Every scare counts at Shocktober!

Shocktober is an award-winning fundraiser for the nonprofit, The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus.

The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus is a Loudoun-based nonprofit that serves people with disabilities and their families. The Arc’s mission is to maximize the potential of children while supporting families and individuals with disabilities so that they may thrive in the community. There are multiple programs and services on campus that provide an integrated and innovative environment for children and adults with disabilities in Loudoun County and beyond.

Programs on the campus include The Aurora SchoolOpen Door Learning Center preschool; ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center; and BRAND NEW THIS YEAR Aurora Behavior Clinic and Ability Fitness Center all devoted to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children of all abilities thrive in our community.

The Aurora School, a private day school licensed by the Virginia Department of Education, teaches students with special needs, particularly those with autism.  Open Door Learning Center is an intentionally inclusive preschool that serves children with and without disabilities. ALLY “A Life Like Yours” Advocacy Center fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Aurora Behavior Clinic provides individualized therapeutic options for children with autism and other related disabilities, with a specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions. Ability Fitness Center is therapeutic fitness and wellness center for people with neurologic and developmental disabilities.


We Scare Because We Care Mini-Grant Program

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2017 We Scare Because We Care Mini-Grant Program:

  1. All Ages Read Together
  2. Developmental Connections
  3. Embark Center for Self-Directed Education
  4. Project Horse Empowerment Center
  5. Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center


We Scare Because We Care is a mini-grant program created from the proceeds of Shocktober, The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus’ biggest fundraiser. New this year, this program will be providing five $1,000 mini-grants to human service nonprofits in Loudoun County.

Grant Amount

We will be giving out 5 grants equaling $1,000 each.


Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs in Loudoun County are eligible to apply. Funds from this mini-grant need to be used for programs helping children in Loudoun. Priority will be given to programs with an inclusive project, incorporating people with disabilities. NOTE: The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus has created an Inclusion Program and would love to work together on any project proposed. For more information on the Inclusion Project, click here: http://www.paxtoncampus.org/ally/advocacy-initiatives/

Application process closed for 2017.

Please direct any questions to:
Eileen Shaffer
Administrative Director of ALLY Advocacy Center
The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus
Email: eshaffer@paxtoncampus.org
Tel: 703.777.1939 x 206


Awards for Volunteerism

Shocktober won Visit Loudoun’s 2015 Humanitarian Award and Loudoun Care’s 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Team Award, due to the shear amount of community who come together and volunteer for this annual event.

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We Scare Because We Care

All proceeds from Shocktober events go to The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus, a nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO