• The Arc Gateway Launches Annual Membership Drive

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    March 04, 2022
    For Immediate Release
    Chip Henderson, Chief Advancement Officer
    T 850-434-2638
    The Arc Gateway Launches Annual Membership Drive
    PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – The Arc Gateway has kicked off its annual Bobby Tronu Membership Drive, which runs the entire month of March. Mayor Grover Robinson issued a proclamation declaring the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which is also recognized nationally.
    As a nonprofit organization, membership not only raises funds to support The Arc Gateway's mission, but also increases awareness, which ultimately leads to a better-informed community. Membership is a critical step in creating society-wide acceptance of people with disabilities.
    "A strong membership provides a powerful voice for those we serve," says Chip Henderson, Chief Advancement Officer. "The larger our numbers, the stronger our voice is when advocating to legislators, policy makers, and key opinion leaders."
    The Arc Gateway runs membership drives yearly with the availability to join membership year-round. The drive honors legendary supporter, Bobby Tronu, who for more than 50 years played a special part in The Arc Gateway’s efforts to improve the lifestyles of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The annual membership drive pays tribute to the years of support and service Bobby Tronu provided. 
    "I became a member of The Arc Gateway because I wanted to help make a difference in both my sons’ lives and in the lives of so many other families who have loved ones with special abilities/needs," says Robin Jones, who is also a member of the The Arc Gateway Board of Directors. "A membership with The Arc Gateway helps the organization continue to provide services, learning, training, and socialization that is needed for individuals living with unique intellectual and developmental abilities." 
    "As a nonprofit organization," Henderson continues, "public support is critical to sustaining our mission of making lives better for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities."
    Members can make a one-time donation, contribute annually or even donate monthly. "We are excited about our monthly memberships," says Henderson. "Giving members the ability to pay monthly allows them to contribute at a level comfortable for their budget and make a bigger impact perhaps than a lump sum donation. For many it's easier to commit to a $120 membership when paying $10 per month."
    "We are also excited about our expanded member benefits. The Membership Committee has worked diligently to secure new businesses that offer our members discounts and special deals," Henderson continues. "Great deals are available at Gateway Café, Native Café, Costello's Butcher & Deli, Apple Market and many more.
    To learn more about membership benefits or to join, visit: https://arc-gateway.org/giving/membership/ or call 850-434-2638.
    Missy Rogers, CEO of The Arc Gateway receives the proclamation from Mayor Grover Robinson declaring March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
    Staff and clients of The Arc Gateway pose with Mayor Grover Robinson.
    About The Arc Gateway
    The Arc Gateway’s purpose is to provide the best possible life experiences for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1954, we have been proud to provide life-enhancing programs that help the people we serve realize their dreams. We see the ability, not the disability. With the help of our members, supporters and volunteers, we are able to sustain our services and develop innovative ways to help children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their full potential.