Founded:
1970
Contact Title:
President
Contact Name:
Cecilia A. Dix
Address:
PO Box 3602
Quincy, IL 62305
Phone Number:
(217) 228-1729

Communities:
Quincy, IL
Categories:
Children and Family Services

Arc of Adams County, The

Mission:

To give attention to those with developmental disabilities.

History:

In 1970, a group of individuals and parents organized to give attention to those with developmental disabilities. From that small group, the Adams County Association for Retarded Citizens, or the ARC, was born. Because of state and national name changes, in May of 2004 the name of the local organization was changed to The Arc of Adams County. In 1979, the first D.A. Weibring/WGEM-ARC Pro-Am Charity Golf Event was held to provide financial support for The Arc’s activities. The charity event enabled the all-volunteer and locally-backed Arc of Adams County to provide social, educational, and recreational activities for children and adults with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities. That included funding activities and projects during the school year for Quincy Public School’s special education classes and funding the school’s summer programs for junior and senior high school-aged EMH and TMH students.

Highlights:

The Arc of Adams County funds many activities for adults with disabilities as well as assists with these adults’ personal needs. Additionally, The Arc works closely with Transitions, Special Olympics, and other organizations that also support the needs of individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. The Arc has accomplished much, but it wants to do more. Annual contributions are welcome. The Arc wants to ensure a permanent source of funding to meet future needs. The Arc’s commitment was further demonstrated with the establishment of The Arc Fund with the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area in 1998. It is The Arc’s hope that funds contributed to and earnings made from the endowment will help cover the growing needs of this population enabling it to continue to be served.

Ways to Give:

Gifts to The Arc can be made in any amount and at any time. Making a donation is easy. Annual contributions and memberships may be sent to The Arc of Adams County. If you want to make a donation to the endowment fund, on your check please indicate: Community Foundation of the Quincy Area/The Arc Fund.