Rep. Clovis Watson to be featured as Keynote Speaker at Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event on Wednesday, October 30 at The Village

The Arc of Alachua County is very excited to announce that Rep. Clovis Watson (Democrat representing Florida's District 20) has graciously agreed to serve as Keynote Speaker at the Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m. at The Village Retirement Community's Rion Auditorium. Rep. Watson is the latest in a long line of distinguished speakers who have graced The Arc's annual meeting with their presence. He will regale guests with memories of his upbringing in North Central Florida, and share with us the changes that strike him as most momentous in our community. The Village's gorgeous Rion Auditorium remains the venue for this annual celebratory event. Seating is limited to 144 guests total and, therefore, we urge folks to make reservations early

To secure event sponsorships, table sponsorships, individual tickets, and individual award sponsorships (Employee of the Year, Direct Service Provider of the Year, Client of the Year), click on the 'Learn More' button below and you will be take to our event page and instructed on how to access our official sponsorship and agreement form. Of course, you can always contact The Arc's Mark Johnson at 352-246-3516 or mjohnson@arcalachua.org for event details to get a jump on securing your sponsorship, table or seat.

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2019 Bob Rose Golf Scramble Breaks All Records

Thanks to 100 golfers, 40 sponsors and vendors, 36 volunteers and some absolutely gorgeous weather, The Arc of Alachua County broke all fundraising records at the April 12th Bob Rose Golf Scramble. The day broke warm and clear, and golfers enjoyed a great afternoon of golf at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club for what was the 18th installment of the Bob Rose Golf scramble. We thank all of the golfers, donors, sponsors, vendors, and friends who made this the best scramble ever in Arc history. Proceeds from the scramble directly benefit the developmentally disabled and provide them community activities, and better programs and services. The event also was covered by My CBS Channel 4 News on the day of the event, and on the Channel 4 website. The Arc congratulate the team from ABA Associates for winning the scramble with a total team score of 49 (23 strokes under par). Congratulations to Sam Lister, Mark Lister, Drew Chalifoux, and Craig Tomlinson for their outstanding play. It was truly an incredible day for the Arc, our clients, our mission and our community. The Arc says "Thank You."

We thank our sponsors, vendors and donors for supporting The Arc and the 2019 Bob Rose Golf Scramble:

Event Host - Bob Rose

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Hear Arc Executive Director Mark A. Swain on WSKY (97.3 FM) and WKTK (98.5 FM) Radio

The Arc's Executive Director Mark A. Swain recorded a powerful radio message recently that is now playing as a :30 second spot on our favorite radio stations -- WSKY Radio 97.3 FM and WKTK 98.5 FM. With the help of all the great people at Entercom, Mark was able to record a passionate, comprehensive and enthusiastic spot that features our exemplary services to the area's intellectually and developmentally disabled, as well as our professional line of business services: Live Scan fingerprinting and background screening, and NAID-certified document destruction and shredding services. We urge all 'Friends of Arc' to tune in and listen up as Mark shares with our friends and neighbors the fact that The Arc has delivered quality services to people desperately in need of those services for 53 years. The Arc is an organization with a legacy to be proud of; an organization that shines as a beacon of hope for the developmentally disabled. So next time you are in your car, listen to WSKY 97.3 FM or WKTK 98.5 FM, and hear our fearless leader advocate for support of The Arc of Alachua County. With your help, The Arc can deliver exemplary services and passionate advocacy for local people with developmental disabilities.

Click on the button below to hear Mark's radio spot, playing now on WSKY 97.3 FM and WKTK 98.5 FM.

Hot Times & New Friends Headline 2019 Annual Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience Friendship Visit

The Arc of Alachua County hosted over 30 bicyclists at the annual Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience Friendship Visit on Wednesday, May 22nd at its main campus. College-aged students representing Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity from colleges and universities across the U.S., annually traverse the State of Florida from Miami to Tallahassee (900 miles total) raising awareness of, and money for, people with disabilities, including developmental disabilities. One of the biggest stops on their annual tour is the one at The Arc in Gainesville.

The annual Gear Up Florida Friendship Visit began with a 'bang' as the bicyclists were escorted onto The Arc's campus by Santa Fe College Police escort. Although the 'heat was on' that day with temperatures in the mid-90's, the cyclists were welcomed onto our campus to huge cheers. The bikers signed autographs for Arc clients and joined Arc clients and staff members for a wonderful lunch provided by Dos Mamas Catering, a dance to music from Mr. October DJ, and the traditional group photo at the end of the event. Many members of the Arc Family made new friendships with the bikers (see the photo). Local media representatives from My CBS Channel 4 News & WCJB TV 20 News were on hand to report on the fantastic event, and ran stories on it that evening and the following day.

The Arc thanks Keith Sporleder, Logistics Coordinator, and Patrick Carlson, Project Manager, from Gear Up Florida/Ability Experience for flawless planning and coordination of the visit. We thank also Gainesville Health & Fitness Center and Trinity United Methodist Church for their long-time support of this event and the bikers.

And a very special note of gratitude to our very generous and loving event sponsors, John & Sheila Spence.

The Arc of Alachua County’s LiveScan Fingerprinting, Screening & Photo Capture Service is Open For Business!

The Arc of Alachua County offers LiveScan digital fingerprinting services, screening, and photo capture services each workweek, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. If you need fingerprinting done fast, local, and at a reasonable cost, please call The Arc at 352-334-4060 ext. 100 to schedule an appointment.

All requirements met for:

  • Agency for Healthcare Information (AHCA)
  • The Department of Children & Families (DCF)
  • The Clearing House for AHCA
  • Volunteer & Employee Background Service (VECHS)
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
  • Local School System
  • and more...

For more information about The Arc's LiveScan service, click on the LEARN MORE button below.

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Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc?

The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc

The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years and marked by accomplishment. We continue to carry out the mission and vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.

Over the last 60 years, The Arc has grown and adapted to the changes that people with disabilities face across their life span. Through the decades, The Arc has seen several name changes, advocated for the passage of state and federal legislation on behalf of people with disabilities and established a broad network of state and local chapters that range from small voluntary groups to large, professional organizations.

Although much has changed for those that we serve, we always try to raise awareness, supporters, and always help improve the lives of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

ARC Shredding

We Shred!

Did you know that The Arc shreds? We will shred your confidential documents and personal papers in our Gone4Ever Shredding Program.

The Arc charges $0.32 per pound for its shredding service. The Arc's shredding service is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our main campus located across from Santa Fe College. The Arc's Gone4Ever shredding service is a certified member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID).

The Arc of Alachua County's shredding service makes it Gone4Ever!

Take A Look At Us

I am sure it is no surprise to you, but people always want to know what we have been up to around The Arc and at our events. Our followers on facebook get to see quite a few or our pictures, but the rest of you are left in the dark.

Well even though everyone should be our fans on facebook, we still decided to put up a gallery of images to show some of the highlights from the major events we have had this year.

Every year we hold several events we consider picture worthy. But dont worry, you will probably see some other, "non event" pictures sneak in as well. If you have a good picture you would like to share, stop by The Arc and let us scan it and share it as well.

We hope to keep the new gallery up to date throughout the year, so check back and enjoy.

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