"KIDS In Danbury Schools"

Has openings for Volunteer Academic Mentors

KIDS matches mentors with elementary school classes (mostly kindergarten) in Title 1 (low-income) schools. In 4 years, K.I.D.S. has grown from serving 30 students to over 450 anually.

Time commitment is 2 hours a week (morning or afternoon) from October 2017 to June 2018. Background in education is NOT necessary. All you need is a desire to encourage youngsters through one-on-one mentoring, games, or small group activities.

The overarching goal is to provide a solid educational foundation for the rest of the students' academic careers.

Come find out more at the Volunteer Luncheon!

Date: September 29      Time: 12 noon - 1:15pm

Place: Unitarian Universalist Congregation church of Danbury (24 Claboard Ridge Road)

To register by phone: Jo Gabriele at ARC, 203-792-
9450 or by email at

To read more about the KIDS program, select this link KIDS

Girl Scouts

ARC and the KIDS Mentoring program thank Cadette Girl Scout Troop 50340 and their leaders who raised funds to purchase school supplies to fill 389 backpacks that were generously donated by CT Braces. The backpacks were distributed to elementary school children in five Danbury Title 1 schools where the ARC KIDS program provides mentoring services.

Ridgefield Bagging

The Association of Religious Communities
strongly condemns the white supremacist acts of violence,
bigotry and hate in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. We mourn the
senseless loss of life and offer our deepest condolences and
love to the injured victims of these cowardly acts of terrorism.

Our nation is a place of vitality because of our diversity.
We stand in solidarity with those who also stand by the values
of honoring our existence as part of
one human family.

Everyone should feel safe to live, love, worship,
and walk in the street
without fear.

We stand in solidarity with those who want to
make America great, for all people.

On behalf of the ARC Board of Directors,
Joe Walkovich, Board President
Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold, Executive Director

Danbury News Times - August 27, 2017.

Letter to the editor

"The KKK, neo-Nazis and alt-right don't have the power," said Rush Limbaugh on the Aug. 18 WLAD broadcast and then he continued, "but I'll tell you who does! Black Lives Matter. And the left." Rush rounded out his view by essentially concluding groups like KKK simply do not have the power to shape how people think, vote, or act.

Interesting that Black Lives Matter would be aligned by Rush Limbaugh as "having power." He was not at all fond of their power. He proceeded to make fun of it.

Still, Rush could not help but admit that Black Lives Matter and other similar, but different, pop-up groups, as he described, "on the left," are the real movers and shakers in this country.

Throughout U.S. history, it is people who take to the streets that end up shaping the norms of society.

Up and until 1920 (just a few years before many of our mothers were born) women could not vote. Then came a grassroots pop-up group: the suffragettes. People thought they were weird, unfeminine, and un-American. We do not know the name of every suffragette. But we know what happened.

In 1965, The Voting Rights Act became law. Maybe you were in the civil rights movement or, if you're on the young side, have read about it in books. Whatever your age, you know the names "Rosa Parks" and "the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr." and you know what happened

Rush Limbaugh was quite right. The people taking to today's streets, the pop-up groups, are all over our country and cannot be written off.

There are pop-up groups right here in Danbury, standing up for love and justice. To borrow from someone we never thought we would quote, "they ARE more powerful than the KKK." Let that sink in, and keep popping up!

The Rev. Phyllis J. Leopold,
Executive director,
Association of Religious Communities
Rabbi Ari Rosenberg,
Executive director Temple Sholom,
and ARC board member

Kahil Gibran

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