12 Days of Giving 2016 - OPARC

By Megan McClain

Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage being altruistic and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature shares the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform, inspire and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.

Day One - OPARC



Children with developmental disabilities get extra support throughout their teen into adult years, but life after they age out at 21 can be complicated for them, their parents and caregivers as they navigate a more independent lifestyle.

Luckily, there is OPARC to help them transition and find support throughout their adult lives.

OPARC serves more than 800 developmentally disabled adults in Southern California. Since 1950, it has helped with education, services and employment, allowing participants to find supportive work environments, more indepantant lifestyles and community.

OPARC has two programs -- the Work Activity Program and the Supported Employment Program -- which support developmentally disabled adults.  It operates ADC facilities in the cities of Montclair, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga that provide programs helping clients make choices for their lifestyle that help them gain increased independence and productivity. OPARC also has two Summit Centers in Upland and San Bernardino.

OPARC takes donations throughout the year, with a donation of $55 supporting a participant for a full day of service. Donations can be also arranged for monthly or yearly gifts. You can arrange donation through the group’s website.

OPARC has events throughout the year, including the recent Turkey Bowl Challenge at Brunswick Zone Upland.

It also has sponsorship and registration opportunities for its annual Heart and Sole Walk and Roll fun run.

Visit OPARC’s website at www.oparc.org, their Facebook or Twitter to donate and learn more about the organization.