Arc Herkimer began in May of 1969, when a group of parents asked the questions: "Who will care for our children and what will they do when they reach the age of 21?" Early programming started with a summer camp, where 20 children and teens were enrolled.
Throughout the years, Arc Herkimer has embraced a mission of empowering people with disabilities and enriching lives of others throughout our community. Thanks to dedicated board members, staff, volunteers, and the community — for nearly 50 years, Arc Herkimer has grown from a group of loving parents looking for programs for their children to over 400 staff members providing support and vital and meaningful services for 700 individuals with disabilities. Today, the Arc Herkimer's budget stands at over $25 million dollars and Arc Herkimer is the second largest employer in Herkimer County.