The impact of COVID-19 necessitated The Arc of Opportunity to transition a highly successful in-person charity auction to an online format. The Annual Charity Auction has a long history of raising essential funds for The Arc’s Family Supports and Recreation Program, which receives little to no government funding. During COVID-19, The Arc continues provide supports to families by creating connections to community resources, offering healthy relationship guidance, and developing meaningful bonds absent during social isolation.
“Now more than ever, The Arc relies on the generosity of our loyal sponsors, donors, and supporters to deliver critical supports in innovative ways. This year’s Charity Auction will be an opportunity to connect both with new people and those who have traditionally attended the auction each year. A special thank you to The Arc’s Corporate Sponsor Workers Credit Union and the many other sponsors for their commitment during a time of change,” says Mary Heafy, President and CEO.
Colby O’Brien, Director of Development at The Arc, said, “This decision was difficult but in an abundance of caution, we made the right call. The 2020 Annual Charity Auction has an incredible committee and dedicated donors. One silver lining of moving the auction online is that it presents an opportunity to involve those who have never participated before. In the weeks ahead, the community will find more information posted on The Arc’s Facebook page and the event’s website www.TheArcAuction.GiveSmart.com.”
Those who want to support The Arc’s Charity Auction with in-kind or monetary donations can contact Colby by email at email@example.com or by phone at 978-343-6662.