Join for Legislative Advocacy

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Climb on board with us, visit Olympia and meet with your legislators!
The Arc of Whatcom County will be chartering a bus from Bellingham to Olympia to participate in the Family Services Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 7th. The bus will leave at approximately 7am for a full day in Olympia. Parents, self-advocates and care providers are welcome to come at no cost to you. We will provide information and materials to help you understand the issues and share your story. Please email parentcoalition@arcwhatcom.org or call (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, to reserve your seat today!

Holiday Party

Please join us for our Annual Parent to Parent Holiday Party

Join us for crafts, fun activities, Photos with Santa and much more!

Saturday, December 2
Bloedel Donovan Park, Large Multipurpose Gym
2214 Electric Avenue in Bellingham

Steven & Nola Holiday party 2016There are two time slots families are welcome to join us:

Families of a child with special needs ages birth to seven are invited from: 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Families of a child with special needs ages eight and up from:
1:30 pm – 3 pm
Beverages will be provided *Please bring your favorite healthy potluck dish to share.

Can you volunteer time to support the Holiday Party? We are looking for volunteers with setting up and cleaning up after the event. We are looking for help during the event with photo printing, food, and greeting new families. This years Holiday Party will feature the 2018 Smiles of Life Calendar Release and celebrate the models! To RSVP or to sign up for volunteering, please contact the P2P office at (360) 715-0170 ext 302 or p2p@arcwhatcom.org

Co Sponsored by Bellingham Parks & Recreation

Legislative Coffee

The Arc’s Parent Coalition to Host Legislative Coffee
Thursday, December 14th, 9:30am-12:30pm
The Arc’s Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham

photo 9It’s that time of year again! Our state is gearing up for a legislative session starting in January, and our federal legislators continue to work on issues that impact individuals with developmental disabilities. An important goal of the Parent Coalition is to provide the connections and resources for families to make their voices heard. The Annual Legislative Coffee provides a relaxed environment for people to meet their legislators face-to-face and communicate their experiences in a meaningful way. Prior to the coffee, there is an informational forum and guided discussion. Whether you are knowledgeable about the legislative process or completely new, this information is important to make the most of the opportunity with our legislators. The Legislative Coffee is a rewarding experience for families, self-advocates, community members, and legislators. Please join us, and let your voice be heard!

Due to limited space, please register by contacting Monica Burke: (360) 715-0170, ext. 303, monicab@arcwhatcom.org.

2017 Annual Membership Meeting

DSCN0512 Join us Wednesday May 24, 2017 from 5-7 pm at the Bloedel Donovan Park Multi-purpose Building.

We will be sharing progress updates and working together to create effective programs and inclusive activities. Your participation is crucial as we expand and improve our services. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. To make this event as accessible  as possible for families, childcare will also be provided.
Please RSVP by May 10th by calling 715-0170 or email admin@arcwhatcom.org

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • Your membership helps to fund programs for local individuals with development disabilities, their families and organizations that serve them in Whatcom County.
  • As a member, you receive newsletters from the local Parent Coalition, The Arc of WA and The Arc of the US.
  • Your membership helps fund national research about the causes of developmental disabilities.
  • You receive information about special events, programs and opportunities sponsored by The Arc.

Together, we can help make sure that every person with a developmental disability has the opportunity and support to live the life he or she chooses. 

 

Down syndrome Outreach Spring Fling!

Sunday May 7, 2017 from 12-3pm

Fairhaven Park Pavillion

Connect with families in our local Down syndrome community, visit with friends, and enjoy a lovely afternoon, rain or shine! There will be activities and crafts, a potluck lunch, the fantastic playground and a toy & book exchange.

Please bring a potluck dish to share, if possible (last names A-M bring something savory; N-Z bring something sweet…or bring a favorite dish), and a gently used toy or book to exchange with your friends. Hot dogs and beverages will be provided.

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!

If you are interested in helping with the event, please contact Jessika: JessikaH@arcwhatcom.org or (360)715-0170 ext. 304.

This event is in an accessible location. For sign language interpreter service, assistive listening devices, or a communication material in any alternative format, please call Jessika 10 days in advance.
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