Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut Supports Merger of The Arc

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has awarded $10,000 to assist with the planned merger of The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc New London County, forming The Arc Eastern Connecticut as of July 1. Through the Millard R. York Fund, the grant will help offset the cost of conducting the necessary due diligence and consolidation of accounts, property, and vehicles in an agency that will now support over 800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout eastern Connecticut, as well as 450 staff members. The planned merger, announced in January, will allow the newly consolidated agency to provide increased employment, programmatic, housing and education opportunities for people with IDD even in the region’s most remote areas, while reducing costs and optimizing service effectiveness. The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s new Board of Directors will be introduced at its first joint Annual Meeting on June 25th at The Arc’s Cook Hill offices in Danielson. “We are so grateful to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the faith they have placed in us and our mission to augment and expand service to people with IDD,” said CEO Kathleen Stauffer. “The Foundation has consistently supported equality of choice and equality of participation; we’re honored to have them as a partner.” 
To learn more about The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s programs, please visit or contact Denise Tift at (860) 889-4435, ext. 116.