New Focus on College Volunteers

March 21st, 2017

By Mark Spezzaferro

The Arc Mercer has undertaken a great new partnership with Disability Allies, an agency which is currently developing two student-run chapters at Rider University. CEO Ross Yellin and his agency are focusing on engaging volunteers from local colleges to become deeply involved with our consumers. Disability Allies’ second in command Ashley Leeds works on directly recruiting the volunteers. The success of this collaboration is already evident. Rider’s Soccer and Volleyball teams are already planning clinics with our consumers, and several Rider students have already volunteered with The Arc Mercer’s Recreation program. The future plan is for Disability Allies to reach out to The College of New Jersey, Princeton University and possibly also to Mercer County Community College.

Speaking of college volunteers, the Bonner Institute at The College of New Jersey has once again joined The Arc Mercer this semester, and they are prouder than ever to work with us! This program allows Bonner students to volunteer with our consumers, and to conduct instructional classes on the TCNJ campus for our consumers who have expressed positive feelings about attending. One of the courses this semester is a World Food course, where our consumers are learning about ethnic foods from around the world. (They also get to taste the foods as well!) The Arc Mercer really appreciates this partnership; the dedication shown to The Arc Mercer by Bonner is loyal, strong and extremely positive.

These two major breakthroughs are key in creating worthwhile relationships with the college community that should last many years into the future. The Arc Mercer wholeheartedly thanks both TCNJ’s Bonner Institute and Disability Allies for their enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to this cause.

For more information or, if you are a Mercer County college student desiring to get involved, please contact Arc Mercer recruiter Lindsay at lguarni@arcmercer.org.