Seasons greetings friends!
This year has been a doozy, hasn’t it? Covid-19 has hurt so many people in so many ways, and we are facing hardships we’ve never seen before in which few have been more affected than the most vulnerable among us.
The Arc of Loudoun is a non-profit school dedicated to helping developmentally disabled kids and their families learn, grow, and succeed against the unique challenges they face. Their work has always been hugely important in their community; more so now than ever.
This year, due to Covid, The Arc was unable to present Shocktober. Shocktober is not only one of America’s premiere haunt attractions, but it’s also an incredible community of teenage and adult volunteers who work together to put on an incredible show for tens of thousands of people, and build strong lasting friendships and community in the process. Most importantly, the income raised from Shocktober is the primary source of funding for The Arc, so it is vastly important to The Arc as well as the kids and families it serves.
Despite an incredible digital haunt production this season, Shocktober only raised 8% of its usual revenue.
So… I’m asking if you can help me raise money for The Arc of Loudoun. I pledge to match all donations up to $2,500, and an anonymous third party will also provide the same match up to $2,500. So, anything you can donate will be TRIPLED! Please consider helping The Arc of Loudoun this year. I can’t thank you enough.
Your donations to The Arc of Loudoun through Anja’s Holiday Matching Challenge will directly help people with disabilities and their families who need support but are unable to afford it. Funding will be specifically used for:
- Emergency financial assistance to help with food, rent/mortgage, utilities, medical expenses, prescriptions, technology for continuued education and connectivity to work remotely, car repairs, and other emergency situations
- Scholarships to be used for childcare through the Open Door Learning Center Preschool
- Ability Fitness Center’s Gap Fund to help individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries or other neurological disabilities access Ability Fitness Center when they may be in a challenging financial situation and unable to afford this much needed physical workout and social connection.
- Scholarships for Aurora Behavior Clinic clients ages 2-22 whose insurance does not cover the therapies and social skills development they need as early as possible in their lives.
Whether your gift is $10 or $100 or even $1000, your gracious donation will immediately provide direct support to people with disabilities and their families to help them live “a life like yours.”
The Arc of Loudoun’s vision is to provide a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities. Our mission is to advocate for, educate, serve and support people with disabilities and their families.
In 1967, parents of children with disabilities founded The Arc of Loudoun because they had a vision to help their family members live “a life like yours.” In December 2009, The Arc leased the Paxton Campus and, on this property, created a seven acre “safe-haven” for all people with disabilities and their families.
Today, The Arc of Loudoun, a local chapter of The Arc National, is home to five, integrated programs that serve the most vulnerable and underserved in Loudoun and the Greater DC Region—children and adults with disabilities, their families and caretakers, and the professionals who work to help them achieve their greatest potential.
The Arc of Loudoun serves more than 6,000 people with disabilities and their families each year through its five, integrated programs:
- Open Door Learning Center equips preschool children ages 2-7 of all abilities with the social and developmental skills they need to thrive in mainstream kindergarten.
- The Aurora School, a year-round private day school, helps significantly challenged students ages 5-22, primarily with autism, achieve personal excellence, gain independence and vocational skills to maximize their potential. Students come from nine different school systems including MD, VA, WV, and DC.
- Ability Fitness Center is for people with neurological disorders—stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, parkinson’s disease, down syndrome—giving them a one-of-a-kind place to workout using specialized equipment and expert clinicians.
- Aurora Behavior Clinic provides individualized 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children ages 2-22 with autism and other related disabilities, with a specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions.
- ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities and the professionals who work with them, plus social activities for adults with disabilities.
To learn more about how we can support you and your family, get involved, or other ways to donate, please visit www.thearcofloudoun.org. We welcome you to our Arc of Loudoun family!