Monday, January 28, 2013

The Self-Advocate All Star Give Back!

Throughout the months of November and December 2012 the Self Advocacy All Stars collected books on tape, hats, gloves, scarves, puzzle books, cards and pens for the veterans at the Batavia's VA Medical Center.  This is the second year that the Self-Advocates chose to give back to the veterans who have so generously served our country.

Thank you to all the veterans for their service to our country and to the Self Advocacy All Stars for supporting them!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Songs for NYSARC - Please Join The Arc of Orleans County's Team!

"I Am" is one of four great songs inspired by the work of NYSARC and its Chapters. Click here to see this wonderful video "I Am" .  Visit our page to hear all four songs at Songs for NYSARC.You can buy downloads or donate to help us use music to help families and you can offer your support for as little as $5! 100% of the profit goes to our organization, so please, buy a few downloads and help create awareness by sharing these touching songs with your friends.

For more information on NYSARC visit To check out the singer/songwriter of "I Am" please click on Liz Longley's Website

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Employment Listing 1/10/13 Direct Support Professional

                                             VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION:      Direct Support Professional-Temporary Full Time


REPORTS TO: Operations Manager – Dave Bellucci        
                           Supported Employment Manager – Melissa Cotter

LOCATION:  Allied Enclave-State St, Brockport, NY                          

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


                        Working level knowledge of production techniques, methods and/or training involving adults who are disabled preferred.  Demonstrates skills equivalent to a high school diploma.  Ability to deal with people at all organizational levels, reliable, friendly, flexible, team player, good administrative, organizational, problem solving, training and oral & written communication skills required.  Capable of completing SCIP, CPR & other required training.  Needs a valid NYS driving license.

STARTING RATE:    Grade 7DC - $9.28/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 1/17/13 to:
Carol Fox
Human Resource Department
The Arc of Orleans County
PO Box 439
Albion, NY  14411

Email                                                   Fax (585) 589 - 5669


Posted:  1/10/13

Employment Listing - 1/10/13 Sub Teacher Aide

                 Vacancy Announcement

POSITION:                    Substitute Teacher Aides

REPORTS TO:            Assigned Classroom Teacher

LOCATION:                 Rainbow Preschool Albion and Batavia

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.

Related work experience preferred. Must be able to lift and
carry 40 pounds, in order to carry children and equipment.
RATE OF PAY:     $7.77/hr.

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

E-MAIL:           FAX:  (585) 589 - 5669

The Arc of Orleans County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted 1/10/13 Ongoing

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tamara Caldwell & Arthur Washak Honored for Work in 2012

The Arc of Orleans County held their Staff and Board Holiday Open House on Friday, December 14th and honored two of their staff for their hard work and dedication to the Agency in 2012.

Tamara "Tammy" Caldwell received The Arc's Employee of the Year Award for her work at Rainbow Preschool.  Tammy has been with the Agency for almost 23 years.  She has worked in many different programs throughout the Agency, and has worked at Rainbow Preschool for the past 15 years.  This year was a difficult year for the Preschool, with the resignation of the director just before the start of the school in the fall.  Tammy also took on the task of coordinating and working on the State audit, an undertaking that is physically and mentally draining.  Even this all her additional duties,  she is always ready and willing to help the staff at both the Albion and Batavia sites.  Tammy's hard work and dedication to the the Agency, the children served, and their families is appreciated by all.  Congratulations, Tammy!

Arthur "Archie" Washak was the recipient of the Edward S. Woods Sr. Direct Support Professional of the Year Award.  Archie began working at Stork Street several years ago after retiring  from Harrison Radiator.  He wanted to do something rewarding a few hours a week.  Archie has been the reward for Stork Street  and the Agency.  He is one of the first faces to greet the residents each morning and is instrumental in ensuring their day starts out  on a positive note.  Archie is a part-time staff, but he took the time to complete a 32 hour course to become med certified.  He is also a van training instructor for the Agency.  Thank you, Archie, for your dedication and commitment to The Arc and the individuals we serve!

(Shown in photos with Tammy and Archie are Arc Executive Director Kellie Spychalski and Arc Board President Ken Barchet.)  

The Arc's 2012 Grant Review


The Arc of Orleans County received 12 grants totaling $54,937 in 2012.

Below is a list of what we were able to do:

 At Camp Rainbow…
1. The JM McDonald Foundation provided $5,000 in grant funding to re-surface the basketball court and purchase arts & crafts for the campers.

2. The Lyndonville Area Foundation provided $5,000 in grant funding to help pay for the transportation cost of the campers.

3. $4,000 in grant funding was received from The Orleans County Foundation in conjunction with the Curtis Foundation to assist with the cost of a new pool fence and pool signage. This will be worked on in 2013.

At Rainbow Preschool…
4. The Gannett Foundation provided $2,500 in grant funding to purchase literacy, occupational therapy and other program supplies.

5. The Arc received $5,500 in grant funding from the Kenlou Foundation to purchase occupational therapy and literacy supplies.

6. The Children’s Guild Foundation provided $9,864 in grant funding through the Mabel Louise Burns Education Fund for a laptop and DT Trainer, adaptive toys, Dynavox, FM Systems and PECS supplies.

7. Orleans Community Health (Dental Project) provided $750 in funding for Rainbow Preschool program supplies.

At Family Support Services & Recreation Program…
8. The Agency received $16,000 in grant funding from the AT&T Foundation to assist with the transition of young adults from school age to adulthood.

9. NYSARC provided $500 in funding to assist with costs related to guardianship.

At Day Habilitation Program...
10. The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART) provided $400 in grant funding to create a quilt about our community.

11. The NYSARC Trust provided $5,000 in grant funding to provide recreational activities for those we serve.

12. We received $423 in grant funding from The Community Foundation through the Hubertus and Helmi Behria Endowment Fund to provide toys at Christmas to children of lower income families in Orleans County. 

We thank all the individuals, foundations, businesses and
organizations that continue
to support
The Arc of Orleans County. 
Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated!