The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula

Project Name: Protecting the environment and creating jobs for people with disabilities

Contact Information:
Sarah Bowman
(757) 896-6462
2520 58th Street
Hampton, VA 23661
sbowman@arcvap.org
http://www.arcvap.org

Project Description

The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula's e-Recycling program provides ongoing work for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program was created in response to the overwhelming quantity of electronic equipment being disposed of in local landfills, which were quickly filling up with these hazardous materials. This program encourages businesses, individuals and municipalities to recycle their electronic equipment with The Arc to create jobs for citizens with disabilities. A majority of the individuals who disassemble computer equipment are students in our Transition to Work program, which helps students with disabilities move from the special education classroom to successful employment.

Project Highlights

  1. The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula’s e-Recycling program provides ongoing work for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities while keeping tons of hazardous materials out of local landfills.
  2. This program encourages businesses, individuals and municipalities to recycle their unwanted electronic equipment with The Arc to create jobs for people with disabilities.
  3. A majority of the individuals who disassemble computer equipment in this program are students in our Transition to Work program, an initiative that helps students with disabilities move from the special education classroom to sustained employment. One young lady in the program, Amber, set the record by disassembling 13 computers in four hours!
  4. With support from The Arc of US and the Wal-Mart Foundation, we are expanding this program to begin accepting more electronic equipment. We will begin marketing the program throughout the region in our effort to create more jobs for people with disabilities.
  5. The Arc proudly helps more than 600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities enjoy successful employment. Employees with disabilities in these programs earn more than $4.5 annually.

The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula