Summer and Fall Fests Celebrate The Arc!

Programs and Services, Stories Of People We Support

Did you get a chance to take part in any of the Summer or Fall Fests happening around The Arc over the past few months? The fun kicked off with Summerfest at ArcWorks, then there was a medieval theme festival at Lambert/Community Connections. Fairport Day Services was full-on country western, while Community Arts Connection celebrated “Music Genres thru the Ages.” The fun kept coming as Ballantyne celebrated with a Halloween theme! You can see a few of the photos here, but follow The Arc’s Facebook page at to see ALL the fun!  

Clover Crew Holds Family and Friends BBQ

Employment, Staff Perspectives, Stories Of People We Support, What's In The News

By Chigozie Onwubalili, Clover Hills Residence Manager On August 21, 2021 the individuals supported and the entire team at Clover Hills (Clover Crew) had a Family and Friends BBQ. It was a wonderful opportunity to live the agency’s core value of camaraderie. Both the individuals and their families, together with the entire staff and their families met, socialized and established rapport. The day was colorful and bright. Although everyone was treading with caution as we all made safety a priority by social-distancing and mask wearing as much as possible, the event/day was filled with a sense of relief and freedom …

2021 Employee Milestone Celebration

Employment, Staff Perspectives, What's In The News

On September 30, 2021, The Arc of Monroe held the 2021 Employee Milestone Celebration. Employees are at the heart and soul of The Arc of Monroe, and it was exciting to celebrate at Shadow Lake Golf Club with the honorees from milestone years including 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, 30 years, and 35 years. We celebrated longevity and honored each of those who reached a milestone in their career at The Arc of Monroe. As we hit the20-year milestone mark, we wanted to do something extra special for those who have given so much of …

September is Deaf Awareness Month & International Week of the Deaf Begins September 20

Advocacy, Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

September is Deaf Awareness Month and International Week of the Deaf begins September 20! The first International Day of the Deaf was first celebrated by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in 1958. The day of awareness was later extended to a full week, becoming the International Week of the Deaf (IWD). Deaf Awareness Week (IWD) is a national week of celebrating deafness. It is observed annually throughout the last full week of September (to commemorate the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, which took place in September 1951). The week focuses on promoting the positive aspects of deafness, encouraging …

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Juneteenth Resources and Events

Staff Perspectives

Juneteenth It is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans in the United States. It is celebrated on June 19th (the name is a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth”) On June 19th, 1865, the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas and informed enslaved people that the Civil War had ended and slavery had been abolished. Union soldiers were there to enforce President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had actually gone into effect more than two years earlier, on January 1, 1863. (In fact, Lincoln himself had been assassinated a …

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee: “A Mission of Heart”

Advocacy, Staff Perspectives

As Black History Month comes to a close, I reflect on the year that we have experienced and the way in which America has been educated on the experiences of those from marginalized groups. While this “awakening” has been important to the evolution of our life, the work of growth has truly just begun. This work and growth can be uncomfortable. It can be hard to accept that life has not been equitable to others, or that some have experienced privilege. I have found that many people get hung up on the term “privilege.” Privilege is often invisible to those that …

Roc the Love

OFC fundraiser benefits the Arc of Monroe

OFC Creations Presents ROC the LOVE! A Benefit for the Arc of Monroe Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Comedy @ the Carlson ROC the LOVE is a benefit variety performance for the Arc of Monroe. From comedy to vocals to dance… ROC the LOVE is dedicated to inclusion, love, and bringing our community together. Featuring performances by Sky Sands, Thomas Warfield, Diane Chevron, Dresden Engle, Garth Fagan Dance, OFC’s cast of Mamma Mia and many more. Join us for an unforgettable performance as we start 2020 off with nothing but love! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. …

ArcWorks, Contract Manufacturing

ArcWorks integrating people with disabilities into the workforce

Programs and Services

By: Velvet Spicer November 27, 2019 published in the Rochester Business Journal. In 2017, just 6 percent of Monroe County’s more than 57,000 disabled residents were employed, and of the nearly 20,000 total individuals unemployed in the county that year, some 19 percent were people with disabilities. ArcWorks, a program of the Arc of Monroe, is looking to improve that. “We’re an integrated contract manufacturer that employs assembly operators and individuals with disabilities,” said ArcWorks’ business development manager Melissa Mayo. “Many people who come in to take a tour, I don’t know what their thoughts were in the past, but when they …

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Inclusive language and safe spaces


“Be You, Be the Arc” is not just a catchy slogan that we say at The Arc of Monroe, it’s a reflection of who we are and what we are all about. Our agency is an inclusive place where we empower everyone to find what it is that makes them unique and where we celebrate the diversity that each of us brings. We live our mission statement: “a progressive community that welcomes diversity, fosters meaningful relationships, and cultivates a life of fulfillment for those we support.” In order to welcome diversity, we strive to make every Arc location a safe …

Special Olympics Walk for Inclusion 2019

2019 Special Olympics New York Walk for Inclusion  Sunday, September 15th, 2019 Registration:  8:30AM – 9:45AM Walk for Inclusion Starts:  10:00AM Pittsford Community Center 35 Lincoln Ave, Pittsford, NY 14534 Inclusiveness. Improving our Health.  Celebrating 50 Years of the Eternal Flame of Hope. WHAT IS THE WALK FOR INCLUSION? Celebrating 50 years creating a more inclusive, welcoming world for all. Celebrating a new state of the art training facility that symbolizes inclusiveness and the investment of improving the health of our athletes.  The Walk for Inclusion serves as the spark for people to commit to making their community more inclusive, …