“Cars 4 Camp” Charity Car Show and Disability Resource Fair

Riverside, CA - The Arc of Riverside County, a local nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities, will co-host its first “Cars 4 Camp” fundraiser alongside Barter Exchange of San Bernardino at Fairmount Park on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the charity car show and disability resource fair will support its annual My Play Club’s Summer Day Camp for children with and without special needs.

Designed to provide social experiences and promote inclusion, My Play Club’s Summer Day Camp is free of charge to the families who participate in the five-day camp. Children of all abilities are brought together through learning activities, arts and crafts projects, carnival style attractions and athletic coaching by the Riverside Special Olympics Basketball team.

“Without the support of sponsors like Molina Healthcare, Riverside Police Foundation, Bud’s Tire Pro and others, it would be impossible to hold this fundraising event,” said Jim Stream, The Arc of Riverside County Executive Director. “We wouldn’t be able to conduct, let alone expand, our Summer Day Camp.”

In addition to the line up of classic cars and a special display of “The Batmobile”, the charity event will feature live music, a picnic style lunch, character princesses from the Disney film Frozen, face painting, arts and crafts activities, over 30 disability resource booths and raffle prizes donated by various sponsors throughout the county.

“We feel honored to have such great support from the City of Riverside and its Parks and Recreation Department for our events in Fairmount Park and our Summer Day Camp in Reid Park,” said Ron Domme, The Arc of Riverside County Volunteer President. “We believe we are helping the city by promoting their parks to our families, and our families are thoroughly enjoying their visits.”

About The Arc of Riverside County 

The Arc of Riverside County is a comprehensive service provider for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Continuing to significantly increase the quality of life for the individuals served, a population typically underserved, overlooked and devalued by society, The Arc takes pride in providing much-needed services and support in six (6) locations throughout Western Riverside County. Services include vocational and job training, life skills training, day services, job placement, advocacy and more.

For more information on The Arc of Riverside County, please visit www.arcriversideca.org. Join The Arc of Riverside County social media community on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arc.riverside.5

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Media Contact:
Samantha Calderon, Director of Communications
The Arc of Riverside County
(951) 688-5141 ext. 225
scalderon@arcriverside.org

 

My Play Club Summer Camp 2014

This June, The Arc of Riverside County held My Play Club Summer Camp at the Springbrook Clubhouse at Reid Park for the second year. This camp caters to children with disabilities and their families. The Arc was able to team up with Riverside’s Up & Movin’ Pediatric Therapy and Hope Inc. from nearby Rancho Cucamonga for the planning and implementation of the camp’s activities. This year the camp was sponsored by Molina Healthcare, A Foundation for Kids, and received grants from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Autism Speaks. Registration for camp was held in April through an online application that was posted on several Facebook pages and groups. The camp hit its max capacity of 70 campers in under one hour.

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Each morning of the five-day camp the children participated in an activity together. These activities included basketball with the Inland Empire Special Olympics basketball team, a carnival day provided by A Foundation for Kids, which included some visitors from the Riverside Police Department, and an equestrian day provided by T.H.E Center INC.

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During the afternoon hours the campers rotated in groups through six different stations that involved arts and crafts, speech, fine motor skills, and more.

Parents of the campers were offered a parent respite room where they watched presentations from leading local advocates for disability rights. Parents were also offered free services during that time from hair stylists; massage therapists, and professional makeup artists.

“My Play Club Summer Camp was an amazing opportunity for my six year old ASD son to just have a “normal” childhood experience/memory with other kids like him. It was incredible and he looked forward to going each and every day!” -Lori Font

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Riverside Resource Center shifts focus to Art

Each month Riverside Resource Center chooses a culture to study. During the month of May they studied the food, clothing, and rituals of the Mexican culture.

Beginning in June, Riverside Resource Center will be transitioning into their Art Program. We are working closely with the Riverside Art Council to bring in local artists who would like to share their craft with RRC. Some of the different art mediums they will be studying include ceramics, photography, weaving, art appreciation, and dance.

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We are “Growing Together” in Beaumont

Need some tomato plants for your backyard garden? We can help. Our greenhouse and garden project at the Ray Strebe Center (home of Pass Resource Center and the Beaumont work center) has blossomed this year and is now a small nursery offering over 32 varieties of tomatoes including black, green, yellow and orange tomato plants. If you need some starter tomato plants, herbs, other vegetables, flowers, houseplants or landscape plants, come to our location and purchase from us for a small donation. A small six pack of starter tomato plants is $4.00 and we charge $2.00 for single vegetable and other starter plants. Please visit us at 702 E, 11th Street in Beaumont the next three Saturdays – May 17, 24, and 31 from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Call Lynn Wood our Garden and Greenhouse Director at 951-892-8337 to reserve your order if you cannot come to this location. If you live in Riverside, we can deliver your order to our location at Mar Vista Court in Riverside, but our supply is limited. We call this enterprise, “Growing Together” with a tagline of “Specialty Tomatoes and More.” Our main feature is Tomatoes: Plants in the Spring; Tomatoes in the summer; canning in the Fall; and seeds in the Winter. People with developmental disabilities are a great help to Lynn Wood, our master gardener, who has done a masterful job of planting and overall coordinating this project.