PARC, Inc. resumes its programming after taking year off due to pandemic

Published on Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:56


PLAINVILLE – PARC, Inc., a local organization that provides support and advocacy to those with developmental disabilities, has resumed its programming after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic.

PARC, Inc. located at 28 E. Maple St., is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that has been providing family-centered support for caregivers and individuals in their care for 64 years.

The organization’s mission is to protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. PARC, Inc. also actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Like many other non-profits, PARC, Inc. canceled all programs, services and fundraisers during the covid-19 pandemic. However, members have now resumed meeting on weeknights at PARC for social activities geared to a variety of interests. These include crafts, Wii or technology-based games, chair yoga, karaoke, bingo, dancing, movie nights and outdoor fun. On Saturdays, PARC, Inc. brings groups to Lessard Lanes for bowling.

“We are happy to say that PARC has reopened and new members are welcome,” said Erica Donovan, executive director.

PARC, Inc. membership is open to residents of Plainville and surrounding towns including Bristol, Southington, Farmington and New Britain.

Participating in PARC programs begins with a short meeting, during which staff can assess the needs of the member and confer with parents or caregivers. After completing a simple information form, members will receive a calendar of monthly Healthy Living activities and will be encouraged to participate in all programs and services.

Membership to PARC is $35 per year per family. Field trips, special activities and bowling require an additional fee.

PARC is also planning its first fundraiser in more than a year.

The 20th Annual Helen & Danny Coughlin Memorial Walk has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9, with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 10. The event will be held at Norton Park, starting with registration at 9 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and then the walk. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information about joining PARC and/or the walkathon, call Erica Donovan at 860-747-0316 or email; or visit or search for PARC, Inc. on Facebook.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:56. Updated: Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:59.