August 13:  Twenty years of success for our Rubber Duckie Race and we couldn't be more proud!  With over 3,800 ducks sold for this fundraiser, along with sponsors of all magnitudes, we grossed over $20,000.  We would like to thank everyone who helped support our event! This Duck Race wouldn't be possible without all of you! Big shout-out to all prize donors, as we were able to give out 50 awesome prize packages to the first 50 duck winners!

August 1:  Have you bought your duck tickets for The Arc's Duck Race yet? The event will take place on August 13th in Rotary Park.  Each ticket is $5 and all proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities. Please help support us in this fundraiser, we would truly appreciate it!

July 26:  There is still no state budget passed, therefore, DDS has notified us that we must take a furlough day.  This means we are not at work today, our participants are not receiving services today, and we are not getting paid today.  We have five more furlough days scheduled........please contact your local legislators and make your voices heard.  This is devastating for us.

June 16: We had our 30th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament today. This tournament was presented by Gerardi Insurance Services, Inc. and was held at CT National Golf Club in Putnam. Our event grossed over $40,0000 thanks to all all of the community support we were blessed with! First Place Winners were Pete Cunha, Tim Cuhna, Tommy Derosier & Scott Derosier. Our major sponsors included Gerardi Insurance Services, Inc., Rawson Materials, Putnam Bank, Fluid Coating Technologies, Byrnes Insurance Agency & East Commerce Solutions. Golfers enjoyed a hot breakfast, lunch and dinner while at the tournament, along with snacks provided by Friot Lay, massages provided by Caroline D'Elia L.M.T., and Foursome Photos provided by Clarus Studios, Inc. We truly appreciate everyone coming together to make this such a successful event!

May 5: Tonight was our Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Night Celebration. This event was held at The Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock. Over 190 people were in attendance and it was a lovely evening! From a delicious meal, a lot of dancing, a memorable slideshow and award presentations, there was much to be happy about! We truly hope everyone in attendance had a great time! It is always nice to celebrate each year together!

April 2: Today we held our Spectrum of Sports event! There were 6 sports stations for children 7-15 of all abilities to enjoy, all while parents and guardians were encouraged to check out local resource vendors! We are very happy with this event and are planning on holding another in 2018! We will keep you posted!

March 2: Today is Spread the Word to End the Word! This is a campaign that asks people to pledge to not use the "R" word. This pledge can be done online at http://www.r-word.org/r-word-pledge.aspx. Our DSO and EDU departments helped to spread awareness by wearing their Spread the Word to End the Word tshirts!

March 1: Did you know that March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month? Please make sure to help spread the word so everyone can celebrate such a wonderful month of abilities!

February 1: We are half-way through our "Biggest Winner Challenge" at The Arc! We have over 30 people registered and the weight is just slipping off of people! The motivation is very clear and we are very proud of our staff and individuals for committing to being healthier!

January 1: We hope everyone has a wonderful New Years Day and an even better New Years ahead!


December 25: Merry Christmas from The Arc! Wishing you a wonderful holiday!

December 20: Today we received a grant check in the amount of $2,400 from Community Foundation of Northeast Connecticut Women & Girls Fund to help with costs associated with the Positive Choices/Healthy Relationships curriculum that will start in 2017. We are very excited about this and cannot thank the Foundation enough!

December 5: Today we received a check in the amount of $1,000 from Jewett City Savings Bank to help with costs associated with the new LVP flooring that was installed in our Recreation Room at our Cook Hill Office. Thank you very much Jewett City Savings Bank!

November 24: Happy Thanksgiving from our Arc Family to yours!

November 8: Did you vote today? Please get out there and vote for who you believe in!

October 6: Today, we received a grant gift from Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, in the amount of $3,000, to help purchase TWO new Project Redemption Bins! Thesebins will allow more opportunities for people to donate their cans and bottles to our agency, which helps to enhance the services at The Arc Quinebaug Valley! Thank you Charter Oak - we appreciate you!!

September 26: Tonight the Board of Director's met at The Arc's CLAhome on LafantasieRoad in Danielson, CT. Not only did this location serve as a meeting place for the Board to discuss committee related items, but each Board member was able to view the home, meet the participants living in the home and talk to the staff on duty. This was a very fun night for all as we even had a cookout after the meeting was over! Thank you to all who helped make this possible that night - we appreciate all of you!

August 14: Today we had our 19thAnnual Rubber DuckieRace! It was an extremely HOT day, but a successful one at that! We would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, supporters, community members and so many more for helping ensure such a wonderful event! With over 3,500 rubber ducks sold, along with sponsors and donations, we grossed over $20,000 which will help to enhance services provided to individuals with disabilities at our agency. The first prize winner received a $500 VISA gift card! WOW! Thank you everyone for being part of such a fun day!

July 8: Today we had The Arc's 29th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament! We grossed over $45,000 and couldn't be happier by all of the community support! Proceeds will directly benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities! First Place was taken by Gerardi Insurance Services, Inc. with a score of 56 on the Par 71 course. Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, Arc Board members, Adept Bodywork for complimentary massages, Stanley & Libera Acoustic Band for their entertainment, Clarus Studios Inc. for donating all of the pictures taken, Frito Lay for donated snacks for the event, and simply anyone that helped support this event in some way! We appreciate all of you!

May 6: Our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Night Celebration was held this evening at The Mansion at Bald Hill. It was a wonderful time filled with laughter, happiness, applause and dancing! The food was amazing and the slideshow presentation truly captured some wonderful Arc memories throughout the year! Many awards were given out to very deserving recipients - the best awards were surprises! It is always nice to see pure joy one someone's face! We would like to thank everyone involved with this night for being supportive and ensuring the success of this event! You are all appreciated! Check out our photo album on this website for pictures! Pictures can also be found on our facebook page!

April 27: Tonight we painted for a purpose with Artique! The Arc held a fundraiser at our Cook Hill Location where people were able to paint for fun, as well as give back to a great cause! $10 of each fee per person that joined this night of painting was given back to The Arc! This will help to enhance our services! We thank everyone that participanted in this fundraiser, and we truly thank Lisa Andrews from Artique for making this night possible!

April 2: Happy World Autism Awareness Day!

March 29: Legislators voted on an alternative to Governor Malloy's plan on March 29th, the very next day after our Legislative Meeting. The deficit mitigation plan resulted in a cut of $3,393,681 from the DDS budget, however Day Services & Employment funding was spared. Hard works pays off, and although there is still a cut occurring, our voices were definitely heard , and we will stand together and continue to be heard.

March 28: The Arc hosted a Legislative Meeting tonight from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Over 60 people were in attendance, including State Representative Mike Alberts, State Representative Daniel Rovero, State Representative Christine Randall, Shannon Jacovino from The Arc CT, Arc Administrators, Arc Board Members, Arc employees, families who are and will be directly affected by these cuts, and community members. Parents of individuals with disabilities in the community stood up and spoke directly to the legislators about their hardships with the already under-funded DDS system. Tears were shed due to the fear and severity of these proposed budget cuts, but there was still a sense of hope in the air that the legislators could help stop these budget cuts from happening. Thank you to all that attended and supported our mission!

March 2: Today is SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD day! This day is about spreading awareness about the hurtfulness of the R-word. Why does it hurt?The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It's offensive. It's derogatory. This campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language. WANT TO MAKE THE PLEDGE??It is very quick and easy to make this pledge. Click here: http://www.r-word.org/r-word-pledge.aspx.

March 1: March is Developmental Disabilities Month!

February 16: The Thompson Lions invited The Arc to their Annual Night of Giving tonight at Thompson Raceway! We are very excited for all the festivities tonight! Update: WOW! We were presented with a $500 donation at this event! Thank you so much!!!

January 12: The Arc's Golf Committee will hold its first meeting of the season today to begin planning the big event! If you are interested in being on the committee, please call our office!

January 1: Happy New Year!! We are looking forward to a wonderfulyear ahead!


December 25: Merry Christmas!!

December 11: We had our Annual Arc Holiday Party today! There was lots of food, dancing, fun and even Santa Claus showed up for pictures! Thank you to DJ Al Berger for keeping everyone entertained and all of our Arc employees and individuals for making this a perfect festive day!

December 1: Today is Giving Tuesday! This is a day where people all over the world can donate to a charity or cause that is important to them. Please consider supporting The Arc by donating online today under "Make a Donation Now."

November 29: The Arc will be at the Holiday Dazzle Parade in Putnam, CT tonight! Will you? We have decorated the payloader (thank you to Rawson Materials for allowing us to do so!) and are ready to go! Start time is 5 p.m.! Hope to see you there!

November 25: From Thanksgiving crafts to Thanksgiving meals prepared by each department, The Arc QuinebaugValley had a wonderful time celebrating the holiday! We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, joy, laughter and togetherness!

October 6: It was a great morning for The Arc Quinebaug Valley! We had our ribbon cutting ceremony for The Arc Redemption Center at our new redemption business location ~ 96 Front Street in Putnam! If you are interested in donating your cans and bottles or having them redeemed, please come see us! We are very excited for this new venture and appreciate all of the support!

September 26: In honor of September being Direct Support Professionals Appreciation Month, The Arc hosted an Appreciation BBQ for all direct support staff and participants! It was a great day filled with delicious food, wonderful weather and great company! We truly thank all of our employees for their hard work and dedication to this agency!

September 23: The Arc hosted an informational session on KIDS ON THE BLOCK. The Kids on the Block, Inc. originated in 1977 in direct response to US Public Law 94-142 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), which required children with disabilities to be given the opportunity to be educated along side their non-disabled peers. Mark Riley, who represents a child with cerebral palsy, was the first puppet character created to fill the need of disabled children to have their non-disabled peers understand and accept them. Through Mark Riley, the children learned about cerebral palsy and began asking questions directly to Mark about his difference. The Kids on the Block, Inc. was launched because of this enthusiastic response from children. The Kids on the Block, now internationally acclaimed, has continued to grow over the years and offers programs on disabilities such asspinabifida; medical differences such as leukemia and AIDS; educational differences including learning disabilities; and social concerns including sexual abuse and alternatives to violence. The purpose of The Kids on the Block is to provide an educational puppet program which enlightens all children about disability awareness, medical/educational differences and social concerns. By extensively researching and developing relevant and timely topics,KOBaddresses a wide range of issues that affect today's children.KOBhas a strong commitment to supplying communities around the world with programs that address children's questions, concerns and needs. The type of educationKOBprograms provide will create positive attitudinal and behavioral change for present and future generations.

September 1: September 1st marks the beginning of Direct Support Professionals Month! We would like to take the time to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of The Arc's outstanding Direct Support Professionals and express our appreciation for their vital contributions to our community! This agency operates on their hard work and commitment, and for that, we are truly thankful! We appreciate all of you from the bottom of our hearts!

August 9: Our 18thAnnual Rubber Duckie Race was held on August 9that Rotary Park/QuinebaugRiver in Putnam, CT. The weather was stunning and we couldn't have asked for a better day filled will community support and excitement! We sold nearly 4,000 rubber duck tickets and raised over $20K from the event! The first place winner of the $500 VISA giftcard was Putnam Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Putnam Kia, and they donated the prize back to The Arc! This was not only a wonderful surprise, but will help to enhance our services by being able to buy supplies for our departments! Thank you to everyone that made this event possible! We appreciate all of you! For a list of our sponsors, click here. Make sure to check out our photo gallery for pictures of this event!

July 10: Our 28th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament was held on July 10th at Foster Country Club in Foster, RI. It was a day of laughter, great food, wonderful people, tremendous support, amazing raffle prizes, and success! Fundraising events such as this are what keeps The Arc a strong agency in being able to provide the supports and supplies needed by the people we serve. For a list of our sponsors, please click here. Check out our fundraising tab and our photo gallery for more details and pictures regarding this tournament!

June 12: We are in the midst of planning for our two big fundraising events coming up - The 28thAnnual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament on July 10th and The 18th Annual Rubber Duckie Race on August 9th! We are still looking for sponsors on both events, as well as golf teams, raffles, and any time that can be volunteered on the event days! Please contact us if you would like to get involved!

May 30: Our Annual Appeal letters have been mailed out! Please help support our agency and the people we serve! The community has always been so generous and dedicated to The Arc's mission and for that we are extremely thankful! You all have made a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

May 1: Our Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Night Celebration was held on May 1st. It was a wonderful time had by all! Awards were presented, a slideshow of the past year was displayed, an amazing dinner was served, the slate of board members and officers were inducted and lots of dancing took place! The Arc would like to thank everyone for their hard work, efforts, and dedication to The Arc's mission -- it is all of YOU that truly make this agency shine! We look forward to the year ahead!

April 1: April is Autism Awareness Month! Let's all spread awareness! One way to show your support is by wearing BLUE on April 2nd! For more information on this month, please visit: http://www.thearc.org/what-we-do/resources/toolkits/autism-acceptance-month

March 25: We would like to thank The Crossings Restaurant& Brew Pub for welcoming The Arc Quinebaug Valley's Erika S. on her first day of Work Study! She is very excited to begin this journey with your restaurant and we truly appreciate it!

March 1: March is Disabilities Awareness Month! One way to show support this month is by joining the campaign "SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD" day on March 4th! This campaign asks that everyone pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Please pledge today at: http://www.r-word.org/r-word-pledge.aspx

February 4: Please attend an important meeting for families and legislators on Wednesday, February 11th! The I/DD meeting will be held at The Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Allan Bergman will speak to families and legislators about how to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Click here for more information.

February 3: On February 10th, The Arc Quinebaug Valley will begin a 12-week exercise and nutrition health education program for people with developmentaldisabilities. The group will meet on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, from February 10th to April 28th, at our Mechanic Street offices - 193 Mechanic Street, Danielson, CT. To participate, R.S.V.P by February 9th to Mallory Murray at (860) 774-2827 or mmurray@qvarc.org.

January 30: Just a reminder: For weather related closings or delays, you can call our Cook Hill offices at (860) 774-2827 and dial extension109 for announcements. Closings and delays may also be announced on our Facebook page, so "like" us to stay in the know: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Arc-Quinebaug-Valley/117867498226334

January 1, 2015: Happy New Year from The Arc Quinebaug Valley! Check back regularly for updates about agency news and events. Thank you for your support and interest in The Arc Quinebaug Valley.


December 24: The Arc Quinebaug Valley wishes you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas! Thank you for your support throughout the year.

December 18: The Arc QuinebaugValley's Abby Snyder was heard on WINY Radio this morning in an interview while she volunteered with other employees and participants at The Tommy Toy Fund in Danielson! Thank you, Abby, for doing a great job of representing The Arc QuinebaugValley!

December 9:Congratulations to Garry Brown, employee of The Arc Quinebaug Valley, who was recognized by the Norwich Bulletin for his work as Pomfret's veterans' service contact person! Thank you, Garry, for all you do for us and for the community! To see the whole article and learn more about Garry's service to the community, click here.

December 4: The Arc Emporium and The Arc's Project Redemption, two businesses of The Arc Quinebaug Valley, now have their own Facebook pages for updates and information. Find information about Project Redemption by clicking here. Get updates about sales, events, and local products from The Emporium by clicking here. Please be sure to "like" both pages while you are there!

December 1: Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a nationwide celebration of community giving which grows in influence each year. The Arc Quinebaug Valley will accept donations all day here on the website, but you don't have to wait until then. Donations of any amount can also be given before or after December 2ndto make a meaningful impact on our community based programs!

November 26: The Arc Quinebaugwill close early today due to weather. Programs will close at noon and transportation home will begin at noon. Please stay safe and enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend!

November 14: Please join us on Friday November 21stat The Arc Emporium (160 Main St, Putnam) to celebrate 6 successful years in Putnam. We will be open 8:30 am - 7:00 pm, so stop by whenever is convenient for you. Cookies, special sales, and our gratitude to you, for your support over the last six years! Look for our ad in next week's Shoppers' Guide for more details.

November 7: Save the date for the 28thAnnual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, July 10th, 2015! Thank you to all of our sponsors, raffle donors, and golfers who participated this past July. We hope you will join us again in 2015!

October 22: This year, The Arc QuinebaugValley will participate in Giving Tuesday.You may have heard of Black Friday or Cyber Monday - days after Thanksgiving when we look for the best deals of the holiday season. In recent years, another distinctive day has emerged: Giving Tuesday! On Tuesday, December 2nd, people throughout the U.S. will recognize the start of the "giving season" with donations to charity. In 2013, record numbers of donations rolled into participating groups on Giving Tuesday. This year, The Arc QuinebaugValley will accept donations on our website as part of this celebration of community giving and the spirit of the season! Stay tuned for further details.

September 18: Congratulations to employees of The Arc QuinebaugValley Patrick Kuhn and Michael Waters, who received shout-outs during the "Unsung Hero" segment on WINY Radio this morning! Thank you also to Core Plus Federal Credit Union, who sponsors this segment.

August 20: Save the date for September 14th - we will have our fundraiser at Skydive Danielson/Danielson Airport, 11 am - 4 pm, rain or shine!The Garage Band Reunion will be performing from 12 pm -3 pm so bring your dancing shoes!Professional divers from Skydive Danielson will be diving for our skydive bingo game. We will also have face painting, pony rides, glitter tattoos, raffles and many more activities and games for the whole family. And what kind of celebration would it be without food! Please plan on coming down to see us to support a great cause.

August 11: This past Friday, August 8th, 2014, the Autism Cares Act was signed into law. This legislation - The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, & Support Act of 2014 -reauthorizes and improves upon the Combating Autism Act of 2011. The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc of the United States celebrate the passage of this important legislation.

August 11: THANK YOU to everyone who made the 17th Annual Arc Quinebaug Valley Rubber Duckie Race in Putnam's Rotary Park a successful fundraiser. Check back for details of the 2015 race, or view our "Fundraisers" page under the "How You Can Help" tab for updates and the list of raffle winners.

July 14: THANK YOU to everyone who made the 27thAnnual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament on July 11tha great success! Once again, our community of supporters, staff, participants, and volunteers came together to create an enjoyable event to support our programs. Stay in touch for information about next year's tournament by following us on Facebook now: click hereand "like" our page.

June 20: The deadline to register to play in The Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament has been extended to accommodatemore golfers! Contact the Development Office at (860) 774-2827 or Sandi Riemann at sriemann@qvarc.org to register.

June 13: The Arc Quinebaug Valley has a new fundraiser that you can participate in from anywhere! Trivia Mogul is an online trivia game that is free and easy to register for. Go to www.triviamogul.com and click "Register" on the top right - enter "QVARC" in the Referral Username box. Play fun online games while donating your "points" to The Arc QuinebaugValley. Donations are received according to the daily users playing for 10 minutes or more per day (sessions ending before 10 minutes will not result in a donation). Thank you again for your support, and enjoy this fun way to support our mission!

January 24: RESCHEDULED: Family Hearing Day for the newly formed I/DD Caucus: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday February 7 in Hearing Room 2D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The Arc Quinebaug Valley will be there and hope you will join us! Click here for more information!

January 21: The Family Hearing Day will be rescheduled due to forecasted weather. A new date will be announced shortly.


December 19: Family Hearing Day for the newly formed I/DD Caucus: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday January 22 in Hearing Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The Arc Quinebaug Valley will be there and hope you will join us! Click here for more information.

November 25: Huge thanks to Reminder News for their article on The Arc Emporium's 5th birthday! Read the article by clicking here.

November 25: The Arc Quinebaug Valley will have a float in this year's Holiday Dazzle Light Parade! Come to downtown Putnam on Sunday December 1st to see Donny the Duck and his helper Elf riding their Payloader chariot!

November 20: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to The Arc Emporium! Our one-of-a-kind store is celebrating its 5th birthday on Thursday November 21st. Come in for specials, gifts and cupcakes! The celebration lasts during our regular hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a special ceremony and cake cutting will occur at 1 p.m. Please join the celebrations!

November 14: Click here to download the flyer for The Arc's December 15 Dining for a Cause event at 99 Restaurant in Killingly Commons in Dayville. From noon to 8 p.m., 15% of the food and beverage orders by patrons who present the flyer will be donated to The Arc's next capital project: the installation of an accessible bathroom and training kitchen at our Cook Hill Road Education Center. Flyers will be available at several locations in the community soon, stay tuned for details!

November 12: Save the Date of Sunday December 15th! The Arc Quinebaug Valley will host a Dining for a Cause from noon to 8 p.m. at the 99 Restaurant in Killingly Commons. 15% of all food and drink orders by patrons who present a flyer will be donated to The Arc Quinebaug Valley. More information to come!

October 29: The Arc Connecticut will host a Families for Families Parent Leadership Training from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday November 16 at The Arc Meriden/Wallingford, 200 Research Parkway, Meriden. RSVP with Shannon Jacovino at sjacovino@arcofct.org or at 860-246-6400, ext. 102.

Sept. 30: The Arc Quinebaug Valley's upcomingFREE workshop,"Exploring the Tools of Self-Advocacy"was scheduled for Wednesday October 2 and will be postponed dueto low registration. Reschedule date to be determined. "Getting and Keeping the First Job" will be on Wednesday October 9. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quinebaug Valley Community College (room E239) at 742 Upper Maple Street in Danielson. For more information, click here to read the flyer.

Sept. 16: A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made the September 15th Community Party at 4 G's Restaurant & Pizzeria a huge success! More than $3,800 was raised for The Arc. To read the press release, click here.

August 29: It's a COMMUNITY PARTY! Local restaurants are teaming up for The Arc. The party will be Sunday September 15th at 4G's Restaurant & Pizzeria in Dayville from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, click here to view the flyer.

August 28: The Arc Quinebaug Valley will host two FREE workshops, presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, for students with disabilities, their parents and educators. Exploring the Tools of Self-Advocacy will be held on Wednesday October 2 and Getting and Keeping the First Job will be on Wednesday October 9. Both will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Quinebaug Valley Community College (room E239) at 742 Upper Maple Street in Danielson. For more information, click here to read the flyer.

August 12: The 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race was a smashing success! Stay tuned for more event totals as they are calculated, but click here for the list of lucky winners!

August 7: THANK YOU to the Putnam Elks Lodge and Esteemed Knight Lisa Molnar for their $2,000 grant to The Arc's Kids on the Block Program! Lisa presented the check to The Arc's Executive Director Susan Desrosiers and President of the board Jeff Rawson this morning at WINY Radio. Renaldo Rodriguez and Brenda Dubrowski were also on hand for the big news! (Ann Tetreault and Emily Groves only partially pictured...)

The kids on the block putnam elks donation

August 1: The 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race is almost here! The Arc will be selling tickets outside the Putnam and Dayville Stop & Shop stores from noon to 7 p.m. on August 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th.

July 16: Executive Director Susan Desrosiers, Vice President of the Board of Directors Pam Brown, Secretary of the Board Mary Ellen Snyder and Administrator of Development, Public Relations and Facilities Linda Lamoureux were on WINY Radio this morning quacking it up about The 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race. Want to know more about our annual event? Check out our Fundraisers page.

July 12: The 26th Annual Garnder Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament was a huge success!! Nearly a full field of 130 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at Foster Country Club. For photos from the tournament, please visit our Facebook page by clicking here or check out our Photo Gallery.

June 18: Executive Director Susan Desrosiers and President of the Board of Directors Gene Michael Deary were on WINY Radio June 18th to share the latest updates on The 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race.

June 3: THEY'RE HERE! Tickets to The Arc Quinebaug Valley's 16th Annual Arc Rubber Duckie Race are on sale at more than 50 locations in Northeastern Connecticut. To check out where you can adopt a duck and take a chance on winning on of our 50 great prize packages, click here. To view our prize list, click here.

May 18: The Arc Quinebaug Valley entered a team in the Relay for Life of Northeastern Connecticut at the Woodstock Fairgrounds on May 18 and 19.

The Arc Quinebaug Valley at Relay for Life

April 1: "We have a message of hope. We know that when families get involved, things change." -Shannon Jacovino, Individual and Family Advocate, The Arc Connecticut, on the WINY Radio 1350 AM Talk Show this morning. For more information on how YOU can get involved, please visit The Arc Connecticut's Families for Families by clicking here.

March 13: "Most people don't think of this word as hate speech, but that's exactly how it feels to us." Please take a moment to watch this amazing video by The Arc's Education Department for Spread the Word to End the Word, filmed last week in our beautiful sensory room. View it on YouTube by clicking here.

March 6: The Arc's Education Department is filled with stars! Check out this great video students made for Spread the Word to End the Word in 2012. View it on YouTube by clicking here.

March 1: Thanks to The Norwich Bulletin for publishing a great column by The Arc Quinebaug Valley Executive Director Susan Desrosiers in today's paper. Read it online by clicking here.

February 27: In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, The Arc Quinebaug Valley's Education Department has started a pledge drive for Spread the Word to End the Word. Spread the Word to End the Word is an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and their supporters to raise consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)" and encourage people to pledge to stop using the R-word.The official annual day of awareness is the first Wednesday of every March. This year it is March 6th.Will you join our pledge drive? We want to gather as many pledges as we can between February 27thand March 13th.Visit www.r-word.org and take the pledge on the home page. Please list "The Arc Quinebaug Valley" as the organization you are representing. Please consider passing thismessage on to friends and promoting the pledge drive in social media.Respect is the essence of our mission here at The Arc Quinebaug Valley, and we invite you to make your pledge to use respectful, people-first language.Thank you so much for your time and help advocating for the rights of all people!

February 20: The Arc Quinebaug Valley is saddened by the loss of a dear friend and Board Member, Terry Chambers. To read more about Terry, please click here.

February 19: The Arc Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff testified February 15th before the Appropriations Committee regarding cuts to the Department of Developmental Services budget. Hear his testimony by clicking here and then fast forwarding to the 1 hour and 15 minute mark.

February 18: The future of Connecticut Services is in our hands! Check out some great photographs and thoughts from The Arc Connecticut by clicking here.

February 17: A big THANK YOU to Jeff Bousquet and the team at Bousquet's Appliance & TV for choosing The Arc Quinebaug Valley as the beneficiary of this year's Ice Fishing Derby. Another BIG THANK YOU to all the hearty souls who braved the snow, bitter cold and biting wind today, and to Valley Springs Sportsman's Club for hosting the Derby and feeding the fishermen! The tournament raised $5,300 for The Arc's next capital improvements: the installation of an accessible bathroom and shower and a training kitchen, all on the second floor of our Cook Hill Road Office, Education and Training Center.

Bousquet Ice Fishing Derby to benefit The Arc Quinebaug Valley


February 14: The Arc Quinebaug Valley is proud to again host the free "After the Cap & Gown" Transition Presentation. For more information, view the flyer by clicking here, or contact Linda Lamoureux at (860) 774-2827.

February 5: The Connecticut Family Support Council will host a Legislative Breakfast and Meet and Greet for Connecticut Families Raising Children with Special Health Care Needs from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday February 14th at the Legislative Office Building, second floor atrium. For more information, click here.

January 28: Only a few days left until The Arc Connecticut's Families for Families Rally at the State Capitol. For more information, click here.

January 24: A BIG Thank You to Shayne Kettle, Operations Manager at KB Ambulance, who led a training for our staff. A BIG Thank You to KB Ambulance for their donation of a Stair Chair!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley KB Ambulance training

January 18: Congratulations to Gene Michael Deary, President of The Arc Quinebaug Valley Board of Directors, who has been named a recipient of this year's Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Danielson Rotary Club. The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.When he moved to Chicago, he missed the camaraderie of his childhood where everyone in the neighborhood helped each other with tasks that needed to be done.He yearned for a "Do good society", where neighbor helped neighbor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A Fellowship Award was established to honor Paul Harris in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 by the local Rotary Club for the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation.Foundation programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendships and understanding, such as, educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunizations, and shelter for millions of people.Rotarians designate at least one Paul Harris Fellow per club to recognize someone whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace through community service.

January 14: The Arc Connecticut is co-hosting a joint rally withThe Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, The Connecticut Community Providers Association, The Keep the Promise Coalition, The Council for Family Service Agenciesand The Nonprofit Human Services Cabinet.The legislature returned to Hartford last Wednesday to begin work on a new budget. Families and advocates need to start now on putting a human face to further cuts to the DDS budget. For more information, click here.

January 7: Get into The Arc Spirit! The Arc Apparel is available for purchase. For more information, click here.


December 14: Congratulations to The Arc Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff on his newest title, Secretary of the Council on Developmental Services!!

December 10: One of The Arc Quinebaug Valley's founding parents, Norma Cassettari, will celebrate her 92nd birthday on December 22nd. More than 60 years ago, Norma and other parents from our area banded together to fight for the human rights of their children who had developmental disabilities. Together they forged the path for equal education and all of the programs we offer today. Their courage and determination is what has made our agency what it is today. This year, we want to wish Norma many happy returns, and show her how much we appreciate her courage, hard work and determination. To join in, please send your thoughts to The Arc Quinebaug Valley, 687 Cook Hill Road, Danielson, CT 06239. We hope to deliver a sack full of cards to this special lady!

Norma Cassettari Founding Parent

December 6: CALL TO ACTION!!The Arc Quinebaug Valley, together with The Connecticut Community Providers Association and the Keep the Promise Coalition, is asking our friends and family to call the Governor's office on December 11th or 12th to protest the recent rescissions to community services, and urge him to refrain from any further cuts to services. For more information, please click here.

December 3: The Arc Quinebaug Valley will host a job fair from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 13th at our offices at 687 Cook Hill Road in Danielson. For more information, please click here.

November 30: This holiday season, get into The Arc spirit! The Arc has partnered with Danielson Surplus to offer apparel embroidered with The Arc logo. For more information, please click here.

November 16: The 2012 GHADA Foundation Grant from the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association was awarded to The Arc Quinebaug Valley in the amount of $1,000. The Arc was sponsored by Putnam Ford in Putnam. For more information, read the press release by clicking here.Photographed below are Executive Director Susan Desrosiers and Putnam Ford owner Rick Place.

Putnam Ford The Arc Quinebaug Valley donation

November 15: The Arc Emporium is celebrating its 4th birthday on November 20, 2012. Please stop by our Putnam store for refreshments and in-store specials. Pick a present at check out to receive a surprise discount of 10 to 50 percent off! For more information, read the flyer by clicking here.

November 1: Our 2012 Annual Appeal is underway! This year's appeal, Improving Lives through Service, Learning and Community - A LIFELINE of Hope for Individuals and Families with Life-Affecting Disabilities, will protect the vital programs we offer in Northeastern Connecticut. For more information, visit our fundraisers page.

October 12: It's official! Our new Chaplin Day Program Center and Emporium II is now open. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us on Friday October 12th. For more information about our center, read the press release by clicking here.

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Chaplin grand opening

October 11: Our The Arc Artisans have been making some fabulous pieces. The chairs and tables are made from recycled pallets, and are flying off the shelves at The Arc Emporium.

The Arc Artisans

October 8: The Arc is always looking for volunteers, especially this month as we prepare a large mailing. If you are interested in helping us, please contact Linda Lamoureux at 860-774-2827.

October 4: Thank you to The Reminder for their article on the Transition Workshop Series. To read some great advice from our Administrator of Education Dawn Lazaroff, click here for the PDF, or click here to read it online.

September 25: An information session for families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities was held on Tuesday, September 25that our Chaplin Center.Parent and advocate Lois Nitch shared her story about her son, Andy.Lois and her family worked diligently to advocate for appropriate services and supports for Andy as he moved from the school setting to adulthood.She shared what questions parents should be asking and where to go to find the answers.For more information, please contact Dawn Lazaroff at dlazaroff@qvarc.org or 860-774-2827.

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Parent Advocacy

September 21: The Arc U.S. is featured in a special section of Time Magazine. Click Here to read the section.

August 28: We are sending good luck wishes to The Arc Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff as he prepares for his spot as the Keynote Speaker at The 19th Annual West Virginia People First Self-Advocacy Conference. Congratulations Jamie for all the hard work you have put in to deserve this honor. To read more about the conference, click here.

August 23: The Arc Quinebaug Valley will host a workshop by The Arc Connecticut, After the Cap & Gown, at 6 p.m. September 25 at our Chaplin office, 174 Willimantic Road. For more information, check out the flyer by clicking here or contact Linda Lamoureux at (860) 774-2827 or by email at llamoureux@qvarc.org.

August 13: We are sending a big Rubber Duckie THANK YOU to everyone who made this year's event a success! We are celebrating a record year of ticket sales, with 4,309 sold. We are estimating proceeds for the race to be around $25,000, which will be a huge help in running our programs for the next year. To see a list of winners, please click here. Below is a photo of Putnam Mayor Peter Place lifting the first place duck out of the water.

The Arc Rubber Duckie Race Putnam CT

August 2: Only 10 days left until this year's Rubber Duckie Race! Volunteers from our Day Services and Education programs are hard at work this week selling tickets outside the Stop & Shop stores in Putnam and Dayville. Stop by and say hello!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Day Services Rubber Duck Race

July 30: The Arc Quinebaug Valley celebrated the success of our Capital Campaign with an Elevator Ribbon Cutting and Open House at our Cook Hill Road Office, Education and Training Center. THANK YOU to the community whohelped us surpass our goal of $250,000 and raise $306,790!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley Capital Campaign

July 20: Check out new photographs uploaded to our Photo Gallery by clicking here. There are some great images of our Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Night and our 25th Annual Gardner Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament. More images of other Arc activities are to come!

July 6: We're growing again! Check out the latest news about The Arc of Quinebaug Valley's newest location in Chaplin by clicking here.

July 2: The Arc Connecticut Self Advocacy Advisory Panel has released its first newsletter! A great job by all, including The Arc of Quinebaug Valley's Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff and Self Advocacy Group Secretary Abby Snyder, both of whom had articles in the newsletter. Read the newsletter by clicking here.

June 15: RUBBER DUCK RACETICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! The Arc of Quinebaug Valley has partnered with more than 50 local businesses to sell ticketsin Northeastern Connecticut. For more informationon where you can find your tickets, please visit our fundraiserspage byclicking here.

May 16: The ArcofQuinebaug Valley Self Advocate CoordinatorJamie Lazaroff, Chairman of the Community Division ofour Capital Campaign Lynn Bourque and Campaign Counsel Ron Coderre shared a big announcement about our Capital Campaign this morning onWINY1350 AM Radio. In case you missed it, click here to listen!

May 2: TheArc ofQuinebaug Valley Self Advocate CoordinatorJamie Lazaroffwas featured onWTNH's Connecticut Style on May 2.Clickhere to view the interview!


The Arc Quinebaug Valley The Last Green Valley Clean Up

May 2: Thanksto a grant from The Last Green Valley, The Arc of QuinebaugValley participatedin aClean Up ofOwen Bell Park in Killingly on May 2. Thanks to The Last Green Valley forbeing a great community partner, and to everyone who came out and helped make the park ready for spring andsummer!

April 28: TheArc of Quinebaug Valley Self Advocate CoordinatorJamie Lazaroff was honored as Advocate ofthe Year by The Arc of New London County at their Fifth Annual Pirate Party April 28. Read more about it and see a photo on our Facebook page by clicking here.

April 26: The Arc kicked off the community portion of its "ElevatingEducation: The Power to Transform Lives" Capital CampaignApril 26 at The Gold EagleRestaurant inDayville. For more information on the event,click here toreadthe press release.

Founding Parent Norma Cassettari and Betty Hale

The Arc of Quinebaug ValleyFounding Parent Norma Cassettari withBetty HaleattheCapitalCampaign Kick Off April 26.

April26: The Arc's Self Advocate CoordinatorJamie Lazaroffis returningfrom a trip to Washington, D.C. today, where hemet with legislators, toured the Capitol and attended The Disability Policy Seminar. We're so proud to have such a great voice advocatingfor us to our Nation's leaders. Great work Jamie! For photographs from the trip, visit ourFacebookpage.

April 19: TheArc's CapitalCampaign Vice-Chairman Jeff Rawson, Presidentof the Board ofDirectors Gene Michael Deary and Administrator of Development,Public Relations andFacilities Linda Lamoureux provided updates onour "Elevating Education: The Powerto Transform Lives" Capital Campaign onWINY Radio 1350 AMApril 19.In case you missedit,click here to listen!

March 21: TheArc'sCapital Campaign Chairpersons Jason and Amy St. Onge and Executive Director Sue Desrosiers shared the latest news on our "Elevating Education:The Power to Transform Lives"Capital Campaign on WINY Radio 1350 AMon March 21. In case you missed it, click here to listen!

March 19: Thanks to The Bulletin and WINY for helping to spread the good news about our CapitalCampaign. The Arc is celebrating the generosity of The Citizens National Bank, who donated $25,000 to our campaign. To read the post on the WINY Facebook page, click here, to read The Bulletin story, click here.

March14:Self Advocate Coordinator Jamie Lazaroff traveledto HartfordMarch 13to testify ataLaborand Public Employees Committee public hearing on two bills that would give home care assistants and daycare workers the right to collectively bargain benefits with the state. Jamie's photograph and thoughts were featured on the websitectnewsjunkie.com. Check it out! Great job Jamie!