The local Arc won awards for membership and communication as well as Employer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Professional of the Year.
The Arc received the State Membership Award for having the highest membership numbers in the area. Membership consists of individuals served, families of those served, employees, board members and donors.
The Arc was given the Communicator’s Award for educating the public about the Arc and the services it provides to local children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
All media is created in-house with no public relations budget.
Employer of the Year went to Drummond Company Inc., which houses a maintenance crew comprised solely of the Arc of Walker County’s Supported Employment consumers.
A Drummond employee supervises the maintenance crew, helps match job candidates with open positions and serves as a liaison between the company, upper management and the consumer.
Connie Pedoto-Tingle was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for visiting individuals in the Arc’s day program with her dog, Spranza.
Pedoto-Tingle also supplied food and gifts for all participants at several holiday parties last year.
When she married recently, Pedoto-Tingle asked that donations be made to the Arc or Equines Assisting Special Individuals program in lieu of wedding gifts.
Kathy Buchanan was named Professional of the Year. On a national level, Buchanan also received the Irwin Siegel Agency’s Annual Direct Support Professional Recognition Award this year.