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McLean Center Earns Community Partner Award

McLean Community Center has received a Community Partner Award from the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia.

Every year, ECNV presents an award to a community partner that goes “above and beyond” to make the community more accessible to people with disabilities.

The honor was awarded in part because of the Specially Adapted Resource Club program for youth with autism at the MCC’s Old Firehouse Teen Center.

The award was presented at the organization’s annual meeting on Dec. 16. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.

MCC Executive Director George Sachs spearheaded the effort to establish a SPARC site at the Old Firehouse Teen Center after the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships informed him of the club’s need for a new location. The new club opened at OFTC in September 2011. SPARC provides dynamic and enduring learning opportunities for adults with life-long disabilities in a community setting.

The new club at OFTC meets from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call the center at 703-790-0123.