What is #GivingTuesday? It’s “a global day dedicated to giving back.” If you’re looking for a worthy organization to support this Giving Tuesday, the Brockton Area Arc (BAArc) is one of the best! Just go to the website and click on the donate button.
I’ve written about this organization many times before and give my time as a member of the Board of Directors.
The Brockton Area Arc is one of more than 700 national and local chapters of The Arc, which is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and acquired brain injury. This organization is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be members of the community.
One of the things that I want to especially point out is the work of BAArc’s Family Support Center. It provides information, education, and referral services to help parents manage the challenges of raising a child with disabilities.
Support groups and parent meetings let families connect with other families, share resources and build support networks. There is a Sunday Recreation Program, Extended Day Programs, and Sibshops, for brothers and sisters of individuals with special needs. Being a sibling is how I became involved with BAArc.
Also, the Brockton Area Arc has made a special effort to make sure that all families benefit from their services by hiring coordinators to reach out specifically to the Haitian and Cape Verdean communities in the Brockton area. The coordinators speak Haitian Creole and Cape Verdean Creole, so that people can feel comfortable speaking their native languages.
Happy Giving Tuesday! I hope that you will consider making a donation to the Brockton Area Arc!
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Photo Credit: Brockton Area Arc