JCARC is commited to promoting for all persons with disabilities, the opportunity to choose where, how, and with whom they live, learn, and work by providing individualized supports that recognizes the dignity and self-worth of the individual while enhancing self-determination and community involvement.
Jackson County Arc, Inc. is a non-profit organization funded in part by Agency for Persons with Disabilities, DOE, and Vocational Rehabilitation.
What is the Arc of Florida License Renewal/Registration Check-off Program?
Local affiliated chapters of The Arc of Florida provide quality services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As the state economy has suffered, so has funding to provide much needed services to these individuals.
The 2010 Legislature passed language which allowed The Arc of Florida to be added as a charity to receive designated donations on Driver's License Renewals and Vehicle Registration Forms. These donations are simply made at the time of renewal by checking off, "The Arc of Florida" on the forms and adding at least a dollar or more to the payment of fees. License renewals can be completed online and the donation to The Arc of Florida can be made online also.
What are the Donations used for?
75% of the donations received by The Arc of Florida are returned back to the local chapters of The Arc of Florida for direct services to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. 25% of the donation is used by The Arc of Florida to assist in providing access to training opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their family or the staff members who work with them.
Rich’s Ride: Hope Changes What’s Possible
FLORIDA HOPE TOUR 2013 spreads message of hope and fights hunger
FORT COLLINS, CO – January 28, 2013, Disabled cyclist Rich Dixon and his wife, Becky, started a 1,000-mile handcycle journey along Florida’s coast. The ride benefits Convoy of Hope. Rich and Becky Dixon, and their service dog, Monte, started their journey in Jacksonville on January 28, and will travel south to Miami, then across the state to Naples and head north, finishing their trek in Tallahassee on March 3.
The FLORIDA HOPE TOUR 2013, which is the third project of RICH’S RIDE, is a chance for Rich Dixon to share his story of hope and for Rich and Becky to raise awareness and funds to support the work of Convoy of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit that provides disaster response and international feeding initiatives for children. Rich Dixon, a retired educator who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, was paralyzed below his chest in 1987 when he fell while installing Christmas lights.
Rich’s first ride was 1,500 miles along the Mississippi River and raised nearly $60,000 to combat child hunger through Convoy of Hope. In July 2012 he joined a team of 25 able-bodied cyclists on the 500-mile IJM Freedom Tour (organized by Venture Expeditions) from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The group raised funds and awareness for International Justice Mission, visiting churches and other community groups to educate them about the realities of modern day slavery and human trafficking.
RICH’S RIDE, a Fort Collins-based nonprofit, uses Rich Dixon’s love of handcycling to take a message of hope, dreams, and optimism to audiences across the country via a series of long-distance handcycle rides. The rides provide a platform from which Rich speaks in churches, schools, and community organizations about overcoming adversity and accomplishing big dreams. The rides also raise awareness and funds by partnering with a variety of humanitarian organizations working to assist victims of poverty and other forms of injustice.
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based hunger relief organization based in Springfield, Missouri. They offer immediate aid to disaster victims. Convoy has been first-on-the-ground for a number of recent Florida natural disasters. They also provide nutritional support to children and families around the world.