Halloween Hijinx at SPARC!
SPARC has always operated with the belief that inclusivity is required for all people to engage with their community. We practice that inclusivity in everything we do, and we work hard to make sure no one is left on the outside looking in while others engage in an activity.
Sometimes that requires "hand-over-hand" guidance. Many people ask us what that means, and the answer is pretty simple. Just as anyone might reach out to steady someone who stumbles while walking next to them, guiding hand-over-hand allows a SPARC club member to participate in an activity with another person's help.
Not all SPARC members need that kind of assistance. Just like everyone, SPARC members have areas in which they excel and areas in which they could use a helping hand.
Today we need a helping hand from you in the form of a donation as we extend our mission to our friends who don't have access to a place like SPARC. Some are just out of high school and they want to be involved in the world, not stuck at home with few outside activities and limited contact with other people.
SPARC participates in our community. One of the most remarkable things other organizations tell us they envy is how SPARC members learn about interacting with their community by doing outreach with others in the community.
Help us reach our goals of adult learning, self-sufficiency, and helping our community. Did you know that SPARC members:
- Make sandwiches for a local shelter
- Help send Christmas packages to soldiers
- Make dog treats that we sell at a local farmer's market to help defray our costs
In 2014, our art work (part of our art therapy) will appear in an art show at a local community college. We are also working on The Accommodated Cookbook, a book and video for creating family style meals when someone in the group has a special need.
Every time we help our community, we also help ourselves by learning, doing and participating.
We still must open more facilities. People reach out to us all the time and ask us if they or a loved one can participate in SPARC. We just don't have the space in our current facilities.
During this holiday season, help us help others by donating to the launch of our third location. We're having to do this on our own, and just like we sometimes need to assist in a hand-over-hand way so that everyone is included, we need you to put your hand on ours now.
We continue to receive tremendous pro-bono support from professionals in the community and love from civic groups who are sometimes our arms and legs in setting up and tearing down tents at the farmer's market.
We also need dollars to continue the work we do for ourselves and others. Please donate so that we can reach adults with disabilities who need help becoming involved in their communities.