Some Bunny Loves You Egg Hunt

All in Need’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt celebrates Spring by offering an unique egg hunt for children with special needs and their families. This event welcomes 50 children to participate in finding 1,200 eggs and each child who attends will receive an Easter Basket to bring home!

 

Trunk or Treat 2017

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38 children and their parents came and joined AiN for their 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat!  This was made possible by more than 40 volunteers coming together volunteering their time!  Children were able to Trick or Treat at 27 different trunks.  One trunk the kids were able to try to be Robin Hood. While another trunk they could visit Alice and Wonderland.  Other trunks setup a zoo or AiN (Animal in Need)  This year, AiN had a contest for the best trunk where the children could pick their favorite trunk. Kimberly Gillem won a $100

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gift card to Dead Fish donated by Bank of America Anti-Freud Department.

Many of the kids lined up and played JENGA with the College Park Interact Club while others played Connect Four and Corn Hole.  This year AiN added Carnival games. One carnival game was made by Nate Klug from recycled materials from his home. Jacob Green made a pig race from an old table. They also could catch rubber ducks, ring toss.  Several family stopped by the green screen for pictures.

Of course, we cannot forget that many of the kids and several of the adults took a moment and threw pies at the Executive Director, Autumn Green in one of their newest fundraisers!

AiN was able to offer this event because of our sponsors: AHA Movement and Land Home Financial Services, and from two grants: Pleasant Hill Community Center and SMPS Family!  Thank you to those who donated for our drawings!

Enjoy looking at some of this years fun!

 

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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The Bunny Will Hop By For AiN’s Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Kids

A special thank you to Pleasant Hill Ambassadors and AiN board member who helped AiN out with preparation of our 3rd annual egg hunt. With the help of Pleasant Hill Ambassadors 1000+ eggs were stuffed and 30+ baskets were put together. 20160303_200324
Thank you to Kellie Conde, board member for taking time out of your busy life to help prepare for this event. Pleasant Hill Chamber Ambassadors: Michael Brionez at J Rockcliff Realtors, Pam Green at Keller Williams Realtor, Rod Harris at Generation Mortgage Company, Debbie Smith at AHA! Movement, Jeanne Schwass at JBS Promotions, and Susan Wood at Susan Wood Photography.

A special thank you to Jeanne at JBS Promotions that helped get us our bags aka baskets, slinkies, and bubbles20160303_193658

This event is possible because of wonderful business supporters and the grant that AiN was award by SMPS Family Fund.
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AiN Trunk or Treat 2015 for Families who have Children with Special Needs

DSC_0074Our first Trunk or Treat was successful! We  had 56 children registered who might have otherwise not been able to enjoy the traditional trick or treating experience that many children take for granted. Though we aren’t sure how many secretly entered without letting us know they made it to this special event. We do know at least 45 kids did show up, and some from the other side of the Bay! The skeletons, the princess, the policemen, the butterflies, minecraft skins, and so many more stopped by at least 30 trunks at Oak Park Christain Center in Pleasant Hill on October 24th. Support came through various people within our community. We had sponsors from local business, AiN board members and volunteers, Diablo Valley College staff and students, and Oak Park Christian Center church members  setup their trunks for this special event. Kids seemed to flock to the trunk who brought a live chicken, though their was a fortune teller, fire fighter, fishing, and so much more there!  As kids had a blast parents enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and a time to socialize with other parents. Here is what one parents said.

Thank you so much for this wonderful event, not only did my daughter have a great time but me and my whole family did as well. For me, I get very stressed out when I feel I have to explain my daughters behaviors to people (why she doesn’t say trick ortreat, or thank you, or hello) for me not having the pressure of having to explain that or worry that people think she is being rude was priceless to me. What you do is amazing, and I would love to help support the all in need organization in any way I can. Thank you again. Xx -Danette Schmidt Niblett

A special thank you to Ally’s Girl Scout Troop and Oak Park Christian Center Youth Group, and AiN volunteers and their families!

 

This event was successful because of our sponsors and volunteers!
A huge thank you to the following our Gold Sponsors!

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Julie McCoy Team Realtor®/

Broker Associate BRE Lic. # 01260930 Remax Accord

925-980-8095 JulieMcCoy.com
We Make things Happen!
Serving Buyers and Sellers
with Passion and Compassion

 

 

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Silver Sponsors

Sue Wood Photography
Skin Deep
Pam Green Keller
Williams Realty
Dr. Dietzen
Jennifer Voss
Active Reading
Goals for Autism
Other Sponsors
Kinder’s
Mark Gebhardt Photography

IMG_1664Make sure you visit our facebook page to see all the fun photos!

Yaakov’s Runner-Stacyruns 4 Autism Stacy Runs 4 My Son

How many of you have heard of I run 4? The I run 4 webpage says:

We all have friends who say, “run some for me,” because they don’t WANT to run. But what about those who can’t run for physical or developmental reasons?  Having been inspired by a close friend battling bilateral hip dysplasia, Founder Tim Boyle discovered a whole new inspiration to run.

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In a previous post I shared my story of being a runner. As I saw stories of children and their special needs I questioned signing my own stacyson up. He is on the Autism spectrum but high functioning. Many of the families, I viewed desperately needed support so I struggled signing Yaakov up to have a runner.  Finally, I did and he was paired with Stacy, who lives in New York!  She has been running for him for about two years now. He enjoys hearing from her, but her support when we were dealing with IEPs was unreal. She would send photos of Spartan runners saying as a Spartan we back each other.

We were able to go back to New York, so that I could run a race for my buddy. While were there Stacy took the time to come and met Yaakov in person. Though he was pretty rude and wouldn’t talk to her she went with the flow. She brought him several of her medals and a few t-shirts from races she had taken part in.  Yaakov’s favorite story from all the race’s was Stephen Siller’s Tunnel to Tower 5K.

On September 11, 2001,

Stephen had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was on his way to play golf with his brothers when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers.  When he heard the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and then returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. Stephen drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed. So he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the Tunnel to the Towers where he gave up his life while saving others.

 

To read all of Stephen’s story visit his webpage.

Yaakov had no desire to go to the 911 memorial until Stacy told him the story. Once we got to the memorial he found Stephen’s name and had his picture taken with it while wearing the shirt Stacy gave him. It was a delight that she was able to spark interest from her races and for something that was important to our history.

Since meeting her, it is clear he is much more interested in her. I believe it is because the relationship is no longer on Facebook, but a real person.

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Thank you, Stacy for running for my son. Thank you for running for Autism.

To sign up for a runner or to be come a runner visit I run 4 Michael’s webpage.

Active Reading Center: A new way to help your child learn

ARC logoIf you’re having trouble finding a good resource to help your child begin reading, check out the Active Reading Center (ARC).

The ARC provides activity-based teaching and the “Reading Revolution” methodology to help children gain crucial reading skills through a series of activities. They work with children who have trouble functioning in a traditional classroom, and also work with children who have various learning disabilities.

According to their website, the ARC says that “our activity-based teaching builds progressive reading and spelling skills that develop the student’s self-confidence through a series of manageable challenges.”

Students are taught one-on-one by highly trained instructors and the program can last between 3-6 months depending on the needs of the student.

You can learn more about the ARC here: activereadingcenter.org