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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

The Arc of Orange is highly dedicated to improving the lives of a highly vulnerable and often "invisible" group of people--children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In helping these individuals the Arc of Orange not only provides stimulating activities but also needed relief to their care-givers. In addition, by bringing disabled people out into the community for their activities (e.g., volunteer work and play) they make us aware of their value and dignity. Even if people with intellectual disabilities cannot always express themselves fully, they are equal members of our community.

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My son has benefited from their services for many years. The Arc virtually saved our family during a year of crisis when our son with struck with a mental illness, on top of his intellectual disability. The Arc of Orange was also a crucial intermediary several times with the local school system, advising educators on ways to manage our child's behavior.

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The Arc might benefit from stronger connections with the local policy and political community as part of its effort to explain its mission and make plain the needs of the people it serves.

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

I've never had the pleasure to work with an organization as supportive and influential in the community as the Arc of Orange County. I am currently a second year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and I got involved with the Arc as a Community Partner less than a year ago.

The staff worked to place me with a compatible family and child. I worked with a 10 year old boy once a week. We often hiked, took rides in the car, listened to music, sang, and laughed. I never would have met this amazing little boy or his incredible family if it weren't for the Arc of Orange County. This family and child have taught me so much about persistence, perseverance, and faith in life.

This is an incredible organization with dedicated staff, volunteers, and clients. They work hard to suit the needs of those they serve as well as those who have chosen to serve this organization through community service. I would recommend volunteering for this organization to anyone who wants to meet great people, learn about themselves, and shed light on the social issue of disability in our community.

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I volunteered at a family night at the Arc's major fundraiser for the year. Clients and their families came and I got to see first hand their love for this organization and it's staff. They were all so appreciative, excited, and truly wanted to help better the organization. I believe that the words, laughter, dedication, and smiles of the people served by the Arc really show the true impact of this amazing organization on the community.

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I would help to find more volunteers to enlarge the Arc family. The organization can only help so many people with limited volunteers and funds. I would publicize the organization more to extend the impact of the work done under the umbrella of this fabulous organization.

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

I have had a great experience working with Arc of Orange County. The volunteer coordinator, Susan Chandler, does such a nice job of keeping up with volunteers and our experiences. Currently I am a part of the community connections program, and am extremely happy with the communication that has happened between myself, the family of the individual(my new friend), and Susan. We are allowed flexibility and given great support and encouragement. This experience has benefited both myself and my new friend by allowing us to have the opportunity to hang out once or twice a month and do something fun. We are able to learn from each other, laugh, and participate in fun activities. It's been such a blessing to have the Arc of Orange County in my life, and I am impressed with the services and support given by full time staff, and humbled by the appreciation I see in the families and volunteers who benefit from their services.

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This experience has benefited both myself and my new friend by allowing us to have the opportunity to hang out once or twice a month and do something fun. We are able to learn from each other, laugh, and participate in fun activities. It's been such a blessing to have the Arc of Orange County in my life, and I am impressed with the services and support given by full time staff, and humbled by the appreciation I see in the families and volunteers who benefit from their services.

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I wouldn't make any changes!

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