Your Impact


When You Support The Arc, You Support Smiling Faces Like These: 

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The Arc of Central Alabama is the largest organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the State of Alabama. We are proud to serve over 700 people yearly affected by disabilities from Autism to Down Syndrome, Fragile X to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and beyond. The Arc is also the only non-reject facility in the state, meaning we never turn anyone away for services because of severe medical or behavioral issues.  We are equipped and willing to support all people, with all levels of ability. Our programs benefit these individuals across their lifespans, and help them become valuable members of the community.  We continue to serve more and more people every year and we are driven to fulfill the increasing need for programming for those affected by disability.  

That's why Shamrock Shindig is so important to us. Without you - your ticket purchase, your social media shares, your support - we couldn't raise the funds we need to keep our programs going every day, and not only going, but improving and adapting and fulfilling a critical need.  While The Arc is funded partially through the State Department of Mental Health, funding for organizations like ours has not increased since the 1990's, and the cost of living and services continues to increase.  There is a gap that can only be met through fundraising.  Without supporters like you in our community, we could not sustain programming at the level we are able to currently, nor expand it to those who are in need - over 600 people sit on a waiting list to be served in Jefferson County alone.  

Money raised at Shamrock Shindig will support services such as our Residential Program.  The Arc owns over 80 residences across the region that provide housing to people with I/DD, 90% of whom do not have a family active in their lives, and have nowhere else to turn.  Funds also aid initiatives such as our Employment Services program, which trains people in the skills necessary to apply for, earn and maintain a job in the community.  Other vital services provided by The Arc are an Adult Day Program for those with I/DD who have aged out of the schools system and need continued interaction and learning opportunities, as well as an in-home Early Intervention program for children ages 0-3 who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability. 

Come by The Arc any day for a tour to see our facility and meet these sweet faces! We'd love to meet you and make you a part of The Arc family! 
Mary Frances Colley
(205) 423-6230 


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