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The Arc of Palm Beach County’s Courim Center was overflowing with excitement and activity on March 7 as the agency hosted its annual Family Fun Day. More than 300 people were on hand for this open house and resource fair that provided entertainment for the kids; information booths and educational seminars for the adults; and food, fun and games for everyone. Local service providers from 211, Active Mobility, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Blooming for Autism, Boys Town, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the Center for Independent Living Options, the Children’s Services Council, Developmental Dance, Home Safe, Kekki Chiropractic, Legal Aid, New York Life, Progressive Pediatric Therapies, Rhythms for Living and Safe Kids were on hand to provide valuable information to families of people with developmental disabilities. The children had fun all day as they played in bounce houses, had their faces painted and were adorned with glitter tattoos, took part in a drum circle, limbered up with adapted yoga, danced to a DJ and more. Everyone enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch, prizes, giveaways, shaved ice and more. Laughter echoed through the halls and smiles were on the faces of everyone in sight.

But this was far from all of the events of the day. In addition to the families that visited for Family Fun Day, more than 30 volunteers from FPL spent their Saturday at The Arc as part of their company’s “Power to Care Week.” None of these incredible individuals let the day’s intermittent downpours stop them as they painted picnic tables, created garden and herb beds, upgraded the pond on the grounds, transplanted and added foliage and put down mulch, all in order to create an interactive sensory garden and more inviting environment for the clients who attend programs at The Arc each day. In addition, several of the volunteers assisted with registration and other activities at Family Fun Day in order to support Arc team members who also volunteered at the event. In addition to sharing their time with the agency, FPL generously donated $1,500 to The Arc for supplies and program assistance.

“This was one of the best days ever at The Arc,” said Executive Director Kimberly McCarten. “Between the families and the volunteers, the energy was amazing! Everyone was excited to be here and we saw some of the families come together to form new relationships. And the incredible FPL volunteers didn’t even want to stop working when they were getting soaked. What more could we possibly ask for?”

More exciting family events are coming to The Arc soon, and volunteer opportunities are always available. Please visit www.arcpbc.org regularly for more information.

About The Arc of Palm Beach County
The Arc of Palm Beach County has been improving the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families through services, education and advocacy since 1958. The Arc supports programs throughout Palm Beach County that touch more than 2,300 families each year. For more information, visit www.arcpbc.org.

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Merrell Angstreich
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The Arc of Palm Beach County
561-842-3213 x110
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