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The Arc Greater Twin Cities Changemaker Award Winners Recognized

The Arc Greater Twin Cities Changemaker Awards recognize volunteers whose efforts are helping positively change public attitudes about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Changing Attitudes Changemaker – Felicity Riley has tirelessly supported The Arc’s work through commitments that include The Arc Gala and the Resource Development committee.


Changing Attitudes Changemaker – U of M Student Video Team of Vincent Radecke, Bonnie Baumgartner, Andrew Higgins and Anthony Sarvello  created a 2 ½ minute video and 4 vignettes about the ease of volunteering and why it is so important to volunteer at Arc’s Value Village.


Changing Policies Changemaker – Kelly Lee is a loyal, hardworking, and dedicated individual who has championed human rights for all persons with disabilities.


Changing Policies Changemaker – Pedro Lopez Pineda is a leader in the community and has connected many new families to the Adelante group! He openly shares his family’s challenges and successes in raising their son, Abraham, who has autism, to support other families in their journeys. 


Changing Lives Changemaker – Payton Puerzer is a junior at Edina High School and a volunteer at Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores and Donation Centers. Payton was a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Award and the Youth Congressional Award.


Changing Lives Changemakers – The Sexual Violence Center is a longtime partner with The Arc.  The Arc Greater Twin Cities has supported training at the Sexual Violence Center, sharing how advocates could support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have been assaulted. 


See photos of Changemaker Award winners here.