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The Arc of Hanover is the leading advocacy, service and awareness organization for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Hanover County. In the past year The Arc of Hanover has served 327 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through advocacy, information and supports. We provide direct services to Hanover County residents and assist many in the neighboring localities with information and referral. The Arc of Hanover advocates for the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community living. We educate elected officials and the public about the needs of children and adults with disabilities. The Arc of Hanover is managed by a volunteer board of directors. The Arc of Hanover receives no governmental funding and is dependent on donors, fund raising events and private grants.


The Arc of Hanover has been serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families since 1974. The Arc of Hanover is a grassroots nonprofit organization started by families and concerned citizens. The Arc has grown and changed through the years to meet the needs of individuals and their families. The Arc of Hanover is one of nearly 700 Arc chapters nationally. 


The Arc of Hanover advocates for the rights and full participation of children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Together with our members and affiliated chapters across the nation, we provide and improve systems of supports and services; connect families, inspire communities and influence public policy. People with developmental disabilities are valued as classmates, coworkers, neighbors and friends.

  • To promote the general welfare of all persons with developmental disabilities.

  • To foster the development of services and supports on their behalf.

  • To encourage research related to developmental disabilities.

  • To advise and aid parents/caregivers and to assist in the coordination of their efforts and activities.

  • To develop a better public understanding of developmental disabilities.

  • To cooperate with all public and private groups, agencies or organizations in the furtherance of these ends.

  • To associate with and support financially the State and National Arcs and to promote the common cause.

  • To serve locally as a clearinghouse for information on developmental disabilities.

  • To solicit funds for the accomplishment of the above purposes.

  • To encourage the establishment, maintenance and operation of educational training, habilitation services, supports, and services.


Diane Gallegos, Executive Director, Arc of Hanover
Sherri Lanning, Manager, Arc o
f Hanover Thrift Store
Kara Williams, Assistant Store Manager

Board of Directors   

Pam Bishop, President

Katrina VanHuss, Vice President

Mario Dalla Valle, Treasurer

Brandi Friday, Secretary

Anthony Blalock

Susan Deck

Eddie Patterson

Thomas Irons

Marty Wilson

Jay Gardnern

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