In 1998 a group of people responded to an outreach from Earl Schmidt, the long standing leader of the Arc of Adams County.  Mr. Schmidt was looking for some help to revitalize the organization.  He found help and over the last eighteen years we have been active and we've grown!

Below are just a few of ideas of what has been happening:

  • We now have a physical office at 17 Rice Avenue in Biglerville, Pennsylvania.
  • Our office is staffed with an advocate who provides guidance, referrals and advocacy on request. 
  • Once a month for the last14 years one of our board members has written an article on a topic of concern to the Intellectually/developmentally disabled community and their caregivers to be published in the Gettysburg Times.
  • Four times during the school year the Arc sponsors Friday Fun Night. These evenings serve as a social time for 15 to 80 year olds with special needs.  Our attendance is 75 to 90 folks. They have a good time doing crafts, visiting, dancing, playing bingo and of course eating pizza. 
  • We sponsor educational forums on topics that cover a wide range of topics from Life After Graduation to A Beautiful Healthy You.   

All of this is done on a no frills budget funded by membership dues and our annual evening with ‘The Fabulous Hubcaps."

Please, please continue to help us serve this very underserved population by becoming a member of the Arc of Adams County.