Become a Member
The Arc of Dutchess, a non-profit organization that originated in 1971 is unique in that we were created by families FOR families! And we are special in another way. The Arc of Dutchess is a membership organization, meaning that we are accountable to a large group of constituents in Dutchess County – our members. The total number of members enrolled in The Arc of Dutchess determines the number of delegates we are allocated to represent our Membership at the annual meeting of NYSARC, Inc., our parent state-wide organization. Delegates from our County represent our ideas and the needs of Dutchess County individuals as part of the NYSARC, Inc. agenda each year.
For just $15 a year, you can become a member of The Arc of Dutchess! You will then be automatically enrolled in the NYSARC, Inc. and be affiliated with The Arc of United States as well! The Arc of Dutchess is the only provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in Dutchess County that can offer this level of affiliation with our state and national organization.
Annual Membership, in accordance with the By-Law requirements s of NYSARC, Inc. runs from March 1st to February 28th of each year however, we will accept memberships at any time during the year.
Will your membership make a difference? Absolutely! Your voice will count at the county, state and federal level. This is critically important. More and more, the State and Federal Governments are making decisions that will impact the futures of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families with legislation and your dollars. By becoming a member of The Arc of Dutchess, you will be joining with families across the country to make sure individuals with developmental disabilities are heard, their needs are considered, and they have a voice in their own futures.
In order to be heard, our voice must be strong and loud; we must make sure the individuals and families we support are a priority with our elected officials on a state and national level. Those we support count on our voices!
As a member you will be invited to the Annual Membership Meeting held in April, where elections of officers and new board members take place. In addition to the business of the organization we offer presentations on topics that are timely and important to those we support, their families and our membership.
Additionally, all members are included and encouraged to attend Partners at Work breakfast where we celebrate working relationships with the business community as well as all of the events sponsored by The Arc of Dutchess Foundation.
As a member, you may choose to participate as a volunteer on one of our Board Committees, in event planning, or other organizational activities.
You can make a difference! Please join now by hitting the button to Become a Member. It may be the best $10 you have ever spent!