Exciting Update!

We are proud to announce that we are officially enrolled in the PayPal Giving Fund!  You can now support us on PayPal itself as well as the following partners’ platforms: Humble Bundle, eBay, GoFundMe, and Nextdoor.  So next time that you are shopping on any of these websites, be sure to pick The Arc of Augusta as the supporting charity.  We are grateful for your continued support!

Will I be charged fees for donating on PayPal Giving Fund platforms?
       PayPal Giving Fund itself does not charge charities or donors any fees for its services. In some cases, our partners may charge fees on donations made through their platforms, which they will disclose on their websites.

When you make a purchase in the Humble Store, you will have the option to opt into Humble Rewards: 10% of the net revenue from every purchase can be routed to your Humble Wallet or to a charity of your choice. You can also donate that 10% to the charity of your choice, or customize where you split your payment.
     For bundles that include the Choose Your Own Charity Feature, you can now choose to include The Arc of Augusta to benefit (via the PayPal Giving Fund) from the net proceeds of your bundle payment. To choose The Arc of Augusta when purchasing bundles, start by clicking “select a new one” when scrolling through the page. You can search for the charity of your choice by keyword, category, or country.  When you’ve found The Arc of Augusta, click the “Select” button and your choice will be saved. You’ll now decide exactly where your money goes via the bundle sliders.  A corresponding slider for the charity you added will be added below the other sliders.  You can use the bundle slider to choose the proportion of net proceeds from your bundle payment that will be paid to The Arc of Augusta.  Adjust the sliders however you want, and pay when you’re ready!

Make a positive impact for The Arc of Augusta each time you shop or sell something on eBay!  “Favorite” The Arc of Augusta and every time you checkout via PayPal, you will have the option to donate up to $25 to us.  It is a quick way to give back that doesn’t involve any separate transactions.

     GoFundMe’s fundraising tools make it easy for you to create, share, and raise money for your campaign.  You can even set up a Charity Registry (in lieu of a gift registry for a wedding) and select The Arc of Augusta as a benefiting non-profit!  Here’s how it works: First choose The Arc of Augusta from their list of registered 501(c)(3) charities.  Then create your fundraiser/charity registry using the tools provided.  GoFundMe also provides tools for you to easily share your fundraise with friends and family in order to raise donations!  Any funds raised are safely and automatically delivered to The Arc of Augusta when the fundraiser ends.

The Arc of Augusta has teamed up with Nextdoor, the neighborhood app, and their new Sell For Good Program to give neighbors an easy way to fundraise.  Neighbors can list items in For Sale and Free Section to sell and select The Arc of Augusta of where you want to send the proceeds.

The Arc of Augusta has partnered with the Amazon Smile program.  When you make your next purchase on Amazon.com, proceeds of almost any item (excluding digital items) will go to the charity of your choice.  There is no cap on the amount of money Amazon will donate, and absolutely no additional cost to the consumer!

How do I shop at AmazonSmile and make sure that proceeds go to The Arc of Augusta?

  To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from a web browser on your computer or smartphone.  We suggest adding the link as a bookmark so you can return to AmazonSmile any time you want or need to shop on Amazon.  You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.  Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

  Yes, you can use your same Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile.  Your shopping cart, various Wish Lists, registries, and other account settings are also the same.

Thank you for your continued support!

“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”
-John Maxwell

I do not know who John Maxwell is, but I do remember the above quote and I believe that quote helps to portray what we try to make our work about. Yes the focus of The Arc of Augusta is about individuals with DD (Developmentally Disabled), but it is also about choice and about empowering individuals to make their own choices. Many times the average person seems to forget about the power of choice, choosing what they want to do is still a mainstay of life.  By and large we are a result of the choices we make.

As an organization The Arc advocates for the rights of DD individuals to live, to work if they so desire, to be as active in their community as they want to be and to spend their time where they choose. The Arc of Augusta offers two adult day support programs that help to provide socialization, education, activities and the opportunity for voluntary interaction with members of our local communities. Our staff does their best to assure that our programs meet what the individual wants to experience, wants to learn or wants to have fun with. It is a choice when an individual decides to attend our programs. We only serve adults with DD, but they are of every age group, every level of interest/ability and some have significant needs, but all are welcome. And it does not matter if the person who wants to attend comes 1 day a week or 2 or 3 days or maybe all 5 days that we are open, what matters is that we honor and respect the choice made by the individual. The people we serve may choose to be a part of either our Community Program or our Center Program only 2 days a week because 1 day in that week they work and the other 2 days are spent in another activity. We think that is wonderful! That shows that they get to participate where they want and from the choices they make.

As a parent of a disabled adult it is easy to simply assume we know what is best for our child if there is a disability, but what does that child or adult child think of it all?  The individuals we serve are people first, and deserve the same opportunities, the same dreams and the same life we have and many times take for granted. We have to advocate for what we want and the individuals with DD themselves need to advocate as well, to communicate their stories, express the experiences they hope to have, and to talk about their dreams.

In my decade of service with The Arc I have learned from the people we serve and as a parent in that same time frame I have learned from my son. I have learned patience, I have learned perseverance, I have learned unconditional love and I have learned that everyone has the right to choose.

The Arc of Augusta not only advocates for the right to choose, but we practice it as well.
Warren J. McKeen
Executive Director