Ways You Can Help Ridge Area Arc

Ridge Area Arc, Inc. is registered with the state under the solicitation of contributions act under the Arc of Florida REGISTRATION #CH428. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Customer Services by calling toll-free within the state at 1-800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.


Ridge Area Arc is a local asset that provides a real economic benefit to our community. By training and educating individuals to reach their capabilities, this better enables each person to be more independent and thus contribute to his or her own life plan. The adults and families that benefit from the programs enrich our community and learn to lead happier and more fulfilled lives.

Arc relies on support from caring individuals, private foundations, and corporations to supplement the funding from The Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Highlands County Commission and the United Way of Central Florida.

If you wish to contribute, please click the donate button below. Please note that all credit card information is kept confidential.

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Ridge Area Arc in Avon Park needs caring people who would like to donate some of their time to enrich the lives of others. Daytime volunteers are needed to help at the Resale Stores located in Avon Park, teach or assist with a project in the Art Class, tutor or assist in the Computer Class, and tutors are needed in basic reading.

Late afternoon and early evening volunteers are needed to share their favorite craft or game at one of the five group homes. Group homes have from six to eight residents and are located in Avon Park and Sebring.

We invite you to join the Arc family and share your time and knowledge with others. Volunteers are special people and you can make a difference. For more information call Deanne Shanklin at 863-452-1295, ext. 110.

Did you know? You can donate cars, trucks, motorcycles, RV’s, and boats – regardless of the condition of the vehicle. Towing is FREE for the donor! Click here to donate.

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Planned Giving Options

Did you know…A special group of investors rallied around Ridge Area Arc in 1994 making large gifts to create the Ridge Area Arc Foundation.  The mission of the Foundation is to secure funds through estate planning and other measures and invest funds specifically for endowing the programs and services of Ridge Area Arc.

How can you help?  Make a gift to the Foundation!    The following gifts are accepted:

  • Cash
  • Securities – Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds
  • Real Estate
  • Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations
  • Charitable Reaminder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designations
  • Bequests – Wills, Trusts

A planned gift usually involves financial, estate, or tax planning, and frequently involves a professional advisor.  Planned gifts often provide donors with income for life and significant income tax deductions.

We appreciate your considering investing in a partnership with the Ridge Area Arc Foundation.  For more information, please call  Kathleen Border at 863-452-1295 ext. 112.

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