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Teresa Wickersham

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Review for Arc Of Arizona Inc, Tempe, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the ARC in several roles in the past 5 years. I started as a volunteer arts/crafts teacher. I was a board memeber for a year or two and I chaired the Program Committee. I am now a part time staff person as of last week! My co-workers have all been there for years...many 5+. This is a true testament to The ARC and all that it stands for. I had volunteered and worked with children for many years before making the switch to work with adults. I found out about the ARC through a community Volunteer Fair at our public library. I believe that services for adults are largely overlooked and services for adults with Developmental Disabilities even more so.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in... everyday life! Getting to know the "participants" and getting them involved in everyday events that most folks take for granted has been a true gift for me. My problems are not so big after coming home from a day at the ARC.

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

build a bigger volunteer program to help save money on staffing costs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the unconditional love that I receive from the "participants" and the staff. In a world for of judgment and criticisms, it's a breath of fresh air to walk in to a group of folks who love and accept you unconditionally.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best I have come across. I have 30 years experience in Non-Profit Management so I have lots to compare to! The staff & volunteer personal are all long term. Many start as PT staff while in college & choose to stay even after graduation & FT jobs!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a bigger facility to serve more adults with DD. We have the property to build on, just no money to build. We could also provide more scholarships for those who can not afford to participate.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to see participants sit on the couch while everyone else eats dinner simply because they can not afford it. It breaks my heart.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

space, space and more space. We are out growing our facility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I believe I have learned more from the participants then they have learned from me. I am truly grateful for The ARC of Tempe. It is a huge blessing in my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Arts/Crafts.