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July 2018 News and Updates

Summer Activity Update
These activities still have openings, Register today!

  • Red, White and Blue Firecracker Dance - Tue 07/10/2018 06:00pm to 08:00pm    
  • Open Center - Wed 07/11/2018 06:00pm to 08:00pm
  • Bingo - Fri 07/13/2018 06:00pm to 07:30pm      
  • Adaptive Yoga In A Chair - Wed 07/25/2018 06:00pm to 07:30pm  
  • Movie and Munchies: A Wrinkle In Time - Fri 07/27/2018 06:00pm to 08:15pm
Visit, Call 507.433.8994,
Email, Visit The Arc Mower County Office at
401 2nd Ave NE in Austin.


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2018 Member Survey
This survey can be completed by anyone using our programming, support staff, family members and community members. The Arc Mower County is committed to providing excellence in service and exceeding your expectations. To continue our quest to serve you with the highest level of excellence, we ask that you fill out the following brief survey designed to gather your honest and candid feedback about programs at The Arc. Your thoughtful responses will help us monitor and adjust our program services to ensure we meet your needs. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We value your relationship with us!
Did you know that if you put 13 quarters side by side they would equal 1 foot? And how many of you remember from your school days that there are 5,280 feet in a mile? These two trivia facts are the focus of a summer campaign that we are launching for The Arc of Mower County, called “A Mile Of Quarters!” For every $3.25 you can purchase a foot in our campaign or 10 feet = $32.50, 15 feet = $48.75, 30 feet = $100 and 50 feet will cost you $162.50. We’re sure you are starting to see the pattern here.  You can purchase as many feet as you want. 
How does Arc plan to use the money raised? We have over 100 athletes that participate in Special Olympics Basketball, Bowling, Softball and Track and Field.  From hotel rooms and tournament fees to transportation and vehicle rentals, we try very hard to keep the cost of our sports activities to
a minimum.  With added funds to our Special Olympics budget, we can continue to provide these sports activities to as many people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities that need them.
We are hoping that you, our membership, will support this campaign yourselves as well as spreading the word to your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers or any organization that you are a part of.  For every donation raised we will put a decal of a foot in our windows at The Arc so you can watch our progress.  Send your donations to The Arc Mower County at 401 2nd Ave NE, Austin, MN 55912 or online at

Thank you for your support!!!
GOAL:  $17,160.00
Watch our progress by visiting
Current Progress (As of June 30, 2018):  $623.00 or 191.7 Feet

Tickets go on-sale on 
July 15, 2018 at 9:00 am.

Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $1,500. Sponsorship benefits include pre-event promotional opportunities reaching people through printed and digital invitations, email campaigns, website traffic, social media and press releases. Onsite opportunities include signage, printed materials and recognition during event.

Learn more at
2018 Sponsors:

Event Sponsor
  • Holiday Inn 
Super Chef
  • Reichel Foods
Top Chef
  • Cardinal of Minnesota
Iron Chef
Ace of Cakes
  • Bremer Bank
Galloping Gourmet
  • The Cedars of Austin

Live and Silent Auction

The Arc Mower County’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
To help achieve this goal, The Arc Mower County will hold its annual fundraiser on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Austin, MN.  You will enjoy unlimited tastings of signature items from Mower County's finest chefs.
Be a part of this unique event by making a gift to our silent and/or live auctions.  Contributors will be highlighted at the event.
  • Frequent flyer miles
  • Vacation packages
  • Behind the scenes tours
  • Fine wine and champagne
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Gifts for the young and young at heart
  • Spa treatments
  • Sports, fitness and family adventures
  • Catered parties
  • Gifts for the home
  • Artwork
  • Chamber Bucks
  • Theme Baskets
Community, Family and Provider Forum

Dear Community Members, Families and Providers, The staff at The Arc Mower would like to cordially invite you to a forum meeting to share information regarding The Arc's services.

For further information or to confirm attendance please contact:
Program Director: Jamey Helgeson,
Tel: 507-433-8994, Email:

Monday, August 13, 2018
12:00pm-1:00pm (Bring a lunch if you want)

Pre-registration is not required!
We will be accepting Holiday Gift Drive requests from August 1, 2018 until November 1, 2018.  To be eligible you MUST:
  • Be a Mower County resident
  • Have a medical diagnosis of Intellectual or Developmental Disability
Learn more at
The Arc In The Park Membership Picnic

Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Veteran’s Pavilion, 104 9th Place SW, Austin, MN 55912 

Choice of Hot Dog OR Sloppy Jo, Baked Beans, 
Chips, Cookie and Beverage 

FREE (This applies to participants, family 
​members, and caregivers.) 

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 
Your shopping makes a difference. Amazon donates to The Arc Mower County when you shop Prime Day deals

Thank you for
your support!

The Arc Mower County gratefully acknowledges the following people, businesses and organizations who have made recent financial or in-kind contributions as well as new members, renewing members and volunteers:  June 1 - 30, 2018:
  • Jamey Helgeson - In Memory of Margie Jensen
A Mile of Quarters,
A Foot For The Arc:
  • Heidi Portz
  • Terry and Pat Dibble
  • Crystal Steinbach
  • Steven Mallan
  • Laura Tjomsland
  • John Gray
  • Jeanne Poppe
  • Don and Louise Barnes
  • Sue Miller
  • Carole Kiefer
  • Weston Menuey
  • Ron and Nancy Wiborg
  • Jon Baumgartner
  • Janice Helgeson
  • David and Susan Ruzek
  • Ramona Swenson
  • Tianna Weigel
  • Ronald Smythe
  • Weston Menuey
  • Roy Rolfson
  • Casey Houghtby
  • Monte Forcier
  • David and Ardis Jensen
  • Marlene Rosecke
  • James Fluor
  • Lauren Fluor
  • Adriana Garcia
  • Hector Garcia
  • Cooper Haynes
  • Brandon Duclos
  • John Gray
  • Heidi Jensen
  • Barb Keist
  • Roger Mallan
  • Steven Mallan
  • Heidi Portz
  • Roy Rolfson
  • Carol Schlicter
  • Crystal Steinbach
  • Laura Tjomsland
We strive for excellence in our record keeping of each donor, member and volunteer.  Please feel free to contact us if you notice an error in this list by calling The Arc Mower County at (507) 433-8994 or via email at  We welcome and appreciate your feedback.
Susan Huffman … July 4
Dylan Sorenson … July 6
Kim Peterson … July 7
Gloria Sewright … July 7
Crystal Souhrada … July 8
Sarah Jensen … July 17
Brian Postier … July 21
Steve Mallan … July 22
Linda Miller … July 23
Tyra Wiles … July 27
Mike Nutt … July 29
Gail Paulson … July 29
Amy Iverson … July 30

Volunteers Matter 
at The Arc

If you are interested in volunteering, please email,  
call 507-433-8994 or visit 
for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities:

July and August 2018:
  • 07/06/18, 05:00 PM-07:30 PM, Summer BBQ Bash, Need 2
  • 07/10/18, 05:00 PM-06:00 PM, Setup for Red, White and Blue Firecracker Dance, Need 3
  • 07/10/18, 06:00 PM-08:00 PM, Red, White and Blue Firecracker Dance, Need 3
  • 07/11/18, 06:00 PM-08:00 PM, Open Center, Need 3
  • 07/13/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Bingo, Need 3
  • 07/23/18, 03:00 PM-05:00 PM, 4-H Youth Adventure Club, Need 2
  • 07/26/18, 01:30 PM-3:30 PM, Newsletter Folding And Assembly, Need 3
  • 07/28/18, 02:30 PM-10:00 PM, Community Connections: Wabasha Riverboat Days Parade, Need 1
  • 07/30/18, 03:00 PM-05:00 PM, 4-H Youth Adventure Club, Need 2
  • 08/01/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Ice Cream Social and Fall Activity Guide Kick-Off, Need 3
  • 08/03/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Games In The Park, Need 5
  • 08/06/18, 03:00 PM-05:00 PM, 4-H Youth Adventure Club, Need 2
  • 08/14/18, 05:00 PM-06:00 PM, Setup 70’s/Tie Dye Dance, Need 3
  • 08/14/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, 70’s/Tie Dye Dance, Need 3
  • 08/15/18, 04:00 PM-09:00 PM, Community Connections: Steele County Fair, Need 1
  • 08/17/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Bingo, Need 3
  • 08/21/18, 06:00 PM-08:00 PM, Open Center, Need 3
  • 08/22/18, 04:00 PM-06:00 PM, Community Connections: Jay C. Hormel Nature Center - Interpretive Center Tour and Trail Rides, Need 2

Public Policy

Here you'll find the information you’ll need to advocate on all issues that are critical to the intellectual and developmental disability community:
Activity Guide & Newsletter
Wish List
The Arc Mower County is  a United Way funded agency and
affiliated with The Arc of the United States.

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