Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!


The Board of Directors, staff, and the individuals served by The Arc of Orleans County would like to wish you and yours a Very Healthy and Happy New Year. We wish you joy and prosperity in 2012.

Thank you for your support and kindness in 2011!

The Arc's 2011 Grant Review

At Camp Rainbow…
1. ABATE Orleans County Chapter raised money for a shed and gate at the pool area.

At Rainbow Preschool…
1. The DanPaul Foundation provided grant funding to purchase equipment and supplies as well as to assist with staff training costs.
2. The Arc received grant funding from the Kenlou Foundation to purchase classroom amplification systems, assessment tools and supplies.
3. The Children’s Guild Foundation provided grant funding through the Mabel Louise Burns Education Fund for equipment and supplies related to health and safety and assistive technologies.
4. The Kelly For Kids Foundation in conjunction with Terry Hills provided funding for equipment and supplies at our Batavia Preschool site.
5. Wal-mart funding allowed the purchase of supplies for our visually impaired students.

At Family Support Services & Recreation Program…
1. The Agency received grant funding from the AT&T Foundation to assist with the transition of young adults from school to adulthood.
2. The Sandstone Trust of Medina provided grant funding for an Amtrak trip to Syracuse.

At Nutri-Fair/Meals on Wheels…
1. The East Hill Foundation provided grant funding to purchase a new van for meal deliveries within the county.

CAMP RAINBOW
ABATE $ 315
Total Program Funding $ 315

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
The Sandstone Trust of Medina $ 200
AT&T Foundation $ 16,000
Total Program Funding $ 16,200

NUTRI-FAIR/MEALS ON WHEELS
East Hill Foundation $ 20,000
Total Program Funding $ 20,000

RAINBOW PRESCHOOL
The DanPaul Foundation $ 5,267
Kenlou Foundation $ 5,500
The Children’s Guild Foundation $ 5,000
Kelly For Kids Foundation $ 2,500
Wal-Mart $ 1,000
Total Program Funding $ 19,267

Total Grants for 2011 $ 55,782


Thank you to all the foundations, businesses, individuals and organizations
that have continued to support The Arc of Orleans County. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Employment Listing - 12/19/11 COTA/OTR

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: COTA/OTR - PART TIME CATEGORY I – 25 HRS/WK


REPORTS TO: CAROLE FOURNIER - OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST


LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL - ALBION


DUTIES: Provides occupational therapy services within guidelines of NYS & AOTA, based on goals determined by a registered occupational therapist. Writes progress reports and communicates regularly with teachers & parents.


QUALIFICATIONS:

NYS CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT CERTIFICATION. PHYSICALLY ABLE TO LIFT AND CARRY 40 POUNDS IN ORDER TO CARRY CHILDREN & EQUIPMENT.


STARTING SALARY: GRADE 21 - $15.07/HR FOR COTA
OT/1 – 22.22/HR FOR OT PLUS $40.00/CREDIT HOURS UP TO 36.


Interested candidates should submit a resume by 12/26/11 to:

Human Resources Office
The Arc of Orleans County
P.O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org Fax: (585) 589-5669

THE ARC OF ORLEANS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Posted: 12/19/11

"ROC the Day"

The Arc of Orleans County would like to thank all the individuals who donated to the Agency on "ROC the Day" held Thursday, December 8th. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Happy Holidays!

Hayden Pond Named November Student of the Month at Rainbow Preschool


Hayden Pond was named the November 2011 Rainbow Preschool Student of the Month. Hayden received this award because he made great progress on his curriculum at home and at school in the month of November.

Hayden's family had undergone changes and he continued to work hard and was ready with a hug when others needed it. Hayden also worked diligently on using his Dynavox speech device to communicate with his family and therapists. For his progress, good attitude and helping his family, Hayden is very deserving of November's Student of the Month.

The Arc of Orleans County and Rainbow Preschool would like to congratulate Hayden on a job well done!

Happy Holiday Wishes


All of us at The Arc of Orleans County would like to wish you and yours a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

Your kindness and support throughout this year is truly appreciated. Thank you! May the spirit of the season bring peace, love and joy to you and your family.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Employment Listing - 12/14/11 Vocational Training Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: VOCATIONAL TRAINING ASSISTANT/MOBILE CREW SUPERVISOR
REGULAR FULL TIME-ALBION NIGHT CREW 2:30PM-10:30PM

REPORTS TO: SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT MANAGER – MELISSA COTTER

LOCATION: Mobile Cleaning Crew - ALBION

DUTIES: Provides direct hands on supervision, training and counseling to people with disabilities in a variety of vocational & community settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Working level knowledge of cleaning techniques, methods and/or training involving adults who are disabled. Cleaning experience and experience with the DD population is a plus. Demonstrates skills equivalent to a high school diploma. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, good administrative, problem solving, training and oral & written communication skills required. Ability to independently supervise a group of adults with disabilities cleaning various businesses. Capable of completing SCIP, CPR & other required training. Willing to work weekends, holidays & evenings. Needs a valid NYS driving license.

STARTING RATE: Grade 5DC - $8.52/hr.

Vocational Training/Community Living Assistants who are currently paid at grade 9, will continue to be paid at grade 9.

INTERESTED CANDIDATES SHOULD SUBMIT A RESUME TO THE HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT BY 12/21/11.

Carol Fox
Human Resources Office
The Arc of Orleans County
PO Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org
Fax #589-5669

The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posted: 12/14/11

Invitation for Don Colquhoun's Retirement Open House

You are cordially invited
to attend an Open House celebration
for Donald G. Colquhoun
on his retirement
as Executive Director from
The Arc of Orleans County

Thursday, December 29, 2011
From 3:00 until 6:00 PM
Presentations at 5:00 PM
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
15816 Lynch Rd. Holley, New York
(Refreshments and cash bar)

Please RSVP your acceptance to
Denise Withey, Community Relations Specialist
585-589-5516 ext. 227 or
E-mail dwithey@arcoforleans.org
No later than Wednesday, Dec. 21st

In lieu of gifts, Don asks that donations
be made to The Arc of Orleans County.
These funds will be used to create and maintain
“Colquhoun’s Corridor”(nature trail) at Camp Rainbow.

Direct Support Professional of the Year is Patricia Joy

The Arc of Orleans County is proud to announce the winner of the Edward S. Woods, Sr. Direct Support Professional of the Year Award. Patricia Joy has been employed by The Arc for eleven years and has been the Enclave Supervisor at Freeze-Dry Foods in Albion since June 2009. Pat oversees seven individuals and is responsible for completing producation paperwork, doing quality control on products, and ensuring production demands are met. Pat does not sit behind a desk all day but can be seen working hands-on with her crew.

Pat's encouragement and dedication to her crew has helped them not only in their professional goals, but their personal goals as well. One of her crew has recently become independent, moving into her own apartment. In addition, three crew members attended driving school and obtained their drivers' licenses.

Pat consistently goes above and beyond and, due to her hard work and the faith she has in her team, they have earned the respect of everyone at Freeze-Dry. Thank you, Pat, for all you do for the Arc, Freeze-Dry, and the individuals we serve. Congratulations!

Jen Batt Named Arc's Employee of the Year

The Arc of Orleans County is proud to announce that Jen Batt, Senior Medicaid Service Coordinator (MSC) with Family Support Services, has been named the Agency's Employee of the Year for 2011. Jen displays initiative, decisiveness, drive, and commitment to the people we serve and the Agency.

Jen played a huge role in the implemenation of a new system the Agency began using and has worked to create and develop templates for staff to use when inputting data into the new system. Jen is always there when people turn to her for guidance in managing their way through the system. In addition, Jen is required to review 100% of the information for accuracy and certify them in order for the Agency staff to begin their work.

In addition, Jen's leadership role during the recent redesign and transitition of Medicaid Service Coordination did not go unnoticed; she has maintained professionalism as the continues to lead her staff through these difficult changes.

Jen is truly deserving of this prestigius award. Congratulations, Jen!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Employment Listing - 12/07/11 Teacher Aide

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: TEACHER AIDE – Part-Time I - 30 hrs./wk.


REPORTS TO: LYNN BEATTY – MANAGING TEACHER


LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL - ALBION SITE



DUTIES: Under moderate supervision, assists in the planning and implementation of activities for young children in a classroom setting. Is directly responsible to the classroom teacher.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Related work experience preferred. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, especially young children; and good administrative, planning, organizational and oral & written communications skills are required. Ability to follow specific instructions, lift and carry 40 pounds in order to carry children and equipment. Works well independently, as well as in a team atmosphere. Must be a team player.

STARTING RATE: Grade 3 - $7.62/hr.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 12/14/11 to:
Carol S. Fox
Human Resource Manager
122 Caroline Street
Albion, NY 14411

E-MAIL: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX: (585) 589 - 5669


The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted: 12/7/11

Employment Listing - 12/07/11 Speech/Lang Therapist or Speech Path

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST OR SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
TEMPORARY POSITION/PART TIME 1 – 25 HRS/WK

REPORTS TO: MANAGING SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS – LISA STEEN/LINDA DRESSLER

LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL – ALBION

DUTIES: Provides Speech communication services, develops, implements initiates an individual education program for each assigned student, communicates regularly with parents, staff and related services providers concerning each child’s needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST – College Graduate NYS Certification in Speech & Hearing or a Master’s Degree in Pathology. One year experience in teaching and therapy are preferred.

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST - Master’s degree in Speech Pathology & NYS Licensure as a Speech Pathologist. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds, possess a valid NYS driver’s license and become certified in CPR & First Aid.


STARTING RATE: SPEECH/LANGUAGE THERAPIST : $27,427 Annual Base Rate $17.41/Hour plus $40 per graduate credit hour up to 36.
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST : $30,987 Annual Base Rate $19.67/Hour plus $40 per graduate credit hour up to 36.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 12/14/11 to:
CAROL FOX
THE ARC OF ORLEANS COUNTY
P. O. BOX 439
ALBION, NY 14411

E-MAIL ADDRESS: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX #: (585) 589-5669

THE ARC OF ORLEANS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Shane Ritzenthaler Named October Student of the Month



Shane Ritzenthaler was named the October 2011 Rainbow Preschool Student of the Month. Shane received this award because of all his hard work over the years at Rainbow. He is extremely bright and just "wows" his regular preschool teacher with his ability to identify colors, shapes, letters, numbers, and letter sounds. He is meeting new people and new friends. Shane continues to make strides in achieving his goals as he works towards building his skill set for kindergarten next year.

The Arc of Orleans County and Rainbow Preschool would like to congratulate Shane on a job well done!

Don't forget to "ROC the Day"!!

Make Holiday Wishes Come True for

The Arc of Orleans County's Camp Rainbow

and Meals on Wheels programs

by donating at


on Thursday, December 8th!


This epic event is taking place for the first time in Western New York, and is sponsored by The United Way of Greater Rochester. During he hours of 12:00 AM and 11:59 PM, you can donate to your favorite charity or charities including The Arc of Orleans County. Gifts can be made to Camp Rainbow and/or Meals on Wheels, along with many other great not-for-profit organizations.


You can truly make a difference in just 24 hours!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Kenlou Foundation Awards Grant For Rainbow Preschool

The Arc of Orleans County has received a generous grant of $5,500 from the Kenlou Foundation. The funding from this grant will be utilized by our Rainbow Preschool program to purchase classroom amplification systems, assessment tools and program supplies.

The AT&T Foundation Awards Grant to Family Support Services

The Arc has received a generous grant of $16,000 from the AT&T Foundation for our Family Support Services program. The funding will be used to assist the individuals served through Family Services that are transitioning into adulthood.

East Hill Foundation's Gift Provides New Van for Agency


Pictured above (Left to Right): Nickole Millette, Castilone's Sales & Leasing Associate; Darlene Golson, The Arc's Endowment and Grants Manager

Castilone Chrysler Dodge Jeep located in Batavia, NY delivered a 2012 Dodge Caravan to The Arc's Main Office today, Friday, December 2, 2011. This van will be used by our Nutri-Fair/Meals on Wheels program to assist in the delivery of meals. Funding for this van was provided by the East Hill Foundation located in Williamsville, NY.

Kellie Spychalski, Assistant Executive Director, stated, "We are delighted with this extraordinary gift from the East Hill Foundation. Their funding will allow us to serve our seniors in the Meals on Wheels program more efficiently."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from The Arc of Orleans County

The Arc of Orleans County has much to be thankful for - our staff and volunteers, our Board of Directors, our supporters, and the many individuals that we serve and their families. Thank you to each and every one of you for all you do! We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ROC THE DAY - December 8, 2011


The United Way of Greater Rochester is hosting a special online "Day of Giving" on December 8, 2011 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm. You will be able to go to http://www.roctheday.org and donate to your favorite charity or charities.

If you are interested in donating to The Arc of Orleans County's Camp Rainbow you would choose The Arc of Orleans County. If you would like to give to the Meals on Wheels Program you would choose Meals on Wheels - The Arc of Orleans County.

You can truly make a difference in just one day.

Happy Holidays!






































Employment Listing - 11/16/11 Regular Full Time Community Living Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: COMMUNITY LIVING ASSISTANT – REGULAR FULL TIME


REPORTS TO: ELAINE NEWTON – COMMUNITY LIVING MANAGER

LOCATION: WEST AVENUE - ALBION

DUTIES: Provides program participants with support and training in independent living skills, such as meal planning and preparation, home maintenance, money management, etc.

Qualifications: Good math & writing skills. Must have a valid NYS driver’s license. Experience preferred but not required. Must be willing to work various hours to include evenings, overnights & holidays.
STARTING RATE: Grade 5DC, STEP 1 - $8.52 per hour.
Interested candidates should submit a resume by 11/23/11 to:


The Arc of Orleans County
ATTN: Carol Fox
P.O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411


Fax (585) 589 – 5669 E-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org
The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted: 11/16/11

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Arc of Orleans County's Empowering Families Program Presents:

The Arc of Orleans County Empowering Families


Program Presents:

SELF-DIRECTED SERVICE OPTIONS & PERSON CENTERED PLANNING

Date: November 30, 2011
Time: 6:30 – 8:30PM
Location: The Arc of Orleans County
122 Caroline Street, Albion

Presenters:
Stephanie McLean-Beathley, WNYDDSO Coordinator of Individualized and


Self-Directed Services
Ida Caldwell, The Arc of Orleans County’s Empowering Families Project Coordinator

This workshop will provide participants with information on the service model options that people are using to assist them in living the types of lives that they desire. An overview of person centered planning and the role of Circles of Support will also be provided.

For more information or to register, please call 585-589-1750 ext. 2236

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council Donation

A very special thank you goes out to GO ART for their donation of ten complimentary tickets to Annie being performed by the Lake Plains Players in October. Individuals served through our Family Support Services and Community Living had the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful show. It was a great show and was enjoyed by all!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Employment Listing 11/2/11 Recreation Aide/Respite Worker

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: RECREATION AIDE/RESPITE WORKER – PART-TIME CATEGORY II
20 HOURS/WEEK


REPORTS TO: RECREATION MANAGER – VICKIE RANDALL


LOCATION: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES – ALBION, NY


DUTIES: UNDER MODERATE SUPERVISION, PROVIDES HOME CARE & RESPITE FOR PRIMARY CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED.


QUALIFICATIONS:

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE. ABLE TO RECORD MESSAGES, KEEP SIMPLE RECORDS & TO UNDERSTAND AND CARRY OUT SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS. MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD. KNOWLEDGE OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. ABILITY TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY, GOOD COMMUNICATION & ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS ARE REQUIRED. MUST MAINTAIN A VALID NYS DRIVERS LICENSE .


STARTING RATE: GRADE 5DC - $8.52 RECREATION AIDE
GRADE 1DC - $7.79 HOME CARE/RESPITE


Interested Candidates should submit a resume before 11/9/2011 to:
Carol Fox
Human Resources Office.
The Arc of Orleans County
P. O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org

fax: (585)589 - 5669
The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: 11/2/11

Monday, October 31, 2011

Fall Has Arrived at The Arc!

Thank you to the Day Hab group for the wonderful job they did decorating the bulleting board at The Arc's Main Office! We're now ready for the Autumn season!

Shown decorating the bulletin board are Cassie Warne and Erica Francis (top photo) and Barbie Daniels and Nicole Tuohey (bottom photo). The middle photo shows the finished project.
























Thanks From the Ghouls at Camp Rainbow

The Arc would like to thank everyone who dared come out to Camp Rainbow for our Haunted Camp Rainbow (Creep Camp). Your support made this fundraiser a great success!

A very special thank you to our toxic campers as well. Thanks for frightening all those that attended this spooky.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Employment Listing - 10/28/11 Self Determination Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: SELF-DETERMINATION ASSISTANT
PART TIME CATEGORY II – 12 HOURS PER WEEK

REPORTS TO: MARIA MERCADO


LOCATION: BATAVIA, NY


DUTIES: PROVIDE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FOR PARTICIPATION IN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY ACTIVITITES, EVENTS AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES IDENTIFIED BY PERSON SERVED AND THEIR CIRCLE OF SUPPORT.


QUALIFICATIONS:
KNOWLEDGE OF INFORMATION AND TECHNIQUES REQUIRED TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION, SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN COMMUNITY INTEGRATION AND VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS. ABILITY TO BE AWARE AND UNDERSTAND REACTIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE. ABILITY TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY, GOOD COMMUNICATION, WRITTEN & ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS ARE REQUIRED. MUST HAVE A VALID NYS DRIVERS LICENSE AND MUST MEET THE AGENCY MOTOR VEHICLE GUIDELINES. MUST ALSO BE ABLE TO MEET CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS.


STARTING RATE: $11.00 PER HOUR


Interested Candidates should submit a resume before 11/11/11 to:
ARC of Orleans County
ATTN: Carol Fox
122 Caroline Street
P.O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

E-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.com Fax: (585) 589 - 5669

The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Employment Listing - 10/28/11 Community Living Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: COMMUNITY LIVING ASSISTANT –FULL TIME & PART TIME RELIEF


REPORTS TO: Community Living Manager


LOCATION: Where Assigned/Orleans County


DUTIES: Provides program participants with support and training in independent living skills, such as meal planning and preparation, home maintenance, money management, etc.
Qualifications: Good math & writing skills. Must have valid NYS driver’s license. Experience preferred but not required. Must be willing to work various hours to include evenings, nights, overnights & holidays.

STARTING RATE: Grade 5DC - $8.52 per hour. Community Living Assistants who currently qualify to be paid at a Grade 9, will continue to be paid at that rate.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 11/4/11 to:

HUMAN RESOURCES
ATTN: CAROL S FOX
The Arc of Orleans County
P.O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org
fax (585) 589 - 5669
The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Employment Listing - 10/26/11 RFT Speech/Language Therapist or Speech Pathologist

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST OR SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
REGULAR FULL TIME

REPORTS TO: MANAGING SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS – LISA STEEN/LINDA DRESSLER

LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL – ALBION

DUTIES: Provides Speech communication services, develops, implements initiates an individual education program for each assigned student, communicates regularly with parents, staff and related services providers concerning each child’s needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST – College Graduate NYS Certification in Speech & Hearing or a Master’s Degree in Pathology. One year experience in teaching and therapy are preferred.

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST - Master’s degree in Speech Pathology & NYS Licensure as a Speech Pathologist. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds, possess a valid NYS driver’s license and become certified in CPR & First Aid.


STARTING RATE: SPEECH/LANGUAGE THERAPIST : $27,427 Annual Base Rate $17.41/Hour plus $40
per graduate credit hour up to 36.
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST : $30,987 Annual Base Rate $19.67/Hour plus $40 per graduate credit hour up to 36.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 11/2/11 to:
CAROL FOX
THE ARC OF ORLEANS COUNTY
P. O. BOX 439
ALBION, NY 14411

E-MAIL ADDRESS: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX #: (585) 589-5669

THE ARC OF ORLEANS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Posted: 10/26/11

Employment Listing - 10/26/11 PTII Teacher Aide

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: TEACHER AIDE – PART TIME II – 20 HRS/WK
Monday through Friday PM

REPORTS TO: LYNN BEATTY – MANAGING TEACHER


LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL - ALBION



DUTIES: Under moderate supervision, assists in the planning and implementation of activities for young children in a classroom setting. Is directly responsible to the classroom teacher.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Related work experience preferred. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, especially young children; and good administrative, planning, organizational and oral & written communications skills are required. Ability to follow specific instructions, lift and carry 40 pounds in order to carry children and equipment. Works well independently, as well as in a team atmosphere. Must be a team player.


STARTING RATE: Grade 3 - $7.62 per hour.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 11/2/11 to:
Carol S. Fox
Human Resource Manager
122 Caroline Street
Albion, NY 14411

E-MAIL: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX: (585) 589 - 5669


The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted: 10/26/11

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rainbow Preschool Student's Visit Brown's Berry Patch

The children from The Arc's Rainbow Preschool site had a great time on their field trip to Brown's Berry Patch on Wednesday, October 5th. The children were able to take a walk through the orchards, visit the animals and exercise on the playground. They also got a tasty treat - apple cider and a donut.

Thank you to Bob and Deb Brown for your hospitality!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Orleans Correctional Facility Makes a Difference!

Back Row (left to right): Kim Niehaus, Todd Tinkham, Mike Jamalkowski, and Chris Sputore

Middle Row (left to right): John Gurney, Barb Passarell, Heather Tower, Steve Smith

Front Row (left to right): Patty Mitchell, Anthony Harrington, and Theresa Lehman

Representatives from the Orleans Correctional Facility celebrated Make A Difference Day by presenting checks at Rainbow Preschool and Meals on Wheels on Tuesday, October 18th. The picture above shows the presentation made to Theresa Lehman, Director of Educational & Clinical Services, and one of our students, Anthony Harrington. Rainbow Preschool will be purchasing an FM System (worn by Anthony) with the money received from Orleans Correctional.

Orleans Correctional works very hard during the year to collect money for this special day. They hold raffles, cook outs, and much more to ensure that they can keep raising funds for charitable organizations. The representatives spent their day making a difference by presenting checks to a total of ten programs (nine organizations).

Thank you Orleans Correctional for your support and generosity! You are truly making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

November Workshops Presented by The Arc's Empowering Families Program

The Arc of Orleans County’s Empowering Families Program’s
November Workshop Schedule

Functional Behavior
Assessments & Plans
November 9, 2011
6:30-8:30 PM

Location: 122 Caroline Street, Albion

This workshop will provide participants with information on when and how assessments are done and how that information is used to develop behavior supports plans.

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Record Keeping & Effective Tracking of Your Child’s Progress
November 16, 2011
6:30-8:30 PM

Location: 243 South Main Street, Albion

This workshop will assist you in organizing your child’s records, develop a master document list and show you how to use these tools in monitoring progress.

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For more information or to register, please contact:
Ida Caldwell at 589-1750 ext. 2236 or
icaldwell@arcoforleans.org













Friday, October 14, 2011

Meals on Wheels Pot Roast Dinner





Thank you to all of you who came out and supported The Arc of Orleans County's Meals on Wheels Program's Pot Roast Dinner on Thursday, October 13th. Your support and appetite was greatly appreciated!

Haunted Camp Cancelled Friday, October 14th

The Arc of Orleans County's Haunted House at Camp Rainbow is cancelled tonight, Friday, October 14th. The remaining dates are October 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th.

Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Employment Listing - 10/13/11 PT or PTA

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: PHYSICAL THERAPIST OR PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PART TIME I – 26 HRS/WK

REPORTS TO: PATRICIA ZDEP-PHYSICAL THERAPIST

LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL - BATAVIA


Duties: Plans, organizes, directs and controls a program directed at the design and implementation of individual physical therapy sessions for each child that are adaptable to home and classroom use.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. NYS Physical Therapist license. Three (3) years experience performing physical therapy in early childhood preferred OR Physical Therapy Assistant degree. NYS certified. A minimum of two years experience providing physical therapy services is required for PTA to deliver services in home. Must have good administrative, interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills. Ability to interact with people at all organizational levels; an aptitude for directing and motivating people is required. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.


PHYSICAL THERAPIST - $35,000 Annual Base Rate $22.22/Hour plus $40 for graduate credit hours up to 36.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT - $27,862 Annual Base Rate $13.40/Hour

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 10/20/11 to:

TO: Carol Fox
Human Resources Manager
The Arc of Orleans County
122 Caroline Street
Albion, NY 14411

E-MAIL ADDRESS: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX # (585) 589-5669

The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Posted: 10/13/11

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pot Roast Dinner




Join us for the best Pot Roast Dinner in Orleans County!


The Arc of Orleans County's Nutri-Fair/Meals on Wheels will be holding a Pot Roast Dinner on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at 16 East Academy Street (Old Albion Grammer School).


Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 10. Take outs are available. Proceeds from this delicious dinner will benefit the Meals on Wheels Program.


We hope to see you there! Just think no cooking and dishes for you...what could be better!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The DanPaul Foundation Awards Grant to Rainbow Preschool Program

The Arc of Orleans County received a generous grant of $5,267 for our Rainbow Preschool Program. This is the first time that the Agency has received a grant from this foundation. The funding will be used to help provide preschool staff trainings in various areas of early childhood development.

The Arc of Orleans County's Music Fest - Sunday October 9th

PLEASE JOIN US!


The Arc of Orleans County will be holding a Music Fest Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the American Legion in Albion, NY. Doors will be open at 11:00 am. Admission is $5.00 per person/$15.00 per family (up to four).

There will be a basket raffle, guitar raffles, t-shirt sale, refreshments and much more. Six bands are generously donating their time and talents for this event. The bands are Your Loving Ex, Above the Fog, Happy Ending, Category 5, Mark Fantasia and "Those People", and Just Us.

For more information, please call Denise Withey at 585-589-5516 ext. 227 or Darlene Golson at 585-589-5516 ext. 228. You can also email us at dwithey@arcoforleans.org or dgolson@arcoforleans.org.

We look forward to seeing and your family.

Make sure to bring your dancing shoes!

New Executive Director

At a special Board Meeting held on October 5, 2011, the Board of Directors unanimously appointed Kellie Spychalski as the new Executive Director of The Arc of Orleans County effective January 1, 2012. The current Executive Director Don Colquhoun will be retiring on December 31, 2011.

Kellie has been employed at The Arc for almost nineteen years in various positions and has served as the Assistant Executive Director for the last five years.

Congratulations Kellie!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spooky Sightings at Day Hab

The individuals we serve and staff have been very busy at Day Hab decorating for the holiday season. Pumpkins, ghosts, and witches...oh my!









What's Happening With The Arc's ALL STARS Self Advocacy Team

The Arc of Orleans County is looking for new members

to join our ALL STARS Self Advocacy Team.


Do you want to gain the knowlege to take charge of your own life? Have you ever felt that people were not hearing your wants, needs or desires? Do you want to gain the tools to have your ISP written in a way you want your life reflected? Have you ever felt you wanted to make changes in your life but no one was listening? If that's the case, Self-Advocacy is for you! Our meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm at our office located at 122 Caroline Street in Albion, NY.


What the Self-Advocates Do and How We Raise Funds


We raise funds in various ways. At this time Self-Advocates are selling Bon Ton coupon booklets for $5.00 and starting on November 1st we will be selling candy bars. We collect bottles on an ongoing basis to raise funds for different funfilled activities. We also have held car washes.


The Self-Advocates held a picnic at Camp Rainbow that included other Arc Chapter members.


The Self-Advocates attend conferences to gain knowledge and make new life contacts.


The group is currently collecting personal care items for the Veterans Home In Batavia, NY for the holidays. The Self-Advocates will then make a holiday visit to bring over the gifts and honor the veterans for their service to our country.


On October 27, 2011, they will be attending a conference on unemployment and what it may mean. The Self-Advocates will also learn how the upcoming budget cuts may or may not impact employment. This conference will share available opportunities.


Do you dream of being a reporter or writer? ALL STARS Self Advocacy need you for their team to work on the SHOUT OUT Newspaper.


You may become as involved as you desire in the ALL STARS...the choice is yours but WHY NOT attend your first meeting on October 13, 2011 and decide for yourself if Self Advocacy can enrich your life.


If you have questions, please feel free to call Vickie Randall, the Self Advocacy Staff Advisor, at 585-589-1750 ext. 2223.


We hope to hear from you!




Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Empowering Families - October Workshops

Please Join us


The Arc of Orleans County's

Empowering Families Program's

October Workshops


Transition Planning

"Life After School"

October 5, 2011

6:30-8:30 PM


This workshop will provide participants with a review of the transition planning process for students with disabilities. Services for adults will also be discussed.


Special Education Overview

October 11, 2011

6:30 -8:30 PM


This workshop will provide information from referral process to IEP development. Tools that will assist in preparing for meetings will also be provided.


Workshops will be held at:

The Arc of Orleans County

122 Caroline Street

Albion, NY


Please call 585-589-1750 ext. 2242 for more information or to RSVP.


Friday, September 30, 2011

Employment Listing - 9/30/11 - PTII Teacher Aide

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: TEACHER AIDE/1:1 AIDE – PART TIME II – 9 HRS/WK
MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY AM

REPORTS TO: LYNN BEATTY – MANAGING TEACHER


LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL - ALBION SITE



DUTIES: Under moderate supervision, assists in the planning and implementation of activities for young children in a classroom setting. Is directly responsible to the classroom teacher.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Related work experience preferred. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, especially young children; and good administrative, planning, organizational and oral & written communications skills are required. Ability to follow specific instructions, lift and carry 40 pounds in order to carry children and equipment. Works well independently, as well as in a team atmosphere. Must be a team player.


STARTING RATE: Grade 3 - $7.62 per hour.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 10/7/11 to:
Carol S. Fox
Human Resource Manager
122 Caroline Street
Albion, NY 14411

E-MAIL: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX: (585) 589 - 5669


The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted: 9/30/11

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Employment Listing - Substitute Teacher Aide

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: SUBSTITUTE TEACHER’S AIDE


REPORTS TO: ASSIGNED CLASSROOM TEACHER


LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL - ALBION AND/OR BATAVIA


DUTIES: Plan & carry out classroom activities and is directly responsible to the classroom teacher. Helps meet the needs of children and assists teachers in group activities.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Related work experience preferred. Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds, in order to carry children and equipment.

RATE OF PAY: $7.29/hr.

Interested candidates should submit a resume to:
Human Resources Office.
122 Caroline St
Albion, NY 14411

E-MAIL: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX: (585) 589 - 5669


The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted 9/22/11

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Employment Listing - Recreation Aide/Respite Worker

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: RECREATION AIDE/RESPITE WORKER – PART-TIME CATEGORY II
20 HOURS/WEEK


REPORTS TO: RECREATION MANAGER – VICKIE RANDALL


LOCATION: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES – ALBION, NY


DUTIES: UNDER MODERATE SUPERVISION, PROVIDES HOME CARE & RESPITE FOR PRIMARY CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED.


QUALIFICATIONS:

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE. ABLE TO RECORD MESSAGES, KEEP SIMPLE RECORDS & TO UNDERSTAND AND CARRY OUT SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS. MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD. KNOWLEDGE OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. ABILITY TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY, GOOD COMMUNICATION & ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS ARE REQUIRED. MUST MAINTAIN A VALID NYS DRIVERS LICENSE .


STARTING RATE: GRADE 5DC - $8.52 RECREATION AIDE
GRADE 1DC - $7.79 HOME CARE/RESPITE


Interested Candidates should submit a resume before 9/28/2011 to:
Carol Fox
Human Resources Office.
The Arc of Orleans County
P. O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org

fax: (585)589 - 5669
The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: 9/21/11

Creep Camp, like summer camp, but with these guys

The Arc of Orleans Haunted House

Creep Camp presents: Toxicology

Fridays and Saturdays in October - Weather Permitting

7:00 pm (after sunset) - 10:00 pm


October 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th

Camp Rainbow, 2272 East Townline Rd., Lyndonville, NY

Just five minutes north of 104


Admission $5 per person

Proceeds to benefit The Arc's Camp Rainbow

Refreshments and children's games too!

Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/arcoforleans


Warning: Exposure to this haunted event may cause screaming, running in fear, sudden wetness of the pants, nightmares and a good time for all.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Teen Sisters Named Arc of Orleans 'Best Friends'

Before The Arc of Orleans County sends a mailer out the door, sisters Abbie and Hannah Sugar likely have a role in the process, from proofreading to stuffing envelopes. The sisters from Albion are meticulous, and they sometimes are lifesavers, sparing the Agency from an embarrassing mistake.

"Everything they do, they do perfectly," said Kellie Spychalski, Arc Assistant Executive Director. "They catch everything. They're very detail-oriented."

The Arc presented Abbie, 14, and Hannah, 17, with its top award, its "Best Friend", during its annual awards banquet Friday at Hickory Ridge Golf and Country Club.

The Sugars also help with other Arc special events, from preparing for golf tournaments to running a craft station at Camp Rainbow. "They're wonderful young ladies," Spychalski said. "We hope to have them for many years."

The Sugars are home-schooled. Their parents, Matt and Sharon Sugar, made community service party of Abbie and Hannah's education. The sisters' aunt, Carole Mitchell, works at The Arc. She suggested they try volunteering in the Community Relations Department. That was three years ago. The girls typically stop in the office once a week.

"I enjoy interacting with the people," said Abbie, a sophomore. "They're all nice and very friendly." Hannah is a senior. She said the office tasks, including shredding paper, aren't drudgery. The Arc staff make the jobs fun, she said.

The Arc presented other awards on Friday, including:



  • Community Service Award - Leslie Swanson, a member of The Arc's Self Advocacy All-Stars. She volunteers at Rainbow Preschool, assisting teachers and students.

  • Self Advocate of the Year - Duane Montgomery, a Self Advocacy All-Star, who volunteered for The Arc at the 4-H Fair and the Founder's Fair. he also assisted Arc staff in diversity training.

  • Heritage Award - Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, a long-time supporter of Arc events.

  • Community Worker of the Year - Jeremy Cramer, who works with The Arc's maintenance crew, making repairs to Arc offices and residences.

  • Enclave Worker of the Year - Kelly Steffen, an employee at Freeze-Dry Foods in Albion.

  • Mobile Crew Worker of the Year - Robert Greer. An Arc employee since 2006, Greer is dependable and detailing working on the day crew.

  • Orleans Enterprises Worker of the Year - Jeremy Heye, a materials handling worker with outstanding attendance.

  • Business Partnership Award - Freeze-Dry Foods in Albion. The company processes freeze-dries meats and retail pet food. Since 2009, Freeze-Dry has welcomed workers served by The Arc. Those workers pack product that will be shipped to stores.

(Courtesy of The Daily News in Batavia, New York / written by Tom Rivers)


Friday, September 16, 2011

Employment Listing - Vocational Training Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: VOCATIONAL TRAINING ASSISTANT – JOB COACH
REGULAR FULL-TIME

REPORTS TO: SUPPORTED WORK MANAGER – MELISSA COTTER
OPERATIONS MANAGER – DAVE BELLUCCI

LOCATION: ASSOCIATED BRANDS ENCLAVE

DUTIES: Provides direct hands on supervision, training and counseling to people with disabilities in a variety of vocational & community settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Working level knowledge of production techniques, methods and/or training involving adults who are disabled. Experience with the developmentally disabled preferred along with factory and other entry level type of experience helpful. Demonstrates skills equivalent to a high school diploma. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, good administrative, organizational, problem solving, training and oral & written communication skills required. Capable of completing SCIP, CPR & other required training. Must be available to work weekends, holidays & evenings. Must be flexible. Must be able to drive a 15 passenger van and have access to a vehicle if no program vehicles are available. Needs a valid NYS driving license.

STARTING RATE: Grade 5DC - $8.52/hr.

Vocational Training/Community Living Assistants who are currently paid at grade 9, will continue to be paid at grade 9.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by September 22, 2011 to the:
Human Resources Department.
ATTN: Carol S. Fox
The Arc of Orleans County
PO Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org
Fax #589-5669
The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: 9/15/11

Monday, September 12, 2011

Only Two Days Left to Enter NYSARC's Convention Design Contest for a Chance to Win an iPad 2

You only have two more days to enter for a chance to win an iPad 2!

Do you have a passion for design? Create the winning theme design for the 2012 NYSARC, Inc. Annual Convention and you could win an iPad 2!! This contest is open to all of NYSARC's chapter employees (including Arc of Orleans), their family members, individuals supported by a chapter, chapter members, NYS students in grades 7-12 or NYS college students.

Artwork designs should reflect the theme for the convention: "Embracing Change: Meeting the Challenge". Submissions can be in the form of an original drawing or a computer generated image in either black and white or any color combination. Must be on 8 & 1/2" white paper. No text except the theme wording is allowed.

Deadline to return your design is this Wednesday, September 14th. For an application or more information, please contact Denise Withey, Community Relations Specialist, at 589-5516 ext. 227 or email her at dwithey@arcoforleans.org.

**Designs will be judged by attendees of the 2011 NYSARC, Inc. Annual Convention being held October 20-22, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, NY. The winner will be announced at the event and then notified following the clsoe of the Convention.**

NYSARC Kicks Off 62nd Annual Convention on October 20th

NYSARC's 62nd Annual Convention is being held Thursday, October 20th through Saturday, October 22nd. The theme for this year's convention is "Moving Forward: Advocacy in Action."

The programming has been expanded to include educational and training opportunities for self-advocates and direct support professionals. The stars of the documentary Wretches and Jabberers will be the first keynote speakers.

NYSARC holds a convention annually to provide an opportunity to expand upon the collective knowledge and understanding of our field as we go into the future. Workshops are selected that are consistent with NYSARC's mission and vision as well as being focused on timely and important topics. The convention also allows NYSARC to reach a large number of people with a unified voice. The hope is that, each year, the attendees are educated and their eyes are opened to opportunities, challenges, soluntions, and ideas that they were not privy to before.

http://nysarc.org

Employment Listing - RFT CLA Hamilton St.

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: COMMUNITY LIVING ASSISTANT – REGULAR FULLTIME

REPORTS TO: COMMUNITY LIVING MANAGER – CORTNEY KUJAWA

LOCATION: HAMILTON STREET – ALBION


DUTIES: Provides program participants with support and training in independent living skills, such as meal planning and preparation, home maintenance, money management, etc.


QUALIFICATIONS: Good math & writing skills. Must have a valid NYS driver’s license.


STARTING RATE: Grade 5DC - $8.52/hr.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 9/16/2011 to:

Human Resources Office
The Arc of Orleans County
P.O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org Fax: (585) 589-5669

The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Posted: 9/9/11

Employment Listing - SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST OR SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST OR SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
PART TIME CATEGORY II - 15 hrs/wk

REPORTS TO: MANAGING SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS – LISA STEEN/LINDA DRESSLER

LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL – ALBION

DUTIES: Provides Speech communication services, develops, implements initiates an individual education program for each assigned student, communicates regularly with parents, staff and related services providers concerning each child’s needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPIST – College Graduate NYS Certification in Speech & Hearing or a Master’s Degree in Pathology. One year experience in teaching and therapy are preferred.

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST - Master’s degree in Speech Pathology & NYS Licensure as a Speech Pathologist. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds, possess a valid NYS driver’s license and become certified in CPR & First Aid.


STARTING RATE: SPEECH/LANGUAGE THERAPIST : $27,427 Annual Base Rate $17.41/Hour plus $40
per graduate credit hour up to 36.
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST : $30,987 Annual Base Rate $19.67/Hour plus $40 per graduate credit hour up to 36.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 9/16/11 to:
CAROL FOX
THE ARC OF ORLEANS COUNTY
P. O. BOX 439
ALBION, NY 14411

E-MAIL ADDRESS: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX #: (585) 589-5669

THE ARC OF ORLEANS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Posted: 9/9/11

Employment Listing - TEACHER AIDE/1:1 AIDE – PART TIME II – 9 HRS/WK

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

REPORTS TO: LYNN BEATTY – MANAGING TEACHER


LOCATION: RAINBOW PRESCHOOL - ALBION



DUTIES: Under moderate supervision, assists in the planning and implementation of activities for young children in a classroom setting. Is directly responsible to the classroom teacher.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Related work experience preferred. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, especially young children; and good administrative, planning, organizational and oral & written communications skills are required. Ability to follow specific instructions, lift and carry 40 pounds in order to carry children and equipment. Works well independently, as well as in a team atmosphere. Must be a team player.


STARTING RATE: Grade 3 - $7.62 per hour.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 9/16/11 to:
Carol S. Fox
Human Resource Manager
122 Caroline Street
Albion, NY 14411

E-MAIL: cfox@arcoforleans.org FAX: (585) 589 - 5669


The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted: 9/9/11

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thank You for All Your Votes!

The Arc just received word from CITGO that we did not win the $5,000 Citgo Gift Card for fuel; however, we were voted among the top 50 charities in the contest that ran from July 14th through August 11th.

The Agency will be receiving a $25 CITGO gift card for being one of the top 50. We are also enrolled in the next contest round which will run from September 29th - October 27th.



Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Do You Know Your Levels?


Cholesterol levels, that is. Over 65 million Americans have high cholesterol and many do not know it. High cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease.

Now is the time to get your levels tested. Everyone over age 20 should have their cholesterol measured at least once every five years. Talk to your doctor about getting a lipoprotein test or other test that measures your cholesterol. You need to know your total LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

If you have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about possible treatments. In addition, lifestyle changes can reduce your levels:

1. Eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, with plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables

2. Working toward a healthy weight

3. Getting regular physical activity

4. Quitting smoking


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Employment Listing - 8/31/11 Vocational Training Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: VOCATIONAL TRAINING ASSISTANT – RELIEF STAFF 1:1
DAY HAB PROGRAM – WITHOUT WALLS
16 HOURS PER WEEK

REPORTS TO: PAM LAMAR – DAY HABILITATION MANAGER


LOCATION: 215 WASHINGTON ST. , ALBION


DUTIES: Provides direct hands on supervision, training and counseling to people with disabilities in a variety of vocational & community settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Working level knowledge of production techniques, methods and/or training involving adults who are disabled. Demonstrates skills equivalent to a high school diploma. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, good administrative, organizational, problem solving, training and oral & written communication skills required. Must be flexible. Need a valid NYS drivers license. Must be able to lift, push and pull 40lbs.

STARTING RATE: Grade 5 DC - $8.52/hr.

Vocational Training/Community Living Assistants who are
currently paid at Grade 9 will continue to be paid at Grade 9.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 9/7/11 to the Human Resource Department.

Human Resources Office
The Arc of Orleans County
PO Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org
Phone # 585-589-5516 Fax #585-589-5669

The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: 8/31/11




Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Granny's Attic and Bake Sale This Friday, Sept. 2nd

Granny's Attic and Bake Sale

Friday, September 2nd

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Albion Nutri-Fair Center

16 East Academy St. Albion - south side

Stop by and see what new treasures await you!

Proceeds benefit senior activities at Meals on Wheels!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Natural Creativity at Marshall Road



The staff and residents at Marshall Road have been busy creating artwork from rocks. The picture above shows just a small portion of the creations that they have made.






Flower Gardens at Marshall Road





The residents and staff of Marshall Road have been busy this summer working on a garden that is as beautiful as it is creative. It is made up of a variety of flowers and plants, rock artwork, various feeders and garden decorations. They have eight hummingbirds and many butterflies that share in their wonderful garden.












































































































































































































































































Thursday, August 18, 2011

Membership Update

The Arc of Orleans County's 2011-2012 Membership Drive is coming to an end. Each year the Agency holds a membership drive beginning in February and ending in mid-September. If you have already sent in your membership, thank you very much! If you haven't The Arc needs you!

YOUR membership gives us a greater voice in Albany and can impact legislation and funding that provides crucial programs and services to people with disabilities. YOUR membership allows greater representation on NYSARC's Board of Governors. YOUR membership helps to insure that the needs and rights of people with disabilities are recognized at a local, state, and national level.

Membership cost begins at just $5.00 per person; friends of The Arc, individuals served, staff, and family members age 18 and over are eligible to become members. Two years ago we recorded a record number of members - 508 - and we hope to exceed that number this year. Please contact Denise Withey, Community Relations Specialist, to become a member at 585-589-5516 ext. 227 or email dwithey@arcoforleans.org .

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Want to Win an iPad 2? Enter NYSARC's Convention Theme Design Contest

Do you have a passion for design? Create the winning theme design for the 2012 NYSARC, Inc. Annual Convention and you could win an iPad 2! This contest is open to all of NYSARC's chapter employees (including Arc of Orleans), their family members, individuals supported by a chapter, chapter members, NYS students in grades 7-12 or NYS college students.

Artwork designs should reflect the theme for the convention: "Embracing Change: Meeting the Challenge". Submissions can be in the form of an original drawing or a computer generated image in either black and white or any color combination. Must be on 8 & 1/2" by 11" white paper. No text except the theme wording is allowed.

Deadline to return your design to The Arc of Orleans County is Wednesday, September 14th. For an application or more information, please contact Denise Withey, Community Relations Specialist, at 589-5516 ext. 227 or email her at dwithey@arcoforleans.org.

**Designs will be judged by attendees of the 2011 NYSARC, Inc. Annual Convention being held October 20-22, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, NY. The winner will be annouced at the event and then notified following the close of the Convention.

Monday, August 15, 2011

NYSARC Inc. Launches New Website

NYSARC, Inc. has a new website! The new site was unveiled at the beginning of August and has many new features that will be of great value to individuals with disabilities, their families, and all who advocate for them. The new website can be found at http://www.nysarc.org/ and has many new features:



  • The Resource Library features hundreds of electronic resources, from websites to online articles to informative videos. Covering topics from autism spectrum disorders to historical information on legislative efforts, the Resource Library will continue to grow and expand over time. http://www.nysarc.org/resource_library/


  • The new NYSARC News blog will highlight important information about upcoming events, share the latest analysis on advocacy efforts, and provide a forum where you can ask questions of NYSARC staff and other experts. http://blog.nysarc.org/


  • The new site also features Online memberships and donations. On this page, you can find The Arc of Orleans County (or other chapter) and sign up online to become a member. Membership is of vital importance to all of the state chapters and increases our voice in Albany in advocating for individuals with disabilities. http://www.nysarc.org/members

When NYSARC President John Schuppenhauer took office last October, one of his priorities was to embrace and expand on emerging technology. With the new website, they has definitely taken a step in the right direction. Congratulations to you, NYSARC, Inc. - Great Job!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Employment Listing - 8/10/11 Community Living Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: COMMUNITY LIVING ASSISTANT – REGULAR FULL TIME and PART TIME


REPORTS TO: Community Living Manager


LOCATION: Where Assigned


DUTIES: Provides program participants with support and training in independent living skills, such as meal planning and preparation, home maintenance, money management, etc.
Qualifications: Good math & writing skills. Must have valid NYS driver’s license. Experience preferred but not required. Must be willing to work various hours to include evenings, nights, overnights & holidays.

STARTING RATE: Grade 5DC - $8.52 per hour. Community Living Assistants who currently qualify to be paid at a Grade 9, will continue to be paid at that rate.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by 8/16/11 to:

HUMAN RESOURCES
ATTN: CAROL S FOX
The Arc of Orleans County
P.O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org
fax (585) 589 - 5669
The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer



Become a Physically Active Family

Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Engaging in physical activity as a family can be a fun way to get everyone moving. Here are some activities you and your family can consider to get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle.


  • Give kids toys that encourage physical activity, such as balls, kites, and jump ropes.

  • Encourage children to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.

  • Walk around the block after a meal.

  • Spend time together doing a fun activity, like family bike day or swim day.

  • Issue a family challenge to commit to physical activity five days a week for six weeks.

  • Limit TV time and keep the television out of your child's bedroom.

Source: http://www.letsmove.gov






Employment Listing - 8/10/11 Vocational Training Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION: VOCATIONAL TRAINING ASSISTANT – REGULAR FULL TIME
DAY HAB OPTS


REPORTS TO: COMMUNITY INTEGRATION SPECIALIST - JULIE SOLIS

LOCATION: 16 ACADEMY ST – ALBION

DUTIES: Provides direct hands on supervision, training and counseling to people with disabilities in a variety of vocational & community settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Working level knowledge of people with disabilities, provide supervision, training, support of daily living skills and activities to people with disabilities in vocational/community settings. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, good administrative, organizational, problem solving, must be able to complete required trainings and oral & written communication skills required. Must be capable of lifting 40 lbs. Need a valid NYS drivers license.


STARTING RATE: Grade 5DC - $8.52/hr.

Vocational Training/Community Living Assistants who are currently paid at grade 9, will continue to be paid at grade 9.


Interested candidates should submit a resume by 8/16/11 to the Human Resources Department.

The Arc of Orleans County
ATTN: Carol Fox
122 Caroline Street
P.O. Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

E-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org Fax: (585) 589 - 5669

THE ARC OF ORLEANS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Posted: 8/9/11

Friday, August 5, 2011

Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ was a Great Success!

The Arc would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Nutri-Fair/Meals on Wheels program Tuesday August 4th. Also, thank you to all the businesses, agencies, and organizations that pre-ordered and had their meals delivered.

All of you made this event a great success for the Meals on Wheels program.

Thank you again for your continued support of the agency and all those we serve!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ Thursday August 4th

Just a reminder that our Nutri-Fair/Meals on Wheels program will be holding their Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ tomorrow, Thursday, August 4th from noon to 4:00 pm at 16 East Academy Street (Old Grammar School) in Albion, NY.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 29, 2011

14 More Days to Vote for Citgo Fueling Good Program





The Arc of Orleans County is registered for Citgo's Fueling Good Program. Citgo will donate a total of thirty-six Citgo Fuel Gift Cards in the amount of $5,000 each to worthy charities that win this online voting contest. Voting began on July 17th and will end August 11th. We are hoping you can help us win by going to The Arc's website at http://www.arcoforleans.org and click on the "X - Vote For Us Today" under the Fueling Good caption.



Your support of The Arc and the men, women, and children we serve is greatly appreciated!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Are you and your family up ot date on your immunizations? Vaccines help prevent the spread of infection, including potentially deadly diseases. Now is the ideal time to make sure you are current on your immunization needs, as school is about to begin and flu seasoon is right around the corner.

Many school districts require certain immunizations for children to attend. Check with your school and your doctor to ensure your child has all the necessary and recommended vaccinations for their age group. Also, older children going to college should ensure they are current in their immunizations, as they will be living closely with many people.

Immunizations aren't just for kids! Adults should also check with their doctor to make sure they have had the recommended vaccinations. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people over the age of 6 months receive a seasonal flu vaccine annually to protect against influenza.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tops Charity Car Giveaway

The voting for the Tops Car Giveaway ended Tuesday, July 26th. The votes are being tabulated and I am sure we will hear something soon. It doesn't look like we won; however, it was very exciting to be one of the top ten charities in the running for a car.

Thank you to all of you who supported The Arc by voting for us online! It is truly appreciated!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ida Caldwell Named June Employee of the Month

Ida Caldwell has been named The Arc of Orleans County's Employee of the Month for June. Ida is the Empowering Families Coordinator with the Family Support Services Program. Ida is also an investigator for the Agency and during the month of June had to work on an investigation of a very sensitive nature that involved both staff and individuals served. Ida handled herself in the most professional manner while this investigation took a toll on her emotionally. Throughout this investigation, Ida was able to keep her objectivity and continue to seek out the facts in the investigation.
Thank you, Ida, for all your hard work on this investigation! And congratulations on being named the Employee of the Month for June!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Calling All Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ Lovers!

Save the Date

What: Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ Fundraiser. Proceeds to benefit the Meals on Wheels/Nutri-Fair program


Where: The Arc of Orleans County Meals on Wheels/Nutri-Fair program at 16 East Academy Street (Old Grammar School), Albion, NY


When: Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm


Cost of Chicken BBQ: $8.00


What's Included in the Meal?: 1/2 chicken, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, roll with butter and dessert


Where Can I get a Ticket Info.?: Please contact 585-589-7817 for ticket info.


Can I Purchase Advance Tickets?: You can purchase tickets in advance at the Meals on Wheels/Nutri-Fair program located at 16 East Academy Street or at The Arc's Community Relation Department at 122 Caroline Street.


We look forward to seeing you and your appetite on August 4th!!!



Monday, July 18, 2011

Employment Listing 7/18/11 Vocational Training Assistant

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: VOCATIONAL TRAINING ASSISTANT – JOB COACH
REGULAR FULL-TIME

REPORTS TO: SUPPORTED WORK MANAGER – MELISSA COTTER
OPERATIONS MANAGER – DAVE BELLUCCI

LOCATION: ASSOCIATED BRANDS ENCLAVE

DUTIES: Provides direct hands on supervision, training and counseling to people with disabilities in a variety of vocational & community settings.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Working level knowledge of production techniques, methods and/or training involving adults who are disabled. Experience with the developmentally disabled preferred along with factory and other entry level type of experience helpful. Demonstrates skills equivalent to a high school diploma. Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, good administrative, organizational, problem solving, training and oral & written communication skills required. Capable of completing SCIP, CPR & other required training. Must be available to work weekends, holidays & evenings. Must be flexible. Must be able to drive a 15 passenger van and have access to a vehicle if no program vehicles are available. Needs a valid NYS driving license.

STARTING RATE: Grade 5DC - $8.52/hr.

Vocational Training/Community Living Assistants who are currently paid at grade 9, will continue to be paid at grade 9.

Interested candidates should submit a resume by July 25, 2011 to the:
Human Resources Department.
ATTN: Carol S. Fox
The Arc of Orleans County
PO Box 439
Albion, NY 14411

e-mail: cfox@arcoforleans.org
Fax #589-5669
The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: 7/18/11

Employment Listing 7/18/11 PTII Community Integration Specialist

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT


POSITION: COMMUNITY INTEGRATION SPECIALIST
PART TIME CATEGORY II – 2 POSITIONS
21 HOURS PER WEEK AND 14 HOURS PER WEEK

REPORTS TO: ROBERT & BARBARA HOFFMAN


LOCATION: 10772 RYAN RD., MEDINA, NY 14103


DUTIES: PROVIDE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FOR PARTICIPATION IN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY ACTIVITITES, EVENTS AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES IDENTIFIED BY PERSON SERVED AND THEIR CIRCLE OF SUPPORT.


QUALIFICATIONS:
KNOWLEDGE OF INFORMATION AND TECHNIQUES REQUIRED TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION, SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN COMMUNITY INTEGRATION AND VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS. ABILITY TO BE AWARE AND UNDERSTAND REACTIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE. ABILITY TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY, GOOD COMMUNICATION, WRITTEN & ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS ARE REQUIRED. MUST HAVE A VALID NYS DRIVERS LICENSE AND MUST MEET THE AGENCY MOTOR VEHICLE GUIDELINES. MUST ALSO BE ABLE TO MEET CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS.


STARTING RATE: $10.50 PER HOUR


Interested Candidates should submit a resume before 7/25/11 to:
ROBERT AND BARBARA HOFFMAN
10772 RYAN ROAD
MEDINA, NY 14103

e-mail: grapeshoffman@yahoo.com

The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted: 7/18/11

Summer Safety & First Aid

Here are some tips to keep you safe and healthy during the Summer:

BIKING:
1. Before riding check your bike's condition
2. Always wear a helmet
3. Wear bright colors
4. Avoid clothing that can get caught in the chain
5. Use reflectors
6. Don't ride at night
7. Obey the same traffic signs and signals that cars do
8. Ride single-file and to the right with traffic
9. Signal with your left hand

OUTDOOR SPORTS:
1. Have water handy to drink at all times
2. Play in safe areas, away from traffic
3. Warm up before vigorous activity
4. Wear protective gear
5. Watch for following symptoms of heat stroke: decreased sweating, red, hot and dry skin, confusion, irritability, deep breathing, and unconsciousness
6. If heat stroke symptoms occur; move to a cool place, remove unnecessary clothing, lay on back with feet raised, sponge with cool water. Call 911 IMMEDIATELY!

BOATING:
1. Follow boat safety rules
2. Make sure everyone wears personal flotation device
3. Check equipment and fuel before leaving
4. Carry emergency beacons and/or a ship to shore radio if planning long trip
5. Don't boat in bad weather or near swimmers or water skiers
6. Always let someone know expected departure and return

SUMMER STORMS:
1. In a thunderstorm, seek shelter at once (e.g. in a building or car)
2. If outside, don't take shelter under a tree, and avoid open water
3. Put aside metal items you are carrying
4. In a tornado, seek shelter on the lowest floor
5. Avoid windows and get under a heavy table
6. if outdoors get under a gully or ditch and cover your head

INSECT BITE PROTECTION:
1. Wear protective clothing; long sleeves, pants, shoes and socks
2. Apply a repellent containing no more than 10% DEET
3. Avoid perfumes and scented lotions
4. Carry the proper medication at all times if you have an allergy to insects

Courtesy of Orleans Community Health

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Arc is One Step Closer to Winning a Vehicle from Tops

The Arc of Orleans County is one of the top ten charities still in the running to win a vehicle from Tops Friendly Markets!


Tops Friendly Markets had launched a Great American Charity Car Giveaway in June where a first round of voting took place and the top ten charities went forward to a second round of voting. We are so excited to be one of the top ten.

We really appreciate your support during the first round of voting and we would appreciate your online support for this last round. Simply go to http://www.topsmarkets.com or www.Facebook.com/TopsFriendlyMarkets and click on the icon that states, "Help Your Favorite Charity Win New Car"and choose The Arc of Orleans County. The voting begins today, July 13th and ends at 9:00 am on July 26th.

Please share this information with your family and friends as well. You may vote once a day per email address. The Winner will be announced on or around July 27, 2011.

Thank you for your continued support!

We will keep you posted.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Meals on Wheels Chicken BBQ Fundraiser



Meals on Wheels Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

The Arc of Orleans County Meals on Wheels/Nutri-Fair program will be holding a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm at 16 East Academy Street, Albion, NY.


Cost of the Chicken BBQ is $8.00 and includes 1/2 chicken, salt potatoes, macaroni salad,
roll w/ butter, and dessert. Take Outs are available!

For ticket info., please contact 585-589-7817. If you are a business located in Albion or Medina and are interested in pre-ordering, please contact Darlene Golson at 585-589-5516 ext. 228.

Proceeds will benefit the Meals on Wheels program.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Camp Rainbow Pool Renovations Completed on Schedule for Camp's Opening Day



The renovations and upgrades of the Camp Rainbow pool are complete and it is up and ready for the 2011 Camp Season! The Arc began to ask for funding assistance for the pool project in December of 2009 and the improvements began in 2010. The Agency raised $16,200 of the $22,860 needed to complete the project. The Arc sends a very special thank you to the Child Welfare Association, Lawley Service, Inc., the Lyndonville Area Foundation, The Rochester Rams, the Medina Area of Churches, the Medina United Methodist Church, and the Orleans County Foundation for their generosity.

Pattie Kepner, Director of Family Services, stated, “The children at Camp Rainbow just love the pool and we are very excited to have all the upgrades done in time for the 2011 season.” The 2011 season begins Monday July 11th and runs through Friday, August 12th.

Camp Rainbow is a five week summer day camp located at 2272 Townline Road in Lyndonville, New York. It serves any child who resides in Orleans County who has completed Kindergarten. It is a joyful place where children, with and without disabilities, get to learn, play, and form lasting friendships.

For information on Camp Rainbow, please call 585-589-1750.