November 30 officially kicks off Giving Tuesday, which traditionally takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s a chance to highlight causes through social media and encourage people to give to their favorite charity.
Our beginnings here at Ausome Wonder have been humble, we officially kicked off just a few months ago. But we place a high priority on supporting special needs and autism organizations. They can’t provide effective resources without financial help. We are proud to support the following and hope you’ll do the same!
The Autism Society
The Autism Society has more than a hundred local chapters throughout the U.S. Their goal is to build the autism community through advocacy, education and support. For example, the Nothern Virginia chapter has a mini grant program to reimburse families for autism-related expenses. This is especially helpful, because as you autism parents know, therapy and other medical costs quickly add up. Autism is expensive. The Autism Society recognizes the financial struggle that many families face and provides financial support. In the past ten years they have given out over $500,000.
Jill’s House provides respite care to special needs families. They have an amazing facility for overnight stays and other daytime programs. They have also extended their reach around the country. For example, they will start Weekend Adventures in Seattle, Washington. In December they will take a group of campers to Miracle Ranch for fun and respite for their families.
If there is any group of parents that understands the need for respite, it’s autism parents. Jill’s House provides the much needed support that families need. They also provide a safe and fun environment for the children in their care.
Sweet Julia Grace Foundation
The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation, based out of Bristow, Virginia, is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. It was inspired by and was started in honor of Julia Grace Knight. Julia lived 12 beautiful years inspiring everyone who knew her. Despite the storms she faced because of a rare genetic disease called I-cell, Julia knew how to “Dance In The Rain.” She lived in the moment, made life sweet, and filled hearts with joy…just by being her.
SJGF celebrates Julia’s amazing spirit by blessing children who are chronically or seriously ill, have special needs, or in the midst of a medical crisis. They call these children “Raindancers.” They work with the child’s family to provide carefully chosen, non-medical gifts that bring fun, comfort and improved quality of life. Learn more about the children they support by visiting their website. They are truly a wonderful organization to support.
Heeling House, another non profit organization, has a mission is to improve the lives of children with special needs through the use of trained therapy dogs. Their animals are utilized in the therapy sessions and the classroom environment in a variety of ways. They recently celebrated the opening of a new center in Sterling, Virginia. This new center, made possible by the generosity of the community, will enable Heeling House to provide more services to those who can benefit from their therapy dogs.
What about you? Do you have a special needs cause or organization that you love to support? Let us know in the comments!