All in Need, Family Support (AiN) announced their very first recipient of the “AiN Angel Fund” on December 6, 2014. Which was made possible by generous donation from an anonymous donor, the “AiN Angel Fund” is a way to help our families by relieving some of the financial burden of raising a child with special needs.
AiN’s mission is to provide support to families with children ages 18 and under that have special needs in the East Bay Area by offering respite care in a nurturing and learning environment, promoting social interaction, gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere.
AiN board considered all families who use AiN services. But all agreed the $1,000 Angel Fund needed to be awarded to the McClanahan Family from Concord. The money is designated to help purchase a van that is wheelchair accessible for their daughter. Their youngest daughter has Mitochondrial Disease. The United Mitochondrial Foundation’s website says, “Mitochondrial diseases result from failures of the mitochondria, specialized compartments present in every cell of the body except red blood cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating more than 90% of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support growth. When they fail, less and less energy is generated within the cell. Cell injury and even cell death follow. If this process is repeated throughout the body, whole systems begin to fail, and the life of the person in whom this is happening is severely compromised. The disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common.”
Elizabeth McClanahan says, “Words are still not coming to me after your generous gift toward the wheelchair lift van. We are humbled and honored to be the recipient of All in Needs Family Support’s 2014 gift to families in need. Thank you All in Need Family Support, Board Members and Autumn Green!”
AiN intends to present this gift to a deserving family who uses AiN services next December. To help support this fund, please donate to AiN’s Angel Fund. Donations can be made on our webpage allinneed.org or at:
All in Need, Family Support
25-A Crescent Ave. #214
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
To learn more about this event, please contact:
Autumn Green, Executive Director
Office: (925) 257-4246
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It was a wonderful evening on April 17th where Autumn was able to attend the 44th Annual Youth Recognition Night put on by Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista.
Where two youths that volunteered at AiN were honored.
Casey Mitchell, who was AiN’s very own Girl Scout. Casey was awarded the Violet Richardson Ward Award. Violet Richardson Ward Award was named after the first president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921. The award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service. This award is given to a girl who makes the community and world a better place-such as working to end discrimination and poverty, assisting women and monitoring young girls.
Autumn Green also nominated Ariana Whitmarsh who has been part of AiN volunteer staff for the past year. She is gifted in working with children with special needs; furthermore, her gift shines when working as a 1:1 with a child who needs additional support. She also has a take charge attitude; she doesn’t need to be directed on what needs to be done, but see a need and takes action. Ariana often times shows as much, if not more, responsibility than adult volunteers always telling the director when she has other plans and cannot work, or when she has messed up on her schedule putting the wrong dates down. She takes full responsibility for it and never makes excuses. Because of her honesty and integrity she will be very successful in life. Autumn believes that Ariana will be a fabulous speech and language therapist!
Autumn Green, founder of All in Need Family Support and All in Need, Family Support were awarded the June Harman- Frisbie Award. This award is presented annually at “Youth Recognition Night” to an individual or organization within our community who works closely with young people.
All in Need was given the Community Service Award from Contra Costa County, Congressional Recognition certificate, and California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition.
Autumn was a little too teary eye to make her speech, but she tried.
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What is mitochondrial disease?
Mitochondria exist in nearly every cell of the human body, producing 90 percent of the energy the body needs to function. In a person with mitochondrial disease, the mitochondria are failing and cannot adequately convert food and oxygen into life-sustaining energy. For many, mitochondrial disease is an inherited genetic condition, while for others the body’s mitochondria can be affected by environmental factors.
How does mitochondrial disease affect the body?
The parts of the body that need the most energy, such as the heart, brain, muscles and lungs, are the most affected by mitochondrial disease. The affected individual may have strokes, seizures, gastro-intestinal problems, (reflux, sever vomiting, constipation, diarrhea), swallowing difficulties, failure to thrive, blindness, deafness, heart and kidney problems, muscle failure, heat/cold intolerance, diabetes, lactic acidosis, immune system problems and liver disease.
For more information go to www.umdf.org .
(From – http://www.umdf.org/atf/cf/%7B858acd34-ecc3-472a-8794-39b92e103561%7D/FAQ%20AND%20ABOUT%20UMDF%20REV.%202011.PDF)
Brittany Erin Photography blogged about AiN and the Green Family! Please visit Brittany Erin Photography on Facbook and like her page.
Make sure you call Brittany to schedule your pictures today. She took amazing pictures of the Green boy’s and caught their personalities and the activities they love. Worked patiently with the youngest, who is camera shy. Families that have children with special needs give her a call you will be thrilled the photograph she will snap of your child.
All In Need – A Place For Special Needs Kids, A Break For Parents
“Being a parent of a child is a daily battle for time – there’s never enough, there is always something to do, somewhere to go, errands to run. Finding time for yourself is like seeking diamonds in a coal mine.
But the parents of special needs children are faced with even more challenges, and even less time.
And that’s where Autumn Green’s organization – All In Need – comes in. The Pleasant Hill resident offers parents of special needs children a chance to get away, spend some time alone, taking care of their own needs for a couple of hours. The organization also offers the children socialization skills and gross and fine motor skills development.”
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