Our Mission: To improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, education, support and socialization.

Paint and Pinot NightBags 4 My Cause is here! See the updates section below for more details.

Cooking class, Chorus, and Crafts with Ramona all return 
in September!

Thank you, Altoona Sunrise Rotary, for a wonderful Becky
Sheetz Memorial Golf Tournament! See more details below,
including sponsors to visit as a way of saying thank you.

The Arc of Blair County

The Arc of Blair County believes that persons with developmental disabilities are valuable members of society and have the same rights as all citizens. They have the right to a free and appropriate education in an integrated setting, the right to live in a comfortable residence in their own local community, the right to protection from health and safety hazards in their environment, the right to work at a meaningful wage in a vocation appropriate to their talents, the right to social and personal relationships and the right to participate in the recreational and cultural activities of their community. It is the vision of Arc of Blair County to foster, protect and nurture these rights.

The Arc of Blair County serves as an important voice for persons with disabilities and their families.

The Arc of Blair County

431 Jackson Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602

Phone:  814-946-1011
Fax:  814-946-1013

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Latest News-Updates from the Arc

August  20, 2019


Need a bag to bring to the beach? We have one that can help you, help others and help the environment! Purchase a $2.50 reusable Bags 4 My Cause Bag at the MARTIN'S store located at 1000 Logan Blvd., Altoona PA during the month of August and The Arc of Blair County will receive a $1 donation for every bag sold! 

Raffle Tickets Winners Drawn
Congratulations to Penn State Football Ticket winners!


Idaho Game - Heath Hullihen sold by Luke Hullihen

Buffalo Game - Becky Good sold by self

Pitt Game - Kevin Burkett sold by self

Purdue Game - Steve Yingling sold by Luke Hullihen

Michigan Game - Kelly Snowberger sold by self

Inidana Game - Becky Good sold by self


The majority of the golf tournament was beautiful weather. If you have never been to the Becky Sheetz Memorial Golf Tournament, you are missing a day of camaraderie and friendship. See the photos on The Arc Facebook page.

It is such a vibrant 
day. Many thanks to the Altoona Sunrise Rotary who always does such a great job. Also we thank our platinum sponsors - M&T Bank, Pepsi, Sheetz Inc, LS Fiore Inc., The Sheetz Family and 84 Lumber.

Oh, and the corporate sponsors also deserve a shout out: Bolger Brothers, S&T Bank, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Reliance Bank, Encompass Health, Lee Industries, UPMC Altoona and Dr. David and Colleen Montrella.

There were many other inkind donations and Tee/Green sponsors. Our humblest gratitude. 

We hope to see everyone back next year as we celebrate 25 years of the tournament!!

Five-Thousand Dollar Goal Reached

          The Arc has had a very generous offer of a $5,000 donation to establish a trust fund if The Arc can secure the remaining $5,000. Just shy of a year and we have made it to our goal of 5k! 

The Arc opened the Dean Santella Trust Fund for $10,000 into a trust through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation ensuring the future of The Arc.  Dean was the son of Ruth and Angelo Santella, one of the founders of The Arc of Blair County.

We humbly acknowledge: 

Dan Casey and Family
Tom and Pat Forr
Jackie Frew and Family              
Gloria Gates    
Hollander Realty Partnership 
Gloria Minori
Dr. Dave and Colleen Montrella
Rhinehart & Susan Replogle Family
Pat Rhoa   

Eileen and Stu Roberts                    Guido & Deborah Santella  

JoEllen Steinbrunner
Kathy Strunk
Mike and Judy Weise Family

An Anonymous Donor


The Board of Directors voted to establish a community foundation trust with the expectation the fund will continue to grow through the stock market. The interest from the trust will be used to assist families and self advocates with needs and to ensure the longevity and existence of The Arc of Blair County. T

Friend to Friend
The Arc is beginning a new program in conjunction with Penn State Altoona. We are starting a one-to-one friend activity where Penn State students match with an Arc member and do different things together - shopping, movies, bowling, etc. The 'friends' decide what they want to do and when. This is open to people over the age of 18. If interested, please contact The Arc of Blair County at 946-1011.

Game Night Anyone?
The Arc is searching for people between the ages of 18-26 who may be interested in video gaming night. If this sounds like something you might want to try, please contact The Arc at 946-1011,

Concerned About Issues? Are you worried about the lack of funding for people with disabilities in the state budget? Do you have concerns about competitive employment because of a disability? Are you worried about services following high school? Contact The Arc of Blair County to discuss your individual situation. We have over 60 years of advocacy experience. Resources on a variety of topics are available.




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