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The Arc of Aurora

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights

Mission: The Arc of Aurora helps children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families live the highest quality lives possible by providing information and referral; community training and education; individual, class and systems change advocacy; and individual, family, volunteer and community support. Put simply, The Arc of Aurora helps people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families get what they need from the systems that are designed and funded to support them.

Target demographics: support and advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Consider our 2019 accomplishments: over 8,700 individuals through our training and education program, THINK+change; advocated for 200+ children and adults with I/DD who needed individual advocacy; supplied food and hygiene products to 100+ individuals via our emergency food bank; helped nearly 200 people through our Thanksgiving food and holiday gift programs; and benefitted from 650 hours of volunteer-donated time.

Geographic areas served: Aurora Colorado

Programs: Individual Advocacy, Training and Education, Family Support, and Systems Change Advocacy.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen first-hand how fierce The Arc of Aurora advocates and supports people in the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is an honor to be a donor and supporter of an amazing organization with such a powerful mission.

Rhonda S.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have found The ARC of Aurora to be one of the best organizations in the nonprofit world. They work for their clients in a caring knowledgeable way, putting them first when decisions are made. The staff is dedicated, hard working and kindhearted.
They are constantly evolving to better the opportunities for the individuals they serve. I am privileged to be a board member for the ARC of Aurora.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Arc of Aurora is a great non-profit that helps people with developmental disabilities by providing individual and systemic advocacy. Their advocates are very knowledgeable, friendly, responsive and supportive. The advocates take their time to get to know the people they are helping. I always have my questions answered in a timely basis, and I appreciate the help The Arc of Aurora gives. I serve on the Board of Directors so that I can give back to an organization that has helped my family many time for the past 20+ years.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Really enjoy working and interacting with this extremely hardworking, talented and fun team. Arc of Aurora knows their stuff and is a strong ally in the disability advocacy space. Keep fighting the good fight...Huzzah!!!

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TheArcofAurora 08/16/2021

Thank you meshugena28!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The advocates and staff at Arc of Aurora are tireless in their commitment to fight for their clients' equal treatment, quality care, respect and recognition as valuable citizens who contribute to society. Bravo and thank you for your service to your clients and our community!

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TheArcofAurora 10/28/2020

Thank you so much for the kind review!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Arc of Aurora is a wonderful nonprofit. They have helped us tremendously by supporting us during some very trying times with our daughter. An Arc Representative has attended meetings with us on several occasions and had been a godsend to have her there to help us sort through the information and then advocating to no end for our daughter. I could go on and on and on with providing details of all of the times that an Arc Representative has aided in getting the services that we need for our daughter. They have made the life of my daughter much much better and well as our family. They always come through with ideas on how to solve problems as well as helping us carry out those ideas. I don't know what we would have done without Arc. They are truly an organization that deserves every penny they receive. Making lives better is what they are all about! Thanks

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TheArcofAurora 10/12/2020

Thank you for the review!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a partner organization with the Arc of Aurora. We work in coalition with them, have done specific projects with them, refer clients to them for individual advocacy, and accept referrals. We have hired their social enterprise Think+Change. We have nothing but positive things to say about this highly effective, ethical, community-based organization. They are a great partner, already ready to chip in and help. Most recently they helped us put our ballot guide in plain(er) language to make it more understandable by people with different types of disabilities. Their "Every Voter Counts" project is timely and important. Their advocates go to the mat for the people they serve. They are approachable, responsive and accurately represent the needs of the community. They also have developed unique expertise over the years in the area of the rights of crime victims with developmental disabilities.

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TheArcofAurora 10/12/2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience!

1 Libby L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arc of Aurora is amazing! They are so giving and caring for their community. The staff works tirelessly to find donations and resources for customers. It has been an absolute pleasure supporting this amazing nonprofit knowing that every dollar I spend and every can of soup I donate is going directly into the hands of the families they serve.

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TheArcofAurora 10/09/2020

Thank you so much for the kind words!

2 JB B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arc of Aurora employs dedicated people who really care about their clients & are willing to go the extra mile for them. It's the rule rather than the exception at A of A. These are some really innovative folks who put their out-of-the-box thinking to good use for their clients. Thanks to a great staff.

JB

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TheArcofAurora 10/09/2020

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. We appreciate it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have nothing but great things to say about the Arc Aurora chapter. This is a very small group of wonderful people doing great things. Specifically, there are only a handful of employees that work at this chapter, however the amount of work and time they put in make it seems as though this chapter is a very large-scale company with many employees steering the helm. Keep up the great work and don't stop in what you do.

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TheArcofAurora 10/09/2020

Thank you so much for the great review!

2 Michelle L.11

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is difficult to put my gratitude and appreciation for the Arc of Aurora and it's advocates into words. Their compassion and empathy towards their clients and their families, sets them apart. Second to that is their knowledge and experience working the various systems. Finally, the Arc of Aurora takes a visionary approach to their systems and advocacy work, often seeing conflicts and issues before they become mainstream. If you do not need their services, I suggest supporting their efforts through membership in the organization.

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

Thank you so much for the kind words, Michelle. We appreciate your support of our mission!

2 Shannon Zimmerman S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I always love participating in their annual silent auction. I know the money raised goes to help an amazing staff and community. The Arc of Aurora helps thousands of clients through Advocacy, legislation, and outreach in order to ensure those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are represented at every table. Thanks Darla, Hanni, Erica,and the entire staff and Arc Board for all your hard work!!

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

What a great review. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this Shannon!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Arc staff helped keep my son in school when Cherry Creek Schools wanted to expell him for his autism and developmental delays in middle school. The staff went to meetings with me and explained laws to school staff. They found a school that matched his needs and kept in school. They supported us in IEP meetings and he was able to graduate eventually. My son loves bowling and he was able to join others who made friends and help each other and have fun. Due their assistance he ended up going to Arapahoe Community College, not being expelled for disabilities he was born with in the 7th grade. I have been so grateful also as they battled Developmental Pathways who tried to say he was not eligible for their help as autism, developmental delays are not something you are born with. Arc went to court to support him and got him admitted for assistance. I am so grateful that I volunteer now for Arc.

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

What a beautiful review. Thank you so much!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arc of Aurora is such a wonderful organization. I have friends that have been involved and have heard nothing but great things. Please keep it up. Thank you!

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

Thanks for this great review!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Arc of Aurora does amazing critical work in our community and their auction fund raising has always been a wonderful highlight! I can’t wait until we can have another in person auction!

Keep up the great work Arc! Your tremendous support and commitment to people with I/DD continues to to improve their quality of life and the quality of life for those around them.

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Arc of Aurora provides kind, caring, & consistent support for individuals with disabilities and those who care for them. As a therapist who works with people with DD/IDD I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for the Arc of Aurora and the services they provide. Top notch people with hearts of gold (and a lot of brains)!

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

Thank you so much for the review! We really appreciate it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Arc of Colorado has fantastic programs and is always on top of new legislation. They continue to be champions for the ones who need their support. I also personally like their thrift stores to shop.

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

Thank you for the review! All of us at The Arc of Aurora appreciate it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have learned so much about disabilities from their wonderful social media campaign!

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

Many thanks for the review and for following us on social media!

2 Finn R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization all around. They do great things everyday!

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

Thanks for taking the time to share your review Finn!

2 Ron H.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I feel Arc of Aurora is by far the best group out there helping people

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TheArcofAurora 10/08/2020

Thanks for the great review Ron!