Jump Start Program



The Arc Susquehanna Valley is pleased to announce it has received a $1,500 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the Jump Start Program aimed at children ages 5-10 of All Abilities and their parents in order to help children bond with parents and socialize with one another while practicing fine and gross motor skills as well as improving communication skills.

The program is free of charge for all participants and begins Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., then running most Wednesdays for 12 sessions until complete. The location is 2392 Second Street in Bloomsburg.

The goal of the program is to give kids with special needs the opportunity to interact and be understood more easily by their peers and parents while practicing skills that will help them throughout life.

“At the Arc, we are aiming toward a time when children of all abilities are members of our community with true belonging – meaning that their unique assets and abilities are part of what is needed for the wholeness of our society,” said Robert Roush, Executive Director of The Arc.

To register for the program, please call The Arc at 570-286-1008 or visithttp://www.thearcsusquehanna.org/columbia-county-jump-start.html.

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.
“The challenges we face in our communities are complex and there is no easy solution. The goal of the PPL Foundation is to bring together people, ideas and resources to tackle some of these challenges collectively,” said Lissette Santana, the chief operating officer of the PPL Foundation. “We’re proud to be able to support nonprofit organizations working to address the issues most relevant in our community,” Santana concluded.

About the Arc Susquehanna Valley 
The Arc is a membership organization made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens, and professionals in the disability field. The Arc has both state and local chapters, which make it the largest volunteer-based organization in the United States devoted solely to working on behalf of its constituency. For more than half a century, chapters of The Arc have worked throughout the nation to ensure that their constituents have the support and services they need, are accepted in their communities, and have control of their lives.

The Arc, Susquehanna Valley is proud to offerAMPES, A Meeting Place for Expanding and Sharing.  This is a weekly drop-in program for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in six locations throughout our five-county coverage area. This program offers crafts, recreational activities, life skills, socialization training, and light snacks for the self-advocates.

The Arc also provides a Social/Recreational Program that provides many social and community activities throughout the year, such as bowling, dances, bus trips, and the Secret Pal Club.

Our new location in Sunbury offers regular classes and arts education for self-advocates and our newest program “Wellness Wednesdays” where the whole community is invited to learn more about fitness and health. For more information and information on membership, please visit http://www.thearcsusquehanna.org.

About the PPL Foundation 
Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation will support organizations that are working to create vibrant, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $2million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pplcares.com.

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