The Oregon State University Memorial Union was recognized by The Arc of Benton County as an honored employer.  The Arc honors the businesses who hire local people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), who work with vocational agencies to ensure the success of each new hire and who take the extra steps to be an employer who is committed to our community.

The Arc of Benton County advocates and provides services, as needed, to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Benton County was founded in 1958 by family members and concerned citizens to advocate for people with intellectual developmental disabilities. It is a member-based corporation affiliated with The Arc of the United States. Through the creation of education, employment, housing and recreation opportunities, The Arc of Benton County helps those with I/DD to achieve their life goals. Link:

For 10 years, the Memorial Union has hired Arc members who work with our building services team in supporting the maintenance of this 85 year historic landmark. The program not only provides a needed service to the building, it also provides a diverse work experience for the Memorial Union staff and the Arc members.   Multicultural organizations have employees from different backgrounds working together. The Memorial Union works to embrace differences as assets.

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