Your Guide to Giving Back: 10 Resources to Help You Make a Difference

Employment, Volunteer

Do you want to have a positive impact on your hometown? There are lots of reasons to give back: you help others, strengthen the community, meet new friends, and even improve your own well-being! However, knowing where to start can be difficult. That’s why The Arc of Monroe has put together this handy resource guide to help you make a difference in your community. Donate your time and money Whether you have a lot to give or a little, these links will help you make a difference in your community. There’s no shortage of places to volunteer in Rochester. VolunteerMatch …

An Interview with Winner Vanessa Fortin

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

This month the Rochester Business Journal announced their Health Care Heroes awards, and for the third consecutive year, a staff member at The Arc of Monroe has been recognized. Vanessa Fortin, RN and RN Coordinator was honored in the Special Needs category. The awards recognize excellence, promote innovation and honor the efforts of organizations and individuals making a significant impact on the quality of health care in the Rochester area. Vanessa and all the winners will be honored during a virtual celebration at noon on Tuesday, May 11. Let’s meet Vanessa: I am humbled to have been nominated for the …

A Heartfelt Message from The Arc of Monroe

COVID-19, Staff Perspectives

A Heartfelt Message from The Arc of Monroe: It has been a year since the first reported case of COVID-19, and throughout these past twelve months, we have persevered even though they have been stressful and traumatic. Many of us have mourned the loss of loved ones, loved ones contracting the virus, remote learning. We have worked through the challenge of how best to care for children, elderly parents, friends, neighbors and the health of our community. We will be forever changed by this collective experience, and I believe we will emerge with a different perspective in critical areas, including …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Work is work, after all. Do you really need to love what you do? Yes. You do. Perhaps a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 of the reasons Employment Specialist Katie Wooton says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding. Getting to Help People I love working for the Arc because I get to help people become more independent. In many cases, I support people in finding their very first jobs and it is so rewarding …

Volunteer and Make a Difference for a Family Member with a Developmental Disability

Advocacy, Family Perspectives, Programs and Services, Volunteer

The Arc of Monroe Family Reimbursement Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers to serve as members on the committee. The Arc of Monroe Family Reimbursement Program helps families caring for a family member with a developmental disability with access to purchase or otherwise obtain goods and services needed to support the family member at home and strengthen the quality of life for the person and their family. Requests for the goods and services are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Family Reimbursement Advisory Committee that is includes: people with a developmental disability, family members, community advocates, and Arc of Monroe …

ArcWorks virtual information session

ArcWorks Program offers Valuable Employment Readiness Skills

Employment, Programs and Services

Developing job skills and employment readiness proficiencies is important in order to successfully secure paid employment in the community. The ArcWorks program at The Arc of Monroe helps with that. ArcWorks is an integrated manufacturing business offering pre-vocational services to prepare people to gain employment readiness skills through a combination of classroom learning and paid work activities. Wendy Amering, Director of Arcworks Programs and Services, says the ArcWorks staff works diligently to provide services that are going to enhance current skills and abilities of the people we support. “We’re helping people become independent in work skills so they can work in …