As I’ve mentioned before, my kids and I are raising money for next Saturday’s YAI’s Central Park Challenge, an event that raises money and builds awareness for people of all ages with developmental disabilities. My 3-year-old son, who has a speech disorder, is just one of hundreds of thousands of people that YAI has helped. YAI is the gold standard of agencies providing services for people with disabilities, and has won countless awards including Crain’s #1 Not-for-Profit “Best Place to Work in New York City”. On a personal note, I have been a Board Member of one of YAI’s divisions ever since I was pregnant with my first child (it was a complete coincidence; I had no idea that our family would end up needing YAI’s help, too). And during the past few years of single motherhood for me- which has been challenging, to say the least- everyone at YAI has been extraordinary in their outpouring of support and friendship.
I set a personal fundraising goal of $1000 this year and have already reached it, plus change (as of writing this post, I have raised $1018). I want to keep going. Funds raised by the Central Park Challenge go directly to programs that help people with disabilities- from maintaining classrooms for preschoolers with special needs to providing job training for developmentally disabled adults. If any of my regular blog readers have been touched by any of what I’ve shared with you about my children, or about YAI, I hope that you will consider making a donation of any size- even just $5. Last year, several readers did so. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me.
If you’d like to donate this year, you can do so at my personal fundraising page. My children and I- and countless other families who have been affected by developmental disabilities- thank you so much for your support!