The United Arc - October 2019 Newsletter

Happy Fall!

The leaves are changing colors and the air is turning chilly.  We have many fun activities happening at The United Arc this season.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and contributors to our Annual Auction.  It was a huge success and we are grateful for businesses that support the work we do for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  We have already begun work on our 2020 auction!

I hope you get a chance to sip some cider, jump in a pile of leaves or participate in the fun fall activites happening all over our community.

See you soon,

Lynne Marie Bielecki
Executive Director

Thank you to The United Arc 2019 Gala & Auction contributors, sponsors, and attendees!

The United Arc 2019 Annual Gala & Auction was held on Saturday, September 14 at Hadley Farms Meeting House. 


The United Arc Annual Membership Appeal

PDF membership application:

The United Arc lanched the annual membership appeal this month.  Are you a member of The United Arc?  Is it time to renew?  Your support as a member makes The United Arc's powerful voice even stronger as we address issues such as education, employment, housing, and safety that are critical to the disability community.  Please join us today.  

There are four levels of membership to consider: Individual, Family, Business, and Community Partner.

The United Arc offers special membership rates for individuals, families, businesses, & community partners which entitles you to a variety of benefits, foremost of which is your connection to The United Arc. Membership is valid for one year on a rolling basis from receipt of your application.

Your Membership benefits include:

Resources and Support - We will help you connect with your state and national chapter by making you a member with The Arc of the US and The Arc of MA to utilize information and resources available on including research, fact sheets, national programs such as Autism NOW: The National Resource and Information Center and the National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, and public policy information.

Services & Programs - Access a portfolio of services and programs.

Community - Join an active community by accessing our social media channels, attend events hosted by The United Arc and get involved with your state and national chapters.

Advocacy - Voting rights at the Annual Business Meeting.

Recognition - Recognition of your commitment to our work in the Annual Report Membership Roster. You will receive Membership Card for Individuals and Families, membership card and window decal for Businesses and Community Partners.

Please contact Willow Ross, with any membership questions.

Welcome to The United Arc Team

Hired September 4, 2019:
Cynthia Berndt,
Individual Home Supports for Family Support
–Thank you to Kiania Berndt for the referral!
Ha Nguyen,
Individual Home Support for Family Support
–Thank you to Donna Walden for the referral!
Joseph Milano,
Individual Home Support for Family Support 
Kathy Ferland,
Direct Support Professional for Hastings A & B
Cathy Klerowski,
Direct Support Professional for Hastings A
Harry Lupien,
Direct Support Professional for Eastern Ave
-Thank you Serena Hause for the referral!
Paige Molongoski,
Individual Home Support for Adult Services
Brianne Reed,
Individual Home Support for Adult Services
Virginia Dodge,
Individual Home Support for Adult Services
Timothy Fisher,
Program Coordinator for In Home Support for Adult Services
Tania Gauvin,
Parent Educator for Positive Parenting, North Quabbin
- Thank you Grace Berry and Jan Doody for the referral!
Tameika Thibeault,
Parent Educator for Positive Parenting, Turners Falls & North Quabbin
- Thank you Mike McDonough for the referral!
Hired September 25, 2019:
Myka Wotton,
Direct Support for George Street
-Thank you Jessie Sutherland for the referral!
Gary Walsh,
Community Support for Shared Living
Tatiana Tahij,
Direct Support for Hastings A
John Penford,
Individual Home Support for Family Support Services
Whytne Stover,
Direct Support for George Street
Hired October 3, 2019:
John Penford,
Individual Home Support for Family Support



Are you interested in joining our fabulous team or know someone who is looking for a career opportunity that makes a difference in lives of others? Check out all the wonderful jobs we are currently offering by clicking the "Career Opportunities" button below.


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The United Arc
294 Avenue A
Turners Falls, Massachusetts 01376
(413) 774-5558


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