Spokane County is home to approximately 7,000 people who have an intellectual or developmental disability. A developmental disability is a life-long condition that affects a person's ability to reason, communicate or function independently. Autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome are the most commonly known forms of developmental disability, although there are hundreds of different diagnoses.
From birth to forever, people with developmental disabilities face unique and substantial challenges every day. The Arc of Spokane believes that having a disability should not prevent someone from enjoying a rich and meaningful life. A volunteer-based, nonprofit agency, The Arc of Spokane works to ensure that people with developmental disabilities in our community, and the people who care for them, enjoy the highest quality of life possible. How? By speaking out on their behalf and by providing programs that help our constituents live, work and socialize in our community.
The Arc provides a variety of services at 14 supported living homes across Spokane County that offer round-the-clock care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
The Arc also operates advocacy, employment, community access, financial programs, a community center, and the Explorers Program for its members.
- clothing, household items
- Call (509) 328-8100 for a donation pickup.
- Thrift Store.
- Help sort clothes and work in the store. (contact store manager Jordan)
- Shop at our thrift store on North Ruby in Spokane. (509) 822-7748
- Volunteering is a great way to be a part of something truly meaningful. You can help further the mission of The Arc of Spokane by participating in the following programs:
As an advocacy volunteer you can help direct initiatives that address the needs of people with developmental disabilities in our community through the Advocacy Steering Committee. Or you can help educate lawmakers about important issues facing our constituents by traveling to Olympia for Advocacy Days, or to Washington, D.C. for the Disability Policy Seminar. To be an advocacy volunteer, contact Gregg Osborne at (509) 328-6326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ARC COMMUNITY CENTER
The Community Center is a social and recreational activity center for adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers provide positive social interaction by simply being a friend. Games, puzzles, crafts and other activities provide ample opportunity to brighten someone's day. Community Center volunteers should be prepared to:
• Volunteer a total of at least 20 hours
• Pass a criminal background check
• Work closely and positively with adults with developmental disabilities
To be a Community Center volunteer contact Ron Kurtz at (509) 328-6326 or email@example.com.
THE INCLUSION NETWORK
A volunteer group working through The Arc of Spokane, the Inclusion Network (IN) encourages greater inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in our community by promoting inclusive activities in which people with and without disabilities can participate, like the Community Fun Run. IN also administers the Lance Morehouse Jr. Fund for Social Inclusion which provides grants to help people with developmental disabilities enjoy inclusive activities in our community. To be a part of the Inclusion Network, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For parents who have recently learned that their son or daughter has developmental disability, it's hard to know what to expect. That's why The Arc's Parent to Parent program offers Helping Parents, experienced mothers and fathers who can offer resources, advice or just a listening ear. To learn more about becoming a Helping Parent, contact Roz Bethmann at (509) 328-6326 or email@example.com.
Community Access helps senior citizens with developmental disabilities participate in social and recreational activities in the community. Volunteers accompany employees of The Arc as they assist people in these activities. To be a Community Access volunteer, contact Les Nipp at (509) 328-6326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY SUPPORT CONFERENCE – An annual one day conference that covers various topics that families and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities face.
FAMILY SUPPORT PICNIC - Every Summer -- This is a picnic held at a local park in Spokane that is open to all individuals who have an intellectual or developmental disability and their families. It is a time to celebrate our differences and to have a chance to relax and get to know others in our community. Resources are shared, stories are told, and new friends are met. Many years there is special recognition of people within the community who have made a major impact on helping change our society the previous year.
COMMUNITY FUN RUN - 3rd Saturday in April -- A 5 kilometer run along the Centennial Trail run near the Spokane River. The purpose of the Community Fun Run is to bring people with and without disabilities together in an atmosphere of unity and respect.
LEGISTLATIVE RECEPTIONS – Fall -- Each year the Spokane County Parent Coalition (SCPC), a parent group funded by Spokane County Community Services, hosts a public reception where state legislators present their views about issues that are important to people with developmental disabilities. This is an important opportunity for Spokane voters to meet their elected representatives in person. At the end of the evening, time is opened up to allow questions to be asked from the audience members.
Last Updated By: Stacy Ceder