Arc will purchase minivan with donation

DOWNEY - The Downey Kiwanis Foundation donated more than $27,000 this week to The Arc - Los Angeles & Orange Counties to purchase a minivan for use by Arc consumers.The Arc - which recently changed its name from Arc of Southeast Los Angeles County - said the minivan will be used to expand services in several programs, including its retirement program for senior citizens, the Community Integrated Training program and the Day Training Activity Center. "It helps to further our mission by expanding opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities every day and we appreciate the generous support of the Kiwanis Foundation," said Raul Lopez, president of The Arc, which works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The van will allow Arc consumers to enjoy outdoor activities and explore educational and cultural opportunities throughout the Southland. "Despite the challenging times, Downey Kiwanis remains committed to support The Arc and programs that offer people the opportunity to live and experience full lives," said Councilman Fernando Vasquez, a Kiwanis board member.

********** Published: April 7, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 51