The Arc of Kent County

for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Community Participation Initiative

The Community Participation Initiative (CPI) makes it possible for people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of community life, as they choose. The goal of CPI is to create partnerships with community members/agencies that offer activities that are open to all citizens. 
How do we do this?
We discover activities the participant enjoys.
We connect one participant to a community agency or individual who shares similar interests.
Participants are supported as needed by an accompanying staff person.
We train and provide input to the community organization as necessary.
We evaluate the connection regularly to determine its success. 


Take a look at a one of our current participants!


Matt has a volunteer job at our local YMCA, which he thoroughly enjoys. It gives him a purpose and a satisfaction that he can contribute to his community. He is welcomed there as an active member of their team. Moreover through this program, Matt, who is GR’s biggest Harry Potter fan, has been invited to the practices and games of the GVSU Quidditch team. [That’s amazing!!!] Also, through The Arc’s recent participation in Access GR, Matt and his staff have been able to attend a theater performance at the Civic Theater. Through this program he will have access to several other Grand Rapids venues receiving complimentary tickets allowing Matt to take full advantage of our many outstanding museums and our zoo. [Our family enjoys going to artsy events, that’s just who we are. Matt especially loves musicals. He will be using this program a lot!] --Matt's Parents