Warren Washington ARC (WWARC), a local nonprofit agency serving over 300 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Warren and Washington counties, has increased its membership by nearly 400 percent.
The agency reached an all-time high of 1,864 members, increasing from 378 in 2010.
Warren Washington ARC is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc., America’s largest non-profit organization supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families since 1949.
Since its inception, individual chapters of NYSARC Inc. have conducted membership campaigns, encouraging members of the community to show their support to local chapters. By securing over 1,500 members, WWARC receives an additional representative to serve on NYSARC’s board of governors. So far out of the 49 chapters of NYSARC Inc., WWARC has presented the greatest increase in membership throughout the state.
“The families we serve, our board of directors and staff are delighted by the result of our 2011 campaign,” said John Von Ahn, executive director. “Our community has demonstrated its commitment to increasing society-wide acceptance of children and adults with differing abilities. Our strength in numbers enables us to provide greater advocacy on local, state, and national levels. ”
Increase in community membership comes at an exciting time for WWARC. The agency has recently purchased and acquired the former Kadant Building located at 436 Quaker Road to house their home offices. A new five-bedroom respite center, located at 3 Ogden Road in Queensbury, will be opening its doors to the community in upcoming weeks.
Before embarking on a capital campaign in 2012, the agency will be holding its first annual gala, “Indulge Yourself for Others,” on Oct. 29 at the Sagamore Resort. The event features a tasting of fine wine and spirits, a silent and live auction, entertainment by nationally recognized band, Flame, and a chocolate dessert competition amongst Warren and Washington County restaurants and confectioners.
Within Warren and Washington counties, WWARC operates 25 residences, 12 Supported Living Program (SLP) apartments, two-day habilitation centers and two respite centers allowing families a reprieve from the daily care of a child with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The Agency is one of the largest employers in the region and employs over 350 people.