A disability does not preclude someone from being a contributing member of the community. At Marion County DD, we offer a variety of programs and opportunities for our individuals to be involved in the community in which they live an work.

As individuals with disabilities become more active in our communities, expectations of them increase. As expectations increase, so does their acceptance as contributing members of society.

In order to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be at least 8 years of age and have an intellectual disability, cognitive delay, or learning disability requiring special instruction that as been identified by an agency or a qualified professional.

For more information regarding Community Connections, contact Kevin Foglesong, Manager of Community Services at 740-375-6185.

Community Books Clubs

Individuals with disabilities meet in the community to read and discuss books. MCDD sponsors three different book clubs in community. The meeting times and locations are Mondays at 9:45 at the Marion Centre, Mondays at 12:45 at Panera, and Tuesdays at 9:45 at Tim Hortons.

Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA)

OSDA believes individuals with disabilities should have the freedom to plan their own lives and to pursue things that are important to them. OSDA believes in rights and responsibilities, dignity, fiscal conservatism, meaningful contribution, relationships, dreams, goals, and choices. OSDA meets every other month for a regional meeting and quarterly at Tiffin University.

Project STIR (Steps Towards Independence and Responsibility)

Project STIR promotes self-advocacy and leadership for and by people with disabilities. Project STIR supports people to speak up, provides tools for building teams, offers training and planning by and for self-advocates. Self-Advocacy is...

  • Speaking up for yourself
  • Negotiating for yourself
  • Knowing your rights and responsibilities
  • Using resources that are available to you
  • Asking for what you need

Kiwanis Aktion Club

The Aktion Club is a community-service group sponsored by Kiwanis International and is open to all adults living with disabilities who want to become community leaders and provide service to others. The Aktion Club members give back to the communities that have supported them for so long. The club meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 10:00pm at Marca. Annual dues are $8.00 per member.

Marion Self-Advocates

Marion Self-Advocates is a self-advocacy group that is part of the self-determination path that was developed through Project STIR. The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1:30. The group discusses upcoming self-advocacy opportunities, reviews rights and responsibilities, and develops skills learned at Project STIR. Marion Self-Advocates mission is to promote choice and confidence.

Marca Council

Marca Council is a group of self-advocates and staff from MCDD that meet on the even months. Each area at Marca is represented on Marca Council. The group gathers to discuss concerns, problems, and issues at Marca.

Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals are currently volunteering with the following organizations. We are always open for other suggestions.

  • Providence Therapeutic Equestrian Center: volunteers at Providence have completed a wide variety of tasks to help grow the organization. Such tasks include: picking stalls, installing a fence for the outdoor arena, building stalls, weed eating, and landscaping. MCDD has groups that volunteer here Wednesdays 9:45-2:00 and Thursdays 9:45-2:00.
  • Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center: volunteers at Raemelton assist kids who participate in Therapeutic classes. Our volunteers have helped sidewalk horses and ponies, set up games and activities, groom horses, and helped the Special Olympics team get ready for their State Tournament. Our volunteers help with one or two classes per week.
  • Habitat for Humanity- Restore: A group of volunteers meets every Tuesday morning at the Restore at 9:45am and helps until 12:00pm. The volunteers help with donation preparations, trash collection, setting up customer pick-ups, overstock inventory and other tasks as needed.
  • Marion County Humane Society: As a volunteer, you will be trained to show the dogs at local community events or, if that's not for you, you can help out the shelter by working with the animals at the facility; taking them for walks, playing with them outside, and playing with the cats in the cat room.
  • Food Pantry: Helping local food pantry stocking shelves, carrying food to vehicles, greeting individuals, etc.
  • Mobile Meals / Meals on Wheels: Meals are delivered weekly to elderly people around the Marion area.
  • American Legion Blood Drive: volunteers help set up the blood drive at American Legion the second Wednesday of every month.