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2013

April 1 – Autism Awareness Month & New Art Show
March 10 – 15th Annual Walk & 5k Moves to Asbury Park Boardwalk
March 1 – Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
February  25 – Foundation Supports Arts Initiative
February 6 – The Arc of Monmouth Awarded 3-Year CARF Accreditation
January 10 – 46th  Annual Winter Glow Ball Proceeds with Focus on Storm Rebuilding

2012

June 26-The Power of Art:  The Arc’s Annual Meeting
May 25-Golf Classic Announcement
May 15-Students with Intellectual Disabilities Perform in Brookdale’s Spring Dance Recital
May 11-Free Art Classes Offered at The Arc of Monmouth
May 7-Walk and 5k Raise $32,000 for The Arc of Monmouth
March 14-Over 25 Town Recognize Developmental Disabilities Month
March 5-The Arc Announces May 5 Walk and 5k
January 24 -Applebee’s Breakfast

2011

December 27-Circle of Friends Provides Holiday Cheer
December 14-Winter Glow Ball Raises $240,000 for The Arc
September 26-The Arc of Monmouth to host Lunch & Learn Series
September 23-Red Horse Gallery seeks Children’s Art
September 12 – Opportunity Knocks Cafe Opens at WOC
August 26 – How do you Spell Success? SCRABBLE!
August 23 – Who’s a Top Nonprofit?  The Arc!
July 22 – Everything’s Coming Up Worms
July 21 – Red Horse Art Gallery to hold Meet the Artist Reception
July 12  - The Arc of Monmouth presents 3 August SCRABBLE Events in Monmouth County
June 21 – New Data Reveals Our Nation is Neglecting People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
June 3 – SCRABBLE by the SEA planned for August 20, 2011 in Asbury Park
May 24 – Red Horse Art Gallery’s 1st Art Auction
May 23 – May Walks Raise over $36,000 for The Arc of Monmouth
April 23 – The Walk is Almost Here!
April 19 – Breakfast Honors Employers & Contractors
April 14 – Red Horse Art Gallery to Hold First Auction
March 24 – Unveiling of New Sign at The Arc of Monmouth
March 1 – New Brand Identity for The Arc of Monmouth
February 22 – National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month & New Art Show

TINTON FALLS – April 1 – Fresh off the heels of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, The Arc of Monmouth is continuing its community efforts in April as part of Autism Awareness Month.  This year’s awareness month is more important than ever before, as a recent study revealed that Autism now affects 1 in 50 children (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).   Federal officials believe that the increase is primarily due to better diagnosis.

Keeping that statistic in mind, it is important to note that the definition of autism differs depending upon who is explaining autism spectrum disorders.   Generally speaking, Autism spectrum disorders describe a range of neurodevelopmental disorders that significantly impact communication and social skills and are evidenced by restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities.  Significant changes to the definitions of certain disorders on the autism spectrum will be implemented in this May’s new edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM), used by medical professionals, government agencies and insurers.  There has been much talk about what this will mean to individuals and their families when it comes to obtaining a diagnosis and receiving services.

Aside from official terms and statistics, The Arc believes that the best way to increase awareness is by focusing on the achievements of individuals with Autism.  All month long, The Arc will be sharing stories of achievement on its Facebook and Twitter pages.  The public is invited to submit stories to development@arcofmonmouth.org.

A major part of this month’s community-based awareness efforts is a new art show entitled “Autism Awareness Month: Inclusion Works!” currently on display at The Arc of Monmouth’s Red Horse Gallery (Freehold Raceway Mall, 2nd Floor).  The exhibit features artwork created by students at Manalapan High School, artists from Helping Hands Art (a program in conjunction with the Howell PAL), students from the Coastal Learning Center and a collection of posters which were part of an art contest sponsored by the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education.  This exhibit is currently on display through May 22nd, with a “Meet the Artists” reception on Tuesday, April 9th from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Autism information and a wealth of resources can be found at www.autismnow.org.  Autism NOW is a project of The Arc funded in part by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency providing healthcare, residential services, education, employment and vocational training, recreation and other vital services to more than 1,400 individuals with Autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  To learn more, please call (732) 493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.

15th Annual Walk & 5k Moves to Asbury Park Boardwalk

ASBURY PARK – March 10 – In an effort to raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc of Monmouth is moving its 15th Annual Walk and 5k race from Tinton Falls to the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

The event occurs on Saturday, April 13 with a 5k run at 8:30 am and a Walk at 11:00 am.  Both events will follow routes starting on the boardwalk at 6th Avenue (north of Convention Hall).  5k Registration opens at 8:00 am on the Boardwalk at 6th Ave, and Walk Registration opens at 10:00 am at the Wonder Bar.

Starbucks and Wegmans’ will provide free coffee and bagels, and the Wonder Bar will host a post-Walk BBQ, with food and grilling expertise provided by the Lodges of the 17th Masonic District.  In addition to giveaways, raffles and door prizes, music will be provided by DJ Nicky, an individual served by The Arc of Monmouth, and Asbury Park’s own Tillie the Clown will be on hand to entertain guests.  Welcomes will be made by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande and Senator Jennifer Beck – an avid runner who will also take part in the 5k race.

“Following severe storm flooding at our Work Opportunity Center, the move to the Asbury Park boardwalk is especially poignant”, commented Brett Colby, The Arc of Monmouth’s Director of Development.  “We are very fortunate to have been welcomed with open arms by the city of Asbury Park, and hope to raise awareness about the individuals we serve as well as the current plight of storm ravaged communities.”

Advance registration is strongly suggested by visiting www.arcofmonmouth.org/walk or www.arcofmonmouth.org/5k.    Questions, Sponsor information and other details can be found by contacting (732) 493-1919 ext. 120 or development@arcofmonmouth.org.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

TINTON FALLS – MARCH 1 – March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and The Arc of Monmouth will be joining with individuals across the country to raise awareness about issues facing people with disabilities.  Over the last 60 years, The Arc and its network of more than 700 chapters across the country have made tremendous progress in promoting and protecting the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  It is due greatly to the advocacy efforts of The Arc that President Ronald Reagan officially declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987.

“The Arc strives to raise awareness about the achievements of individuals with I/DD,” said Executive Director Mary Scott.  “Many individuals with I/DD live and work in our community, and it is at this time that we not only wish to celebrate their accomplishments but also shed light on the challenges they are facing”.

This year, there is much at risk for individuals with disabilities across the country.  As Congress continues budget negotiations, the entitlement programs that provide an essential lifeline for individuals with I/DD are expected to take center stage.  In coming months, there will be mounting pressure to generate additional revenue and to find additional cuts in the federal budget to reduce the deficit further, which could put at risk the Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security programs.  The Arc’s advocates in New Jersey are working hard to protect these lifeline programs that so many people in the state rely on.

The Arc advocates for and serves people with I/DD, including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of over 700 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.

Investors Foundation Supports Arts Initiative

FREEHOLD — February 25 - The Investors Foundation, which provides supportive funding to nonprofit programs that enrich the communities served by Investors Bank, has announced a $2,500 grant award to The Arc of Monmouth.

Founded in 1949, The Arc of Monmouth has grown into a full-service outreach agency providing healthcare, vocational training, group home programs, and other social services for approximately 1,400 persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The grant will support an innovative program designed to help artistically talented adults with disabilities pursue employment opportunities that will make use of their creative abilities.

“Participants in the program will have access to professional art education, vocational training, and other resources to support their success,” explained Thea Strong, director of Employment Services at The Arc of Monmouth.

Working in collaboration with The Barn in Howell Township, The Arc will identify four individuals selected for their artistic ability, and work with them to develop artwork and handcrafted items for sale.  The Barn, located on the premises of the Calgo’s Garden nursery and landscaping center, specializes in artisan-made furnishings, jewelry, and other unique gifts.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Investors Foundation, and to all the donors and corporate partners whose generosity makes programs like this possible,” said The Arc of Monmouth Executive Director Mary E. Scott.  “Their support enables us to continue the pursuit of our mission to improve the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.”

February 6 – The Arc of Monmouth Awarded 3-Year CARF Accreditation

TINTON FALLS, NJ — February 6, 2013 — CARF International announced that The Arc of Monmouth has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services (Employment Supports and Job Development), Community Integration, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services, Employee Development Services and Organizational Employment Services.  For over 15 years, The Arc of Monmouth has been awarded consecutive accreditation by the international accrediting body.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.

2012

THE POWER OF ART – THE ARC OF MONMOUTH’S ANNUAL MEETING

TINTON FALLS – June 26, 2012 – Over 140 supporters, board, staff and individuals with developmental disabilities and their families were in attendance at The Arc of Monmouth’s Annual Meeting and Juried Art Show – the largest attendance of any annual meeting in memory.

Many individuals with developmental disabilities have difficulty communicating, and art provides an opportunity to express oneself without barriers.  While volumes have been written about the healing power of art and its role in public school curriculums as a catalyst for learning, many people are unaware of the importance of art in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Art plays an important role at The Arc of Monmouth, where it is incorporated into nearly all of the agency’s programs.  Rarely do these programs (located at sites throughout Monmouth County) have a chance to collaborate on one cohesive project.   However, on Tuesday evening, June 26, the interdepartmental art show was the focal point of the agency’s Annual Meeting.

For several months, Thea Strong, Employment Director at The Arc, collected artwork from participants in all departments.  Her department also operates the Red Horse Art Gallery at Freehold Raceway Mall, which provides classes and exhibition space for artists with disabilities.  They were guided and assisted by Michael Turner, a dedicated volunteer who used the art samples to create a catalogue of art for the Annual Meeting.

“The quality of the artwork is astounding,” commented Thea Strong, “which is why we felt compelled to transform the simple art exhibit into a juried show”.

At Ms. Strong’s suggestion, art judges were enlisted from some of the Red Horse Gallery’s partner agencies.   Vanessa Young of VSA Arts NJ and Sandy Taylor and Lisa Marie O’Connell of the Monmouth County Arts Council were on hand to present art awards in a variety of categories.  Top art honors went to Garnett Brown, an individual served by a variety of programs at The Arc.

The evening also included a welcome to incoming board president Roger Trendowski and a preview of two exciting new projects at The Arc: The Achievement Zone (a transition option for young adults 18-25) and the construction of new housing for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Special plaques were presented to immediate past board president Neil Fleishman (Mr. Fleischman is also an individual served by The Arc) and to the Circle of Friends on the occasion of their twentieth anniversary.

“This truly was a special night,” said Mary Scott.  “We had a tremendous turnout and a positive energy surrounding the board of directors, staff, served individuals and their families.  It means a lot to transition into our new fiscal year with such momentum.”

THE ARC OF MONMOUTH ANNOUNCES JUNE 11 GOLF CLASSIC IN SUPPORT OF DOWN SYNDROME AND AUTISM

NEPTUNE – May 25, 2012 – The Arc of Monmouth is pleased to announce that the 3rd annual Edward M. Rosell Golf Classic will occur at Jumping Brook Country Club on Monday, June 11.  The event supports health care, employment and other critical programs for over 1,400 Monmouth County residents with Down Syndrome, Autism and other developmental disabilities.

Foursomes and individual slots are still available for the event, which begins on June 11 at 11:00 am with registration and lunch.  The modified scramble game will start at 1:00 pm followed by an awards dinner.  Beverage carts will be on the course all day, with an open bar all evening.  Entry donations are $250 per person or $1,000 for a foursome.  High profile corporate packages are also available by contacting development@arcofmonmouth.org or (732) 493-1919 ext. 120 or visiting www.arcofmonmouth.org/golf.

Lead sponsors include Brookdale Community College, The Anabel Foundation, Circle Hyundai, Horizon, UBS, WithumSmith+Brown and Mark D. Barry Accounting Offices.

Dr. Webster Trammell, The Arc’s Golf committee chairman, said that “now in its 63rd year, the Golf Classic has become one of the most important annual fundraisers for The Arc of Monmouth.  I am proud to be a part of this event which raises funds for so many people with developmental disabilities.”

 

Students with Intellectual Disabilities Perform in Brookdale’s Spring Dance Recital

LINCROFT – May 5, 2012 – The Keep Achieving (Kach) at Brookdale program is a college experience for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD).  The program is a joint venture of Brookdale Community College and The Arc of Monmouth, and is partially funded through a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

On Saturday, May 5, Brookdale’s dance classes held their Spring Recital.  Shannan Coomber, a student in the Modern Dance II class and The Arc of Monmouth’s Kach program participated in the recital.  Shannan was joined by fellow Kach student James Smith, for one of her numbers, and was part of an ensemble in her other.

Professor Doreen Laperdon-Addison, who instructs the dance classes at Brookdale and directed the recital, stated afterwards: “It was a pleasure having Shannon in class and watching her and Jimmy perform on Saturday.  Seeing Shannon and the joy she derives through dance is inspiring for everyone.”

Ms. Laperdon-Addison means what she says.  As the advisor to the BCC Dance Club, Ms. Laperdon-Addison has presented a check to The Arc of Monmouth/Kach program.  The Dance Club, which uses their recitals to raise funds for the club, was so inspired by Shannan’s participation that they decided to donate those monies to The Arc of Monmouth in honor of her participation.

“Everyone at The Arc of Monmouth is extremely proud of Shannan, and we are forever grateful for the Dance Club’s generosity”, stated Kach Coordinator Allan Cohen.

The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization annually serving more than 1,400 individuals with Down Syndrome, Autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities at 20 locations throughout the county.  To learn more, please call (732) 493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.

FREE ART CLASSES AT THE ARC OF MONMOUTH’S RED HORSE GALLERY

FREEHOLD – The Arc of Monmouth will be hosting free art classes for visual artists 18 years and older with disabilities.  The classes will be held at The Arc’s Employment Services Department located on the 2nd Floor of the Freehold Raceway Mall.   Classes run June 4th through July 25th, every Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM.

The classes will culminate in an exhibition at the gallery located in the Freehold Raceway Mall.  Members of the public are invited to come to see the latest works of art.  This program is funded with a grant of the Monmouth County Arts Council and matched by generous donations.

The Employment Services Department at Freehold Raceway Mall is the home of the Red Horse Gallery.  The Gallery, a collaboration between The Arc of Monmouth and VSA Arts of NJ, offers exhibits, workshops and other art programs for students and individuals with disabilities.

The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving more than 1,400 individuals with Down Syndrome, Autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities at 20 locations throughout the county.  Services include health care, education, employment and vocational programs, recreation, housing and individual and family supports.  To learn more, please call (732) 866-0435 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.

Walk and 5k Raise $32,000 for The Arc of Monmouth

Tinton Falls – May 5, 2012 – Despite lingering storm clouds and a chilly dampness in the air, over 300 people turned out to support The Arc of Monmouth’s 14th Annual “Step Up for The Arc” Walk and inaugural 5k Race at Liberty Park II in Tinton Falls.  The event raises funds for health care, education and other critical programs for individuals with Down Syndrome, Autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).   Thanks to generous support from sponsors, donors, runners and walkers, the event raised over $32,000.

The day began with over 50 people running the professionally timed and recorded 5K race; a great start that promises an even bigger turnout in coming years.   The top male and female runners were Joseph Rooney of Howell with a time of 15:02 and Teresa Wilbert of Wall at 19:35.  Following the race, over 230 Walkers took to the track, followed by a hot dog lunch courtesy of the Lodges of the 17th Masonic District.  Bagels, coffee and water were donated by Wegman’s, Starbucks, US Water Treatment and Shore Point Distributors.

Throughout the day, Meridian Health’s Dr. Bernard entertained the children while DJ Nicky, an individual served by The Arc of Monmouth, provided music and an inspired rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.  Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande was also present to cheer for the walkers.

The event was coordinated with the help of over 40 volunteers, including support from the Tinton Falls Borough Police, Office of Emergency Management, EMS South and Wayside Fire Departments.  Lead event sponsors include The Anabel Foundation, CareOne, IPPC Pharmacy, Byron Real Estate, Mack-Cali Realty, Bayada Home Healthcare and Network 21.

The Walk is one of several annual events that raise greatly needed funds for a wide array of programs at The Arc.   The next major fundraiser is the annual Golf Classic, to be held on Monday, June 11 at Jumping Brook Country Club.   www.arcofmonmouth.org/golf.

Over 25 Town Recognize Developmental Disabilities Month

TINTON FALLS – March 14, 2012 – Over 25 towns in Monmouth County have officially recognized March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month through Proclamations and public displays.  Over the last 60 years, The Arc and its network of more than 700 chapters across the country have made tremendous progress in promoting and protecting the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  It is due greatly to the advocacy efforts of The Arc that President Ronald Reagan officially declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987.

This month, Proclamations have been issued by the townships of Belmar, Brielle, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Freehold, Highlands, Interlaken, Lake Como, Little Silver, Long Branch, Manalapan, Manasquan, Marlboro, Middletown, Neptune, Sea Girt, Spring Lake Heights, Tinton Falls and Wall.   I/DD information and reading lists are currently on public display at the libraries of Belmar, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Long Branch, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Ocean, Red Bank and Wall.  The Arc of Monmouth website (www.arcofmonmouth.org) features various resources, as well as a directory of services offered for individuals with I/DD, including health care, education, employment, recreation and individual and family supports.

In this pivotal election year, The Arc of Monmouth is joining national efforts to raise awareness about disability related policy on the campaign trail. In 2008, only 46% of people with I/DD who were eligible to vote actually did so.  Together, chapters of The Arc nationwide are working on the “We’ve Got The Power!” campaign, which aims to improve voting rates in I/DD community for 2012 and educate candidates about the issues that matter most to the I/DD community.

“Individuals with disabilities have the right to vote”, said Executive Director Mary Scott.  “The goal of the campaign is to encourage them not only to vote, but also to speak out about the topics that are important to them.”

To maintain its advocacy efforts and wide array of programs, The Arc of Monmouth welcomes volunteers and contributions.   The next major fundraising event is a 5K Race and Walk, to be held at Liberty Park II in Tinton Falls on Saturday, May 5.  To get involved, visit www.arcofmonmouth.org/walk, or call (732) 493-1919.

The Arc of Monmouth Announces May 5 Walk and Inaugural 5K Race

TINTON FALLS – March 5, 2012 – As its 14th year approaches, The Arc of Monmouth’s “Step Up for The Arc” Walk is getting a fresh new companion: a 5K Race in support of individuals with Down Syndrome, Autism and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  Both the Walk and 5K will occur on Saturday, May 5 at Liberty Park II (1420 West Park Ave, Tinton Falls).

At 7:00 am, 5K runners can check-in or register, with the professionally timed and recorded race beginning at 8:00 am.  The race route is police monitored and follows closed sections of Wayside Road and West Park Avenue.  Registration is $20 by April 30, $25 after April 30 (includes a free Walk/5K t-shirt).  Pre-registration, race map and other details are available at www.arcofmonmouth.org/5k.

At 9:00 am, Walk check-in and registration begins, with bagels and coffee available to walkers and runners provided by Wegman’s of Manalapan and Starbucks of Shrewsbury.  Walking commences at 10:00 am, followed by a hot dog lunch courtesy of the Lodges of the 17th Masonic District.  Walk participation is free, but participants are encouraged to raise tax-deductible pledges in support of The Arc of Monmouth.   Pledge earners of $25 and up receive a free t-shirt, and higher pledge earners are eligible for gift cards and other prizes.   Participants can pre-register as individuals or teams at www.arcofmonmouth.org/walk.

“An impressive 200 walkers attended last year’s event, and we are expecting the new 5K race to double participation,” commented Executive Director Mary Scott.  “We are very excited to add the race component, which directly funds critical programs such as health care, education and recreation services for over 1,400 individuals with I/DD.”
Event sponsors include The Anabel Foundation, CareOne, IPPC Pharmacy, Byron Real Estate, Mack-Cali Realty and Bayada Home Healthcare.  High profile sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting bcolby@arcofmonmouth.org.

Details and printed copies of the Walk & 5K registration/pledge brochure can be mailed by contacting (732) 493-1919 or development@arcofmonmouth.org.

FAMILY FLAPJACK BREAKFAST AT APPLEBEES TO BENEFIT THE ARC OF MONMOUTH

EATONTOWN – (January 24, 2012)-Come one, come all to Applebees located at Hope Road and Route 36 in Eatontown (just off of exit 105 on the GSP) the morning of Saturday, February 11 and treat your sweetheart and/or family to a Valentine’s Day weekend breakfast.

For the low cost of $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 13 you will be able to enjoy pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage of your choice (coffee, tea, soda or juice).  What better way to start your weekend?  The breakfast event runs from 8 AM to 10 AM, with the last seating at 10 AM.

The Arc of Monmouth staff and volunteers will be on hand that morning to serve you, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to not only enjoy a low-cost and delicious Applebees breakfast, but to also help The Arc of Monmouth!  Please call 732-493-0225 for more information.

The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, annually serving more than 1,400 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with education, vocational training, residential services, health care, supported employment, recreation, individual and family supports, self-directed services and advocacy.

To learn more about The Arc of Monmouth please call 732-493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.

2011

THE ARC OF MONMOUTH’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS CLUB PROVIDES HOLIDAY CHEER 

TINTON FALLS – December 2011- The Arc of Monmouth’s Circle of Friends, a club of approximately 65 individuals with mild intellectual and developmental disabilities, has spent the month of December spreading holiday cheer.

The club, a program that operates through the agency’s recreation department, participated in the holiday Adopt a Family program, which offers support to families through donations and club funds.  In addition, they gave wrapped gifts to 97 individuals served by The Arc of Monmouth who otherwise would not have received a holiday present.  The United Way’s Snowflake Wishes program, the AT&T Pioneers and clubs from Ocean Township, Colts Neck and Neptune High Schools donated these gifts.

The Circle of Friends Club also participated in the Festival of Trees at the Sheraton in Eatontown.  This annual event at the hotel gives participating organizations the opportunity to erect and decorate a tree in a theme of their choice.  The club members made the decorations for their tree, incorporating The Arc of Monmouth’s new logo and colors.  The tree stays up through the holidays, adding a festive atmosphere to the hotel.  In addition, donations are received during the month and the trees are on display through January 1.

The Sheraton was not the only tree location on their list.  Club members also set up a holiday tree in the lobby of the Arc Center, decorating it with new donated hats, scarves and gloves.  The idea behind the tree is that if an individual is in need of such items, they simply take it off of the tree.

In honor of Circle of Friends’ 20th anniversary, members attended The Arc of Monmouth’s 45th Winter Glow Ball on December 2.  Every year, a table of served individuals is sponsored by the Janice Colondrillo Memorial Fund, set up by her parents after Janice sadly passed away in 2007.  Janice was an individual served by The Arc of Monmouth.

“We thought it was a perfect time to invite members of the Circle of Friends Club to the ball,” said Cindy Wiegers, Director of Recreation for The Arc of Monmouth.  “The club is really thriving and having some members at the ball was a wonderful way to celebrate their anniversary.  To continue the celebration, we will be planning several events throughout the new year, including community service.”

Winter Glow Ball Raises $240,000 for The Arc

TINTON FALLS – December 13, 2011 – The 45th Anniversary Winter Glow Ball, a benefit for The Arc of Monmouth, was held on Friday, December 2 at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands.  Over $240,000 was raised for services and supports for individuals with Autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The annual black tie affair honored Eric Hinds of Holmdel, co-founder of Hope For Children Foundation New Jersey, which has raised over one million dollars for local non-profits including The Arc of Monmouth.   This past January, he was sworn into the Holmdel Township Committee.

One of the evening’s highlights was performance artist Tim Decker, who painted two of his famous “speed portraits” – large scale paintings completed in less than 5 minutes each.  His portraits of Salvador Dali and The Statue of Liberty sold for over $3,500 at the event’s live auction.  This year’s highest earning auction item was a private jet trip and foursome at Robert Trent Jones golf course in Virginia, courtesy of Metropolitan Aviation.

Ball Chairman Anita Roselle commented, “despite the persistently shaky economy, we feel blessed to witness the outpouring of support from sponsors and attendees.  We were particularly thrilled to have Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Senator Joe Kyrillos in attendance”.

The Arc of Monmouth wishes to thank the following lead sponsors: The Anabel Foundation (Millennium Sponsor); Shore Point Distributors and Eileen Scott (Arc Angel Sponsors); and Mr. & Mrs. Peter Cancro, Mr. & Mrs. Steven Pesce and Ms. Carol Stillwell (Angel Sponsors).

The Arc is now planning its 2012 events, including its annual “Step up for The Arc” Walk & 5K (May), The  Edward M. Rosell Memorial Arc Golf Classic (June) and SCRABBLE by the SEA (September).  Please call the Development Office at 732-493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org for more information.

The Arc of Monmouth to host Lunch & Learn Series

TINTON FALLS – (September 26, 2011)

In honor of “Caregiver’s Month” The Arc of Monmouth will host a Lunch & Learn series on October 27, November 3,  and November 10 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at The Arc of Monmouth, 1158 Wayside Road Tinton Falls, NJ.  Families and caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are invited to join us for a light lunch and hear the experts address issues that will impact them and their family member.  There is no fee but registration is required.  Series topics are:

Internet Safety  –  October 27, 2011  Presented by:  Detective Sergeant Robert Angelini, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Computer Crimes Unit

The ABC’s of Permanent Disabiilty Benefits for Adults – November 3, 2011  Presented by:  Madalyn Bick, Social Worker, The Arc of Monmouth

- How Working Affects Your Disability Benefits – November 10, 2010  Presented by:  Gregory Makely, Project Director, NJ WINS, Family Resource Network

To register contact Madalyn Bick at (732) 493-1919 ext. 660 or mbick@arcofmonmouth.org.

September 23-Red Horse Gallery seeks Children’s Art

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — An art gallery located in Freehold Raceway Mall is seeking the works of local school children and veterans for an upcoming exhibit titled “Give Peace a Chance.”

The exhibit, to be held in the Red Horse Art Gallery, which is run by ARC of Monmouth County and typically features the work of artists who have disabilities, will be displayed from Nov. 8 through Dec. 2.

A “Meet the Artists” reception honoring members of the armed services will be held at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The gallery is located on the upper level of the mall, next to Sears.

Those interested in participating in the exhibit or attending the reception should call the gallery at 732-866-0435 or send an e-mail to owen@arcofmonmouth.org by Friday, Oct. 14.

OPPORTUNITIES ON THE HORIZON AS OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS CAFÉ HOLDS GRAND OPENING

LONG BRANCH—September 2011: On the morning of September 12, the Opportunity Knocks Café located in The Arc of Monmouth’s Work Opportunity Center (WOC), 395 Warburton Place, Long Branch, held it’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Linda Porter, Director of Vocational Services for The Arc of Monmouth. “It seems like we’ve been working on this forever.”

In fact, this project has been in the works since 1997 when The New Jersey Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services announced a grant opportunity. In April of 2008 WOC was notified that they would receive the grant to fund the opening of the Cafe fully staffed and owned by individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Since then it has been a long and twisting path obtaining a contractor, getting permissions and permits from the town of Long Branch, finishing up construction, staffing, and working with the board of health.

However, on September 9th, it all came to fruition as Seth Kaplan, an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities that receives services at WOC and is the longest term employee of the café, cut the ribbon and the Opportunity Knocks Café was open for business.

Family, friends, and staff from The Arc of Monmouth all gathered to see the beautiful set up and be one of the first on line to order a delicious lunch.

According to the specifics of the grant, this will be an owner-operated business. It has been designed as a worker cooperative model guided by WOC. Opportunity Knocks at WOC will become a training resource for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Opportunity Knocks is ready to serve you lunch! Call 732-229-4414 for more information!

HOW DO YOU SPELL SUCCESS? SCRABBLE!

August 26, 2011—(TINTON FALLS)   The Arc of Monmouth is thrilled to report that over 100 participants helped to make its inaugural SCRABBLE by the SEA series a resounding success. With three SCRABBLE events in Monmouth County this August, over $6,000 was raised for The Arc of Monmouth, a nonprofit agency that provides support and services to over 1,400 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The main SCRABBLE event occurred on Saturday, August 20th at The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park. 80 players (divided into 3 categories based on age and skill level) competed for cash and door prizes. The top winners were Connie Creed of Philadelphia (Open Division), Lynne Cresitello of Whippany (Lite Division) and Aron Wiener of Loch Arbour (Junior Division).

The main event was preceded by two free Scrimmages/tip sessions NovelTeas (Red Bank) and Words! (Asbury Park). Main event moderator Jason Keller (recently ranked 19th at the National SCRABBLE Championships) taught tips and tools of the game at these sessions. More than 20 players attended each of these free sessions, which were designed to take away the fear of playing SCRABBLE in a public setting.

The success of this series is leading to the formation of a monthly SCRABBLE club and subsequent SCRABBLE fundraisers. For information about these events, please email bcolby@arcofmonmouth.org.

The Arc wishes to thank The Anabel Foundation (Event Sponsor), Applebees/Doherty Enterprises, First Community Bank of Asbury Park and Asbury Park Rotary Foundation (Rack Sponsors), and Taka Restaurant of Asbury Park and A-1 Party Rental (Tile Sponsors).

WHO’S A TOP NONPROFIT?   THE ARC!

The Arc has been chosen as one of the top nonprofits working for people with disabilities by Philanthropedia, a subsidiary of GuideStar, a nonprofit organization working to make you aware of the highest impact nonprofits in a cause. The Arc was selected as one of eleven high-impact nonprofits in the disability field by a group of 79 experts, including foundation professionals, nonprofit senior staff, academics, and researchers.

So what, exactly, does it mean to be “high impact?” The experts at Philanthropedia evaluated each nonprofit based on their ability to carry out their mission, organizational strengths and, most importantly, evidence of the impact they are achieving on behalf of the people and communities they serve. According to one expert who reviewed The Arc’s submission, “The Arc is the nation’s touchstone for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. The Arc has become the national center for information dissemination. In addition, its leadership has committed itself to ensuring that Washington keeps people with disabilities in the forefront when making important employment, health care and related decisions.” That means donors and supporters can feel comfortable with The Arc, secure in the knowledge that this organization is adept at channeling that support into activities that truly have a “high impact” on the people they serve.

Philanthropedia, acquired by GuideStar in April 2011, is unique from other online rating sites or donation sites because they use experts to identify high-impact nonprofits. GuideStar is the industry leader in nonprofit data with information on more than 1.8 million nonprofits.

“We are honored to have received this distinction from Philanthropedia and GuideStar. For the last 60 years, The Arc has led the movement for improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In order to continue our mission, we need the support of donors, advocates, and dedicated professionals in the disability field, and this acknowledgement can only help us grow at all levels, nationally and in local communities across the country,” said Peter V. Berns, The Arc’s CEO.

Have you considered supporting The Arc? To read more about what experts in the field have to say about us, click on the Expert Reviews section on The Arc’s organization profile. And, check out www.thearc.org for more about what we do. We have been honored by BBB/Wise Giving Alliance and American Institute on Philanthropy and the recently released Charting Impact initiative as well. We’d love for you to join us!

EVERYTHING’S COMING UP WORMS

July 22, 2011Long Branch - New residents have moved in at The Arc of Monmouth’s Work Opportunity Center (WOC) in Long Branch and they are being welcomed with open arms as the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) that receive services there are raising WORMS for profit!

Raising worms first began as a green project introduced by James Brown of the Monmouth County Planning Board Recycling Program to the WOC Self Advocate Group.  The group enjoyed caring for the worms and watching them evolve.  The initial worms were donated to the Seventh Avenue Community Garden in Long Branch.

Through research, Director of Vocational Services, Linda Porter learned that in addition to fishing bait, worms are valuable for their castings (waste) as well as aerating soil.  With so many gardeners in the area, it was agreed that the sale of worms would be a wonderful way to raise additional funds for WOC.

This past winter, donations were sought to purchase two additional farms.  Generous donors were eager to help and the farms were bought.  There are now three active worm communities at WOC consisting of Red Wigglers and Night Crawlers.  Three individuals with I/DD maintain the farms, but it is truly a group effort as the entire center gathers food for the worms which includes but is not limited to fruit peel and rinds, coffee grinds, peanut shells and moistened newspaper.

“I never thought I would be supervising the growth of worms, but it has really brought some of our individuals out of their shell, and given them new responsibility and pride in a job well done,” said Mrs. Porter.  “They really care about these worms and want to succeed.”

The ultimate goal is to sell the worms, but first the communities must become established which will take about one year.  Until then, this new project will continue to enhance the experience at The Arc of Monmouth’s Work Opportunity Center.

 

RED HORSE ART GALLERY TO HOLD “MEET THE ARTISTS” RECEPTION 

July 21, 2011 – FREEHOLD – The Red Horse Art Gallery, a gallery which features the artwork of artists with disabilities located in the Freehold Raceway Mall, will hold a “Meet the Artists” reception on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 to recognize and celebrate the artistic talents of artist Christopher Miller, student artists from the Work Opportunity Center and artists from the South Brunswick Senior Center.  This reception will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on August 4th.  Light refreshments will be served and everyone is invited.  The exhibit will be displayed at the Red Horse Gallery from August 1st through September 23rd.

The Red Horse Gallery is a program of The Arc of Monmouth, in collaboration with VSA New Jersey.  It offers exhibits and open house gatherings for artists with disabilities and believes that “creativity has no limitations.”  Art classes are offered to individuals with disabilities through grants from the Monmouth County Arts Council and other funding sources. VSA New Jersey is a part of the international VSA arts network, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

The Arc of Monmouth presents 3 August SCRABBLE Events in Monmouth County

July 12, 2011—(TINTON FALLS)  The Arc of Monmouth is pleased to announce three SCRABBLE related events in August for players of all ages and skill levels.  The main event, SCRABBLE by the SEA, will occur on Saturday, August 20th at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park.   This event is preceded by 2 free Scrimmages/tip sessions.  All proceeds from this event will help to sustain The Arc of Monmouth, a nonprofit agency that provides support and services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

As a warm-up to the August 20 event, two free scrimmages will be held to teach participants tips and tools of the game – Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 pm at NovelTeas (78 Bridge Ave, Red Bank – across from the RB Train Station) and Friday, August 12, 7:00 pm at Words! (612 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park).

SCRABBLE by the SEA is an event inclusive of all ages and skill levels.  Coordinated under the guidance of The National SCRABBLE Association and SCRABBLE guru Jason Keller, this event will be organized into 3 divisions: OPEN (for expert players, and/or ratings over 1,000), LITE (for the casual player), and JUNIOR (for casual players 15 and under).  Starting at 10:00 AM, players will complete three games against opponents with similar skill levels.  After the third game, the top 5 players in each category will win cash and/or door prizes.  Prize amounts will vary based on number of entrants.

The August 20th event begins with registration at 9:30 in the Kingsley Ballroom, although players are encouraged to pre-register online to take advantage of early bird prices: Open ($50), Lite ($35) and Junior ($20).  Pre-register online at www.arcofmonmouth.org/scrabble, by phone at (732) 493-1919 ext. 125, or by mailing a check to The Arc of Monmouth-Scrabble, 1158 Wayside Road, Tinton Falls, NJ, 07712.  For questions, or to inquire about high profile sponsorships, please email bcolby@arcofmonmouth.org.

 

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New Data Reveals Our Nation is Neglecting People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Survey findings from human rights organization, The Arc, reveal nation’s efforts fail to provide fundamentals for individuals and families

TINTON FALLS (June 21, 2011) – Fifty years ago, President Kennedy called on the nation to bring people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) “out of the shadows,” to give them opportunities to lead productive, quality lives. Sadly, new data released last week from The Arc’s Families and Individual Needs for Disability Support (FINDS) survey shows efforts have plateaued and not nearly enough progress has been made to create these opportunities. While budget cuts and economic strain have hurt all Americans, the 7 million living with I/DD and their families are among the hardest hit, with access to needed services drastically reduced.  In fact, 62 percent of caregivers reported a decrease in services for their family member with a disability.  Meanwhile, budget proposals in Congress threaten to dismantle Medicaid, making it even harder for people with I/DD and their families to achieve.

The Arc, the nation’s largest and oldest human rights organization for the I/DD community serving more than a million individuals and their families, conducted a national survey of nearly 5,000 respondents on educational, housing, employment and support needs.  The results of this landmark survey have been released in a new report, “Still in the Shadows with Their Future Uncertain.”

According to the FINDS survey, one-third of parents and caregivers (potentially 1 million families) reported that they are on waiting lists for government-funded services, with the average wait more than five years.  The survey also found that the promise of integrated, community-based employment is not being met.  In fact, 85 percent of families reported that their adult family members with I/DD are not employed at all.  Opportunities for inclusive education, a pre-requisite for employment, are also not being met.  Too few students are completing high school – in fact, 52 percent of families reported that their family member with I/DD left school without receiving a high school diploma.

“The Arc of Monmouth is working hard to meet the needs of the individuals with I/DD in the county, but there remains much unmet need.  Families shoulder the burden when sufficient services are not available.” said Mary Scott, Executive Director.

The Arc of Monmouth serves more than 1,400 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with education, vocational training, residential services, health care, supported employment, recreation, social services, self-directed services and advocacy.

FINDS found more than 75 percent of families report problems accessing non-institutional community care, trained reliable homecare providers, services and resources.  Families are shouldering tremendous financial strain as they’ve had to assume the financial and day-to-day support of their loved ones; many have even had to quit their jobs to stay home and provide care.

FINDS also revealed:

  • 1 out of 5 families (20 percent) report that someone in the family had to quit a job to stay at home and support the needs of a family member.
  • More than 80 percent of families reported not having enough retirement savings for their future as a result of using personal funds to compensate for the lack of services available to their loved ones.
  • 62 percent of parents and caregivers don’t have a plan for where the person they support will live when the parent/caregiver gets older.

As a result of the report, The Arc is calling for more activism by people with I/DD and their families, launching a new effort to organize 1 million people to come out of the shadows and make their needs and concerns an issue in the 2012 elections.

To raise awareness surrounding the barriers those with I/DD face and how the organization can help individuals and families fully participate in society, The Arc has partnered with Lauren Potter, star of the hit FOX show “Glee.”  As a successful actress with Down syndrome who is achieving her dreams, Lauren represents the spirit of The Arc’s work.  Last week, The Arc and Potter kicked off a public service announcement television campaign.

The Arc “Achieve with Us” Contest

To encourage people with I/DD to share their stories of achievement, The Arc is conducting a national contest via their Facebook fan page.   Until July 14, entrants can share a story and a photo highlighting the accomplishments of an individual with I/DD for the chance to receive a trip for two to Washington, D.C.  For more information about the “Achieve with Us” contest, please visit www.facebook.com/thearcus.org    For more information, or to see additional survey results, please visit thearc.org.

About the FINDS Survey

The web-based FINDS survey was conducted from July 22, 2010, through October 31, 2010. The survey was completed by 4,962 caregivers of people with disabilities.  Families from all 50 states and Washington, DC completed the survey.

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SCRABBLE BY THE SEA planned for August 20, 2011 in Asbury Park

June 3, 2011—(TINTON FALLS)  Calling SCRABBLE fans of all ages and skill levels – The Arc of Monmouth is thrilled to announce the debut of a new fundraiser, SCRABBLE by the SEA, set for Saturday, August 20th at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park.  All proceeds from this event will help to sustain The Arc, a nonprofit agency that provides support and services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

SCRABBLE by the SEA is an event inclusive of all ages and skill levels.  Coordinated under the guidance of The National SCRABBLE Association and SCRABBLE guru Jason Keller, this event will be organized into 3 divisions: OPEN (for expert players, and/or ratings over 1,000), LITE (for the casual player), and JUNIOR (for casual players 15 and under).

Starting at 10:00 AM, players will complete three games against opponents with similar skill levels.  After the third game, the top 5 players in each category will win cash and/or door prizes.  Prize amounts will vary based on number of entrants, although the top OPEN prize is expected to be approximately $250.

The event will begin with registration at 9:30 in the Kingsley Ballroom, although players are encouraged to pre-register online to take advantage of early bird prices: Open ($50), Lite ($35) and Junior ($20).  After August 1, all registration fees increase by $15.  Entrants may pre-register online at www.arcofmonmouth.org/scrabble.htm, by phone at (732) 493-1919 ext. 125, or by mailing a check to The Arc of Monmouth-Scrabble, 1158 Wayside Road, Tinton Falls, NJ, 07712.  For questions, or to inquire about high profile sponsorships, please email bcolby@arcofmonmouth.org.

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RED HORSE ART GALLERY’S FIRST ART AUCTION 

May 24, 2011 (FREEHOLD)  The Red Horse Art Gallery, a gallery that features the artwork of artists with disabilities located in the Freehold Raceway Mall held its first art auction on Friday, May 20th. The Auction was attended by more than eighty people and included local celebrity Lou Russo from 94.3 The Point who was the event’s auctioneer, in addition to artists Mike Turner, Leigha Cohen, Gabriella Gonzalez, and adults of the Ladicin Network.  Kasey Tararuj and Lois Monoghan were unable to attend.

The auction featured beautiful works of art by New Jersey artists with disabilities including abstract, realistic and fantasy pieces.  A variety of mediums were represented such as photography, watercolor, acrylic, wood burning, oil and pen. The appreciation of the talents of these artists was reflected in the response of those who attended the auction; two third of the art presented was sold during this evening’s event, often during competitive bidding.

The positive outcome of this auction is credited to the collaboration between The Arc of Monmouth, LADACIN Network, VSA New Jersey, Monmouth County Arts Council and the Freehold Borough Arts Council, as well as the generous support its sponsors; The Freehold borough Arts Council, NJ Natural Gas, The Freehold Raceway Mall, Centra State Health Care Foundation, Colonial American Bank, Ashtin Electrical Contractors Inc, JM Printing and graphics, and Withum Smith+Brown.

The proceeds of the auction benefit the artists, and the artistic programs at the Red Horse Gallery. The Gallery promotes the skills, talents and dreams of individuals with disabilities.

The Red Horse Gallery is a program of The Arc of Monmouth, in collaboration with VSA New Jersey.  It offers exhibits and open house gatherings for artists with disabilities and believes that “creativity has no limitations.”  Art classes are offered to individuals with disabilities through grants from the Monmouth County Arts Council and other funding sources. VSA New Jersey is a part of the international VSA arts network, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

 

MAY WALKS RAISE OVER $36,000 FOR THE ARC OF MONMOUTH

May 23, 2011—(TINTON FALLS)  Over the past two weeks, hundreds of Monmouth County residents walked to raise over $36,000 for The Arc of Monmouth, a nonprofit agency that provides support and services to persons with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

On Saturday, May 14, the 13th annual “Step Up for The Arc” Walk occurred at Liberty Park II in Tinton Falls.  Walkers, sponsors, donors and volunteers helped to raise over $32,000 for the nonprofit organization.  The morning began with performances by the Shore Regional Jazz and Marching Bands, and was followed up with music by DJ Billy.  Breakfast and lunch were provided by the Freemasons of the 17th District and Wegman’s of Manalapan.  Special mention must be made of the Anabel Foundation (Gold Sponsor) and Dorothy Dweck (Silver Sponsor).

On Friday, May 20, the 10th Annual Mini-Walk was held at St. Rose Grammar School in Belmar.  Buster of the Lakewood Blue Claws entertained each class before and after they made the journey around Silver Lake.   Through the efforts of St. Rose teachers and students grades pre K through 8 and their families, the Mini-Walk raised over $2,800.  For the third year, St. Rose student Andrew Klein raised the most money at the Mini-Walk, bringing in over $550 in donations for The Arc of Monmouth.

“The May Walks are vital to the operation of our nonprofit”, stated Executive Director Mary Scott.  “As reduced funding and rising costs have put a strain on our resources, the success of fundraisers like this means more than ever.  We at The Arc of Monmouth are humbled by the community spirit and generosity exemplified at this year’s Walks.”

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THE ARC OF MONMOUTH’S WALK IS ALMOST HERE!

TINTON FALLS –Food, music, motorcycles and fun! The Arc of Monmouth’s 13th Annual Step Up For The Arc Walk is set for Saturday, May 14, 2011, 10:00 AM at Liberty Park II in Tinton Falls (West Park Avenue), which is wheelchair and stroller accessible.  This event is designed to raise much needed funds and awareness for The Arc of Monmouth, a countywide nonprofit that provides critical support and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Walkers may choose to walk as little or as far as they wish. Registration begins at 9 AM, and the walk starts at 10 AM.  There is no fee to register but a donation of $40 gets you an official walk tee shirt – the first one with The Arc of Monmouth’s new logo!

Participants may dedicate part of the Walk to someone special through a $50 donation, which will place his/her name displayed on the route of the Blue Ribbon Mile, in addition to a listing on the dedication display board.  Walkers who raise $500 and higher will receive a gift card or tickets to a concert at PNC Arts Center.  Full details at www.arcofmonmouth.org.

A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served by the Lodges of the 17th Masonic District: Asbury Jordan #142, Caesarea #64, Durand #179, Matawan #192, Monmouth #172, Navesink #9, Ocean #89 and Olive Branch #16.  Facepainters will be on hand, music will be provided by DJ Billy and the Shore Regional High School Marching Band, and a motorcycle exhibit will be on display (including a vintage WWII-era motorbike, complete with sidecar).  Just added is a ZUMBA warm up prior to the walk!

Pre-register by contacting The Arc of Monmouth’s development office at 732-493-1919 or visiting www.arcofmonmouth.org.  Set up your own fundraising web page to email to all your friends, family and co-workers at www.firstgiving.com/arcnj. Click on the “Get Started” button, choose The Arc of Monmouth where you can collect donations safely online and reach people around the world!  Like us on Facebook and receive more updates!

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THE ARC OF MONMOUTH TO HOLD A BREAKFAST HONORING EMPLOYERS AND CONTRACTORS

April 19, 2011 – TINTON FALLS - The Arc of Monmouth and its Business Advisory Council will hold an Employer Appreciation Breakfast to celebrate employers who have discovered that hiring or contracting qualified and well-trained individuals with disabilities is the secret to their success.  If hiring and contracting people with disabilities is still a secret to your business, please join us at this event to discover more.

The Employer Appreciation Breakfast will take place on Friday, May 13th from 8 AM to 10 AM at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel in Eatontown.  Five companies, WaWa (#411 Manalapan; #784 Marlboro; # 996 Tinton Falls), Amenco of Red Bank, Cenogenics of Morganville, Staples of Shrewsbury and Sam’s Club of Freehold will receive awards at the breakfast.  These businesses have employed people with disabilities in their facilities or supplied sub-contract work to be performed at The Arc’s Work Opportunity Center in Long Branch and by students in the Dorothy B. Hersh High School at the Arc Center.

The Employer Appreciation Breakfast is an excellent opportunity for the local business community to network and learn of the benefits of a diversified workforce.  Find out how hiring and contracting people with disabilities is good for the bottom line and how it improves your company’s brand image by joining us at the breakfast!

For information about the breakfast or Employment and Vocational Services for people with disabilities, contact Nan Owen at 732-866 0435.

The Arc of Monmouth serves more than 1,400 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with education, vocational training, residential services, health care, supported employment, recreation, social services, self-directed services and advocacy.

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RED HORSE ART GALLERY TO HOLD FIRST ART AUCTION

April 14, 2011 – FREEHOLD – The Red Horse Art Gallery, a gallery that features the artwork of artists with disabilities located in the Freehold Raceway Mall (Upper level next to Sears), will be holding its first art auction on Friday, May 20 from 6 to 8 PM.  Local celebrity Lou Russo from 94.3 The Point will be the event’s auctioneer.

This auction will feature beautiful works of art by New Jersey artists with disabilities including abstract, realistic and fantasy pieces.  A variety of mediums are represented such as photography, watercolor, acrylic, wood burning, oil and pen.

This limited seating auction is collaboration between The Arc of Monmouth, LADACIN Network, VSA New Jersey, Monmouth County Arts Council and the Freehold Borough Arts Council.  The Gallery promotes the skills, talents and dreams of individuals with disabilities.

The Gallery invites you to be a part of this inaugural event.  Only 100 tickets will be sold at $10 each.  As a guest you will have the exclusive privilege to bid on over 40 pieces of art and enjoy wine and cheese with other art enthusiasts.  In addition, a beautiful watercolor painting will be awarded as a door prize.

The Red Horse Gallery is a program of The Arc of Monmouth and VSA New Jersey. The Arc of Monmouth is an organization that provides services to over 1,400 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  The gallery, in collaboration with VSA New Jersey, offers exhibits and open house gatherings for artists with disabilities and believes that “creativity has no limitations.”  Art classes are offered to individuals with disabilities through grants from the Monmouth County Arts Council and other funding sources. VSA New Jersey is a part of the international VSA arts network, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event.  For information about sponsorships or to purchase tickets, please call 732-866-0435.

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UNVEILING OF NEW SIGN AT THE ARC OF MONMOUTH

March 24, 2011—(TINTON FALLS) The Arc of Monmouth set its new brand into motion this morning with the unveiling of new exterior signage.  This sign reflects the new brand identity of The Arc, capturing the nonprofit’s energy and determination to embrace and support persons with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Executive Director Mary E. Scott welcomed over 100 attendees to the reception, which included remarks by Board President Neil Fleischman.  Mr. Fleischman, who made history in 2010 as the first person with I/DD to also serve as board president of a New Jersey chapter of The Arc, detailed the impact that The Arc has had on his life.  The presentation also featured statements by Work Opportunity Center Self Advocates Julie Trachtenberg and Evan LeCour, and a rendition of “Over the Rainbow” performed by the students of Hersh High School’s Bell Choir.  (The Dorothy B. Hersh High School is a fully accredited school located within the Arc Center, serving students with I/DD.)

In attendance were Freeholder Amy Mallet, Tom Pivinski (Director, Monmouth County Division on Aging, Disability and Veterans’ Interment), Laurie Duhovny (Coordinator, Human Services Advisory Council), Jeff Schwartz (Director, Division of Planning and Contracting) and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, who personally helped unveil the new signage.

“Our new brand identity represents a new day for The Arc of Monmouth and the mission of The Arc.   With its energetic design featuring a vibrant orange and yellow, the new logo brings the work of a strong and vigorous organization front and center and is a bright reminder that we provide opportunity:  opportunity for hope, opportunity for growth and opportunity for change,” said Mary E. Scott, Executive Director.

In her remarks, Julie Trachtenberg commented, “I love the colors of the new logo!  It reminds me of a happy snake moving forward.  If everything stays the same it would be old.  The Arc means a lot to me – my friends, my coach, my counselor and the groups help.  Respect, love, caring and support come from The Arc.”

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NEW BRAND IDENTITY FOR THE ARC OF MONMOUTH 

March 1, 2011—(TINTON FALLS) The Arc of Monmouth is proud to unveil our new brand identity in the spirit of energy and a renewed commitment to providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families.

This dynamic new logo is the new face of The Arc of Monmouth and it will be on our publications, website, signs, community events and more.  The logo will unite our affiliated chapters across the country under the banner “Achieve With Us”, a call to move forward and take the road leading to progress, inclusion and respect.

The logo design reflects the energy and determination of The Arc to support and embrace people with I/DD and their families across their lifetimes and across diagnoses, including Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The color combination of orange and yellow is a stand out among nonprofit organizations and its vibrancy will be closely associated with The Arc.  This identity was developed over the course of a year in-depth research, professional brand consultants and a dedicated team of individuals including chapter professionals.

“Our new brand identity represents a new day for The Arc of Monmouth and the mission of The Arc.  The new logo is bringing the work of a strong and energetic organization front and center and is a bright reminder that we provide opportunity:  opportunity for hope, opportunity for growth and opportunity for change,” said Mary E. Scott, Executive Director.

The Arc is the nation’s largest and leading organization for people with I/DD and their families with a 60 year history of promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD and providing them the opportunity to live full, satisfying and self-determined lives as valued and contributing members of their communities.

The Arc is an agent of change and over the last six decades, The Arc has been on the frontlines advocating for legislation to improve the lives of people with I/DD in health care, education, employment, housing and more.

The new brand identity takes The Arc forward as a movement and invites respect and recognition in communities across the country as we invite you to “Achieve With Us”.

“I love the colors of the new logo!  It reminds me of a happy snake moving forward.  If everything stays the same it would be old.  The Arc means a lot to me – my friends, my coach, my counselor and the groups help.  Respect, love, caring and support come from the Arc,” said Julie Trachtenberg, Past Secretary of the Self Advocacy Group at The Arc of Monmouth’s Work Opportunity Center.

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THE ARC OF MONMOUTH MARKS

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH 

February 22, 2011 – TINTON FALLS – The Arc of Monmouth joins a network of more than 700 chapters of The Arc across the nation, including self-advocates, families and volunteers, to mark Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March.  The month will commemorate the progress toward improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and also highlight the challenges that remain in achieving full inclusion for people with I/DD.

Nearly a quarter century ago, The Arc’s advocacy led to President Ronald Reagan officially proclaiming March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  In bringing I/DD to the forefront, the proclamation underscores the pride and the promise of this constituency in achieving the same dreams of every American.  This national declaration generated renewed respect for people with I/DD and increased awareness of the issues faced by this group of Americans and their families.

The Presidential Proclamation states, “For many of these people with developmental disabilities there is now the prospect of a brighter future and greater opportunity.  Americans are becoming increasingly aware that such disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or at home, as members of their families and of their communities.”

“The Arc of Monmouth and the many volunteers in our community work each day to provide the necessary services and supports to ensure that people with I/DD are valued, contributing members of the community and fully included,” said Mary Scott, Executive Director.

To recognize Arc Awareness Month, The Arc of Monmouth will be erecting displays at some libraries throughout Monmouth County including information about Arc programs and services and general information about intellectual and developmental disabilities. As of this date, many towns throughout Monmouth County have committed to reading proclamations declaring March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at council meetings.

“Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity for our community to find out more about intellectual and developmental disabilities.  It’s also a great chance to learn more about the importance of full inclusion in community life and how diversity is essential to our culture and to our neighbors,” said Mary E. Scott, Executive Director.  “The Arc takes this opportunity to express our thanks to those in Monmouth County who’ve been our strong supporters, and to invite others to learn more about us and our mission during March and every month of the year.”

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