Progress photos 3/5/14
The Arc of Orange County was incorporated in November of 1979 as a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Entering into our 34th year of operation, The Arc of Orange County is proud of its mission to provide advocacy and services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities that promote community involvement, active lifestyles and social value. Employing a philosophy that maximizes the use of community resources, our organization strives to enhance quality of life for each individual by determining which supports work best for them through engagement in independence optimizing activities that are based on personal preference and strengths, increase personal relationships.
As a continued part of our mission, The Arc of Orange County is excited to announce new housing opportunity in Orange County. Construction on a 6 unit apartment complex located in the Meadowmont Community will be completed and ready for occupancy July 2014. Presently, The Arc of Orange will accept applications beginning March 3, 2014 – March 31, 2014, from eligible applicants.
Interested parties must:
- Be 18 years of Age and
- Have Annual Maximum Income between $13,800 and $23,000 and
- Have a documented disability
Click here for the application. Mail or hand deliver applications to the Arc of Orange County office at: 208 North Columbia Street, Suite 100, Chapel Hill NC, 27514.
For additional information, please contact: Joyce Smith, Administrative Assistant at (919) 942-5119 ext.115.
George Wayson, director of UNC Health and Wellness Center
How did you hear about The Arc?
They are a part of the Chapel Hill community. In relation to the wellness center, some of our members here were employees of The Arc or served on the board for The Arc. They came to us for the opportunity to have some of The Arc participants help out in the wellness center.
How long and what program do you all volunteer with?
We began working with The Arc about 10 years ago. Arc participants and their supervisors come to the wellness center and help us with the laundry and fold towels. Additionally, we work with The Arc to do occupational workshops and various physical activities. They use the kitchen once a week for cooking class and also use the fitness floor for working out. I think the participants really enjoy this time to exercise.
What ways do you find this rewarding?
The Arc is a great group to work with. It is so neat to see individuals enjoy the opportunity to be here and also to see our members become familiar with The Arc members. They are used to seeing The Arc members here walking the track or using the classroom or the weight room. It is rewarding for us and for the members here who all appreciate that we have opened up to The Arc.
Do you think it makes a difference? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. I think it makes a difference on both sides. From the membership side, it makes the wellness center successful because we are open to the whole community. We are going outside of our walls and are interested in making Chapel Hill the best community it can be. We have the space and resources so we want to extend them to various groups. It gives The Arc members an opportunity to use a state of the art facility and really brings the whole community together in an active way.
What is your chosen field and how did you decide upon it?
I studied psychology in undergrad, and got a masters in sports administration and management. I was working at UVa for a while with collegiate athletics before moving to western Carolina to work with health and wellness and then to Chapel Hill to continue with health and wellness. I have been in the medical fitness field for about 20 years.
If you could do one positive thing to change the world, what would it be?
It would definitely be something in the field of childhood obesity and exercise. The movement of moving more often is a great mantra, and it is catching on, but still additional room for improvement. With advances in technology, kids don’t come home and play outside, they come home and get on the computer or watch TV. We have gotten away from exercising as a family activity and building relationships.
Other interests, hobbies, travels?
I love to cycle, golf and cook. My favorite thing to do is snowboard. I would snowboard everyday if I could. My wife and I go out west once a winter to go skiing and snowboarding. Our favorite place to go is White Fish, Montana. We would love to move out there. I am also on a cycling ms150 team, Team UNC Wellness. We raise money for multiple sclerosis. I love to run and hike. Overall, I just like to be active.
We really appreciate our opportunity to work with The Arc. The wellness center is a big part of the community. To have a friend in The Arc is a great thing. We want to continue our relationship with them for a long time.
Autumn volunteers at Coach Ayman’s Wednesday evening HOOPS at Meadowmont where everyone can learn how to enjoy a game of basketball, practice drills and shoot some hoops. Autumn plays for the Chapel Hill High Tigers Girls Basketball Team. Their team recently tied the record for the number of wins. Want to attend a game and cheer for Autumn and the Tigers? Click here for the their game schedule. Their next game is tonight (2/4) and The Arc's Susan Chandler will be there showing her support.
Due to today (1/29/14)'s adverse weather conditions, both Petals with a Purpose and HOOPS are cancelled.
Now is the time to save! The Kids EveryWear seasonal children's consignment extravaganza is open to the public Tuesday-Wednesday, March 4th and 5th, at the Morrisville Outlet Mall, spread out through 9 huge stores. Shop half price Thursday March 5 and 75% off Friday March 6. Find incredible deals on high quality, gently used children's clothing, toys, educational materials, infant equipment, nursery furniture, and more from over 1500 consignors! You too can consign! Volunteer and you get to shop first!! Pregnant moms, first time moms of children under 1, teachers, homeschoolers, and military take part in a special preview sale! To consign or to pick a volunteer time to work at the sale in order to shop first, or for further details visit www.kidseverywear.com or like their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kids-EveryWear-Consignment-Sale/62243241688?ref=hl
The cold weather did not damper progress on construction.
We will continuing posting progress photos to this Facebook album.
If you would like to stay in the know about the application process, please check this webpage frequently. At this point, the application is not yet available.
Dear The Arc of Orange County families,
The UNC Softball team would like to invite you and your family to join us this 2014 softball season! The UNC softball team has partnered with The Arc of Orange County in our new program called Champions for Change. Champions for Change will give families an opportunity to share a game-day experience with the UNC softball players. You and your family would eat a pregame meal with the team and coaches, tour the softball facility, participate in optional softball activities with other UNC student-athletes, and throw out the first pitch.
To sign up for one of these games please contact Ashley Bone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-955-8352.
Learn more, here or online at website: ChampionsforChange.net; Facebook: NChamps4change; Twitter: @champions_4_change
If you would like to be included in this fun day at the ballpark and meet some Tar Heels, sign up today!
Champions for Change Game-Days:
Tue, Mar 04 Presbyterian 6:00 PM
Thu, Mar 06 USC Upstate 5:00 PM
Sun, Mar 09 Syracuse 1:00 PM
Sun, Mar 23 Maryland 1:00 PM
Wed, Mar 26 ECU 6:00 PM
Sun, Mar 30 Florida State 1:00 PM
Wed, Apr 09 Notre Dame 4:00 PM
Fri, Apr 18 Alabama 6:00 PM
Sat, Apr 19 Alabama 12:00 PM
Sun, Apr 27 NC State 1:00 PM