The United Arc - August/September 2020 Newsletter


I hope you are enjoying your summer safely.  The United Arc is on the home stretch of it's annual online auction.  Please make sure you check out the many packages that are open and waiting to go home with you! 

Please stay healthy and join in on some of our virutual gatherings as time will allow.

Lynne Marie Bielecki
Executive Director

Welcome to The United Arc Team

Hired August 2020:

Kallie Ryan,

Adult Services, Individual Home Supports, Direct Support Professional

Edward Matthews,

Adult Services, Residential, Hastings Street, Direct Support Professional

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.

Adult Services Blooms

At the beginning of the pandemic, staff and individuals decided to work on their yards and build vegetable and flower gardens.  Nora, a Direct Support Professional, and Stephen, the Administration Assistant at the Summer Street office have singlehandedly found ways to acquire plants, seeds, soil, and plant boxes.  Many items and plants were donated.  Staff and individuals pitched in to foster the fabulous blooms.  Many of the individuals also had plant starter kits, nurturing from seed to seedling, and then participated in the planting of their seedling.

Shared Living Explores

The Shared Living Providers have done a stellar job of maintaining a safe and happy homelife for the individuals who live with them.  Edward, the Program Manager, has been taking hikes every week with James.  This past week they trekked up Mount Sugarloaf in Sunderland. 


Family Support Happenings

AmeriCorps events continue through August on Wednesday’s & Thursday’s at 3:00 pm with Learners Permit Practice & Independent Life Skill Sessions.

The end of August will bring the beginning of our new AmeriCorps Members service and new fun FIC & NQF virtual sessions.  We will welcome:  Breanna Latwis & Marion Murphy.

North Quabbin Family support Center continues to hold their Fourth Fun Friday Family Nights; open to all families.

Franklin County Family Support has ongoing Tuesday ‘Coffee, Tea & Me’, as well as ‘Open Circle’ times; these virtual zoom events are open to all – invite request emails will be sent to anyone requesting to join:

There are two ‘Music Time’ virtual sessions held each month:  this month they will be on the 15th & 22nd of August – sessions begin at 12:00 pm – grab an instrument, or any household item to use as an instrument – request a zoom invite link ( and plan to have fun and enjoy the music! 

Meditation Sessions beginning once a month on August 14th at 7:00 pm more information on this through the coffee tea and me times and by requesting an invite link.


The United Arc 2020 Online Auction:

An opportunity to have fun and support the work of The United Arc

We have always looked forward to a range of in-person events such as our Annual Gala & Auction, Annual Business Meeting, Open Houses showcasing Talents and Pursuits, the Annual Summer Picnic, among others. 

Sadly, this will not be possible this year.  This will be our “UnEventFull” Year.

Starting on June 5, 2020 and running to September 21, 2020, auction packages will be available for individuals to bid on, with new packages being added to the catalogue every one to two weeks.  All auction packages have a minimum value of $250.

Bid on exciting packages in our Priceless, Luxuries, Adventure, New England, Cities & Towns, and Sweet Life Collections online throughout the summer. 

This year, when you visit our Online Auction to consider the delightful packages available for bid, you will be able to register for a free entry to a drawing to win a Pandora’s Box valued at over $400.  So, visit (and enter HERE) often.  The drawing for the Pandora’s Box will be held Monday, September 21, 2020 and the winner will be contacted with the wonderful news then.

Pandora's Box:

Thank you to our wonderful Sponsors! 


We care about The United Arc Sponsor

Greenfield Cooperative Bank


We stand with The United Arc Sponsor

Health New England

HUB International of New England, LLC

Greenfield Savings Bank


A hug for everyone at The United Arc Sponsor

Greenfield Cooperative Bank


Renfrew Real Estate

Bill & Tammy Trudeau


Consider becoming a Sponsor of The United Arc 


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Achieve with us.


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


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