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Concord Sportsman’s Club Supports AiN 2017

Concord Sportsmen’s Club hosted another fundraiser for All in Need, Family Support (AiN). this year their skeet shooting brought in lots of people to enjoy the weather and fun.  This is the fifth year Concord Sportsmen’s Club has hosted this event for us, and it was wonderful to see so many returning faces.

April 15th happened to be a very busy day for AiN’s Executive Director, Autumn Green. AiN first was there to greet people who were participating in the fundraiser and then AiN had they monthly respite event, Revive.

Thanks to Concord Sportsmen’s Club, AiN received $1,292. One of my girl friends won the grand prize. A new shot gun.

As always, this particular fundraiser happens to be one of the best and the Green family loves going out there each year. Thank you for another year of support!

Rain or Shine the Egg Hunt is On

April 8th, the AiN volunteer team started at 7 am getting ready for the mornings events. The morning started out beautiful with blue skies. Even with that they setup three pop-up tents because rain was in the forecast.  Volunteers who came out were AiN volunteers, AiN board members, Event Sponsor Pam Green, and College Park Interact Club.

Over 1,000 plastic eggs and 29 Easter Baskets were ready for 29 children to join us at our 4th Annual Some Bunny Loves You Egg Hunt!  Just before the kids showed up the skies open up and the showers came down.

As the egg hunt started there was break in the rain and all the plastics eggs were hunted. We saw the kids sharing with each other and encouraging one another.  Some of the kids had so many eggs their baskets were over full!

Each child was able to receive an AiN basket. Load with summer toys and Spring toys.

The the event was cut short due to weather, but there was plenty time for puddle jumping and hugs!

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Pam Green

Also a thank you to SMPS Family Fund!

SMPS Grant Awarded for 2017 Special Events

All in Need, Family Support (AiN) serves families with special needs children, ages 18 and under, who live in the East Bay area. AiN offers support in a nurturing and learning environment that promotes social interaction and gross and fine motor activities, all in a sensory based atmosphere.

Their “Special Events” are held several times throughout the year for the entire family to enjoy. These are age appropriate activities, offered in a mainstream setting, allowing for kids to participate in events in a safe and positive atmosphere. Whether enjoying decorating Cookies with Santa, exploring for eggs and prizes at the annual Easter Egg Hunt, or dressing up in the costumes and participating in safe and fun trick or treating at Trunk-or-Treat, these events are a unique and fun way for kids and families to get engaged. Because it is so important for families to share their stories and support each other, these events not only encourage friendships among AiN Children, but offer an opportunity for parents to network with other AiN families.

AiN was award a grant from SMPS Family Fund for $4,000 this month.The money is to be used for their special events program.   Funds will be used for:

Egg Hunt-The goal for 2017 is to serve 50 children with the goal of stuffing 1200 plastic eggs and giving out Easter Baskets valued at over $10! We plan on offering face painting, lawn games, and coffee and bagels to encourage more time to visit and build network within the special needs community!

Easter baskets will be filled with sensory activities and spring toys/games. These toys and games work on their gross and fine motor skills, for example: jump ropes, catch, baseball, coloring books, slinkies, and coloring crayons.  While  Easter Egg will be stuffed with sensory toys like:   small stress balls, ooze, bendable creatures, and sticky hands

Trunk or Treat-our goal  is to serve 60 children giving a chance for children to practice saying Trick or Treat with 30 community members or business owners. We also offer a dance session, carnival games,  and rent
a popcorn and serve Jamba Juice.  We would like for this event to encourage families to stay around longer and network with one another and also give children a chance to work on social skills they will need to develop: like taking turns, standing in short lines, and other social awareness skills.

Cookies with Santa-we hope to serve 60 children in four 45 minute sessions each with 15 children.  This allows children to develop skills like taking turns and sharing. During this event each child will get a chance to visit Santa, Mrs. Claus and an Elf as well as make a craft, decorate cookies, and enjoy a Christmas Sensory Activity. We also supply hot cocoa, coffee, bagels, and muffins for families to enjoy while networking with other families.  Usborne books for gifts from Santa, and each child will take home a stocking.

We are excited that SMPS has chosen to support our events another year!

If you would like more information on AiN programs or how you can support AiN visit their webpage at www.allinneed.org.

Egg Stuffing Party 2017

March 30th AiN founder, Autumn Green, hosted a Egg Stuffing Party! Thank you to College Park Interact Club, AiN volunteers, and Pleasant Hill Chamber Ambassadors together we were able to stuff 1,200 eggs and put 29 Easter baskets together for the upcoming 4th Annual Some Bunny Loves You Egg Hunt! Thanks to our local community’s dedication to families, we are able to continue to enrich the lives of children while encouraging family.

Painting with a Twist Fundraiser

Brand new business in Pleasant Hill, Painting with a Twist, had their first fundraiser called Painting with a Purpose for All in Need on March 25, 2017!

This event was so much fun! 28 people joined AiN and Painting with a Twist making it a very successful Painting with a Purpose event! Autumn, who has no painting skills actually had fun and hung up her painting at her own home! Make sure you stop by and take a class, and order a hard Apple Cider and paint away!

Thank you, Dawn for putting on such a wonderful event! Thank you all who came out and supported AiN.

Pleasant Hill Community Foundation Grant Recipient

GrantAiN received a $1,000 grant from the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation for our upcoming Trunk or Treat.

All in Need plans on serving 100 special needs children and their siblings at our Trunk or Treat in 2016. For these children, attending holiday or other community events is so challenging that they may choose not to participate at all. Some children with special needs are unable to wait in line, or lack the motor skills to coordinate picking out candy from a candy bowl. While others cannot tolerate wearing costumes or do not have the language skills to say “Trick or Treat”. All in Need Trunk or Treat allow children to be able to participate in the same type of popular community events as their typical peers, but in a safe and nurturing environment that supports their needs.

The intended benefit is to expand All in Need’s current special event programs to serve more children and families in the local community. As an underserved population with limited community supports, children with special needs and their families will have greater opportunities to participate in the same types of events as their typically developing peers. Gaining the foundation in which they can move towards participating in the community based events which offer no support.

Thank you to the grant selection committee.

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