The Arc of Greater Williamsburg provides an average of 18,000 hours of program time for our clients and respite time for their families and caregivers.

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Our Programs

Join The Arc!

 With the exception of the Day Program, all programs listed are included with an annual client membership starting at $20.

Email Kellie Wasson at kellie.wasson@thearcgw.org to learn more.  We look forward to meeting you!

Goals

Activities

Fitness Classes (aerobics, yoga, Zumba, etc.)

Nutrition Education

Sports Games and Clinics

All-Ages Sports Leagues

Stress Management Activities

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  • Provide an opportunity for clients to exercise in a stress-free, safe, non-judgmental environment.

  • Give clients the ability to make informed choices and decisions regarding health and wellness.

  • Foster positive, healthy attitudes about exercise, eating, and taking care of body and mind.

  • Reduce risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Fitness & Wellness 

Goals

Activities

Open Art Studio classes

Arts & Crafts

Cultural Experiences (drama, music, history, etc.)

Singalongs

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  • Enrich the lives of our clients through exposure to various art forms, and styles.

  • Provide hands-on opportunities for clients to create art.

  • Promote creativity, achievement, and self-esteem.

  • Educate the community on the abilities and talents of those with developmental disabilities.

Arts & Culture

Goals

  • Enhance clients' ability to be community-involved citizens.

  • Provide opportunities for enrichment through lectures led by experts from local museums and universities.

  • Teach clients critical life skills, including money management, goal setting, communication, literacy, and safety.

  • Offer opportunities to increase employment and independent living skills.

Activities

Self-Advocacy Classes

Literacy Program

Life Skills Classes 

Community Service (The Aktion Club)

Educational lectures from local subject matter experts

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Lifelong Learning 

Goals

Activities

Bingo Nights

Movie Nights

Seasonal Dances

Busch Gardens Day

William & Mary Arc Carnival

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  • Foster friendships and allow for social interaction and inclusion among those with developmental disabilities.

  • Promote engagement between Arc clients and members of the greater community, especially William & Mary students.

  • Provide opportunities for clients to participate in activities that may not otherwise be accessible to them, such as amusement park trips, movies, and other fun events.

Social & Recreational

Arc of Abilities (Day Program)

This smaller program within The Arc is conducted four days per week and provides continuing education, life skills development, and vocational training. After age 22, when special education ends in our public schools, young adults are left home with nothing to do and often digress rapidly when their cognitive abilities are not reinforced regularly. The Arc’s Day Program enables them to continue to have a busy, active, productive and enriched quality of life.  Please call The Arc at 757-229-3535 for more information as space in this program is limited.

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Wheels4Work

The Wheels4Work (W4W) program increases opportunities for employment for our clients with intellectual disabilities by providing employment readiness skills and coordinating transportation to and from job sites. Wheels4Work is a collaborative partnership between The Arc, local employers, and Access Williamsburg.

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