Runners, Walkers, Joggers, Strollers, Wheelchair-Users....

We are proud to be the beneficiary for this year's Town and Country Road Race, held in beautiful downtown Waxhaw on Friday, April 11th.  All info is located on the website and our Aktion Club will be there to help cheer you as you jog, trot, or stumble through a 5k!  Please come and support this fine organization who is generous to be supporting us.

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Calling All Golfers!

It's time!  The annual Carroll M. Edwards Memorial Golf Tournament is only two months away.  Won't you join us?  Can you think of a better way to spend your Cinco De Mayo?

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

We feel like we celebrate this EVERY month at The Arc, but March is our designated month to celebrate those with developmental disabilities and bring awareness to items of importance regarding this demographic. 

Are you doing anything in your neighborhood, at your school, or at your place of business to help spread our message that we must end use of the R-word in our everyday language?  Every day, we hear people say "That's SO retarded!!"...or "He has mental retardation." ...or "Quit being a retard!" - when really, no harm is meant whatsoever.  However, this word must be eliminated, as it is a deeply painful reminder about how marginalized this population still is today.  We would never dream of using the n-word to describe African Americans or a q-word to describe people who identify as LGBT, so why is it still okay to use "retard" and get to shrug it off because, well, you just didn't mean it "THAT way"....? 


Go check out our friends at and get more ideas on things you can do to spread the word to end the word!  We just might profile you here.

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Celebrity Poker Tournament To Benefit The Arc!

Calling our serious (or hope to be serious!) poker players.  Chuck Tabor of Tabor Roofing is making The Arc of Union/Cabarrus, Inc. the beneficiary of his 5th annual Charity Poker Tournament.  We hope you can join us that night.  Grand prize- a seat at the main event in Vegas!



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And the winner is...

The Arc of Union/Cabarrus was honored to be the recipient of several awards at The Arc of North Carolina's annual conference, held in early October in Raleigh. 

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The Arc of NC state conference is right around the corner!

click here to register now!

Its time again for The Arc of NC's Annual Conference! Taking place in Raleigh on October 4th and 5th of this year, The Arc of NC has partnered with Disability Rights NC for the conference, meaning there will be a number of great sessions where you can get advice from some of the experienced legal minds and advocates at DRNC!

Click to get the details on how to register, a list of sessions, and much more!

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Welcome to our new site!

Happy July 1!  We are pleased to announce that The Arc of Union and The Arc of Cabarrus have officially joined forces into one agency.  We are now called The Arc of Union/Cabarrus and you'll notice our new domain reflects what we believe we mean to our families.

Throughout the course of a life of someone with an intellectual or developmental disability-- whether it's a diagnosis, early intervention, school-based services, transition issues, vocational or residential options, guardianship, or end-of-life issues:  THE ARC IS THERE. 

We hope you will bear with us as we make all these transitions!  You need to know that there is a presence of The Arc in both counties- we are maintaining offices in Monroe as well as in Concord, but our behind-the-scenes operations are now merged together.  Thanks for your patience as we work out all our kinks.

And a very happy 4th of July to you all!  -Melinda

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2013 Winter Ball- So Much Fun!

The Winter Ball of 2013 was a great success! Thank you to all who came out and supported The Arc in a night of dancing, delicious food and drink, and the company of great people. Without our friends, volunteers, members, and more The Arc wouldn't be able to do what it does. Thank you for a wonderful year, and we look forward to 2013!

Check out the gallery on our facebook page!

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Operation Santa 2012

    The Arc is beginning our annual Operation Santa program!  Many of you may already know that Operation Santa is a program that provides more than 250 individuals in Cabarrus County with their ONLY source of Christmas gifts.  These people have medical diagnoses of an intellectual/developmental disability and a severe financial strain which renders families unable to provide gifts during the holiday seasons.


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Chapters of The Arc in Cabarrus, Union Counties to Join Forces

Monroe, NC- The Arc of Cabarrus County and The Arc of Union County will have one executive director provide leadership to both organizations, and be sharing much of their resources. The arrangement has Melinda Plue, current Executive Director The Arc of Union County, taking the reins of both organizations as of October 29th.

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The Arc of Union/Cabarrus is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play.