TORRINGTON —  The Arc of Litchfield County (LARC), has been awarded a grant from Union Savings Bank Foundation to help cover the cost of software that is enabling staff to complete required training online and on demand.

This online training is helping LARC ensure staff are able to complete required training, which has been difficult over the past year due to the pandemic. As a provider of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, LARC is required to have staff complete a variety of training class annually. With the new software, staff can complete the training classes online.

“We know how difficult the past year has been for many non-profit organizations,” said Michele Bonvicini, Union Savings Bank Foundation executive director. “The USB Foundation is happy to support LARC in their ongoing training initiatives, which in turn, helps our neighbors and community thrive.”

Training has been made more difficult over the past year as a result of occupancy limitations as well as frequent quarantining. Sessions with large groups were no longer possible and the agency had to instead train one to two employees at a time, resulting in significant costs to the agency. “The software will make a tremendous difference in our training procedures,” said Michael Menard, LARC executive director. “We are so grateful to Union Savings Bank Foundation.”

The Arc of Litchfield County is a nonprofit agency in Northwest Connecticut founded in 1964 by families to support loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Guided by a vision of Community for All, LARC promotes individual empowerment, choice, respect, and dignity.

On a daily basis, LARC serves more than 200 individuals with disabilities throughout Northwest Connecticut. Services include residential group homes, in-home supports, transportation, day and employment programs. LARC’s Social Enrichment program provides critical respite and recreational opportunities such as group outings, social gatherings, and Special Olympics. LARC’s Camp MOE program provides an integrated day camp setting for children to develop friendships, leadership skills, responsibility for self, and respect for others.

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