TINTON FALLS – Thanks to a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, The Arc of the United States (The Arc) is awarding grants to 45 local chapters of The Arc across the U.S. in support of a new initiative designed to help youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

These Sub-Grants are being awarded as part of the Walmart Foundation School-to-Community Transition Project.  The project aims to increase transition outcomes and to build inclusion and involvement of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in independent living, employment, post-secondary education or vocational training, and community, social and civic affairs.

The project of The Arc of Monmouth involves collaboration with Brookdale Community College to offer college courses and employment preparation to high school graduates with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The program is expected to start in September of this year.

“The Arc of Monmouth is thrilled to have been selected to be a part of The Arc of the United States and Walmart Foundation initiative, and to be able to offer the opportunity for a college experience for young adults with developmental disabilities,” said Mary Scott, Executive Director of The Arc of Monmouth.

“The Walmart Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people with disabilities and ensuring they have opportunities to live better,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Our recent grant to The Arc reinforces our commitment by supporting programs of The Arc across America.”