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Art Show 2017

The Arc of Dauphin County’s Art Show Returns This Fall!

Our Art Show is returning in November 2017, and this year, we will be organizing a traveling exhibition, which will be featured in many locations throughout Dauphin and surrounding counties!

Details are being finalized now, but expect an opening reception, an exhibition traveling to five or six locations over three months and a final reception where exhibition prizes will be awarded.

We invite all people with special needs to participate! There is no entry fee and artwork may be in any medium or of any subject!

Prizes will be awarded in the Best of Show, Voters’ Choice, People’s Choice, and Honorable Mention categories to the following age groups:

  • 6-11 years of age: Youth Division
  • 12-17 years of age: Teen Division
  • 18 and older: Adult Division

Artwork must be submitted to The Arc of Dauphin County at 2569 Walnut Street in Harrisburg between October 16 and October 23, 2017. For more information on rules, regulations, judging, prizes, and entry procedures, please click HERE. You can also contact Sam Primak at 717-920-2727 or sprimak@arcofdc.org.

Begin creating now for the 2017 Art Show!

May 18th, 2017|

Kiwanis Youth Foundation

Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation awards The Arc of Dauphin County $1,000 to support Advocacy program

On Thursday, May 11, the Harrisburg Kiwanis Club and their Youth Foundation presented Craig George, President & CEO of The Arc of Dauphin County, with a check in the amount of $1,000 to support the Advocacy program. On behalf of the individuals that we serve, we’d like to send a huge THANK YOU for their generosity! Also pictured is Ruth Shiffler, The Arc’s Board Treasurer.

May 12th, 2017|

Family Fun Day 2017

The Arc of Dauphin County’s 10th Annual Family Fun Day at the Faith Into Action Family Festival

Join us for the 10th Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 15 from 12 PM to 4 PM at Camp Curtin Academy!

This year, our FREE event is going to be bigger than ever! We’ll have plenty for you to enjoy including live entertainment, food, games and prizes, a cake walk, a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, inflatables, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, crafts, free haircuts, a health and business fair, and much, much more!

To make this grand spectacle possible, we are partnering with the Harrisburg First Assembly of God Church to offer The Arc of Dauphin County’s 10th Annual Family Fun Day at the Faith Into Action Family Festival.

The Faith Into Action Family Festival is part of a larger grass-roots effort, known as the Faith Into Action Youth Conference and Family Festival, which is organized by a team of congregations from many denominations in Harrisburg and Lancaster. During the week of July 10-16, students from several area congregations will perform community service projects in Harrisburg. The conference culminates in a family festival at Camp Curtin Academy, and we are joining in on the fun!

There are many ways you can help!


We will need many volunteers for this event, and we strongly encourage anyone interested in volunteering to contact Sam Primak, The Arc’s Director of Advancement, at 717-920-2727 or sprimak@arcofdc.org. He will be sure to get you signed up as a volunteer!


Since this is a grass-roots effort and everything is offered for free, we are relying heavily on donations. If you or someone you know is interested in making a financial or product donation to the event, please click HERE for a list of needed items and sponsorship opportunities.

You can also contribute by attending the Harrisburg First Assembly of God Church’s Chicken BBQ and Car Wash on Saturday, June 3 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Tickets for a chicken dinner meal are $8.00. A meal includes a half chicken, roll, baked potato, and applesauce! The car wash is by donation only. All proceeds go to the Faith Into Action Youth Conference and Family Festival. For more information or to purchase your ticket, please contact Melissa Stricker-Cook by phone at 717-805-1963 or by email at missy@hbg1st.org.


The Faith Into Action Family Festival will include a health and business fair, which is complimentary. Any health providers or business interested in participating can click HERE to access the Health and Business Fair Registration Form.

Details on registering for this free event are forthcoming. Stay tuned!

April 27th, 2017|

Respite Center


The Hunt Is On!

As we complete construction of The Arc’s Overnight Respite Camp Center, we seek items that are needed in order to open the Center’s doors. Many have graciously donated supplies in the past few weeks, but we are still short on items such as sheets, towels, bedspreads, furniture, appliances, etc.

We ask that you look at the list of needed items HERE. You will see that we have been successful in finding many items, and that is great news! Thank you to all who have made donations of new or gently used items that will be put into service.

Does something on this list come to mind that you know about? With any item donated, we will provide you with a donation letter for your tax records.

There is a wide array of needed supplies, from pillows to a few chairs to a DVD player! If you see items marked off on the list, please note that these items have been donated thanks to the generosity of many. If you have a few supplies or furniture pieces to donate, please give us a call at 717-920-2727.

We also have a number of sponsorship opportunities available for the Respite Camp Center. Please click here for additional information.

February 2nd, 2017|

Online Registration Open! Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community


Get Your Walking Shoes Ready!

Online registration for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is now open!  The walk, which is presented by Highmark Blue Shield, will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at HACC’s Harrisburg Campus.

This fundraiser benefits local health and human services agencies, such as The Arc of Dauphin County. 100 percent of the money raised by walkers goes directly to support our mission to enhance quality of life and community integration for individuals with special needs. This year, our fundraising goal is $10,000!

Register now at www.walkforahealthycommunity.org to join the 5K or One-Mile Fun Walk and raise funds to support The Arc of Dauphin County.

To access our fundraising page directly, please click here.

On the day of the walk, registration is scheduled to begin at 7:45 am. The 5K walk will start at 9 am, and the One-Mile Fun Walk will begin at 9:15 am.

For more information, call Sam Primak, Director of Advancement, at 717.920.2727.

February 1st, 2017|

Respite Center


26 Ways You Can Help

Our Respite program provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities different opportunities to experience a variety of supportive and supervised activities, while providing needed respite and support for their families and caregivers.

Until 2016, this program was provided at The Sertoma Center, which was located in the secluded mountains outside of Harrisburg. Considering the facility’s isolated location and recognizing the need for a larger presence within the community, we decided to relocate Respite operations to our campus. After nearly a year of planning and construction, our new Respite Center, located at 2551 Walnut Street in Penbrook Borough, will soon be ready to open for business! However, before we can officially open the Respite Center’s doors, we are in need of support to add the finishing touches that will help create a safe, inviting, relaxing, and engaging atmosphere for all program participants.

Please click here for information on 26 opportunities to help make our Respite Center a “home away from home” for consumers and how your generosity will be recognized.

January 23rd, 2017|

Contact Info

Harsco Center
2569 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103

Phone: (717) 920-2727

Fax: (717) 920-2730

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