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Hiring people with disabilities brings unexpected benefits

Mike Foley is assistant vice president of business development at the Greater Richmond ARC. His op-ed was featured this past weekend in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Knowing firsthand the challenges of living with a loved one with disabilities, I can confidently say that we’ve come a long way over the past several decades.

But we still have a long way to go.

My brother John passed away in 2006, but years before was a participant at the Greater Richmond ARC. His positive experience with the organization and their program led to a long association for me and my family. As a youngster I volunteered, and then later served on the Board of Directors. Read the full story>>

Civitans Keep Camp Baker Cool

Special thanks to Pat Robson, ARC Board Member, for his efforts in securing this gift from Greater Richmond Civitans, Chesterfield Civitans and the Chesapeake District Civitan Foundation, which included two HVAC systems for our Westwood and Camp Baker facilities.

Excerpted from Richmond Times-Dispatch:

ARC camp gets cool donation

Children at Greater Richmond ARC programs were able to keep their cool this summer because of a $21,000 Civitan donation for updated HVAC units.

Chesapeake District Civitan and its Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, along with the Greater Richmond Civitan and Chester Civitan clubs, provided the funds for installation of cooling equipment at ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield and Westwood Avenue location in Richmond.

Air conditioning is critical for people with disabilities Keep Reading>>

Sunday Q&A With … John Walker with the Greater Richmond ARC


The Richmond Times-Dispatch featured a Q&A with ARC President & CEO John Walker over the weekend. 

The column summarizes Walker's experiences in his first year with ARC. 

"It has been a whirlwind. ARC is a very complex organization. We are a relatively large and a successful nonprofit.

We employ more than 400 people (more than 250 have some type of disability) and provide services to more than 1,250 individuals and their families annually. We service infants and seniors and every age in between. There has been a steep learning curve, but it has been exciting and fun..."

Read more on >>


What’s Happening: Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction (RTD)

Your support of the Ladybug Fund made the Richmond Times-Dispatch! Thank you to all who joined us for the Winetasting and Silent Auction -- we had a great time. Read the excerpt below, or continue straight to >>

The 16th annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction was held April 16 at Richmond International Raceway.

More than 350 guests sampled a selection of international and West Coast wines as well as local specialties from restaurants including The Betty on Davis and Julep’s.

The event raised $67,748. Popular auction items included a champagne brunch at The Jefferson and a private wine class for 20 at Total Wine.

The ARC Ladybug Fund is used to support children with disabilities at the Greater Richmond ARC.

ARCpark a Finalist for 2016 Impact Awards

The Richmond Real Estate Group recognized the ARCpark as a top five finalist for the 2016 Impact Awards. The awards highlight significant real estate deals that have had a positive impact on the region and contributed to the economic growth and prosperity of the local communities they serve.

Bob Sommerville, ARC's Board Chair,  Meg Downs the ARC Development Committee Chair and John Walker, our CEO,  represented ARC at this by-invitation-only event.

Bob Sommerville, ARC's Board Chair, Meg Downs, the ARC Development Committee Chair and John Walker, our CEO, represented ARC at this by-invitation-only event.

We are honored to be included and to have the ARCpark's contribution to the community recognized. You can see the Richmond Times-Dispatch mention on >>

Decision Maker for March 28: Julee Fletcher with Greater Richmond ARC

Our own Julee Fletcher was recently featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. View the post here, or see text excerpted below.

An announcement was also made in Virginia Business


Congratulations, and welcome, Julee!


Decision Maker for March 28: Julee Fletcher with Greater Richmond ARC
Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2016 10:30 pm

Julee Fletcher is senior vice president and chief financial officer with the Greater Richmond ARC.

New position: senior vice president and chief financial officer, Greater Richmond ARC

Previous position: chief operating officer for the residential lending division, Citizens Financial Group

Birthplace: Richmond

Education: bachelor’s degree, College of William and Mary

Career: Citizens Financial Group, senior vice president, 2005-2015; SunTrust Banks Inc., progressed to senior vice president, 1993-2005; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, progressed from staff accountant to manager, 1987-1993

Best career move: “I’ve had so many great experiences in my career, but my current role at ARC is the one that has allowed me to play a more meaningful role in the community, while applying the management and financial skills I’ve developed during my career.”

Career goals: “To make a positive impact on others. When you spend so much of your time at work, you’d like it to be meaningful.”

Best advice ever received: “Always keep the “voice of the customer” and the “voice of the employee” as the foundation when making business decisions.”

Most difficult situation faced on the job: “Spending eight weeks on an initial public offering in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Being away from home for that long was hard, but passing a sunny beach every day on my way into work made it that much more difficult!”

Career tip for students: “Follow your passion — you’ll be spending a great deal of time at your job, so make sure you love what you do.”

What motivates you? “Working on something that really makes a difference to someone.”

Role model: “I’ve had so many wonderful role models over the years, but in recent months, I’ve been so inspired by my close friend who is battling cancer. She has handled a very difficult diagnosis with such grace and appreciation for life.”

Family: husband, Steve; stepson, Jack; stepdaughter, Caroline

Pastimes: “Jogging (very slowly...), cooking, and trying new restaurants, wines and micro-brews.”

Most memorable book or movie: “ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ — such a great, uplifting message, particularly around the holidays.”

Favorite food or restaurant: “My local neighborhood jaunts — Enoteca Sogno and The Mill on MacArthur.”

Ideal vacation: “Any sunny beach location, preferably with local seafood and local live music.”

ARCpark opens in Richmond with mission to offer fun for all families

The Richmond Times-Dispatch featured the ARCpark on the day of the grand opening of Richmond's first all ages, all abilities park.

The park combines standard playground equipment with therapeutic and accessible fixtures to offer the chance for everyone, regardless of ability, to play and exercise together. One goal is to open communication and foster understanding as kids play together.

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