We do so many cool Halloween activities that I have to wait until November 1st to send out the October Newsletter so I can include everything. On Thursday, October 10th, volunteers from C.H. Guenther and Sons hosted a Fall Carnival that was a part of the United Way’s “Days of Caring” Campaign. They brought volunteers who made sure that the Participants had a great time. There was lots of games and prizes. Because of my Cerebral Palsy I can’t use my hands, so my friends Bertha and Julian helped me play the Carnival games. With my friends’ help, I won a really awesome purple cup that changes color. I truly appreciate them. The Participants and Staff Members had a fantastic day at the Fall Carnival.
The United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in forty-five countries and territories. The Arc has been partners with the United Way Agency because United Way gives funding to our Life Enrichment for Children and their Outreach programs. For over twenty-one years, The Volunteer Center at the United Way has developed projects and engaged corporate and group volunteers in the work of local nonprofit agencies. Some of The Arc’s employees donate a portion of their paychecks to the United Way.
Then, the United Way will take the donations and distribute it to other nonprofit organizations. This year, The Arc’s employees generously raised $5,726.05 for the United Way. This is a thirty-five percent increase from last year.
On Friday, October 18th, the V.I.P. Participants from both The Arc of San Antonio locations, came together in a luncheon held at the Pam Stephens’ Center where the Participants were served by The Arc’s Staff Members to celebrate the second year anniversary and the fact that they attained 15,000 volunteer hours combined. Each of my fellow V.I.P. Participants and I received a certificate of recognition from The Arc’s C.E.O. / President, Mr. Steve E. Earlier this year on June 20th, The Arc V.I.P.S. won award for the Group Community Service Award for their volunteer service to Meals on Wheels Chapter of San Antonio. We deliver over 30 Meals on Wheels lunches every week to our elderly neighbors. We also clean up VIA bus stop / waiting areas. We help maintain recycling containers, and more. We have also packaged and distributed 5,000 pounds (and counting!) of donated dog and cat food. All of the V.I.P.S. and I are very proud of our accomplishments.
On Friday, October 18th, the Case Workers’ and Administrative Staff Members’ that work in the upstairs offices at The Arc had a Halloween decoration contest organized by Arc Staff Member, Ms. Beth G., (Director of Development) Another V.I.P Participant and I were the Halloween Office Decoration Judges. All of the Case Managers and Administrative Staff Members had a great time celebrating Halloween and decorating their work areas.
Also, on Friday, October 18th, The Arc Participants and Staff Members had a Halloween Classroom Door Decorating Contest. I’m very proud to say that the classroom that won the first place certificate and the grand prize of a pizza party was my classroom (The V.I.P.S.) Our decoration was, “We ain’t afraid of no Ghost!” (Inspired by the “Ghostbusters” movie franchise) My idea was to put a trick or treat filled Slimer on top of our door.
On Friday, October 25th, The Arc Participants and Staff Members had a classroom pumpkin carving contest. The Honorable Mention certificate (for the despicable cutest pumpkin) was awarded to the classroom that I’m in (the V.I.P.S.) our decoration theme was, “Despicable Mini Minion.” All of The Arc Participants and Staff Members were very proud of their pumpkin creations.
To finish out the month of October, The Arc Participants and Staff Members had a ghoulish good time at their annual Halloween Dance and Costume Contest on Thursday, October 31st. Three Participants and Staff Members were awarded with first, second, and third place certificates for their costumes. There were witches, vampires, princesses, monsters, and even a few fairies. I was very surprised to find out that I won the first place certificate for my princess gypsy fortune teller costume. I was so busy taking notes for The Arc’s Newsletter and rooting for my friends that I didn’t hear my name being called. This Halloween was the best Halloweens that I ever had.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween.