Liberty ARC in the Community
Together we support people with disabilities to achieve a quality of life each person values.
Liberty ARC values the voice and choices of those we support. Liberty has been nationally accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) since 2004 and with our most recent accreditation, in 2018, received the highest of honors- With Distinction. The ability to achieve an accreditation by CQL is based on Liberty ARC demonstrating ongoing, individualized and systemic evidence to excellence where the perspective of each person defines the supports they receive focused on enhance quality of their life. Liberty ARC’s commitment to person-centered excellence empowers the individuals we support to live the lives they want and explore what matters most to them. Liberty ARC’s culture embraces a principle that “community” promotes an opportunity to improved lives, better health, meaningful supports, activities, employment and services as well as sustainability. Community volunteerism has been a focus of the organization’s strategic plan for past several years.
We are proud of our innovative, person-centered programming, which supports people with disabilities to achieve a quality of life each person values. Through these programs and services Liberty ARC has pledged to provide enriching and engaging opportunities; many being volunteer experiences in our community.
On an average, Liberty ARC contributes more than 30,000 volunteer hours annually to our local communities. The organization, staff and individuals in program have received recognition for outstanding contributions to the community from organizations such as the United Way, the Montgomery County Office for Aging and the Fulton-Montgomery County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Our volunteer efforts touch the lives of people with various and diverse ethnic and racial background, including those with disabilities as well as our “fur friends”.
The agency’s volunteer efforts extend beyond the local community. We offer support to more than 40 community organizations and events throughout the county. Here’s an abbreviated list of some of our cherished local volunteer partnerships:
- Canajoharie Youth Center
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Ft. Plain School District (Snack Bags Program)
- Ronald McDonald House
- Amsterdam Free Library
- Amsterdam City Wide Clean Up
- Meals of Montgomery
- Red Cross
- Amsterdam Homeless Shelter
- Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter
- Montgomery County SPCA
- Fulmont Community Action Agency
- Centro Civico
- Lynch Middle School
- Literacy Foundation
Several other local organizations and activities:
- Nursing homes
- Animal Shelters
- Comfort Zones
- Clothing Drives
- Soup Kitchens
- Food Pantries
Community Connections Program
Volunteer work doesn’t feel like work when you have fun doing it.
Tiffany Carpenter and Jamie Frederick can attest to this; these inspiring women visit the Montgomery County SPCA every Thursday and the Ayers Memorial Animal Shelter every Tuesday and Friday. They’ve been volunteering at the shelters for nearly two years.
“We do whatever they need us to do,” Jamie said.
Anything from washing dishes to cleaning cages to simply giving the animals attention – Tiffany and Jamie do it all! They even helped make animal treats to sell to help raise money for the shelters.
“I love seeing the animals,” Tiffany said. “I have a favorite – a calico cat named Ace that’s always in the laundry room at the shelter. It always meows at me like it’s greeting me.”
“I just love animals and I think they like it when we visit them,” Jamie said. “I play with the animals so that they’re used to people when they get adopted.”
Jamie and Tiffany think more people should volunteer in their communities.
“I feel happy that I’m doing a good thing,” Tiffany said. “Everyone should feel like that.”