Kimberly McCarten consistently leads The Arc of Palm Beach County to new heights as its president and CEO. So tremendous are the nonprofit’s achievements that the Inner City Youth Golfers organization has named McCarten a “Community Giant,” recognizing her contributions to the future and to the stability of children in the community.
The Arc’s Stand Up program exemplifies McCarten’s impact. Stand Up matches high school student mentors with same-age peers at The Arc, and serves as a model of how to build inclusive communities. The result has been improved understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. After two short years, the student mentor program has achieved national recognition.
“Learning to accept people of all abilities should be part of every young person’s education,” McCarten said. “We are proud to offer a program at The Arc that helps kids to bridge their differences and find ways to connect. We want them to take those lessons into their future interactions and leadership roles.”
McCarten and her team strive to empower, engage and enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Since taking over as the president and CEO in 2014, The Arc has expanded its programs, improved client outcomes, and strengthened community and donor relationships.
The Community Giant award will be presented to McCarten at the Inner City Youth Golfers’ annual Community Service Awards & Auction on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Eastpoint Country Club.
The Arc is changing the conversation around disabilities by defying definitions, inspiring possibilities and improving the lives of the people it serves, their families and the community. Learn more at www.arcpbc.org.