Empowering Lives

A campaign to support The Arc of Washington County

The Arc of Washington County (The Arc-WC) is seeking the generous support of the community to help ensure that our neighbors with disabilities, as well as the gifted, compassionate professionals who support them, have the space and resources they need to grow, thrive and succeed—now and into the future.

Empowering Lives

A campaign to support The Arc of Washington County

The Arc of Washington County (The Arc-WC) is seeking the generous support of the community to help ensure that our neighbors with disabilities, as well as the gifted, compassionate professionals who support them, have the space and resources they need to grow, thrive and succeed—now and into the future.

Two Purposes: One Campaign

Since 1952, helping persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives has been a dynamic partnership between The Arc of Washington County and our generous community.

Now more than ever, we need your support.

  • Renovate our facilities to create a new Day Services Center with enriched services, improved programs, and a state-of-the-art employment program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while accommodating those who need a high level of support.
  • Create an Endowment Fund to provide increased opportunities for our Direct Support Professionals, including scholarships, equipment, training, technology, and financial assistance, helping to ensure that the people we serve continue to receive excellent, individualized care.

The overall project, which totals approximately $7.25 million, is being funded in part by government grants and The Arc-WC’s own reserves.

Your gift to the Empowering Lives campaign will help bridge the $2.75 million gap between the funding we have already secured, and what is needed to complete these critical projects.

Your tax-deductible gift to Empowering Lives will allow us to:

Remodel with a Purpose

The new floor plan will allow the people we serve to work more collaboratively with one another and those who support them. The open spaces will be more flexible, making it possible for our differently-abled community members to practice life skills, explore their creativity, and make new friends.

The renovation allows us to implement these programs and provide the space we need to support approximately 100 more people over the next five years.

Remodel with a Purpose

The new floor plan will allow the people we serve to work more collaboratively with one another and those who support them. The open spaces will be more flexible, making it possible for our differently-abled community members to practice life skills, explore their creativity, and make new friends.

The renovation allows us to implement these programs and provide the space we need to support approximately 100 more people over the next five years.

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Please join me in making sure that people with disabilities, as well as the gifted, compassionate professionals who support them, have the space and resources they need to grow, thrive and succeed—now and into the future.

– Blackie Bowen, Empowering Lives Campaign Chair

Invest in Our Professionals

Your gift to Empowering Lives will help create a Fund for Direct Support Professional Excellence, an endowment that will underwrite education, training, and technology for our gifted direct support staff. DSPs who successfully complete a nationally certified accreditation program will be eligible to receive bonuses and pay increases, helping them to make working with The Arc-WC their lifelong career.

The Arc of Washington County 2020 Capital Campaign Committee

CAMPAIGN CHAIR

  • Blackie Bowen

 

HONORARY CHAIR

  • Senator Andrew Serafini

BOARD DIVISION CHAIRS

  • Ryan Beachley
  • Bob Bodell

 

FAMILY DIVISION CHAIRS

  • Bev Pederson
  • Bill Wright

BUSINESS AND FOUNDATION DIVISION CHAIRS

  • Taylor Bowen
  • Laura Herrera
  • Heath Hykes

STAFF AND COMMUNITY DIVISION CHAIRS

  • Karen Boyer
  • Karol Kennedy
  • Joy Preische
  • Shane Williams

Our Generous Community Supporters

Once again, our community’s generosity will be the key to raising all the funds we need to bring these ambitious projects to fruition.

Contributions from The Arc-WC’s own financial reserves and grants from the government have given this fundraising effort a solid base, but we need your support to bridge the gap between what we have and what we need to complete this project.

Meet All of Our Wonderful Donors Making This Possible

$500,000+

  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • HUD – Washington County
  • Maryland Capital Grant – Board of Public Works
  • Maryland Department of Health Capital Improvement

 

$250,000 – $499,999

  • Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation
  • Blackie & Ginny Bowen
  • Nora Roberts Foundation

$100,000 – $249,999

  • The Jone L. Bowman Foundation
  • Michael G. Callas Charitable Fund
  • Pauline K. Anderson Foundation

 

$50,000 – $99,999

  • AC&T
  • CNB Bank
  • Middletown Valley Bank
  • Russell Taylor & Beverley Pederson
  • George & Debbie Pillorge
  • Wade Architecture

$25,000 – $49,999

  • Beverly & Bill Abeles Jr
  • Taylor Bowen
  • Capital Womens Care LLC
  • Joseph & Jo Ann Converse
  • Fulton Bank
  • God’s Grace Fund and the M.F. Johnson Family
  • The Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Holzapfel Family Charitable Foundation
  • The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation
  • Dr. Paul & Marsha Mauriello
  • McGriff Insurance Services
  • Andrew & Diana Serafini
  • Benito Vattelana

$10,000 – $24,999

  • The Abraham family in honor of Roger Golden Abraham:
    Lois A. Heefner and Daniel J. Crump
    Larry Abraham and Dolly Lambdin
    Neal B. Abraham
    Austin S. Abraham and Kathleen A. Maher
    Wickliffe Abraham and Philippa Youard
    Joyce B. Abraham
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Beachley Artisan Group LLC DBA Sixth Avenue Custom
  • Laurie & Eric Bender
  • Susan & Bob Bodell
  • C William Hetzer, Inc
  • Stephen & Josefina Dash
  • Aryeh & Laura Herrera
  • Heath & Nicole Hykes
  • Kershner Sisters Foundation & Albert & Naomi Sinnisen Foundation
  • LS Technologies LLC
  • Robin & David Lyles
  • Cort & Chelsea Meinelschmidt
  • Patriot Federal Credit Union
  • Troy & Susan Van Scoyoc
  • VW Brown Insurance / Erie Insurance
  • Washington County COF Grant
  • Bill & Dixie Wright

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this list, but please notify us of any errors or omissions.
Any corrections should be submitted to Lori Higgs at LAHiggs@arcwc-md.org.

Note: The lists above include gifts and multi-year pledges.