FIT CLUB is back!
Walking sessions are held every Thursday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Owen Bell Park in Dayville, CT! The Special Olympics Connecticut Unified Sports Fitness Club brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for regular fitness activity to enhance fitness and inspire friendships among participants. The club follows the Unified Sports Recreational Model focusing on participation rather than competition. Each club participant receives an individual tracking device which is used to monitor individual and Club progress. The Club provides the platform for individuals to challenge themselves and earn individual and Club rewards.
Interested in joining us?? Come on down!
Click here to see our Fit Club Flyer!
October 6: It was a great morning for The Arc Quinebaug Valley! We had our ribbon cutting ceremony for The Arc Redemption Center at our new redemption business location ~ 96 Front Street in Putnam! If you are interested in donating your cans and bottles or having them redeemed, please come see us! We are very excited for this new venture and appreciate all of the support!
September 26: In honor of September being Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Month, The Arc hosted an Appreciation BBQ for all direct support staff and participants! It was a great day filled with delicious food, wonderful weather and great company! We truly thank all of our employees for their hard work and dedication to this agency!
September 23: The Arc hosted an informational session on KIDS ON THE BLOCK. The Kids on the Block, Inc. originated in 1977 in direct response to US Public Law 94-142 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), which required children with disabilities to be given the opportunity to be educated along side their non-disabled peers. Mark Riley, who represents a child with cerebral palsy, was the first puppet character created to fill the need of disabled children to have their non-disabled peers understand and accept them. Through Mark Riley, the children learned about cerebral palsy and began asking questions directly to Mark about his difference. The Kids on the Block, Inc. was launched because of this enthusiastic response from children. The Kids on the Block, now internationally acclaimed, has continued to grow over the years and offers programs on disabilities such as spinabifida; medical differences such as leukemia and AIDS; educational differences including learning disabilities; and social concerns including sexual abuse and alternatives to violence. The purpose of The Kids on the Block is to provide an educational puppet program which enlightens all children about disability awareness, medical/educational differences and social concerns. By extensively researching and developing relevant and timely topics, KOB addresses a wide range of issues that affect today’s children. KOB has a strong commitment to supplying communities around the world with programs that address children’s questions, concerns and needs. The type of education KOB programs provide will create positive attitudinal and behavioral change for present and future generations.
September 1: September 1st marks the beginning of Direct Support Professionals Month! We would like to take the time to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of The Arc's outstanding Direct Support Professionals and express our appreciation for their vital contributions to our community! This agency operates on their hard work and commitment, and for that, we are truly thankful! We appreciate all of you from the bottom of our hearts!
August 9: Our 18th Annual Rubber Duckie Race was held on August 9th at Rotary Park/Quinebaug River in Putnam, CT. The weather was stunning and we couldn't have asked for a better day filled will community support and excitement! We sold nearly 4,000 rubber duck tickets and raised over $20K from the event! The first place winner of the $500 VISA giftcard was Putnam Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Putnam Kia, and they donated the prize back to The Arc! This was not only a wonderful surprise, but will help to enhance our services by being able to buy supplies for our departments! Thank you to everyone that made this event possible! We appreciate all of you! For a list of our sponsors, click here. Make sure to check out our photo gallery for pictures of this event!
July 10: Our 28th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament was held on July 10th at Foster Country Club in Foster, RI. It was a day of laughter, great food, wonderful people, tremendous support, amazing raffle prizes, and success! Fundraising events such as this are what keeps The Arc a strong agency in being able to provide the supports and supplies needed by the people we serve. For a list of our sponsors, please click here. Check out our fundraising tab and our photo gallery for more details and pictures regarding this tournament!
June 12: We are in the midst of planning for our two big fundraising events coming up - The 28th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament on July 10th and The 18th Annual Rubber Duckie Race on August 9th! We are still looking for sponsors on both events, as well as golf teams, raffles, and any time that can be volunteered on the event days! Please contact us if you would like to get involved!
May 30: Our Annual Appeal letters have been mailed out! Please help support our agency and the people we serve! The community has always been so generous and dedicated to The Arc's mission and for that we are extremely thankful! You all have made a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities!
May 1: Our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Night Celebration was held on May 1st. It was a wonderful time had by all! Awards were presented, a slideshow of the past year was displayed, an amazing dinner was served, the slate of board members and officers were inducted and lots of dancing took place! The Arc would like to thank everyone for their hard work, efforts, and dedication to The Arc's mission -- it is all of YOU that truly make this agency shine! We look forward to the year ahead!
April 1: April is Autism Awareness Month! Let's all spread awareness! One way to show your support is by wearing BLUE on April 2nd! For more information on this month, please visit: http://www.thearc.org/what-we-do/resources/toolkits/autism-acceptance-month
March 25: We would like to thank The Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub for welcoming The Arc Quinebaug Valley's Erika S. on her first day of Work Study! She is very excited to begin this journey with your restaurant and we truly appreciate it!
March 1: March is Disabilities Awareness Month! One way to show support this month is by joining the campaign "SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD" day on March 4th! This campaign asks that everyone pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Please pledge today at: http://www.r-word.org/r-word-pledge.aspx