Funds for fun

Arc of Orange County gets grant to provide recreation for people with developmental disabilities

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— The Trustees of NYSARC Inc. Trust (recently rebranded The Arc New York Trust) gave The Arc of Orange County $12,500 to provide recreational opportunities for local people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The funding will help the more than 500 people who attend Arc’s recreation programs, as well as people who attend Creative Arts classes at its Campbell Hall location. These programs offer opportunities for students to learn new skills and to enhance their creativity in the arts, and to travel throughout the Northeastern United States.

The $12,500 grant was specifically used to provide scholarships covering fees for recreation programs and trips to those who would otherwise be unable to attend, as well as enabling people with limited means to participate in a numerous trips and events.

In 2017, participants journeyed to Gloucester, Mass., Atlantic City, The Pine Grove Ranch, the Renaissance Faire, Six Flags New England, Mystic Seaport, Lake George, and Hershey Park, Pa., as well as numerous local events from bingo and art classes to a masquerade ball and a successful "Ugly Christmas Sweater Party."

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits. For more information visit or call 1-518-439-8323.

The Arc of Orange County was founded in 1954 and os headquartered in Newburgh. Its 750 employees provide an array of educational, clinical, employment, residential, and day services for more than 2,000 people of all ages living in Orange County who have developmental disabilities. For more information visit

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