Each year, Greater Richmond ARC solicits nominations from across the entire agency for individuals who have made a significant contribution to achieving the mission and vision of ARC through volunteer service, to be honored at our Annual Recognition Banquet.
For the first time, “Saturday only” respite is now available this fall at Greater Richmond ARC’s 3600 Saunders Avenue location from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $107.44 or the equivalent in waivers. This is in addition to regularly scheduled respite weekends at ARC @Camp Baker in Chesterfield for children and adults.
Fall is just around the corner!
Join us on Wednesday, October 24 from 6-9pm for FallFest at the ARCpark! We will have music, delicious food , wine and craft beer available for this after hours event.
Greater Richmond ARC has the following administrative support volunteer opportunities available RIGHT NOW:
Ladybug event planning intern (now through December)
Ladybug auction planning volunteer
Volunteer to edit, proofread, and format policy & procedures manual
Volunteer to create a volunteer recruitment video for our web site
Speaker’s Bureau volunteers
Spring 2019 internships (3): Ladybug Event Planning intern, Marketing/Communications intern, Camp Baker summer camps administrative intern
27-year-old Sam Bellamy has big dreams and the determination to make them happen. Her biggest dream is to start a nonprofit that serves children who have experienced trauma. To get there, Sam has completed her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification as well as her Medication Technician certification, and she currently works nights as a Medication Technician Supervisor at Spring Arbor Memory Care Facility. She is also enrolled at J Sargeant Reynolds, working toward an Associate Degree in Human Services AND an Associate Degree as a Registered Nurse. In addition to all that, she is the mother of a 5- and 6-year-old who she says, “motivate me every day. I can’t give up. I don’t want them thinking ‘My mom didn’t finish college, why should I?’ Every day when I wake up, I think of them and keep going.” To complete her Human Services degree and graduate in May, Sam needs to complete 130 hours of direct service at a non-profit. She chose Greater Richmond ARC. “I enjoy working with all different kinds of people, and I enjoy giving back and making a difference. ARC seems like a place where I can do that.” With everything going on in her busy schedule, Sam comes three times a week to ARC to serve as an Adult Day Program support intern. “I like it. I like everyone that I have met and they have been so welcoming. It feels good to be able to share what I have to give with them. There’s a lot of joy here and it makes me happy. It’s helping me achieve my goals and it’s part of my new beginning.” Committed volunteers like Sam help ARC to create life-fulfilling opportunities for people with disabilities. To find out more about available volunteer opportunities with Greater Richmond ARC, send an email to Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater Richmond ARC’s afterschool program for school-age children with disabilities is a lifesaver for parents like Rose, whose teenage daughter Nafeesah attends ARC @Saunders weekdays for fun and activities like food preparation, where she is learning valuable skills that may someday lead to employment.
For many families, fall is a time when jam-packed schedules and conflicting priorities can pull parents and kids in opposing directions. Family volunteer engagement provides opportunities to slow down, engage in quality interactions, align values with actions, and exert a positive influence on the community. Family engagement also allows kids to fulfill school service requirements, explore social issues, and develop greater awareness about what really matters to them. In addition, kids who engage in community service are more likely to participate in civic engagement as adults. In other words, it’s a win-win for everyone!
Meet Scott Huang
Scott Huang (center) is a full-time medical student who recently graduated from the College of William & Mary and will be continuing his medical studies at VCU Health System this fall. While he doesn’t yet know what type of medical practice he eventually wants to pursue, he does know that every experience he has now will help to shape that decision.
Attention all princes and princesses! Greater Richmond ARC, which provides programs for people of all ages with disabilities, is hosting a “Royalty Tea Party” on September 13 at its Camp Baker location, 7600 Beach Road in Chesterfield from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Includes “Make your Own Crown.” Cost: waiver or private pay of $53.42.
This summer there are new and exciting activities at Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker, thanks to some four-legged friends.
Making Strides of Virginia has partnered with ARC to provide equine-based therapeutic activities including adaptive riding, carriage driving and hippotherapy, which uses the natural movements of the horse to stimulate different muscle groups of its rider.