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The Arc of Whatcom County


 September 2014

Volunteer Orientation
Family Supervision
Young Adult Self-Advocacy
Buddy Walk
Halloween Party





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It's that time of year again--summer is winding down as we gear up for another great fall! We have lots of exciting things planned, and this e-alert is one way to learn about the upcoming volunteer needs at The Arc. We hope you'll take the time to read and respond to the ones you're interested in. Looking forward to seeing you soon!


If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Makenna: 360-715-0170, ext. 205 or

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Perhaps you have already volunteered a few times but want to learn more about The Arc and our various programs and opportunities. Or perhaps you have been considering getting involved and just need a little nudge? Then this fun and quick Volunteer Orientation is for you! Sign up to learn more about The Arc, our programs and how to get involved.


When: Monday, September 15, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where: The Arc, 2602 McLeod Rd

Contact: Makenna, (360) 715-0170 ext. 205,





Family supervision at workshops, meetings, and events is an ongoing need at The Arc. Offering supervised activities provides parents the opportunity to attend valuable workshops, getting the information and resources they need. We have a number of dates coming up and we'd love to have your help!


Please note: Family Supervision volunteers must have a current background check on file. Contact us if you are not sure of the status of your background check.



Parent Coalition Workshop

When: Tuesday, Sept 16, 6-8pm

Where: The Arc, 2602 McLeod Rd


Infants & Children's Council Meeting

When: Tuesday, Sept 23, 3:30-5pm

Where: St. Luke's Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkway



Contact: Makenna, (360) 715-0170 ext. 205,




Youth Self Advocacy Group


Building Friendships & Developing Advocacy Skills


Support young adults with developmental disabilities as we work to become strong self-advocates and develop new skills and friendships! Self-advocates are people with disabilities who speak up for themselves and others. They can express themselves with spoken words, sign language, language boards and in other ways unique to themselves. Self-advocacy enables people with disabilities to live a fulfilling life in the community with the support they need.


This group is extremely creative and artistic.  There is a desire to expand in music, dance and theatre, as well as continue to volunteer in the community.  We are looking for committed volunteers who want to play and learn with this amazing group of individuals.


When: YASA meets on the first Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm.

Where: The Arc, 2602 McLeod Rd, Bellingham

Contact: Jessika Houston, (360) 715-0170 ext. 304, 





Get Involved, Be Inspired.


The Down syndrome Outreach Buddy Walk is an annual awareness event for Down syndrome. We need YOUR help to make this year's walk the best one yet! Held at Fairhaven Village Green on October 4th, the event will include live music, food, and a variety of tasks to help with, such as set up, children's activities, silent auction, and clean up. The event goes from 11am to 2pm with set up beginning at 9am. Bring your friends, family or co-workers! Volunteers can come for the whole day or sign up for a shift.


When: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9am-3pm

Where: Fairhaven Village Green

Contact: Makenna, (360) 715-0170 ext. 205,





Sponsored by The Arc's Young Adult Self-Advocacy Group, this event is free and open to the community. We need lots of volunteers to help run games and hand out prizes! This is a great opportunity to put together a volunteer team from your school, church or workplace.



When: Friday, October 31, 2014, 5-7pm

Where: Bloedel Donovan Multipurpose Building

Contact: Makenna, (360) 715-0170 ext. 205,


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