Every day here at Community Navigators we are lucky to be doing the work we love, helping the individuals we support live their best lives. It's rewarding, hopeful work.
But it's not easy working for a small non-profit in these difficult financial times. So much of our funding is based on factors outside our control -- especially the state budget.
That's where #GivingTuesday comes in. It's the one day a year when the national focus turns from buying to giving. People take time out to think about what matters to them, and to think about how they can help others.
Please consider giving a donation this #GivingTuesday to Community Navigators. Every cent of your money will go toward the individuals we support. It will go toward helping an entrepreneur with the start-up costs of his very own business. Or it will send an individual to a weekend getaway, where they'll enjoy themselves while also learning valuable life skills, and provide respite for their family or caretakers.
Think of Community Navigators this #GivingTuesday!
Because we make a difference to the individuals we serve!
As a small, focused non-profit that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Community Navigators tailors its services and programs to each individual. Our model works because we include each person we support in all decisions. Starting with a blank slate, we develop a program based on the vision and goals of the individual -- from creative employment development to skills training to community inclusion to travel and adventure.
#GivingTuesday is a powerful national day of giving, raising funds and generating awareness after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Help us help those we support by donating to Community Navigators on Nov. 28.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 on Tuesday. That money will:
* Help sponsor an individual for a Travel Navigator adventure -- either an overnight stay with fun activities or a trip to Disney Word in the spring!
* Support employment and entrepreneur training, pay for business start-up supplies, advertising and outreach.
* Support Community Navigators' work in the community.
Your donation will help someone like Carly, shown in the picture above. Carly has her own social media business called Will & Wit. While some people doubted Carly's ability to work, she never did. And Community Navigators worked with her to help her create and build her own business!!
As the holiday approaches, the smell of pine trees, candy and cookies begins to fill the air — but so does the stress. The holidays can be especially hard for families with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, since there is so much going on.
Community Navigators’ annual mini-getaway is designed to offer a much-needed break for both parents and caregivers and the individual with disabilities. This year’s annual getaway is at Foxwoods, where we will enjoy the holiday decorations, visit the outlet stores for some holiday gift shopping, go bowling, have dinner at the casino, and spend time with old friends or make new friends. It will be two days full of fun and laughs (with some life skills snuck in).
Everyone needs respite and this is a big reason why Community Navigators designed our mini getaways: to provide local, accessible travel and respite opportunities. Learn more at www.CommunityNavigatorsInc.org
Do you know a family who has a son or daughter with I/DD who would benefit from our upcoming travel opportunities but for whom money presents an issue? During this holiday season donations provided to CNI will go toward scholarships for people who could not otherwise afford a getaway. You can also purchase a donation gift card to give as a gift this holiday season. Let your donation become personal this holiday season and give the gift of respite to a family or caregiver and the gift of fun to an individual with disabilities!!