Building Community Together

Annual Appreciation Social Celebrates Our Volunteers

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The Arc of Howard County’s 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Social was held on Wednesday, April 22 to thank the many volunteers who give their time and talent to help us achieve our mission. With the theme of “Building Community Together ” we celebrated the diversity of community roles and activities in which our volunteers participate every day. These roles include leadership, committee work, teaching skills and hobbies, helping with events and just being a friend to the individuals we support. The event included remarks by Acting Executive Director Sue Haynes, Board Vice President Dorothy Plantz, and former Board Member Phil Swanson, who was the 2014 Volunteer of The Year.
Our volunteers help us provide meaningful services and supports and ensure that The Arc remains a viable and sustainable organization now and in the future.
A Few Volunteer Facts:
  • In 2014, volunteers gave over 3,000 hours in service to The Arc of Howard County!
  • Volunteers serve on 21 committees that help to oversee, advise, plan, execute and evaluate our operations and activities, including our fundraising events.
  • Four high school interns spent this past school year assisting and teaching with our Quality Assurance and Employment departments.
  • This was the first year to have interns from Howard County Public School System’s Applied Research Laboratory’s Cyber Academy. Austin Saah and Vernon Lawrence have been teaching computer skills to people in the Pre-Employment classroom and Day Services programs in our brand new computer lab! Adult volunteer Bill Anderson served as their mentor. Best wishes to Austin and Vernon as they graduate this year and attend college in the Fall.

Thank you to all of our Volunteers!

If you have a talent or skill you would like to share or are looking to get involved with The Arc as a volunteer, contact Lisa Kawata, Volunteer Coordinator, at


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