gathered for breakfast and a kick-off
before heading out to their sites.
The Arc's Melissa Kramer and Maureen Yuhasz with Sister
Jean at Sister Jean's Kitchen in Atlantic City.
Employees 'Make a Difference'
Arc's caring and compassionate staff members make a difference
in our community each and every day by providing support
to people with developmental disabilities and their families.
But on October 27th and 30th, our impact reached an all-time
high! More than 140 Arc employees and several service
recipients participated in Make a Difference Day, where
we volunteered at 28 different sites throughout the county
and beyond. Through this outreach project, Arc
employees built stronger ties with each other and with the
community, and ultimately helped to create a more welcoming
environment for people with intellectual and developmental
activities included: planting and cleanup at the Egg
Harbor Township Arboretum and Nature park; activity
assistance at Our Lady's Residence Health Care Center;
an Ocean City Beach cleanup; information
input and grounds cleanup at the Hamilton Township
Historical Society; storybook
reading to elementary school children in Pleasantville;
packaging meals for senior citizens at Jewish Older
Adult Services; a winter clothing drive for the
A.C. Rescue Mission; serving meals at Sister
Jean's Kitchen; and visiting children at Shore
Memorial Hospital, among others.
are just a few examples of how Arc employees felt about
participating in Make a Difference Day:
truly enjoyed being a part of Make a Difference Day. Having
the opportunity to read and share stories with the students
at Leeds Avenue School and Pleasant-Tech Academy in Pleasantville,
NJ was an experience I will never forget...The students
were excited and I hope we will have future opportunities
to share with them."--Duncan Lane, Supportive Living
have to admit it was a life altering situation, and most
of us plan to continue to volunteer there especially on
the holidays. We served 820 meals in 1 ½ hours,
plus had the opportunity to meet hundreds of very special
people."--Maureen Yuhasz, Supported Employment Coordinator,
on her volunteer experience at Sister Jean Webster's Kitchen.
you to all of the organizations who welcomed our volunteers
and provided such meaningful experiences to our staff!
Duncan Lane reads stories to first-graders at the
Leeds Avenue School in Pleasantville. The children
were captivated by the stories that focused on children
with developmental disabilities.
Given, Lori Marella, Sue Spinelli, Mary Tozer and
Adirenne helped clean the flower beds at Patriot Park
in Galloway Township.