first Wednesday of every March. This year it is March 6th. Will you join our pledge drive? We want to gather as many pledges as we can between February 27thand March 13th. Visit www.r-word.org and take the pledge on the home page. Please list “The Arc Quinebaug Valley” as the organization you are representing. Please consider passing this message on to friends and promoting the pledge drive in social media. Respect is the essence of our mission here at The Arc Quinebaug Valley, and we invite you to make your pledge to use respectful, people-first language. Thank you so much for your time and help advocating for the rights of all people!

February 20: The Arc Quinebaug Valley is saddened by the loss of a dear friend and Board Member, Terry Chambers. To read more about Terry, please click here.

February 19: The Arc Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff testified February 15th before the Appropriations Committee regarding cuts to the Department of Developmental Services budget. Hear his testimony by clicking here and then fast forwarding to the 1 hour and 15 minute mark.

February 18: The future of Connecticut Services is in our hands! Check out some great photographs and thoughts from The Arc Connecticut by clicking here.

February 17: A big THANK YOU to Jeff Bousquet and the team at Bousquet's Appliance & TV for choosing The Arc Quinebaug Valley as the beneficiary of this year's Ice Fishing Derby. Another BIG THANK YOU to all the hearty souls who braved the snow, bitter cold and biting wind today, and to Valley Springs Sportsman's Club for hosting the Derby and feeding the fishermen! The tournament raised $5,300 for The Arc's next capital improvements: the installation of an accessible bathroom and shower and a training kitchen, all on the second floor of our Cook Hill Road Office, Education and Training Center.

Bousquet Ice Fishing Derby to benefit The Arc Quinebaug Valley

 

February 14: The Arc Quinebaug Valley is proud to again host the free "After the Cap & Gown" Transition Presentation. For more information, view the flyer by clicking here, or contact Linda Lamoureux at (860) 774-2827.

February 5: The Connecticut Family Support Council will host a Legislative Breakfast and Meet and Greet for Connecticut Families Raising Children with Special Health Care Needs from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday February 14th at the Legislative Office Building, second floor atrium. For more information, click here.

January 28: Only a few days left until The Arc Connecticut's Families for Families Rally at the State Capitol. For more information, click here.

January 24: A BIG Thank You to Shayne Kettle, Operations Manager at KB Ambulance, who led a training for our staff. A BIG Thank You to KB Ambulance for their donation of a Stair Chair!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley KB Ambulance training

January 18: Congratulations to Gene Michael Deary, President of The Arc Quinebaug Valley Board of Directors, who has been named a recipient of this year's Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Danielson Rotary Club. The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. When he moved to Chicago, he missed the camaraderie of his childhood where everyone in the neighborhood helped each other with tasks that needed to be done. He yearned for a “Do good society”, where neighbor helped neighbor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A Fellowship Award was established to honor Paul Harris in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 by the local Rotary Club for the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation. Foundation programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendships and understanding, such as, educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations, and shelter for millions of people. Rotarians designate at least one Paul Harris Fellow per club to recognize someone whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace through community service. 

January 14: The Arc Connecticut is co-hosting a joint rally with The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, The Connecticut Community Providers Association, The Keep the Promise Coalition, The Council for Family Service Agencies and The Nonprofit Human Services Cabinet. The legislature returned to Hartford last Wednesday to begin work on a new budget. Families and advocates need to start now on putting a human face to further cuts to the DDS budget. For more information, click here.

 January 7: Get into The Arc Spirit! The Arc Apparel is available for purchase. For more information, click here.

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December 14: Congratulations to The Arc Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff on his newest title, Secretary of the Council on Developmental Services!!

December 10: One of The Arc Quinebaug Valley's founding parents, Norma Cassettari, will celebrate her 92nd birthday on December 22nd. More than 60 years ago, Norma and other parents from our area banded together to fight for the human rights of their children who had developmental disabilities. Together they forged the path for equal education and all of the programs we offer today. Their courage and determination is what has made our agency what it is today. This year, we want to wish Norma many happy returns, and show her how much we appreciate her courage, hard work and determination. To join in, please send your thoughts to The Arc Quinebaug Valley, 687 Cook Hill Road, Danielson, CT 06239. We hope to deliver a sack full of cards to this special lady!

Norma Cassettari Founding Parent

December 6: CALL TO ACTION!! The Arc Quinebaug Valley, together with The Connecticut Community Providers Association and the Keep the Promise Coalition, is asking our friends and family to call the Governor’s office on December 11th or 12th to protest the recent rescissions to community services, and urge him to refrain from any further cuts to services. For more information, please click here.

December 3: The Arc Quinebaug Valley will host a job fair from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 13th at our offices at 687 Cook Hill Road in Danielson. For more information, please click here.

November 30: This holiday season, get into The Arc spirit! The Arc has partnered with Danielson Surplus to offer apparel embroidered with The Arc logo. For more information, please click here.

November 16: The  2012 GHADA Foundation Grant  from the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association was awarded to The Arc Quinebaug Valley in the amount of $1,000. The Arc was sponsored by Putnam Ford in Putnam.  For more information, read the press release by clicking here. Photographed below are Executive Director Susan Desrosiers and Putnam Ford owner Rick Place.

Putnam Ford The Arc Quinebaug Valley donation

November 15: The Arc Emporium is celebrating its 4th birthday on November 20, 2012. Please stop by our Putnam store for refreshments and in-store specials. Pick a present at check out to receive a surprise discount of 10 to 50 percent off! For more information, read the flyer by clicking here.

November 1: Our 2012 Annual Appeal is underway! This year's appeal, Improving Lives through Service, Learning and Community - A LIFELINE of Hope for Individuals and Families with Life-Affecting Disabilities, will protect the vital programs we offer in Northeastern Connecticut. For more information, visit our fundraisers page.

October 12: It's official! Our new Chaplin Day Program Center and Emporium II is now open. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us on Friday October 12th. For more information about our center, read the press release by clicking here.

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Chaplin grand opening

October 11: Our The Arc Artisans have been making some fabulous pieces. The chairs and tables are made from recycled pallets, and are flying off the shelves at The Arc Emporium.

The Arc Artisans

October 8: The Arc is always looking for volunteers, especially this month as we prepare a large mailing. If you are interested in helping us, please contact Linda Lamoureux at 860-774-2827.

October 4: Thank you to The Reminder for their article on the Transition Workshop Series. To read some great advice from our Administrator of Education Dawn Lazaroff, click here for the PDF, or click here to read it online.

September 25: An information session for families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities was held on Tuesday, September 25that our Chaplin Center. Parent and advocate Lois Nitch shared her story about her son, Andy. Lois and her family worked diligently to advocate for appropriate services and supports for Andy as he moved from the school setting to adulthood. She shared what questions parents should be asking and where to go to find the answers. For more information, please contact Dawn Lazaroff at dlazaroff@qvarc.org or 860-774-2827.

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Parent Advocacy

September 21: The Arc U.S. is featured in a special section of Time Magazine. Click Here to read the section.

August 28: We are sending good luck wishes to The Arc Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff as he prepares for his spot as the Keynote Speaker at The 19th Annual West Virginia People First Self-Advocacy Conference. Congratulations Jamie for all the hard work you have put in to deserve this honor. To read more about the conference, click here.

August 23: The Arc Quinebaug Valley will host a workshop by The Arc Connecticut, After the Cap & Gown, at 6 p.m. September 25 at our Chaplin office, 174 Willimantic Road. For more information, check out the flyer by clicking here or contact Linda Lamoureux at (860) 774-2827 or by email at llamoureux@qvarc.org.

August 13: We are sending a big Rubber Duckie THANK YOU to everyone who made this year's event a success! We are celebrating a record year of ticket sales, with 4,309 sold. We are estimating proceeds for the race to be around $25,000, which will be a huge help in running our programs for the next year. To see a list of winners, please click here. Below is a photo of Putnam Mayor Peter Place lifting the first place duck out of the water.

The Arc Rubber Duckie Race Putnam CT

August 2: Only 10 days left until this year's Rubber Duckie Race! Volunteers from our Day Services and Education programs are hard at work this week selling tickets outside the Stop & Shop stores in Putnam and Dayville. Stop by and say hello!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Day Services Rubber Duck Race

July 30: The Arc Quinebaug Valley celebrated the success of our Capital Campaign with an Elevator Ribbon Cutting and Open House at our Cook Hill Road Office, Education and Training Center. THANK YOU to the community who helped us surpass our goal of $250,000 and raise $306,790!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Capital Campaign

July 20: Check out new photographs uploaded to our Photo Gallery by clicking here. There are some great images of our Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Night and our 25th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament. More images of other Arc activities are to come!

July 6: We're growing again! Check out the latest news about The Arc of Quinebaug Valley's newest location in Chaplin by clicking here.

July 2: The Arc Connecticut Self Advocacy Advisory Panel has released its first newsletter! A great job by all, including The Arc of Quinebaug Valley's Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff and Self Advocacy Group Secretary Abby Snyder, both of whom had articles in the newsletter. Read the newsletter by clicking here.

June 15: RUBBER DUCK RACE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! The Arc of Quinebaug Valley has partnered with more than 50 local businesses to sell tickets in Northeastern Connecticut. For more information on where you can find your tickets, please visit our fundraisers page by clicking here.

May 16: The Arc of Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff, Chairman of the Community Division of our Capital Campaign Lynn Bourque and Campaign Counsel Ron Coderre shared a big announcement about our Capital Campaign this morning on WINY 1350 AM Radio. In case you missed it, click here to listen!

May 2: The Arc of Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff was featured on WTNH's Connecticut Style on May 2. Click here to view the interview!

 

                                              The Arc Quinebaug Valley The Last Green Valley Clean Up

 May 2: Thanks to a grant from The Last Green Valley, The Arc of Quinebaug Valley participated in a Clean Up of Owen Bell Park in Killingly on May 2. Thanks to The Last Green Valley for being a great community partner, and to everyone who came out and helped make the park ready for spring and summer!

April 28: The Arc of Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff was honored as Advocate of the Year by The Arc of New London County at their Fifth Annual Pirate Party April 28. Read more about it and see a photo on our Facebook page by clicking here.

April 26: The Arc kicked off the community portion of its "Elevating Education: The Power to Transform Lives" Capital Campaign April 26 at The Gold Eagle Restaurant in Dayville. For more information on the event, click here to read the press release.

Founding Parent Norma Cassettari and Betty Hale  

The Arc of Quinebaug Valley Founding Parent Norma Cassettari with Betty Hale at the Capital Campaign Kick Off April 26.

April 26: The Arc's Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff is returning from a trip to Washington, D.C. today, where he met with legislators, toured the Capitol and attended The Disability Policy Seminar. We're so proud to have such a great voice advocating for us to our Nation's leaders. Great work Jamie! For photographs from the trip, visit our Facebook page.

April 19: The Arc's Capital Campaign Vice-Chairman Jeff Rawson, President of the Board of Directors Gene Michael Deary and Administrator of Development, Public Relations and Facilities Linda Lamoureux provided updates on our "Elevating Education: The Power to Transform Lives" Capital Campaign on WINY Radio 1350 AM April 19. In case you missed it, click here to listen!

March 21: The Arc's Capital Campaign Chairpersons Jason and Amy St. Onge and Executive Director Sue Desrosiers shared the latest news on our "Elevating Education: The Power to Transform Lives" Capital Campaign on WINY Radio 1350 AM on March 21. In case you missed it, click here to listen!

March 19: Thanks to The Bulletin and WINY for helping to spread the good news about our Capital Campaign. The Arc is celebrating the generosity of The Citizens National Bank, who donated $25,000 to our campaign. To read the post on the WINY Facebook page, click here, to read The Bulletin story, click here.

 March 14: Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff traveled to Hartford March 13 to testify at a Labor and Public Employees Committee public hearing on two bills that would give home care assistants and daycare workers the right to collectively bargain benefits with the state. Jamie's photograph and thoughts were featured on the website ctnewsjunkie.com. Check it out! Great job Jamie!