Here is your riddle courtesy of SPARC.
What's the best compliment a dog can give something?
And that's what dog owners in Northern Virgnia are telling us about our work in making dog biscuits in the clubhouse and selling them at a local farmer's market with the Knights of Columbus.
How cool is that? Have you seen our friends lately? Many live in wheelchairs that weigh hundreds of pounds. Others have visual difficulties or learning difficulties or some kind of thing the world calls a disability.
But here we are--learning all about production and the responsibility of running a small business.
Our trial program is one way that we engage in our community. We are proving to ourselves and our world that we want to and deserve to engage completly with our comunity. Every day we create more proofproof we need for government agencies and other organizations. Our successes shows that adults with disabilities can join in the community.
We continue to need your help every month. We don't hire people to drug our friends into quiet or buy bunches of TVs to park people near. Our SPARC friends are more engaged and active in the community than many people without a visible disability.
Your support of our programs helps us reach even more people. We are ready for our third location. That's why we started the project. We calculate that a new clubhouse location directly and positively makes more than 100 individuals.
Thank you for your ongoing support. You have helped us make our pawsome cookies a hit More importantly, you have helped us show others that everyone deserves to interact in their community.
Please let us know if you would like more information, and don't stop now. Summertime and vacations are when programs like ours sometimes lose traction. Please remember us when you plan your gifts this month.
Thank you for donating to SPARC. We need your help more than ever as we struggle to replace county funds that were slashed during the last round of budgeting.
We continue providing day support for more than 20 adults with disabilities in Northern Virginia. Several thousand more are on state maintained lists for assistance, but the state administration appears more focused on a massive transportation bill. We continue to learn that more funds will not be made available to support people with disabilities.
That leaves a huge gap in services. Our participants continue to interact with the community in ways that warm anyone's heart. In McLean, Virginia, club members visit local merchants together and the Starbucks next door is a favorite visitng spot for our friends.
We also continue making dog biscuits to practice using the kitchen and cooking. Self-sufficiency is important, and we could one day have a little micro business! For now, though, the important thing is participating together in the community, with each other, learning and practicing new things and being out in the community.
Please help us help more people with disabilities. We appreciate your generosity and love.
In the wake of county budget cuts that left us without an important source of funding, our holiday fundraiser hopes to provide some much needed resources.
SPARC ROCKS is our second end-of-year fundraiser (and our third ever!). We'll be having a terrific brunch at The Dulles Westin Hotel in Herndon, Virginia. The Mothership, a local Led Zeppelin tribute band, is graciously providing music for free. We've also booked an auction company to provide memoribilia for a silent auction--cool items from sports, music, politics and pop culture.
We still need your help.
As you read this, please buy event tickets. If you can't attend attend, please consider an end-of-year donation at the same link.
Local budget cuts have caused a budget shortfall of tens of thousands of dollars this year and next year. We're working hard to make up the lost funding, but have already begun asking participants to pay for services that were previously free.
SPARC is important. We provide day support for adults with disabilities, a time of life between the care often provided by governments for children and seniors. We believe these adults, people like you or me, should be able to engage in their community. And since there aren't services to make that happen, SPARC steps in to close the gap.
We've just marked the one year anniversary of our second facility in McLean, Virginia. We continue striving to open a third and maintain the level of support we have provided SPARC participants for six years.
We're thankful for our extended Global Giving family and hope to see you at the event or connect with you in other ways!
The men and women who join SPARC are there because there are almost no programs to help Virginia's adults with disabilities who are too old for school and too young for senior citizen services.
You know that long time between turning 21 and retirement age? That's the time period for which Virginia offers almost no services.
This makes SPARC (which stands for SPecially Adapted Resource Club) a vital part of our friends' lives. Some work, others enjoy their families and all bring special gifts and talents to the world. But SPARC remains their link to the community outside family and close friends almost without exception.
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Why Your Support Is Important
Our golf tournament fundraiser May 7 was wonderful, and we were once again overwhelmed by the community's generosity. We were also thrilled to have Washington's ABC7 Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill join us as our daytime host and WTOP Radio's Nathan Hager join us in the evening.
Our next fundraiser is SPARC ROCKS, an evening with live band, DJ and some of the best food in Northern Virginia at the Westin Dulles. Please join us if you're in the DC area or will be on September 21. Ticket and sponsorship information is already online.
If you can't come to our September party, please help us by donating. Please remember that SPARC does not benefit from federal or state funds and relies on the community for the support that sustains our efforts.
We know that the SPARC that shines in us all comes out when everyone gets to interact with their community.
SPARC is thrilled to report significant milestones with your help.
We are actively scouting for locations for our third facility. The leading contenders now are in the southern part of Fairfax County, Virginia to help broaden our geographical reach.
Our friends at SPARC’s two clubhouses continue flourishing. SPARC won the collaborative category of the Tapestry for Tomorrow art contest. Everyone is thrilled, and another chance to engage with our community comes up on May 3. That’s when the Fairfax County Government hosts an art show and recognition ceremony. The county-wide winners will be announced the following week on May 12.
And we play sports too. Our first golf tournament is May 7 at Springfield Golf and Country Club. There is still time to sign up if you are in the DC area and would like to join us. WJLA Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill and WTOP Reporter and Anchor Nathan Hager are our celebrity hosts. The day includes lunch, dinner, awards and a silent auction. Even if you can’t play golf that day, please consider a donation to our adaptive sports and recreation program!
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