• ARC Thrift: Provides Relief

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    August 05, 2020
    DENVER (August 5, 2020) – Arc Thrift Stores, one of Colorado’s largest employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and a designated Essential Business in the state, announced today that it has launched the Arc Thrift Stores Community Relief Initiative.
    The Relief Initiative is designed to lean into and expand the organization’s already extensive relief efforts. An email has been established to allow any organization in the state to reach out directly to the Arc Thrift Stores team: relief@arcthrift.com. This email will reach four people dedicated to responding and executing requests from organizations in need.
    “When COVID-19 changed our world, we did what we always do: we came to the aid of people in need,” said Lloyd Lewis, president and CEO of Arc Thrift Stores. “COVID made it very apparent to us that we are in a unique position to serve and donate in ways we didn’t know were possible.”
    At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Arc Thrift Stores was designated an Essential Business which allowed the organization to continue to take donations of crucial items that were then distributed to those at-risk, the most vulnerable, those that are food insecure, and those experiencing homelessness.
    Since March, not a week has gone by that Arc Thrift Stores hasn’t delivered food, essential items, material for masks, clothing, hygiene products, hospital scrubs, PPE, and other crucial items to organizations throughout Colorado. In the last five months, Arc Thrift Stores has delivered over 62 tons of food which have provided 189,000 meals to Coloradans in need, over 6,000 donated masks have been delivered to organizations serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and several thousands of pounds of cotton materials have been donated to organizations dedicated to making cloth masks.
    Arc Thrift Stores was also able to provide additional items such as art supplies, crafts, books, puzzles, and bedding to groups serving vulnerable children, families, homeless in shelters, and seniors.
    “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of the generous people of Colorado, who are truly some of the most compassionate I have ever encountered,” he added.
    Arc has provided relief efforts to numerous organizations in nearly every county in the state, including senior centers, school districts, churches, and homeless shelters. Relief efforts have supported:
    • Volunteers of America
    • The Denver Rescue Mission
    • Colorado Springs Rescue Mission
    • Fort Collins Rescue Mission
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Easter Seals
    • City Harvest Food Bank
    • Care & Share Colorado Springs
    • The Red Cross
    • The Joseph Center Grand Junction
    • The Hilltop Family Resource Center
    • Pikes Peak Humane Society
    • Salvation Army
    • The Navajo Nation
    • The Life Care Center
    • Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center
    • Food Bank of the Rockies
    • OUR Center Longmont
    • Compassionate Care
    • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
    • Step Denver
    • Alamosa School District
    • And many, many other organizations across the state
    ABOUT ARC THRIFT STORES: Arc Thrift Stores operates 31 thrift stores and throughout Colorado. Store operations provide funding to Arc Chapters, which in turn provide advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Arc Thrift Stores is one of the largest employers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado. http://www.arcthrift.org