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When you become a member of The Arc Anderson County, you join the largest national membership disability organization. With one modest annual fee, you become a member of the following:

  • The Arc Anderson County
  • The Arc Tennessee
  • The Arc United States

You will receive information from all three components of The Arc and will have the opportunity to contribute to and participate in activities at both the local and national levels.

Fundraising (DONATE NOW)

The Christmas tree and wreath sales have always been our biggest fundraiser in the past years.

Fund Raising Ideas

We have had offers of venues as well as entertainers- so be looking for “Dinner and a Show” coming soon.

I have been reaching out to local churches and businesses, as well as the local clubs like the Rotary, Elks, Knights of Columbus, Etc.  If you have ideas for raising funds that you would like to share with us, please do at (865)481-0550.

Grants

I have been diligently writing grants. The notices I get are that funding is limited and so many people are requesting funds that they are unable to help the Arc at this time.  I continue to write grants as they become available.

Christmas Gifts

In the past, we have always given upwards of $1,000. In gifts to residents of EVC that do not have family.  I would like to suggest that we encourage people to “adopt” a person and be his/her “family.” The funds simply may not be here for that kind of gift giving this holiday season.

We gave 3 Christmas gifts to Teenagers in our area last year.  Most programs that provide gifts for families with low income do not provide for teenagers. I would like for us to keep that in mind as we plan to give next year.

Volunteer (VOLUNTEER NOW)

We often have opportunities for community members to get involved, whether it is helping with a large mailing from our office, a community outreach event, or a fundraiser. We want to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering at The Arc Anderson County. Please contact us at (865)481-0550 so we can get to know each other!

Our summer program ran totally with volunteers.

  • Parents
  • Peer tutors
  • Family members
  • Musicians

Our Parties are made better by Parents who volunteer to help us out with decorations and food.

Team Work

We supported the Family Resource Center (and Jo Bruce) for their first fundraiser, a spaghetti dinner, by cleaning tables.

Jo Bruce is a valuable resource person that has been active in our community long enough to provide history (in some cases) that helps us decide where and how much funds should be allotted.

Socialization

We either host or help to fund 4 parties throughout the year, including Valentines, spring, Halloween and Christmas parties.

We approached local groceries stores for food for our Christmas party, and were blessed with over $200. In food and supplies.

Members/parents also volunteered to make cookies and center pieces for the Christmas dance.

I reached out to the schools in the tri counties that we serve and got several responses.

The Summer Program has been a real asset for our kids who are going to attend high school next year to get to know our high school age students.  This should make their transition to high school much easier.

After School Program

Our After School Program has been successful, but not so much so as the Summer Program. It is a much needed support in our community. Funding, as always, is an issue. We are in the process of applying for grants to make scholarships available to more parents.