In 2003, the Butler County Chamber began recognizing local organizations that impact the community through a cooperative project or initiative, with the presentation of the Community Champion Award. This year’s Community Champion Award luncheon is sponsored by NexTier Bank, C. W. Howard Insurance Agency, Kenmac Rental & Sales and Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau.

Lighting, flowers and signage earned the Butler Shade Tree Commission the first inaugural award. Slippery Rock Area Development Association followed the next year, and the Butler AM Rotary Club received honors for the handicapped playground at Alameda Park followed by the Parking Authority of Butler. Butler Downtown was recognized followed by the Historic Pullman Park Commission. In 2009 we rewarded the Community Health Clinic of Butler County and then the Historic Strand Theater CommitteeandtheButler-FreeportTrail. TheLittleTheatre Group received the award in 2012 followed in 2013 by the Butler Area Public Library and the Harmony Business Association, in 2015 the Butler Symphony Association received the honor and 2016 the Maridon Museum. The Historical Society of Butler County followed, and the Butler County Family YMCA received last year’s award. The Board of Directors and Past President’s Advisory Council of the Butler County Chamber are pleased to honor The Arc of Butler County as the 17th Butler County Chamber of Commerce Community Champion. The Arc of Butler County was started by a grass roots initiative that began with concerned families and community leaders initiating services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Because of these beginnings, The Arc of Butler County has a rich history of advocacy for adults and right-to-education for preschool and public school-aged children. The Arc of Butler County opened one of the first community residences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Western Pennsylvania and continues to provide this service through its Community Living Arrangement Program. Career Opportunities for the Disabled helps individuals with disabilities obtain and retain competitive employment within the community. The Family Living Program offers supportive family atmosphere for adults with disabilities. Supportive Housing Program provides staff support for adults with these disabilities who live in the community, ensuring these individuals receive the adequate supports to live on their own.

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, the Board of Directors and Past President’s Advisory Council of the Butler County Chamber are pleased to honor The Arc of Butler County as the 17th Butler County Chamber of Commerce Community Champion Award recipient. A luncheon will be held on Diamond Square at 11:30 a.m. An invitation flyer is enclosed in this newsletter, and although there is no fee to attend, reservations are requested at 724.283.2222 or Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber.com. Please join us in honoring them.