Chapter Benefits Spotlight: Take Advantage of our Benefits, Services, and Discounts!

We’re committed to assuring that every chapter is well-versed in what we have to offer. There are several ways we can provide this information to you such as a webinar, presentation at a staff or board meeting, via a PowerPoint that you or we can deliver and our written Directory. We know you’re laser-focused on chapter business and it’s easy to forget about the what our network has to offer.  Give us an hour of your time and we’ll fill you in on our extraordinary resources.

Help your Chapter Raise Money!

Raise more from your local supporters. Through our partnership with WealthEngine, we created a cost-effective and simple solution that helps you identify, understand, and cultivate relationships with community members with a high likelihood of making a gift – all through using wealth and affinity data. Contact Scott Ardoin at sardoin@wealthengine.com to schedule a free consultation and discuss how your local chapter can benefit from WealthEngine’s tools and training workshops!

Get Ready for National Disability Voter Registration Week: July 15 –19!

Did you know that the voter turnout rate for people with disabilities is 6 percent lower than that of people without disabilities? Each year, the REV UP campaign, through the American Association for People with Disabilities, organizes National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to promote registration and civic engagement among people with disabilities.  July 15-19, 2019 is National Disability Voter Registration week. Chapters of The Arc across the country are promoting voter registration throughout the week.

Want to get involved?

  • Make sure YOU are registered to vote. #REVUP
  • Encourage your friends and family to register!
  • Spread the word on social media by sharing these sample posts and graphics during the week:

Sample Posts

Support National Disability Voter Registration Week by registering today! #REVUP https://vote.gov/

In 2016, over 35 million people with disabilities were eligible to vote, but only 16 million did. Help us make sure our community is registered, educated, and engaged to exercise their civil right to vote!  #REVUP #DisabilityVote19 https://vote.gov/

[insert your organization’s name] is participating in National Disability Voter Registration Week this year! Visit [link to organizational website with event information] to learn more about our upcoming voter registration events! #REVUP #DisabilityVote19

Graphics

REV Up animated graphic 1

REV Up animated graphic 2

REV Up logo graphic

Please contact Claire Manning, Director of Advocacy & Mobilization, at manning@thearc.org with any questions.

Free Marketing and Branding Help!

As a well-known and respected brand, displaying The Arc logo is an important step of your marketing plan. If your chapter…

  • Is new and has yet to adopt The Arc’s brand logo
  • Is using your business trade name but are not clearly and conspicuously displaying The Arc’s “affiliated chapter” logo
  • Has a new name
  • Merged with another chapter
  • Needs a refresher on how to adhere to The Arc’s branding guidelines

Your next step is to contact Ashley Nyaley, Associate Director of Marketing, to learn more about refreshing your logo. Summer is the perfect time to let our energizing orange and yellow logo shine through!

Five Reasons Why SLI Is the Best Place to Be This Summer!

Have you registered yet for this year’s Summer Leadership Institute? If not, now is your last chance to take advantage of our lower rate! Registration will increase after Monday, July 8. Need more convincing? Check out our top five reasons to attend!

1. Location, location, location.

Historic Charleston is bursting with Southern charm and hospitality. Take in incredible views of the Battery and the French Quarter as you stroll Waterfront Park, and visit the many culinary jewels that make Charleston consistently rated as one of the best cities in which to eat in the south. At night, try a ghost tour for an introduction to the spooky side of the city. If you venture off the peninsula, historic plantations and nearby beaches await!

2. Red hot schedule.

Charleston can be hot during the summer, but it’s nothing compared to this year’s program! Attend sizzling breakout sessions on current hot topics, engaging plenary sessions, and networking opportunities to connect with other professionals in the I/DD sector looking to share their expertise and knowledge with you.

3. Buddy program.

SLI is exciting, invigorating, and inspiring, but it can also be overwhelming your first time. With the buddy system, veteran attendees help first-timers prepare for the event, advising them on the best sessions to attend and how to make the most out of the networking events. An opportunity to make professional and personal connections with like-minded peers and professional leaders in an intimate setting designed to incite meaningful networking has never been better with a buddy on your side. Learn more and sign up here.

4. Become an expert.

Become an expert by sharpening your skills with powerful content specific to your area of practice.

5. A swanky evening event.

Take in the beautiful views of downtown Charleston from the water! Join your fellow professionals for a four-course meal and dancing while cruising the Charleston harbor. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Are you convinced and ready to learn more? Check out the full program to see what else SLI has to offer. Register today before rates rise!

Need Help with Governance, Management, and Operations at Your Chapter?

The Standards for Excellence Institute helps nonprofit organizations achieve the highest benchmarks of ethics and accountability in governance, management, and operations. Through an exclusive agreement with The Arc, chapters have free access to the Institute’s Standards for Excellence®, an informative set of guidelines that promote high standards of ethics, effective management, and accountability in nonprofit governance. In addition to these guidelines, chapters can use additional educational resources. (Note: You must be logged in to view this page). Chapters interested in obtaining accreditation will enjoy discounted rates negotiated by The Arc. Contact Karen Wolf-Branigin for additional details.

Chapter Benefits Spotlight: Free Social Media Content

Calling all influencers! Are you looking for easy-to-repurpose content for your chapter’s social media accounts? Look no further than The Arc’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog. Whether you like, follow, retweet, share, post or re-purpose, The Arc’s content is fresh, informative, inspiring, and thought-provoking. Take advantage of it today!

Google Seeking Volunteers to Help Develop Speech Recognition Technology

Google has reached out to The Arc to recruit persons with I/DD to help develop speech recognition technology. If you or someone you know has slurred or hard-to-understand speech, fill out this short form to volunteer and record a set of phrases.

The more speech samples the system hears, the more potential Google has to make progress and apply these tools to better support everyone, no matter how they communicate.

Watch this short video to learn about the exciting work that Google is doing to improve speech recognition technology.

 

Operation House Call Toolkit

Access to healthcare continues to be a huge concern for adults with I/DD who need qualified doctors to provide primary and specialty care. Operation House Call (OHC) uses a hands-on approach to address these issues by flipping the script and making families the instructor. Medical students experience an in-home visit to a family with a loved one with I/DD to gain a unique perspective into their lives and gain essential sensitivity and disability competency skills to help build their confidence in working with the I/DD population. Join our informational webinar on May 29th at 12pm EST learn more about how to bring this program to your chapter using the OHC Toolkit!

Executive Spotlight: Gena Richardson, The Arc of Alabama

Gena Richardson stands and poses with her junior board at Capital City Club Gala Benefiting The Arc of Alabama

Capital City Club Gala Benefiting The Arc of Alabama, November 2018

Cultivating the next generation of leaders and advocates in the I/DD community is key to the continued success of The Arc and its mission. This is especially true in chapters across the country, where strong community connections can make all the difference in the health and future of a chapter.

Through her junior board, Gena Richardson at The Arc of Alabama is setting an example for what this can look like – and showing how bringing younger members of the community into the movement is both a smart short- AND long-term strategy.

What was your motivation for developing a Junior Board? What is the ultimate goal of the Junior Board?

Junior Boards are known to be an effective and creative way for nonprofit organizations to raise money. It has been my experience they also provide support for the strategic plan, offset some costs related to consulting services, and help build a stronger network.

Tell us how you went about finding the Junior Board members. Where did you find them in the community?

After determining the vision for our Junior Board, I attended community events and networked until I found our core group.  It was important for me to look within established groups known to set high expectations for volunteers, and promote leadership development. The majority of our Junior Board members are involved in Rotary, Montgomery Chamber Ambassador Program, or Junior League. I am actively involved with these groups. The Junior Board members knew me, first and foremost, as a fellow volunteer. Once I approached a potential member and extended an offer, they were ready to join our group.

What activities do you engage the Junior Board in to build involvement and engagement in the mission?

I always encourage everyone to have fun. As we added new members each person was assigned duties based on their area of interest and expertise. This will continue to be our protocol. During the first nine months, we participated in a number of events including, but not limited to, a legislative prayer breakfast, Autism and Disability Friendly Day during a Minor League Baseball game, and our upscale fundraiser. 50% of ticket sales were given back to The Arc of Alabama. 100% of the overhead was covered by Capital City Club (a social and business club). Additionally, 100% of silent auction proceeds came back to us.

Has the Junior Board’s presence strengthened your organization’s work, and how so?

The Arc of Alabama’s profile has increased in our local community. When our Bylaws were initially drafted, we felt as though expanding opportunity for membership beyond the Montgomery metropolitan area gave more opportunities for donations, speaking engagements, and increased impact across the state. We have 30 local chapters in Alabama, the majority in underserved rural counties. Soon after our Junior Board was created, we had our foot in the door to speak with representatives from two counties that did not have a local chapter. During the last year, our Junior Board has obtained donations, provided pro bono services and consultations, and helped with regular volunteer activities. The professional backgrounds of our founding group range from behavioral health and disability services, marketing, legal services, accounting, nonprofit management, public policy, and political consulting. While recruiting Junior Board members, our intent was to connect with go-getters of diverse professional backgrounds.

What do you envision as the future of the Junior Board?

If the past is any indicator of what the future holds, it is incredibly bright for the Junior Board. They will continue to do excellent work. Everyone put in considerable time during the first nine months to make sure the Junior Board had a successful start. It was not uncommon for us to meet during nights and weekends. When a dedicated group of go-getters invests that much time, great things happen.