The Arc of Union/Cabarrus recently received a $3,500 mini-grant from NCCDD, part of its $75,000 relief fund created to fill gaps in services and activities that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) are experiencing during this time of Covid-19. The Arc is using the funds to create 120 care packages to address stress reduction, community engagement, mental and physical relief for the members of their five self-advocate groups. Among the care package items are journals, puzzle books, supplies to make a no-sew mask, as well as paper, markers, envelopes & stamps to create cards for healthcare workers. Members were able to participate in the same activities on their own as they would have during their group gatherings and share with their peers through photos & videos posted on the Arc’s social media sites and in group emails. Members, using a joint assignment calendar, will do similar activities at the same time, such as Grateful Tuesday – write/draw/record something you are grateful for and Friday Night Game Night.