Today we will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, no matter who or where we are. Even as we practice physical distancing, we can remain connected through kindness and generosity even without physical proximity. There is no reason that our physical separation means we can’t provide the financial, emotional and social supports that nurture our families and communities.
As you know, we have continued to bring our community together by moving all of our programming online so families can participate, be supported, and feel connected. It has been incredibility rewarding and easy for us to stay connected to our families during this time of turmoil.
We would be lying if we said moving our SuperHero 5K Walk/Run to a virtual event was as easy. The funding raised every year at the event is critical to our ability to provide families the support, connection and activities they need. We have our SuperHero running, but he still quite a bit of his 5K to go.
This #GivingTuesdayNow we ask you to give generously, whether that means a $500 gift, $50 gift, $5 gift or simply sharing this ask on your own FB page. It all counts. We are thankful for anything you can do or give to get our SuperHero to the finish line. Please read below some stories from our families and consider making a donation today. Click here to donate.
Events & Development Coordinator
Why you should donate today.
“Let me just get this out of the way; I have many, many children and very few devices. Normally this is not an issue. We limit screen time and try to maximize time spent on other things, like playing outside. Well, I don’t know if you’ve heard but there’s some kind of pandemic thing going around and they shut the schools down. Like, forever.
That means remote learning. A lot of it. It got so bad in my house that someone was crying every day (usually me.) and I shaved my head so I would stop pulling my hair out over it. That’s when the Center swooped in to save the day. They are, quite literally, superheroes to my family. There were tears when the loan of devices came in, but this time they were tears of joy.
We are now back down to normal levels of stress and chaos in my house (which is, admittedly, still a LOT).
Without the money *you* raise these things wouldn’t happen. This year, your fundraising dollars are more important than ever. Without you and the money that you raise, much needed programs will disappear. Please, for the sake of my family and that of 3,000 other families in Central MA, don’t let that happen. Thank you.”- Patrick M.
“My name is Chris S. and I’m writing as a member of the walk/run committee asking for help. Our family has been a member of the Autism Resource Central for about 7 years now. I remember walking into the office in the West Boylston when we first received our son’s diagnosis, looking for any information I could find on what to expect with a child with Autism. Since then, I have had the opportunity to be part of parent training, attend IEP workshops, holiday parties and had the privilege of being part of several advisory boards and committees. Without this help, my son would most likely not be where he is today. Unfortunately, this years walk/run will be held virtually. Please consider donating if you can. Thank you.”
“For those that don’t know me I am Heidi Marlborough, I am the run/walk co chair. I am posting to let you know that this has definitely been a difficult year to say the very least. Asking people for money, seems very strange this year. With so many people with so many uncertainties, I have been taking the approach of asking for people to donate a small portion, like if every person asked their FB friends to donate $5, it grows faster than you realize. I have been working to supersede my fundraising goal this year as this is a year the center really needs us. They have been doing so many virtual activities to keep our kiddos engaged. We will get through this and be able to get together for our family event and kids fun run. Until then we need everyone’s help to keep moving our superhero along his 5K route. Join with me to help raise the much needed funds for our center.”