Desert Arc New Shred-N-Support Campaign

May 21, 2020

Desert Arc, a human service organization serving people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the desert communities for over 60 years, is launching a new Shred-n-Support campaign as part of its Business Services offerings. This initiative will provide other area nonprofits with a grassroots fundraising vehicle, while offering their respective constituencies an easy and affordable shredding service.

“Desert Arc’s Shred-n-Support Campaign will provide the larger nonprofit community within Coachella Valley with a turnkey fundraising opportunity,” stated Richard Balocco, Desert Arc President/CEO.

The simple deal is that local groups can buy the Seal & Shred bags for $5.00 each from Desert Arc, with the notion of reselling them for $10.00, thus yielding a $5.00 per bag profit. People who purchase the Seal & Shred bags simply fill them with their confidential documents, and when full, seal them and bring them to one of Desert Arc’s convenient drop-off locations for complimentary shredding, the bag included. As a member of NAID, the National Association of Information Destruction, Desert Arc guarantees the highest level of secure shredding, maintaining a chain of custody and meeting all state and industry standards, including strict HIPAA requirements.

“It’s a win-win,” notes Angelique Ontiveros, Desert Arc’s Director of Business Services. “Everyone has shredding needs, and with our new Shred-n-Support campaign, everybody wins including the environment. There is no limit to the number of bags an organization can buy and
re-sell, and it is completely at their discretion regarding how they do so. During this pandemic shelter-in-place crisis, Desert Arc continues to provide this essential shredding service. Our Indio Recycling Center has limited drop-off only hours from 7:00 am to 10:00 am Tuesday through Friday. Our team is wearing PPE equipment and enforcing social distancing. Once all businesses reopen, we will resume regular hours in Indio and Palm Desert,” she continued.

Desert Arc’s Recycling Center is located at 45875 Commerce Street in Indio. To place an order for Seal & Shred bags please call 760-404-1370. Bags will come with a label affixed stating the shredding drop-off locations and phone number. Artwork for a fillable promotional flyer will be given to each participating group to customize with their organization’s name and logo to print and/or post on social media free of charge. A member of CalRecycle and NAID, Desert Arc’s Business Services was the recipient of the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources’ Sustainability Award in 2019.

For more information, please visit Desert Arc at

About Desert Arc

Desert Arc, founded in 1959, is a nonprofit human service organization with corporate headquarters in Palm Desert, California, a Recycling Center in Indio, and a satellite program in Yucca Valley. The organization’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for people with disabilities.

For over 60 years, Desert Arc has served people with developmental and intellectual disabilities including conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, and many others, across the desert communities within the larger Coachella Valley and Morongo Basin.

There are 700 plus people, ages 18 and older, enrolled in Desert Arc’s programs designed to help them secure employment, have a safe place to come to every day and interact with others, and most importantly, to reach their highest potential to live, work and socialize in the community.

Desert Arc is dedicated to social innovation, and has created a variety of enterprises providing Business Services for companies and individuals. These include Shredding, Recycling, Landscape Maintenance, Janitorial, and Fulfillment Divisions.

Pathways to Employment is the umbrella for Desert Arc’s vocational, on-the-job training and supportive job placement service programs, working directly for Desert Arc or within their fellow employer network.

Desert Arc is making a difference in the lives of many people with disabilities!