At The Greater Richmond ARC's annual banquet held October 21, 2010, the organization, which provides programs for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages, recognized groups who've partnered with ARC in significant ways with two new awards: the Pioneer Award and the Champions Award.
The Pioneer Award was given to The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission for being ARC's first scanning customer in its ARC Industrial Services division (AIS). The scanning program, which stores documents electronically, has been an important addition to the services and job training provided through AIS and ARC."Their willingness to work with us helped provide a solid base in our newest job initiative," said Marshall Butler, president of The Greater Richmond ARC. "Their participation helped us train individuals with developmental disabilities to electronically scan and store paper documents-- an important and ultimately marketable job skill."
Every year, AIS provides meaningful employment and the benefits of a paycheck to more than 220 individuals with developmental disabilities in the Richmond area. With employment comes other benefits as well, including job training and the self esteem and confidence that comes with work.
In addition, ARC awarded the Champions Awards to The Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, who this year through a grant helped provided ongoing training and employment for AIS participants.
"The awards are a small way to say thank you for huge support from these groups," said Butler. "The benefit of being Richmond is that we have the resources of a big city combined with the strong sense of community you sometimes only see in smaller locales. We can't say enough about the support ARC sees on a daily basis from our fellow Richmonders."
The banquet was held for the first time at ARCenter, the organization's new headquarters on Saunders Avenue which opened in May 2010.
(Photo: Mike Foley, ARC Industrial Services' New Business Development Director, with Pioneer Award recipients representing the The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission)