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The Arc Of Benton County Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: The arc of benton county advocates and provides services, as needed, to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Programs: Educating the public and policy makers about the abilities and needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Providing assistance to the parent or individual to meet their needs for support and assistance.

provide recreational programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

provide low income, special needs housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

thrift stores to provide additional revenues to support core operations. Donated goods and merchandise are sold to the public and proceeds are used in daily operations of the organization.

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JohnLM

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Rating: 3

The Arc of Benton County primarily raises money through two thrift store operations located in Corvallis and Philomath. These stores are run well and pay slightly above minimum wage for workers who generally have difficulty finding employment at other employers. Item donations to these stores stay local and provide, in themselves, a reasonable benefit for people in the area; they have a modest collaborative effort with area charities to help keep prices lower and selection higher. Other funds come from periodic grants and rental of residential units to families of people with IDD. These properties are reasonably well maintained and run essentially at cost.

A long term executive director provides inconsistent leadership that changes based on opportunity rather than purpose. A volunteer board is intermittently and minimally involved in directing the organization. The social benefits of the organization are modest and in good intention but do not provide leadership for social change or disruption of known problems.