THE ARC CCR RECEIVES $500,000 GRANT FROM THE WEINBERG FOUNDATION

Grant Will Help Fund the Completion of The Arc’s
“Promise It Forward Capital Campaign”

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (The Arc CCR), a nonprofit committed to providing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to gain independence, today announced that it has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., one of the largest private charity foundations in the United States.

The grant will support the completion of The Arc CCR’s “Promise It Forward Capital Campaign”—a project which is the result of nearly $2 million in local and state funds to build a safe, healthy, accessible building to ensure that The Arc CCR maintains strong programs as the number of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities continues to increase within Maryland. Arc board and leadership are now operating out of the new headquarters, which is slated for completion by early 2019.

“The Arc’s mission is to provide people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the resources and services to work and play so that they thrive in their community,” said Jonathon Rondeau, CEO of The Arc Central Chesapeake Region. “This generous grant will allow us to complete the final phase of The Arc’s newly renovated 19,000 square-foot headquarters and professional development center, which will serve as a model of accessibility.”

“The Weinberg Foundation is pleased to support The Arc through this capital campaign,” said Amy Kleine, Program Director, Housing & Community Services. “This new facility will allow The Arc to better serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within Maryland to live full, self-directed lives.”

The Arc CCR touches the lives of over 1,000 people each year, and with its continuing growth in capacity and expansion of services, the organization requires a larger operating space. The newly renovated 19,000 square-foot headquarters and professional development center will serve as an intake area for new families and the people we serve, provide a digital and book library for use by the public, and have space for community meetings. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building will include the administrative headquarters and will have a separate area for training sessions and other community programs. Also included in the expansion are the Lorraine Sheehan Center for Enterprise and Community Development, and the Rollason Community Center.  The new building will serve as a model of an accessible corporate environment.

For more information about The Arc CCR, please visit: http://thearcccr.org/

About the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States, provides approximately $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, primarily in the United States and Israel. Grants are focused on meeting basic needs and enhancing an individual’s ability to meet those needs with emphasis on older adults, the Jewish community, and the Foundation’s priority communities of Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, rural communities in the United States, and the State of Israel. The trustees are Chair Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Alvin Awaya, Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.), and Paula B. Pretlow. Rachel Garbow Monroe serves as the Weinberg Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. For more information, please visit www.hjweinbergfoundation.org.