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Self Advocates

“Shooting Stars” Self Advocates

…helping to develop independence for those with developmental disabilities

The “Shooting Stars” are a group of self advocates working to become leaders, to become accepted members of society with a voice that is not only heard, but continually growing stronger, and to stand up for their rights and the rights of those around them.

Many of our Shooting Stars volunteer throughout the year to support programs at The Arc and to reach out to others in need.  They sponsor the Thankful Feast Event, serving over 260 last year, and the Adopt a Family Christmas program sharing gifts with individuals and families who might have nothing otherwise.  

They also have donated thousands to The Arc in support of Arc projects and money raised through their Celebrity and Community Auction. Each spring, the Celebrity Auction provides over 2,000 celebrity and community items for public purchase. The Self Advocates hand-write hundreds of letters to a variety of international celebrities to solicit signed collectible items. This annual event offers both a silent and live auction, as well as camaraderie and great food.