April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week. Our chapter has so many wonderful volunteers who help us in so many ways all through out the year.. Our Run or Walk for Someone Special takes dozens of volunteers, Our Recreation and Respite Club has amazing people who volunteer their time to teach or entertain our adults, Camp Friendship could not operate without our many many counselor volunteers and most of all our amazing Board of Directors who give so much of themselves towards creating opportunities in our community for those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
A big THANK YOU goes out to another local Eagles Club. Punxsutawny Eagles also made a generous donation at a sponsor level. Thank You!
2013 Run or Walk for Someone Special Major Sponsor.... AGAIN!!! Thank you so much Robindale Energy for coming on board again and supporting our event for the second year in a row.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~Theodore Roosevelt
Today we reflect and remember our leaders of the present and the past. While searching Presidential quote the above one stuck out. May this quote touch the hearts and minds of all who read this!
What does it mean to you?
Jennifer Roberts of Punxsutawney was crowned as the Woman of the Year last night during the annual Groundhog Banquet held the eve before Groundhog Day.
You can read about it in the Punxsy Spirit.
We at The Arc of Jefferson and Clearfield Counties could not be more proud of this accomplishment. Jennifer is a valued board member in our organization. Jennifer is one of two self advocates we have sitting on our board. We know that we can always count on her to volunteer to do things for us that she is so good at, like talking to others and getting the word out about our programs and events.
Jennifer has Down Syndrome yes, but Jennifer has amazing Abilities to help others. Thank you Punxsutawney for recognizing this and for giving Jennifer the chance to shine as Woman of the Year. What an encouragement for others with disabilities to know that Jennifer Roberts made such a difference to her community and was acknowledged for it.
CONGRATULATIONS Jennifer!!!! We could not think of anyone more deserving of this recognition.
Today as I was having my morning cup of tea I read the tea tab quote on my Salada Tea bag. It has literally stayed with me all day long.
"Ability is NOTHING without Opportunity"
Wow does that sum up so much for someone with a disability. We at The Arc try to advocate for peoples rights, for acceptance, for understanding, for community involvement. So really, how can we get any of these things without Opportunity?
Perhaps it is Opportunity that we should use in our advocacy efforts. Any thoughts on this? What does this quote mean to you?
New Story is committed to helping children with the most serious and complex educational, emotional and behaviorial challenges. To show its dedication to the communities it serves, they provide grants totalling $50,000 annually to help families purchase the goods or services they need to care for their children with special news.
New Story is accepting applications for the 2013 New Story Fund from January 1 through January 31, 2013. The New Story Fund distributes $50,000 annually in the form of awards to families in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Families can be nominated for an award of up to $1,500 each year.
The New Story Fund helps give families in our communities the opportunity to write their own stories of growth and success. Each nomination will be reviewed and evaluated by the New Story Fund Review Committee.
Please click here for additional information or to apply.
2013 is here and already so many things have changed. President Obama is asking to raise the debt ceiling and our taxes are going up. Guns are being debated on as to how to restrict purchasing them in a way to provide better safety for our schools, families and communities. Change is by far a scary thing for everyone. The word change can mean so many different things to each one of us.
To someone raising a child with a special needs, Change is not always a welcoming word. The word used so often in place of Change is Transition. Our children "transition" from early intervention to school age. At 14 our children begin "transition" to adult life and after school programs. Upon graduation our children "transition" to adult life and care.
If you are going through a change this year. If your uncertain and feel overwhelmed with making a decision that affects your childs future. If you feel all alone and are not sure where to turn..
The Arc holds a monthly Comfort, Coffee and Conversation parent group. We meet on the forth Thursday of the month at our Recreation and Respite Club located at 36 Hoover Avenue in DuBois. We meet at 9:30 am. Come when you can and leave when you must. Some meetings are under two hours, others have kept us engaged and chatting for upto four hours.. its all based upon need and topics of discussion.
IF you don't want to talk about your child or your situation and just want an adult cup of coffee and conversation we welcome that as well and hope that you will consider joining us.