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         The Williamson Advocate   May 2017

The Arc's Annual Yard Sale was postponed to Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. 
111 Hampsted Lane, Fieldstone Farms, Franklin. Call Ann Curl at 615-310-6986 if you have items you would like to donate or you may drop off your donations at The Arc.
"Connecting the Dots"
High Hopes Development Center has joined with Alison Kirk, Waves, The Arc Williamson County, and Tuckers House to bring you "Connecting-the-Dots".  If knowledge is power, then prepare to be strengthened!  "Connecting-the-Dots" is a wealth of knowledge composed into one central online resource for parents and caregivers of those with special needs. Please visit the Connecting the Dots page on High Hopes website.  CLICK HERE.
GCA Centre for Adult Autism
Online registration for the Inaugural Tri State Adult Autism Symposium Conference, which will be taking place on Saturday, July 22 in Chattanooga, TN, is now officially open.  For registration and other information about the Symposium conference, please go to www.gcaspies.org/conference
SAVE THE DATE
VENTURES ANNUAL RESOURCE FAIR
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Freedom Middle School
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
Are you a member of the Kroger Community Rewards Program? First, you need your Kroger Plus Card (if you don't have one, you can pick one up at the customer services desk at any Kroger).  Then go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and click on Sign Up Today and follow the instructions.  After you set up your account go to Community Rewards and enter The Arc's number 90831 to designate our organization.  Thanks for all your support!

The Big Payback is a 24-hour, online giving day to increase philanthropy in the 40 counties served by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The goal is simple – inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their community, and contribute to the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations. This collaborative, inclusive event shines a spotlight on LOCAL giving and creates a new sense of energy around philanthropy. It touches the lives of virtually every person in Middle Tennessee. The Arc Williamson County is participating again this year in The Big Payback on May 3.  Funds raised will be used to assist individuals and/or families with the costs of vehicle modifications such as wheelchair ramps, scooter lifts, steering devices, raised roofs, dropped floors, tie downs or transfer boards.All things that might be necessary for an individual with mobility impairments can get out and about in the community on their own or with their family.  Achieve with Us by donating on May 3.  The link to take you directly to our page on The Big Payback website is https://www.thebigpayback.org/TheArcWilliamson or you can Click Here.  You can go ahead and schedule a donation today but it won't show up until the 3rd.  I will send out a reminder e-mail with the link on May 3 also.  Thanks, Sharon
 THE ARC'S FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM 
PLEASE NOTE - ALL invoices for 2016-2017 must be received by June 1, 2017. 
The Arc Williamson County Local Family Support Council will meet in May to determine allocations for 2017-2018.  We will be back  in touch with everyone who submitted completed applications in late May or early June. Applications are accepted anytime throughout the year, but if you are determined eligible and all funds have been allocated, you will be placed on a waiting list. Remember that along with the application, we need proofs of residency, citizenship and disability.  Refer to the Family Support Handbook for descriptions of acceptable forms of proofs.   CLICK HERE for the 2017-2018 application.  If you have any questions, please call Sharon Bottorff at 615-790-5815, ext 3 or e-mail at sbbarc@thearcwc.org.
 
OTHER FAMILY SUPPORT REMINDERS!
- We are now direct depositing reimbursements.  If you do not have yours in your account within 2 weeks of submitting to The Arc, please call Sharon at 615-790-5815, ext. 3.
ALL invoices for 2016-2017 must be received by June 1, 2017. 
- If you are currently receiving funding, it is not automatic that you will the following year, everyone must complete a new application and submit needed proofs every year.
- Remember that being eligible and being approved are two different processes.
- Your application will not be considered by the Local Family Support Council unless all proofs are received.  
- If you reside outside of Williamson County you may call 615-532-6552 to find out which agency serves your county.
NEXT CHAPTER BOOK CLUBS
A new Next Chapter Book Club has started meeting at 1:00 p.m. at the Target on Columbia Avenue.  The participants are starting on their second book Peter Pan. They meet for an hour each week. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this Book Club, please call Kevin Walker at 615-465-0333 or e-mail at kevinwalker@thearcwc.org.  We also have other Next Chapter Book Clubs that meet on a regular basis:
 
--7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Target on White Bridge Road in Nashville
--9:45 a.m. on Thursdays at the Community Services Building in Franklin
--9:00 a.m. the first and fourth Monday at Waves in Fairview.
 
If you are interested in attending one of these Book Clubs or if you are interested in helping to facilitate a book club, please call Sharon at 615-790-5815, ext. 3. Next Chapter Book Clubs are for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who wish to read, make friends and have fun! 

Thursday & Friday - May 25-26, 2017

Nashville Airport Marriott

http://www.tndisabilitymegaconference.org/

 
Aaron Bishop is confirmed as the 2017 keynote speaker.  To learn more about him click http://www.tndisabilitymegaconference.org/html/Presenters.html
 
The Program at a Glance is available. Click http://www.tndisabilitymegaconference.org/html/Program-Information.html


The Arc Williamson County  •  129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 151  •  Franklin, TN 37064
http://www.thearcwc.org
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