The Arc Baltimore recently presented its annual Volunteer Service Award to local attorney Joseph P. Ward, the School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame of Maryland University, and seven volunteers who formed The Arc Baltimore Childcare Group.
“The Volunteer Service Award is presented to an individual or group who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to The Arc Baltimore’s mission by providing life-changing voluntary assistance to the agency and the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities it supports,” explains Kathleen Durkin, the organization’s Executive Director.
Phoenix resident Joseph Ward, a Principal at Miles & Stockbridge, joined The Arc Baltimore Board in 2008. Since then, he has brought his legal skills to benefit The Arc as Secretary, Vice President, and most recently President of the Board. During that time, he has been engaged in the Strategic Planning and Quality Enhancement committees, and has played a critical role in the transition of the organization’s long-time Executive Director and search for a new Executive Director.
Dr. Ray Weber and the pharmacy students from Notre Dame of Maryland University have been volunteering with The Arc Baltimore for the past nine years. Through their AdvoCaring program, the students provide services for both children and adults with disabilities. They also provide free childcare services, making it possible for parents to attend The Arc Baltimore’s education series for parents and caregivers, and hold a health fair promoting hygiene, healthy eating, and active lifestyles for day program participants.
The childcare volunteers who form The Arc Baltimore Childcare Group provide a fun, nurturing environment for children, making it possible for their parents and caregivers to attend The Arc Baltimore’s monthly parent support groups – Moms Understand and Guy Talk.
Currently celebrating its 70th year, The Arc Baltimore supports more than 6,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families living in Baltimore City and Baltimore County
The Arc Baltimore’s programs and services allow individuals with disabilities to live independently in the community, work in meaningful jobs, enjoy friendships and activity in the community, and support their families in the challenges they face. For more information, call 410-296-2272 or visit www.thearcbaltimore.org.