Arc provides new experiences


Abigail Berner, left, of Anna, and her provider, Katelyn Seger, of Fort Loramie, participate in a bowling day field trip during the Shelby County Arc Summer Recreation Camp 2018.

Abigail Berner, left, of Anna, and her provider, Katelyn Seger, of Fort Loramie, participate in a bowling day field trip during the Shelby County Arc Summer Recreation Camp 2018.


Courtesy photo

Isaiah Cromes, left, and JayLee Roberts, both of Sidney, come down a water slide during a Summer Recreation Camp 2018 field trip sponsored by Shelby County Arc.


Courtesy photo

What is Match Day?

The Community Foundation of Shelby County is repeating its Match Day event. On Nov. 27, the foundation will offer a total of $70,000 to 14 local charities that can each receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000. The goal is to generate at least $140,000 in charitable dollars.

Participating organizations challenge their supporters to give to the Community Foundation and to earmark gifts for their charity. Gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County and received by Nov. 27 to be eligible for the match.

The local foundation administers more than 180 charitable funds, including scholarship, donor advised, designated, organization and community granting funds. Match Day participating organizations were selected because of having a 501(c)(3) tax status and an organization fund within the foundation that had an asset balance exceeding the Foundation’s fund minimum. Gifts received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but instead returned to the organization and put to work in the community.

Participating organizations are Alpha Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Historic Sidney Theatre, Operation Rebirth, S&H Products, Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, Shelby County Arc, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Libraries Foundation, Shelby County United Way, Sidney First United Methodist Church, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and Wilma Valentine Childcare.

For details, go to www.commfoun.com and view Match Day information on the home page.

SIDNEY — Shelby County Arc supports individuals with developmental disabilities by providing year-round social and recreational activities. The organization will use its Match Day funds to continue providing a variety of experiences for individuals served.

Programming includes a week-long summer day camp for students, a three-day overnight camp for middle schoolers known as Camp Dalanda, a monthly night out for three different age groups (young children, teens and adults), swim and skate nights for families, and a bowling league.

“Not only are these events popular and fun to attend, they provide opportunities to try new things, increase independence, boost confidence and develop social skills,” said Kendra Hamaker, executive director. “We serve approximately 120 individuals of all ages and from all parts of Shelby County in any given year.”

A large percentage of Shelby County Arc’s annual budget comes from sources that it counts on each year, but things are always changing and gaps remain here and there that have to be filled. For example, earlier this year a longtime fundraiser had to be discontinued and the organization will need to make up for that loss.

Shelby County Arc also learned recently that they will have to find a new way to bus their campers for field trips in the future, which may affect the cost of outings.

“It’s unexpected ups and downs like these that keep our fundraising needs in flux,” said Hamaker. “Match Day is a great way for us to bring in some additional funds that we can plug in where and when they’re needed – and it’s nice to know those funds come from local individuals who want to help!”

To support Shelby County Arc on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Arc noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com and at Shelby County Arc. Gifts must be received on or before Nov. 27 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money.

Abigail Berner, left, of Anna, and her provider, Katelyn Seger, of Fort Loramie, participate in a bowling day field trip during the Shelby County Arc Summer Recreation Camp 2018.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/11/web1_Shelby-Co-Arc-1-abigailkatelyn.jpgAbigail Berner, left, of Anna, and her provider, Katelyn Seger, of Fort Loramie, participate in a bowling day field trip during the Shelby County Arc Summer Recreation Camp 2018. Courtesy photo

Isaiah Cromes, left, and JayLee Roberts, both of Sidney, come down a water slide during a Summer Recreation Camp 2018 field trip sponsored by Shelby County Arc.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2018/11/web1_Shelby-Co-Arc-2-isaiahjaylee.jpgIsaiah Cromes, left, and JayLee Roberts, both of Sidney, come down a water slide during a Summer Recreation Camp 2018 field trip sponsored by Shelby County Arc. Courtesy photo

What is Match Day?

The Community Foundation of Shelby County is repeating its Match Day event. On Nov. 27, the foundation will offer a total of $70,000 to 14 local charities that can each receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $5,000. The goal is to generate at least $140,000 in charitable dollars.

Participating organizations challenge their supporters to give to the Community Foundation and to earmark gifts for their charity. Gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County and received by Nov. 27 to be eligible for the match.

The local foundation administers more than 180 charitable funds, including scholarship, donor advised, designated, organization and community granting funds. Match Day participating organizations were selected because of having a 501(c)(3) tax status and an organization fund within the foundation that had an asset balance exceeding the Foundation’s fund minimum. Gifts received will not be placed into an organization’s fund, but instead returned to the organization and put to work in the community.

Participating organizations are Alpha Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Historic Sidney Theatre, Operation Rebirth, S&H Products, Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, Shelby County Arc, Shelby County Historical Society, Shelby County Libraries Foundation, Shelby County United Way, Sidney First United Methodist Church, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and Wilma Valentine Childcare.

For details, go to www.commfoun.com and view Match Day information on the home page.