Arc Herkimer began in May of 1969, when a group of parents asked the questions: "Who will care for our children and what will they do when they reach the age of 21?" Early programming started with a summer camp, where 20 children and teens were enrolled. Throughout the years, Arc Herkimer has embraced a mission to empower people and to enrich lives. Thanks to dedicated board members, staff, volunteers, and the community—for nearly 50 years, Arc Herkimer has grown from a group of loving parents looking for programs for their children to nearly 400 staff members providing vital and meaningful services to approximately 700 individuals with disabilities. Currently Arc Herkimer's budget stands at over $25 million dollars and the agency is the second largest employer in Herkimer County.

UPDATE: On September 28, 2016, the agency rebranded with the official name of Arc Herkimer. The nonprofit rebranded to:

  • Increase awareness of the agency’s mission, programs, and services.
  • Present Arc Herkimer with a positive, unique and consistent public identity to strengthen relationships and develop new partnerships.
  • Galvanize relationships with affiliates such as The Arc and NYSARC, Inc., and other national and state organizations as Arc Herkimer seeks financial support and political influence. There is strength in numbers which is needed now more than ever to advocate for the individuals and families supported.
  • Open avenues for new product and innovative program development, as well as the promotion of those initiatives, under the banner of the new brand.
  • Provide opportunities to engage in contemporary promotional strategies including social media, web design, various forms of advertising, and publicity.

Today, people with developmental, psychological, and physical disabilities have many opportunities to choose from such as attending individualized classes, working in a supported vocational, participating in community activities, and more. Arc Herkimer continually strives to be the premier provider of innovative and quality services for people with disabilities and others in the community.

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