Join Our Board
Individuals who want to change the world-one life at a time. You don’t have to look like a hero, but you’ll feel like one. And you’ll really be one. And there’s no cape dry cleaning bill.
The Arc of Dauphin County, a non-profit grassroots organization that helps create a better life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), is looking for Board members to help those in your community who need you. The work we do is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our consumers are empowered by creating opportunities for them where we all live.
One of the simplest ways to help is by becoming a board member. Being on our board gives you a voice and helps us with ours. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved.
You just need a loving heart and a willingness to give of yourself to help others. Everything else we can give you or teach you. Some skills that help are some knowledge of IDD, whether from career or personal experience; community outreach and affiliation or experience with charitable organizations; and general business knowledge.
How you fit in
Just contact us. Everything else will flow from there.
There is no paycheck, but the rewards last a lifetime. Your extremely rewarding service to the most vulnerable members of our community is a gift and priceless. You won’t wonder if you’ve made a difference-you’ll know you have.
Get in touch with any questions about how you can partner with us today.
To learn more or apply, send your resume, and cover letter to the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
If being a Board member is not right for you at the moment, please think about supporting the Arc in other ways. Deeply consider contributing to the Arc of Dauphin County as every contribution helps us better able to serve the most vulnerable members of our community. Your contribution will be used right away by expanding who we can help in many ways.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the difference between a client and a consumer?
At the Arc of Dauphin County, we prefer to call those who require our services, consumers. No one wants to be referred to as a case. We believe this is a small sign of respect for our loved ones with mental and physical disabilities. The idea is that one’s ability is stronger than their disability.
I need help with a resource, but I am unsure where to start or if it even exists?
The staff in each program is here to help navigate in finding what is the best option available. While our focus is on the Dauphin County and surrounding community, we will do our best to either answer any questions you may have or find out an answer for you.
What is an advocate?
An advocate has many different meanings, think of our advocates as conversation starters. They specialize in bringing everyone to the table in times of need to make sure all the providers or partners in the consumers wellbeing are on the same page now and moving forward.
What is person centered advocacy?
The idea that what is best for the consumer is always what is put first. A level of transparency is always needed, but our advocates work for the consumer not the system of care. While it is a free service that connects the dots to available benefits and promotes communication between all parties involved. Our experienced and loving advocates will help with long term services and supports that are available to fit the needs and preferences for the consumer.
Do I need to pay for the services the Arc of Dauphin County offers?
No, many of the services provided to consumers are free of charge.
How is the Arc funded?
Majority of the funding comes from grants and donations from the community. This allows the continuation of free services to those who need them most.
Do you accept donations?
YES! Wish lists and needs for programs are posted on our website and social media. Many of our classes require donations of goods to be able to offer a wide variety of class options. Monetary support options are available as well at the top of the page or on social media.