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It's Gala Season!

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on September 21, 2021    in

At SHARE Detroit, one of our favorite things is working with nonprofits on our platform and help them “do good” by promoting the many ways to support their efforts.
 
Fundraising events are a great way to become acquainted with a new organization.   With the fall season upon us, many community members are ready to open up their calendars and schedule some time for outings and festive occasions with friends. Several of the nonprofits we are proud to work with have formal fundraising events lined up this fall and we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of them to give our readers the chance to be a part of a unique and impactful experience.  Follow us on social media to keep an eye on formal and informal ways to support the wonderful work of the nonprofits who are a part of the SHARE Detroit family.
 

Autism Alliance of Michigan

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on September 1, 2021    in

Autism Alliance of Michigan!


Our team at SHARE Detroit is happy to have an organization with the mission and reputation of Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOMI) as a part of our platform.  We are grateful for the opportunity to “share” more about their important work with our community.  
 
To start, it may be helpful for some to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in order to comprehend the impact AAoM has on the individuals they serve. 
ASD is a neurobiological disorder that typically affects development within the first three years of life.  It is characterized by deficits and symptoms such as impaired ability to communicate, impaired social interaction, restricted and/or repetitive interests and sensory issues relating to over or under sensory stimulation.  
 

A Beautiful Me

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on August 24, 2021    in


A Beautiful Me, Inc. is the brain child of Karen Palka, a Mom with a son and two daughters, who back in 2008 recognized the need in her Port Huron community for a program that would build self-esteem for young girls and teens.  Karen was a successful business owner, she took her time and utilized her network to develop the concept for the mission of A Beautiful Me.   After consulting with friends and colleagues on the direction of the organization, she determined the ultimate goal of A Beautiful Me was to empower youth and strengthen communities by supporting the development of confident young women who would grow into healthy decision makers.
 

The Special Olympics of Michigan

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on August 9, 2021    in

As we celebrate the patriotic experience of the Summer Olympic Games, our team at SHARE Detroit found it fitting to highlight the wonderful work of the Special Olympics Michigan.  We are proud to have this nonprofit on our platform and are inspired by their reputation and commitment to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.   

The first Special Olympics Games in Michigan dates back to the summer of 1969 at Western Michigan University.  In the 1970’s, the presence of the Special Olympics of Michigan grew when they hosted the 4th International Summer Special Olympic Games in Mount Pleasant in 1974 and then sent 90 athletes with 22 coaches to the 5th International Summer Special Olympics in Brockport, New York four years later.  

The Bottomless Toy Chest

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on July 27, 2021    in


Mickey Guisewite’s life was forever changed when her son was diagnosed with leukemia.  The typical day-to-day “worrys” she had as a mother of a teenager were quickly replaced with concerns and conversations regarding her son’s critical health.  When her son began treatment, they were in the hospital 24/7 for days and sometimes weeks at a time.   During that period, her family was lucky to have a strong support system to help with the extra challenges they faced.  Thankfully, Mickey’s son responded to treatment and was able to pick up where he left off as a healthy, active teenager

Mission Monday: Featuring Team Guts

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on June 28, 2021    in

Welcome to this week's Mission Monday!

For many, summer is a time when kids participate on teams and in sports camps that offer a chance for recreation and socializing. Just like neurotypical children, children with special needs also benefit from physical activities that builds strength and confidence. However, designed for individuals with special needs are often overlooked by sports and recreation departments and consequently, hard for many to access. 

We are proud to introduce our SHARE Detroit community to Team GUTS, a valuable resource for children with special needs and families who seek structured physical activity for their children and the countless benefits associated with this activity. 

Mission Monday: Featuring Yad Ezra

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on June 15, 2021    in

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK'S MISSION MONDAY!


SHARE Detroit is happy to provide our community with the chance to learn more about Yad Ezra, an organization with a compelling mission. We are honored to have Yad Ezra on our platform. In Hebrew the words “Yad Ezra” means “helping hand” and since opening its doors in 1990, they have stayed true to their name and become a valued resource in the Jewish Community.

Yad Ezra began with a mission of providing supplemental kosher groceries to low-income Jewish families in the metro Detroit area. Their client families vary from unemployed and underemployed individuals to elderly people, single parents, new Americans and those in emergency situations.

Mission Monday: Featuring Kevin's Song

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on June 7, 2021    in

Welcome to this week's Mission Monday!


May was dedicated to Mental Health Awareness, we are proud to promote another wonderful organization that addresses this important topic.  Kevin’s Song is a newer member of our SHARE Detroit family and the impact of their work in the community is one that many are familiar with and have benefitted from.  

Kevin's Song was founded in 2013 by Gail and John Urso following the death by suicide of their oldest son, Kevin.  After his death, John and Gail learned of the numerous local, state and national organizations working to prevent suicide and became familiar with resources for survivors of suicide and attempt survivors.  They reasoned that if they were not familiar with these resources until after they lost their son, there were likely many others in the same situation. 

Mission Monday: Featuring KnowResolve

Written by karly@sharedetroit.org    on May 25, 2021    in

Featuring: Know Resolve!

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the month of May since 1949.  This initiative has helped educate the public on the variety of mental illnesses that affect nearly 20% of Americans. Over the years, the intention of this month has grown to educate and break down the stigma associated with these types of illnesses and promote activities and habits that support our mental health. 
 
At SHARE Detroit, we are proud to have nonprofit organizations that support mental health on our platform.    In recognition of this month, we are pleased to highlight Know Resolve, an organization with a compelling history, mission and powerful resource in our community.  
 

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