SIDNEY — Shelby County Arc provides a variety of social and recreational programs that give individuals with a developmental disability opportunities to have fun, try new things, boost confidence, increase independence and make new friends from all over the county. Gifts earmarked for the group during the Community Foundation of Shelby County’s Match Day will help with expanded program offerings, new software and background checks for volunteers and staff.
“Our 2018 Match Day funds have been largely used to fill in the gaps of our programming budget,” said Kendra Hamaker, executive director. “Thanks to so much generosity, the funds helped support programs like our Summer Recreation Camp, Friday and Teen Nights Out, our bowling league and Family Swim and Skate Nights.”
“We also used some of the funds to make strategic donations that helped build two new recreational attractions in our area, the Adaptive Boat Launch at Lake Loramie and the All-Inclusive Playground at Tawawa Park. Our donations last year were made, in part, so that once completed, we could offer new or expanded programming at those sites.”
With 2019 Match Day gifts, Shelby County Arc plans to host an event at Lake Loramie, so individuals can enjoy the accessible picnic tables and swings and perhaps take a boat ride. They also will make use of the Inclusive Playground during their Swim Night held at the nearby Sidney Pool.
Some gifts will help with ongoing operational expenses including software purchases and expanding background check requirements for those who assist Arc participants.
To support Shelby County Arc on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Shelby County Arc noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at commfoun.com and at Shelby County Arc, 1200 S. Children’s Home Road, Sidney. Gifts must be received on or before Dec. 3, to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money. Credit card gifts may be made on Dec. 3, only on the Community Foundation site.