The C.A.R.E.S. Day Program helps adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities connect with their community through volunteerism and outreach work.

On Friday, the group celebrated its VIPs in Olympic fashion.

"They volunteer in the community and help all the local communities out in so many ways that we're celebrating them and their achievements," said Sheila Davison-Bray, co-founder and CEO of C.A.R.E.S.

Those achievements come in the form of countless hours spent volunteering at local animal shelters, food banks, and other non-profits.

"Volunteering is so huge for me. It's near and dear to my heart and I'm thankful for the opportunity," said Kyle Elms-Dash of Brodheadsville.

Since being founded in 2013, C.A.R.E.S. has evolved into a growing agency which serves over 100 individuals, ages 18 to 81, across the Poconos and greater Lehigh Valley.

"We knew we could do better and have more things happen and get them in the community more and make their days more fulfilling," said Davison-Bray.

By volunteering and enjoying recreational activities, participants become contributing members of society, all while learning valuable life skills.

"They learn everything from cooking skills to learning how to crochet. It's up to the individual and what they like to do," said Davison-Bray.

"Every Thursday, it's a good day for me, because it gives me so much opportunity to be the best me," said Elms-Dash.

Friday was an opportunity to recognize and celebrate all that hard work with friends and ten stations worth of Olympic games.

"Running around back and forth with the buckets, sponge, putting water in the buckets, [I was] running out of breath!" said Patrick Lynch of Allentown.

"I'm having a blast! I'm hyping everybody up, I'm saying 'good job' to everyone. I'm seeing everyone else here and they're having fun. It's like a reunion, it's like a C.A.R.E.S. reunion here, it's amazing!" added Elms-Dash.

A reunion which has so much meaning behind it.

"To see the guys rotate through the sections and be able to participate with their peers and be champions at what they do, it just makes it so exciting," said Korey Ebert, director of day and community services at C.A.R.E.S..

The C.A.R.E.S. Day Program will be opening its seventh facility on September 16th in Hazleton. To learn more about C.A.R.E.S., you can visit the program's website.