#GivingTuesday: Brockton Area Arc

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What is #GivingTuesday? It’s “a global day dedicated to giving back.” If you’re looking for a worthy organization to support this Giving Tuesday, the Brockton Area Arc (BAArc) is one of the best! Just go to the website and click on the donate button.

Brockton Area ArcI’ve written about this organization many times before and give my time as a member of the Board of Directors.

The Brockton Area Arc is one of more than 700 national and local chapters of The Arc, which is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism and acquired brain injury. This organization is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be members of the community.

The local chapter has been a great help for my brother and my family. Below is an excerpt from a post that I wrote a couple of years ago.

One of the things that I want to especially point out is the work of BAArc’s Family Support Center. It provides information, education, and referral services to help parents manage the challenges of raising a child with disabilities.

Support groups and parent meetings let families connect with other families, share resources and build support networks. There is a Sunday Recreation Program, Extended Day Programs, and Sibshops, for brothers and sisters of individuals with special needs. Being a sibling is how I became involved with BAArc.

Also, the Brockton Area Arc has made a special effort to make sure that all families benefit from their services by hiring coordinators to reach out specifically to the Haitian and Cape Verdean communities in the Brockton area. The coordinators speak Haitian Creole and Cape Verdean Creole, so that people can feel comfortable speaking their native languages.

Happy Giving Tuesday! I hope that you will consider making a donation to the Brockton Area Arc!

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Photo Credit: Brockton Area Arc

Thoughts on Blogging & Philanthropy

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This new blog home is so exciting for me! Hopefully for you too! As I start anew, I’m drawing from what I learned over at my First Amendment.

One of the many things that I’ll continue here is donating a portion of money earned from blog advertising and sponsored posts. It may only be a small amount of money, but it’s more than I would have been able to give otherwise and helps in my philanthropy goals.

Those of you who have read and commented, emailed me, linked to content, shared on social media and met me in person, you keep me going! Over my eight years of blogging, I have been amazed by it all the time and continue to be surprised.

Below is a list of the worthy organizations that you helped me donate to in 2013 and so far in 2014. Thank you!

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