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We believe in inclusion in community life for people with disabilities. The Arc fosters social connections and relationships throughout the year through parties, gatherings, and other community events.

ANNUAL EVENT

Arc in the Park

Our third annual Arc in the Park at the new Huckleberry Park shelter on June 8, 2024 was a great success, in large part due to that amazing park. The Splash Pad provided hours of entertainment for the kids, and the grownups enjoyed picnic food and making new connections in that beautiful shelter. Photos coming soon. Meanwhile, here is a short video featuring Shay Ruff, Self-Advocacy Coach with The Arc of Virginia.

Brad Epperley, director Christiansburg Department of Parks & Recreation.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Renee S. Brown Award

Awarded each year at our Annual Event, the Renee S. Brown award shines a light on remarkable individuals in our community who embody The Arc’s vision: People with disabilities leading full, rich lives as active contributing members of the communities.” In honor of the Christiansburg Department of Parks & Recreation’s dedication to inclusion and accessibility, and especially the goodwill and vision of its director, Brad Epperley, we awarded them this year’s Renee S. Brown Award.

AN ANNUAL TRADITION

The Christmas Cookie Party

On December 10, 2023 Board members, community members and friends got together for our Annual Christmas Cookie Party at the Blacksburg Community Center. We enjoyed homemade cookies and holiday songs led by Board member Robert Metz and his guitar. Matt Hudgins was our Santa and the kids enjoyed a craft table while folks visited friends they hadn’t seen all year. At the end, we had a surprise treat! Read below.

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Nancy Camajani and Anita Earhardt
Matt Hudgins
George Rogers
Anita Earhardt
Chris Cadwallader

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HIGHLIGHT

Calling Cards

At the 2023 Christmas Cookie Party, Board member Nancy Camajani presented an idea she hatched for our ALLY Self-Advocates: calling cards for their advocacy visits with delegates. Anita Earhardt, George Rogers, and Matt Hudgins each received a silver case engraved with their initials and a box of calling cards with their names on them. Matt was so moved, he nearly teared up looking at his cards. Nancy’s idea empowers our self-advocates and gives them a new tool!

2023

Blacksburg Holiday Parade

On Friday, December 1, 2023, The Arc of New River Valley marched in the Blacksburg Holiday Parade! Some people walked carrying our new banner, other folks rode in the truck, and still others gave out candy to the kids who came out to watch the parade during a chilly December evening. We had a great time and look forward to a new tradition!

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