Arc of Essex County Seeks Volunteers for 5K Race
Disability advocacy organization looks for assistance in 15th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Race/2-Mile Walk in April.
The race isn't going to run itself.
The Arc of Essex County is looking for volunteers to assist in putting on its 15th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Race/2-Mile Walk fundraiser scheduled for April 20 in Brookdale Park.
In a press release, Arc said that volunteers are needed to help with various tasks, including checking runners in, operating water stations, directing cars to parking areas and distributing post-race snacks.
“This is a great opportunity for a local civic organization, faith-based institution business or company to assemble a team for a day of service in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Arc of Essex County Chief Development Officer Cynthia Villarosa said in the press release.
She added that high school and college students can earn community service credits, a requirement for graduation at many area schools and institutions of higher education.
Volunteers will need to be available from 7 am to noon. To volunteer, contact Judy Bellina at 973-535-1181 ext. 1223 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Volunteer slots are limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis.
The race is a USATF certified event. To participate in the event, visit www.arcessex.org/runfor more information or to register online. Registration is $20 for USATF members and $23 for non-members, before April 15 and $25 after and on race day. All pre-registered participants will receive a commemorative moisture wicking tech T-shirt.
The event is part of the statewide Stand Up for The Arc walkathon initiative that raises public awareness of the Arc’s mission and raises funds for programs that help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. The Arc of Essex County is the area’s largest provider of services and supports to the I/DD community with 44 unique programs that serve individuals from birth through their senior years.
The Arc runs early intervention programs for newborns and infants and the Stepping Stones School in Roseland for children age three to nine. Families with school-aged children receive support through its programs that provide respite relief to families and caregivers, social and community inclusion events and Camp Hope, its summer day camp program. Adult Services include, residential programs that allow individuals to live in integrated community settings with the appropriate supports so they may enjoy the most independence possible, and day programs that help individuals develop and reinforce social, vocational, or life skills.