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

Melinda PlueMonroe, 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.

The arrangement is designed to increase the efficiency of both organizations, allowing for streamlining of administrative functions while assuring both Union and Cabarrus counties continue to have the benefit of strong chapters of The Arc. A steering committee made up of members of both chapters will provide the volunteer oversight for the effort.

No other changes in personnel are expected, and all existing projects of The Arc will remain in Union County. In Cabarrus County, Ms. Plue hopes to expand The Arc’s presence.

“Both chapters of The Arc will remain the separate entities that our communities have come to depend on. Still, this is a coming together of sorts. We’re excited, because the whole is definitely bigger than the sum of the parts. The Arc will be looking for new opportunities to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our area,” said Plue.

Jerry Manning, Board President of The Arc of Cabarrus County, fully supports the move. “Both of our chapters already had some level of presence in the other’s county. Given our similar needs, and Melinda’s proven track record, in the end this was an easy decision.”

Dave Richard of The Arc of NC praised the move as a “creative action that will become a model for NC and perhaps the country.” He praised the volunteer leadership of both organizations for their commitment to the mission of The Arc, as well as their local agencies.

The Arcs of Cabarrus and Union are advocacy organizations 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. They provide a number of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the area.

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