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Arc of Orange County, Inc.
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.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I worked as a community partner with a family and child in Carrboro, where I spent time with the child one-on-one hiking, laughing, listening to music, and exploring trials and parks in the community. .