Thursday, February 25, 2010

Grassroots Fundraising in Action--Central Park Challenge Paper Suns

Three cheers for the YAI Network's Alan Butger Residence and Kandice Hicks, who works at the home as a medical counselor! Alan Butger is a community-based home for 12 adults with developmental disabilities in Little Neck, Queens. Kandice has worked at YAI for two years this week (happy anniversary Kandice!) and was very impressed when she attended last year's 2009 Central Park Challenge. "It was really cool to see how many people were there, supporting YAI and our guys," she said, adding that her favorite part of the day was seeing the self-advocates at  the Erase the R Word table.

So this year, Kandice attended a Central Park Challenge Region Meeting for YAI staff and learned that selling CPC Paper Suns for $1-$3 donations is a great way to raise funds in the community.

Kandice thought of her mom, who works for a large public agency located in the Financial District. Kandice told her mom about the great work that YAI does and asked if she would spread the word to her co-workers. A few weeks and a few hundred Suns later and Kandice's mom presented her with $196! We love this great example of grassroots fundraising. All it takes is one simple ask to a friend or family member, who spread the word to their friends and colleagues. People are free to donate as much money as they'd like for a Sun, which they can then display to show their support for the YAI Network and people with disabilities in their community.

Kandice says that she's motivated by the people she serves. "Seeing the guys happy, that's the main thing--when I can put a smile on their faces," she said.

Get your suns today! Call Karen Bardavid at 212-273-6256.

Do you have a great story like this one? E-mail us at cpc@yai.org!



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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hooray! Registration is Now Open!


Good news: The 2010 YAI and Broadview Networks Central Park Challenge Web site is now live! Here you can meet Jaden, the amazing little boy who is representing this year's CPC along with his good friend Sherri Shepherd. You can also send your friends and colleagues to the site so they can find out about the important work that YAI does. And, most importantly, you can register for the event! It's never to early to start!

Let us know about your experiences on our site. We think you'll like the updates we've made (you can now add videos to your personal page!).


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Creative Community Fundraisers

Well, the 2010 Central Park Challenge fundraising season is off to a great start! We are so excited about the number of interesting, community-based events coming up. These types of events allow us to spread YAI's message to new people while we raise vital funds.

Knit-A-Thon
YAI Network's Long Island Project ASSIST is throwing its second annual Knit-A-Thon! This crafty activity has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in the last few years--what better way to spend a winter Saturday? Sponsor a knitter or start that sweater or blanket you've been putting off. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the day. Food and drink will also be served. All knitters are welcome!

Date:
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time:
10:05am - 5:05pm
Location:

Live Music on the Lower East Side
Join us for an intimate happy hour and music session featuring "CPCtinis and Tapas! Come hear Sarah Cleaver and Kate Peterson of Nervous But Excited make beautiful harmonious music. They are a Pleasantly Aggressive Folk Duo who have opened for such notables as: Ani DiFranco, Lucy Kaplansky, Richie Havens, Roseanne Cash, Iron & Wine and Ben Gibbard. Hear a preview of their album Anchors.

Date:
Friday, March 5, 2010
Time:
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location:
 The Living Room
Street:

$10 advance tickets $15 at the door
For tickets and info:
Contact Katie Martin 914-631-2400 x 315
katie.martin@yai.org
or
Gina Mamone
202-421-3676
gina.mamone@yai.org


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Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day from YAI!

We thought we'd kick off the 2010 Central Park Challenge season with a little love to remind us all why we do what we do. Whether you observe February 14 with paper hearts and chocolates or do your best to ignore it, everyone will smile at Jeffrey's story.

He's just that kind of guy.

Jeffrey, 29, has Down syndrome. He originally developed social skills at the YAI Network's Brooklyn Heights Day Services program. YAI's employment training programs helped him sharpen these skills and learn others for the workplace. Now, less than three months after starting his first job at Heartland Brewery, he is making friends with his co-workers and enjoys bringing home a check. But it's what Jeffrey plans on doing with his checks that's the real heartwarmer here. Watch to find out!




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