The arc Thrift Connection

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More often than not, when someone in the public hears “The Arc,” they immediately think of the arc Thrift Stores. While the name recognition is exceptionally valuable, it’s important to understand the relationship between the local chapters of The Arc and the stores.

In the early 1960s, newly formed chapters of The Arc in the Denver metro area relied on many small fundraisers like bake sales and bingo nights to generate funding for their programs. Recognizing that a coordinated effort between the local chapters could be more effective, the Metropolitan Association for R*** Citizens was formed in 1963 as a separate nonprofit organization. A few years after their formation, one of the board members of The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties attended a training in California where he observed a thrift store operation, which he thought could be successful for the chapters. This board member brought the idea back to the metro association and one short year later, in 1968, the first arc Thrift Store (then called Value Village) opened in Denver. Since these humble beginnings, arc Thrift has provided millions of dollars of mission-critical funding to chapters of The Arc in our Colorado communities, allowing us to collectively advocate for countless people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

For more information about the thrift stores or for questions about donations of household items, please visit or call 800.283.2721.

Local arc Thrift Store (Greeley)

2401 27th Street, Greeley, CO 80634

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The arc Thrift is resuming donation pick-up for LARGE FURNITURE ONLY. Please call 303-238-5263 (JANE) to schedule a pick-up Monday through Friday between 8am and 2pm or schedule online at

Thanks for your past, present and future donations! The revenue from arc thrift store sales, supports our services and programs!

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