Campaign For Best Lives 2017

Our 2nd Annual CAMPAIGN FOR BEST LIVES kicked off back in November.  Now we enter the Holiday portion of the campaign, the time that many supporters of The Arc make their year-end contribution to support our Advocacy program for families and individuals who need help, advice and a way to make sense of the dizzying array of Federal, state and county regulations, guidelines and other policies.

Our Advocacy program is independent of any government funding, and we count on those who donate to our Campaign for Best Lives to keep it alive.  We urge you to give now and to the best degree possible since your gift is tax deductible!

You can even create your own mini campaign by setting up a “Peer to Peer” page on our Website.  You set it up and then invite your colleagues, friends and family to go to it and make a contribution of any size.  Like the rolling snowball that gets bigger and bigger, Peer to Peer campaigns are fun and can substantially increase your impact to help people like Brielle and their families.

Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year to you from The Arc of Dauphin County!

Your gift to the Arc is a huge gift to those who utilize the services we provide.

By |December 18th, 2017||Comments Off on Campaign For Best Lives 2017

Art Show 2017

The Arc of Dauphin County’s  44th Annual Art Exhibition, created by artists with Special Needs, starts November 15th!

Titled, “Our Art, Our Voice”, the exhibition will travel to numerous sites before concluding at the March Speak Out! Celebration.

“This project has been a labor of love for not only most of the Arc professional team, it has been a journey for artists; some have art instructors or advisors and they have been involved in this as well,” said Caterina Veccia, a member of the Arc team.

The show is juried;  judging took place November 7th with nearly 20 artists receiving awards.   The exhibition was so impressive the panel of six judges required 3-1/4 hours to look everything over and make awards.

The judges for the 44th Annual Our Art, Our Voice exhibition were:  Alice Anne Schwab, Executive Director of the Susquehanna Art Museum; Lauren Nye, Exhibition Director of the Susquehanna Art Museum; Marcie Otterson, portrait artist, muralist and jewelry maker;  Marie Gamon, plein air artist, noted member of many art associations and jewelry maker;  Lindsey Christie,  artist and member of The Arc of Dauphin County’s professional staff and Caterina Veccia, art lover and member of The Arc’s professional staff.

Please come see the exhibition in person!  “We have made many significant changes to the exhibition, perhaps most notable being the idea of a traveling exhibition.  The purpose of that is to give maximum exposure to our artists, to encourage the artists to keep expressing themselves, and to allow the public to have a better chance of seeing the art on display as not everyone would normally find themselves at any one particular location—by spreading it out, more will get to view this terrific art,” said Ken Seeger, Director of Consumer Programs at The Arc of Dauphin County.

Locations and Dates for Our Art, Our Voice traveling art exhibition (open during each location’s normal times that they are “open to the public”.)  Check their websites for business hours.  Harrisburg International Airport is usually open “around the clock” every day:

November 15  through November 28thHarrisburg First Assembly of God:  4100 N Progress Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17110  (717) 657-2500
December 2 through January 7thPennsylvania State Capitol Building:   501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17120
January 8 through January 21stHarrisburg International Airport:  1 Terminal Drive, Middletown, PA 17057  (888) 235-9442
January 23 through February 7thLebanon County Mall:  2231 Lebanon Valley Mall, Lebanon, PA 17042  (717) 274-2564
February 9 through February 27Gamut Theatre: 15 N 4th St, Harrisburg, PA 17101   (717) 238-4111
March 1 or 2 (Exact Date TBD) through March 19th:  Selected Pieces will be on display at The Susquehanna Art Museum, 1401 N 3rd St. Harrisburg, PA 17102  (717) 233-8668

An exclusive Art Show Reception for our artists, their friends and families, supporters of the exhibition, the media and other interested parties will be announced soon for either a January or a February date.  If you would like to be certain you are on the invitation list, please send email to bbressler@arcofdc.org, or call Barbara B. at 717.920.2727.

By |November 11th, 2017||Comments Off on Art Show 2017

Media Coverage

The Arc of Dauphin County’s Advocate Featured on WGAL!

On May 4, our Advocate, Kathy Gingerich, spoke with WGAL 8’s Matt Barcaro about the potential impacts the American Health Care Act could have on individuals with disabilities.  Watch the story below:

By |May 31st, 2017||Comments Off on Media Coverage

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.

By |February 2nd, 2017||Comments Off on Respite Center

Respite Center


How 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 opportunities to help make our Respite Center a “home away from home” for consumers and how your generosity will be recognized.

By |January 23rd, 2017||Comments Off on Respite Center