The Arc of Weld County (The AWC) strives to provide workshops and other opportunities for people with disabilities, their families, and their caregivers to engage and enjoy life in their own communities. Our events are designed not only to provide education and opportunities for families to enjoy time engaging in community life, but also to educate the community about the mission and vision of The AWC. The AWC is privileged to be able to provide all our programs and services free of charge for attendees. All our events can be found by checking our Events Calendar under the News & Events tab, or by contacting our Advocacy Coordinator, Leticia Arguello at email@example.com or by calling (970) 353.5219 x105.
We provide quarterly trainings to better equip our community with strong advocates who push for the rights of their loved ones with I/DD. Trainings have included such information as guardianship, wills and trusts, Individualized Education Plans, and Medicaid. We tailor the curriculum around relevant topics that our families are currently interested in, so please let us know if you have an idea for a workshop or program you believe will benefit self-advocates, parents, and caregivers.
Every year in March, The AWC is excited to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness month with our annual Achieve with Us Film Festival. Each year we put together a playlist of carefully selected short films featuring actors, directors, and producers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please check our Events Calendar for more information and specific dates and times.
Northern Colorado Respite Coalition:
The Northern Colorado Respite Coalition (NCRC) is a cohort of agencies, service providers, caregivers, and family members committed to seeing respite opportunities and awareness grow in the Northern Colorado region. The AWC is privileged to coordinate quarterly meetings that introduce agencies and individuals to resources in their area that might be able to help provide much needed respite opportunities to family members and caregivers. Additionally, the NCRC is always thinking of ways to increase awareness, meet difficult needs, and collaborate to provide the best care possible for all individuals.
Every year, The AWC is privileged to partner with the Greeley-Evans School District 6 and the Windsor-Severance School District RE-4 to host a Bully Prevention Poster Contest. Each year students of all age are encouraged to create a poster that encourages peers and community members to stand up against bullying and create a community free from bullying and hurt. Students are given the month of October, which also serves as National Bully Prevention Month, to create and submit their posters for judging by a panel of Arc employees and board members. Winning students receive recognition in front of the school board, a certificate of achievement, a calendar featuring their artwork, as well as a cash prize which is matched for the art program at their school and a pizza party for their class.
The Annual Pool Party is a favorite event for staff, the individuals we serve and anyone who has ever attended in years past! This is a laid-back time to get together and celebrate our awesome community with pizza, music, balloons and face-painting by the pool. If you haven’t been out to Discovery Bay, you really must see it to believe it. Keep a lookout on our event calendar for accurate dates and times of the event each year.
Families in Action:
The AWC knows how difficult it can be for families and caregivers of individuals with I/DD to balance the finances, special needs, and time it takes to take a vacation, that is why we are excited to offer our annual Families in Action Retreat! Families in Action is a chance for 10 families from the counties we serve to take a weekend up in the mountains and have a vacation-like experience free of charge! Parents attend advocacy training with professionals in several different fields, while their children are partnered with volunteers for a true camp experience.
Project Illumination is an education program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that meets once a week for 8-10 weeks. Over the course of our time together we will learn about ourselves, how we interact with others, how to build healthy relationships, personal safety, effective communication skills & positive self-esteem. For more information please contact our Advocacy Coordinator, Leticia at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (970) 353.5219 x105.
Summer Community Events:
There is nothing we enjoy more than getting to know you! Every summer we get to do just that by attending community festivals and parades. This is an especially fantastic opportunity for us to get to know the people in the Northeastern counties we serve. Look for The Arc tent at your next community gathering and come by to say ‘Hi!’ We will have information on upcoming events, the chance to learn more about membership, balloons, and fun games! We would love the chance to get to know you!
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