At The Arc we understand that individuals and families have to make tough personal decisions when budgeting what groups and organizations they are able to support in our community. We appreciate all means of support and hope you choose The Arc. If you are looking for some additional creative ways to contribute to The Arc we have listed a few below and we are always open to new and creative ideas!

InkĀ and Toner Cartridges

At The Arc we accept your empty printer ink and toner cartridges from your personal desktop printer. Not only is this environmentally friendly but it helps The Arc keep our overhead costs down on office supplies. We recycle the ink cartridges with a local office supply company for a discount on our supplies. Just another way we can make our service and your donations go further to support our clients. If you mail or bring these cartridges to The Arc please make sure they are in a sealed plastic bag to cut down on the mess.

Cell Phones

Cell phones contain toxic heavy metals and should never be deposited in landfills. By donating your used cell phones you can be sure that these will be disposed of properly while helping fund The Arc. That old cell phone tucked in your drawer could help provide funding for the programs and services of The Arc. Mail or drop off working cell phones to The Arc office.We do not need your chargers or accessories.

Good Search & Good Shop

Here’s an easy way to raise money for The Arc of Story County. Just start using Yahoo! powered GoodSearch.com as your search engine and they’ll donate about a penny to The Arc of Story County every time you do a search! Click the GoodSearch link to the right to try it out.

In addition, do all of your shopping through the GoodSearch on-line shopping mall, GoodShop.com, where you can shop at more than 2,400 top on-line retailers and a percentage of your purchases will go to The Arc of Story County. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to The Arc! Great to use during the holidays and almost all your on-line shopping needs.

Once you become acquainted with how easy GoodSearch and GoodShop can make a difference without an effort you can download the search toolbar to continue to help through searches and easily see how much your shopping will make a difference.

You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal.

Help with an Existing Fundraiser

The Arc works hard to make sure we can provide the bast programs and services. We currently do several fundraisers throughout the year.

  • Spring – Viva la Arc Casino Night & Business Sponsorship Solicitation for Active LifeStyles
  • Summer – Tootsie Roll Drive with St. Cecila Knights of Columbus & Agency Garage Sale
  • Fall – Support the United Way of Story County Annual Campaign
  • Winter – Membership Drive and Holiday Fundraiser

Host an an Event on Behalf of The Arc

We don’t usually need excuses to throw a party or have people over for dinner but it is nice to have a purpose every once-in-a-while that will make a difference in people’s lives. Consider hosting a small fundraiser or event on behalf of The Arc and asking your friends to help.

Host a barbeque, holiday party, dinner out, a gathering to watch the game, or even a garage sale with proceeds benefiting The Arc. Plan the event and ask your guests for a financial contribution or bring an item the participants of The Arc may need. It might be fun to see which your friends support what you believe in and who is there just to eat your chips and salsa! Contact The Arc if you would like supporting branded materials and information to have at your event.

United Way Designation

The Arc is privileged to have several programs supported by The United Way of Story County and be a partner agency. If you live in Story County or even if you live outside of Story County you have the opportunity to designate your United Way contribution to The Arc of Story County to support our programs and services.