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Create a world of choice and opportunity for people with disabilities


It's a fun way to make a difference! The Arc was founded on the principle of volunteerism.

Today, along with PDDC, we invite you to be a part of a new generation of committed volunteers and together we can build brighter futures for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

learn how you can make a difference

  • become a pen pal
  • help us with our garden
  • office assistance
  • first friday dances

  • play music
  • make new friends
  • community activities
  • teach us something new

here are some volunteer opportunities

First Friday Dances
Join us for a fun filled themed evening of music, dancing and friends every first Friday of the month. The First Friday Dance Party is open to everyone. Family, friends and support staff are all welcome. Learn More

Hawk Chalk
Hawk Chalk is a literacy class for adults in training for employment. St. Joseph's University student volunteers come every week to teach literacy, math, and daily living skills such as telling time and counting money.

Community Connections
Offers the opportunity for people to get to know the community around them by going to places of interests like museums, nature centers, and gardens. This brings new experiences into a person's life developing confidence, enhancing social skills and a general sense of happiness.

Young Friends Committee
Provides service-oriented students and young professionals with opportunities to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities, and  raise funds for The Arc through fundraisers and community awareness.


Become a volunteer and you will ...

  • develop new friendships

  • have a fantastic experience

  • make your life more fulfilled
Longwood Gardens with Chestnut Hill College

Employment Partners Car Wash with Chestnut Hill College

U.S. Soccer Team Heather Mitts

St. Joseph's University Community Day

Holiday Open House with Trevor Laws

St. Joseph's University Community Day

The Eagles Training Camp

Chestnut Hill College visits the Morris Arboretum with PDDC

University of Georgia Alternative Spring Break

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