Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week – September 17-22, 2012

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)

September News

Get Your Break Today:
Now that our kids are back on their school schedule, and us parents are dealing with meltdowns of transitions and homework. It is time for you to take that much needed break, and time for our kids to enjoy an evening of fun activities without the academics. Make sure you checkout AiN’s photos of activities your child may participate in! Gift Certificates are available for family members to purchase.

PR:
All in Need, Family Support is working on getting the word out to families that could use AiN services! This will not just benefit AiN, but also our children who participate in the programs. More kids means more opportunities for our children to build friendships! AiN will be working with Big Blessing Production, LCC (BB) in producing a commercial.  The month of October we will be holding our regular respite, and BB will be shooting footage for the commercial during the event.  We are looking for families who would be willing to share how AiN has helped them or their child. Even if you don’t want to be on TV they can do a voice over. Please consider helping AiN out.  If you choose for your child to participate in this event, you will get a copy of the commercial. Lastly, if you do not want your child to participate that is okay too. You still can have your break, and we will make sure they aren’t part of the final commercial footage.  Here is a copy of the photo release form.

New brochures and flyers will be developed this month and we are considering changing names of events! Make sure you are a fan on Facebook to keep up with  our current developments.

Social Networking:
Dictionary.com says that the Social Networking is the development of social and professional contacts; the sharing of information and services among people with a common interest. Therefore, Septembers goal is grow our social network pages on Facebook and twitter.

Facebook Page:
Have you liked us on Facebook? You never know when you might receive a Facebook Special!  Like us today!

Twitter:
Are you following us on Twitter…Through the month of September tweet us and receive a discount in October!  Follow us today!

Fundraising:

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Mary’s Pizza Shack for the fun relaxing fundraiser on Wednesday, August 29th! Thanks to the families and friends for coming out and supporting us!

Brittany Erin Photography: Will be having a mini photo session for your Holiday photos. Proceeds will go to AiN! More information to come!

eScrip: Many of you know what eScrip is because you have signed up to support your child’s school. eScrip is an easy way to give to All in Need, Family Support, and eScrip will allow you to sign up three agencies/schools! (For example: Autumn’s eScrip has Sequoia Middle, Valhalla Elementary, & All in Need).  It is simple to use, you add your Safeway card and your Credit/Debit cards and as you do your daily shopping a certain percentage by participating stores is given to AiN. Visit eScrip today and follow the steps and make sure you add All in Need, Family Support. Our group ID is 500030170.

Bill Due:
Insurance is due again! Please consider donating to help pay for this years insurance as of September 14th the cost for the rest of the years insurance is approximately $750  There is a 3.00% APR charged to each month to any unpaid balance excluding property and accident. Please donate to help with our insurance. Insurance is a very large expense that AiN is struggling to pay.

Help Needed:
Sub Committees:
 As AiN continues to grow, we will need volunteers for sub committees. Volunteers will be needed for the following sub committees: financial, development, PR and other needed committees. Please consider supporting AiN by volunteering for a sub committee. Please email Crystal, sub committee chair, to let her know how you can help AiN.

Sales
T-Shirts: If your child attends the social group outings, please purchase a T-shirt for your child. The cost is $15; please email Autumn with the size. Girl’s shirts will be purple and are available in sizes medium through large. The boy’s shirts are gray and come in sizes ranging from medium to extra-large. This will be required in 2013, but available now.

Mark Your Calendars

Social Events:
Thursday, September 20th 6:30-8:30 (Card Game Night)
Saturday, October 6th (TBA) (Halloween Party)
Thursday, October 18th 6:30-8:00 (Wii Game Night)

Respite Events:
Saturday, October 20th 5:30-8:30 pm (Autumn Leaves)

Board Meeting
Thursday, October 4th 6:30-8:30 TBA

A Word of Thanks!

Volunteers: AiN has some amazing volunteers!  Thank you to AiN Respite Volunteers for supporting AiN’s respite on Saturday, August 18th: Austin, Deb, Jacob, Koralyn, and Kelsey for making a sucesssful evening. 

A special thank you to Mary’s Pizza Shack for our successful fundraiser!

Thank you for having me, Walnut Creek Kiwanis. They were amazing sports as I gave them a taste of what AiN has to offer!

Volunteer

Saturday Social Group:  We are in need of volunteers to help out with AiN outings. The first Saturday of the month social outings are scheduled late morning or early afternoon and last 1 1/2 hours. Here are a few examples of our scheduled activities bowling, Qzar, Ghost Golf, and so much more.  Please visit our website for more information.

Respite Events: The third Saturday of every month we are in great need of volunteers for respite care. Respite care is a three hour program where we give parents a break, while we promote social interaction with the children offering gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere. This event is a three hour event in the evening once a month. Please visit our website for more information.

Funding

eScrip: eScrip is a continuous fundraiser. It allows you to link your credit cards, Safeway card, etc to AiN and a percentage of your purchase will go to AiN! AiN’s group ID number is: 500030170

SnoballSnoball is a unique way to give to your favorite charities! You create a scenario (ex: Every time my favorite sports team wins…) and the amount to donate (…I will donate $1 to AiN). Snoball will keep track of when the scenario happens and deduct the amount when it reaches a threshold you dictate (ex: $25).

Scrip: Raise money by shopping with gift cards for everyday purchases like food, clothing and entertainment. Each scrip gift card you buy earns a rebate for your non-profit organization. Scrip is the powerful, “no-selling” fundraiser.  Contact Autumn for more information. AiN has agreed not to post group ID numbers online.

Employers Giving: Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and employees’ spouses. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours.

Donate: You can donate online today through AiN website or send a check through mail.
All in Need, Family Support,
25-A Crescent Dr. #214,
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

Location: Do you know a space that AiN can rent for Thursday Night Social Groups?  Please send Autumn the information on the location.

AiN August Newsletter

 

 

 

1 Year of Service: Happy Anniversary All in Need, Family Support! AiN is celebrating one year of service on August 18th! Thank you to our supportive families who use our services. Thank you to donors, volunteers, and friends. Without you AiN wouldn’t have made it this far!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Meet The Board:

Adryon Ketchman, Chair:  Adryon Ketcham has been an active member of the San Francisco Bay area special education and Autism Spectrum Disorders Communities for over five years. She has worked in the San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Solano, and Contra Costa Counties in a variety of settings. Ms. Ketcham received her Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Behavioral Analysis from University of California, San Diego. She holds a Masters of Arts in Special Education from Chapman University. Adryon obtained her BCBA from University of North Texas, at the Denton Texas Campus location.

Ms. Ketcham has enjoyed her role as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and classroom teacher in her special education career. She enjoys working with all members of the IEP team, feeling a cohesive team is best for each child. Ms. Ketcham currently resides in Martinez with her dog Napoleon. She is an avid endurance athlete having completed marathons and triathlons with Team in Training.

 

 

 

Julie Payne, Vice Chair:  Julie Payne, a Bay area native, brings to all in Need experience, drive and enthusiasm. Over 8 years of experience in retail real estate leasing and management. Julie is currently the Assistant General Manager of Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, CA Halfway through her career, she took a year to pursue her International MBA from the University of San Diego. Julie is the elder of an adult special needs sister. Her past volunteering includes Premdawn-Home for Sick and Dying-Calcutta, India, Winter Special Olympics in Lake Tahoe and Corazon-home building in Mexico with the St. John Vianney Church Youth group. Her hobbies include visiting the wine country, unwinding in Lake Tahoe, visiting family in Chicago, watching the Giants play ball at the stadium and staying fit and healthy.

 

 

Elizabeth McClanahan, Treasure: Elizabeth lives in Concord, California with her husband and two daughters. She wears many hats in her life including wife, mom, business owner, volunteer, and advocate. Her daughters are the focus of her life. Some of her hard work paid off when her eldest, Brittany, graduated high school in 2011, and is now attending college to pursue her nursing degree. Elizabeth’s youngest child, Erin, was born with a genetic disorder called Mitochondrial Disease. Since Erin’s diagnosis, the family has rallied around her to give her the best life possible.
Elizabeth: “Taking care of my family, took on a whole new level when Erin was diagnosed. I was devastated when I was told that she would not develop mentally past the third grade, and would most likely not make it through her teens. I educated myself on her rare disorder and found a team of specialists, as well as therapists and teachers, which have joined with me to maximize Erin’s potential. I was not going to sit back and watch fate take its course without a fight. Erin is now ten and fighting those odds with the love and support of her team. That is when I found All in Need. They gave Erin a place where she could be herself with other children at similar developmental needs.”
Elizabeth has recently decided to give back to All in Need, and help take it to new levels by becoming a member of the Board and taking on the role of Treasurer. Elizabeth is a recent graduate of California State University East Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Accounting. This coupled with her bookkeeping experience for small businesses, and her 12 years of Paralegal experience in Corporate/Business Law makes her a great asset for the Board.
Elizabeth: “I want to see All in Need able to help all special needs children in our community, and give their families the support they need to help improve the quality of their lives.”
Erica Chew, Secretary: Erica Chew comes to the All in Need board bringing ten years of account management and business development expertise. She currently is the Director of Account Management for FRG Waste Resources, providing comprehensive waste and recycling solutions to corporate clients across the United States. Erica specializes in project management, USGBC LEED certification and ISO 14001 environmental certification.
Erica was raised in a family of non-profit fundraising professionals, attending fundraising events from a young age. She looks forward to using her personal experiences to help the All in Need board. In her spare time, Erica enjoys running and traveling.

 

Crystal Stull, Committee Chair: Crystal Stull was born and raised in Concord California. She worked as a Special Education Assistant for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District for 10 years while figuring out what she wanted to do and put herself through school. During this time she discovered that she had a passion for working with children that have special needs and their families. She graduated from Cal State East Bay with a BS in Liberal Studies and minor in Psychology. She obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as her Special Education Mild/Moderate Credential from Chapman University. After obtaining her credentials, Crystal left teaching elementary school and took a job teaching Resource at the high school at which she attended. She is now beginning her 3rd year teaching high school resource. She regularly attends meetings and trainings to further develop her skills. She is on the CARE team at the school as well as the Department Chair. Crystal loves giving back to the community that she grew up in and continues to strive to provide the best education possible to her students. She recently decided to continue to support those in her community by accepting a position on the Board of All In Need. Crystal is looking forward to continuing to offer support to children and their families in this new capacity.

 

 Autumn Green, CEO and Founder: Autumn Green the founder of All in Need, Family Support. Ms. Green holds a degree in Business Administration from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Autumn worked as an Administrative Assistant at Lane Community College for six years until my family moved to the San Francisco East Bay area in December 2006.
Being a wife and mother is her top priority. Continually supporting her husband’s career as an Energy Engineer, and advocating for both of her boys. Austin, her oldest son, was recently diagnosed with Psoriasis and ADHD, and her youngest son Yaakov has had several different diagnoses given–Speech Delay, Pediatric Bipolar, Aspergers, and others—since the age of three and a half. Determined to give her children the best support in school and the medical world, she spends much of her time and energy advocating and balancing the active lives of her boys. Austin is involved in HipHop and Breakdancing, participates in his church Youth Group, and chooses to make a difference in the world by participating in the Walk for Psoriasis. Yaakov, a left defender in club soccer, has many team practices and tournaments. She makes it a priority to provide transportation and moral support for these activities. She is also a member of the Community Advisory Committee on Special Education at Mount Diablo Unified School District, the chair of the CAC Blog, a volunteer for KidCompass (a special needs program at Oak Park Christian Center), a volunteer at my children’s school, and works part time as a classroom aide for MDUSD. You will find Autumn enjoying “dates” with her eldest son, yelling on the side lines at soccer games, and reading voraciously on her Kindle.

Board Meeting:

To review June 7th Board Minutes, you can click on the link: June 7, 2012 Board Minutes.

To review August 2nd Board Meeting Agenda click on the link: August2 Board Agenda.

Fundraising:

A Special Day at the Park: We regrettably canceled the A Special Day at the Park, but look forward to offering in 2013!

eScrip: Many of you know what eScrip is because you have signed up to support your child’s school. eScrip is an easy way to give to All in Need, Family Support, and eScrip will allow you to sign up three agencies/schools! (For example: Autumn’s eScrip has Sequoia Middle, Valhalla Elementary, & All in Need).  It is simple to use, you add your Safeway card and your Credit/Debit cards and as you do your daily shopping a certain percentage by participating stores is given to AiN. Visit eScrip today and follow the steps and make sure you add All in Need, Family Support. Our group ID is 500030170.Bill Due:Insurance is due again! Please consider donating to help pay for this years insurance as of August 3rd the cost for this years insurance is approximately $2,199. We expected it to go up about $900 more, and insurance broker cost we were in the ball park. There is a 3.00% APR charged to each month to any unpaid balance excluding property and accident.Help Needed:Sub Committees: As AiN continues to grow, we will need volunteers for sub committees. Volunteers will be needed for the following sub committees: financial, development, PR and other needed committees. Please consider supporting AiN by volunteering for a sub committee. Please email Crystal, sub committee chair, to let her know how you can help AiN.
SalesT-Shirts: If your child attends the social group outings, please purchase a T-shirt for your child. The cost is $15; please email Autumn with the size. Girl’s shirts will be purple and are available in sizes medium through large. The boy’s shirts are gray and come in sizes ranging from medium to extra-large. This will be required in 2013, but available now.

Mark Your Calendars

Social Events:
Thursday, August 16th. 6:30-8:00 pm (Board Game Night)
Saturday, September 1st. 2:00 pm-3:30 (Games in the Park)
Thursday, September 15th 5:30-8:30 (Card Game Night)Respite Events:
Saturday, August 16th 5:30-8:30 pm (Day at the Beach)
Saturday, September 15th 5:30-8:30 pm (Our Olympics)Board Meeting
Saturday, August 25th 10 am-2pm (Board Retreat)
Thursday, October 4th 6:30-8:30 TBA

A Word of Thanks!

Volunteers: AiN has some amazing volunteers! Thank you, Andrea, Angie, Jacob, and Sherly for helping out at AiN’s Social Event Wii Night! Thank you to AiN Respite Volunteers for supporting AiN’s respite on Saturday, July 21st: Andrea, Austin, Deb, Jacob, Jerry, Koralyn, and Sherly for making a sucesssful evening. A special Thank you to Costco who has donated to our cause!

Volunteer

Saturday Social Group:  We are in need of volunteers to help out with AiN outings. The first Saturday of the month social outings are scheduled late morning or early afternoon and last 1 1/2 hours. Here are a few examples of our scheduled activities bowling, Qzar, Ghost Golf, and so much more.  Please visit our website for more information.Respite Events: The third Saturday of every month we are in great need of volunteers for respite care. Respite care is a three hour program where we give parents a break, while we promote social interaction with the children offering gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere. This event is a three hour event in the evening once a month. Please visit our website for more information.

Funding

eScrip: eScrip is a continuous fundraiser. It allows you to link your credit cards, Safeway card, etc to AiN and a percentage of your purchase will go to AiN! AiN’s group ID number is: 500030170

SnoballSnoball is a unique way to give to your favorite charities! You create a scenario (ex: Every time my favorite sports team wins…) and the amount to donate (…I will donate $1 to AiN). Snoball will keep track of when the scenario happens and deduct the amount when it reaches a threshold you dictate (ex: $25).

Scrip: Raise money by shopping with gift cards for everyday purchases like food, clothing and entertainment. Each scrip gift card you buy earns a rebate for your non-profit organization. Scrip is the powerful, “no-selling” fundraiser.  Contact Autumn for more information. AiN has agreed not to post group ID numbers online.

Employers Giving: Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and employees’ spouses. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours.

Donate: You can donate online today through AiN website or send a check through mail.
All in Need, Family Support,
25-A Crescent Dr. #214,
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

Location: Do you know a space that AiN can rent for Thursday Night Social Groups?  Please send Autumn the information on the location.

July Newsletter

AiN News

Fundraising:

A Special Day at the Park: Saturday, August 25th from 10 am to 5 pm. A Special Day in the Park, every family deserves to be able to enjoy a fun filled day even when those families are struggling with children who have special needs. AiN is making that happen!

While this is an AiN Fundraiser the goal is support families within our community, the Special Day in the Park will offer families:
*  Fun for all abilities
*  Parents will be able to collect information from local vendors who offer services to the families that have children with special needs
*  A picnic together

Thank you to our local supports: Kinder’s BBQ, Costco, and Sinful Bliss for supporting A Special Day at the Park.  To purchase your tickets visit eventbrite.

eScrip: Many of you know what eScrip is because you have signed up to support your child’s school. eScrip is an easy way to give to All in Need, Family Support, and eScrip will allow you to sign up three agencies/schools! (For example: Autumn’s eScrip has Sequoia Middle, Valhalla Elementary, & All in Need).  It is simple to use, you add your Safeway card and your Credit/Debit cards and as you do your daily shopping a certain percentage by participating stores is given to AiN. Visit eScrip today and follow the steps and make sure you add All in Need, Family Support. Our group ID is 500030170.

Bill Due:

Insurance is due again! Please consider donating to help pay for this years insurance as of July 8th the cost for this years insurance is $2,104. We do expect it to go up about $900 more. There is a 3.00% APR charged to each month to any unpaid balance excluding property and accident.

Help Needed:

Sub Committees: As AiN continues to grow, we will need volunteers for sub committees. Volunteers will be needed for the following sub committees: financial, development, PR and other needed committees. Please consider supporting AiN by volunteering for a sub committee. Please email Crystal, sub committee chair, to let her know how you can help AiN.

Sales

T-Shirts: If your child attends the social group outings, please purchase a T-shirt for your child. The cost is $15; please email Autumn with the size. Girl’s shirts will be purple and are available in sizes medium through large. The boy’s shirts are gray and come in sizes ranging from medium to extra-large. This will be required in 2013, but available now.

Mark Your Calendars

Social Events:
Thursday, July 19th. 6:30-8:00 pm   (Wii Game Night)
Saturday, August 4th 2:00 pm-3:30 pm   (Spraygrounds)
Thursday, August 16th. 6:30-8:00 pm (Board Game Night)

Respite Events:
Saturday, July 21st 5:30-8:30 pm (H2O on the Go)
Saturday, August 16th 5:30-8:30 pm (Day at the Beach)

Board Meeting
Thursday, June 2nd TBA

A Special Day in the Park
Saturday, August 25th 10 am-5 pm

A Word of Thanks!

Volunteers: All of you who have supported AiN and the families we serve, a special thank you! You change our community and touch our hearts.

Volunteer

Saturday Social Group:  We are in need of volunteers to help out with AiN outings. The first Saturday of the month social outings are scheduled late morning or early afternoon and last 1 1/2 hours. Here are a few examples of our scheduled activities bowling, Qzar, Ghost Golf, and so much more.  Please visit our website for more information.

Respite Events: The third Saturday of every month we are in great need of volunteers for respite care. Respite care is a three hour program where we give parents a break, while we promote social interaction with the children offering gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere. This event is a three hour event in the evening once a month. Please visit our website for more information.

A Special Day at the Park: August 25th 9 am to 6 pm, AiN will be having a booth and volunteers are needed to help with a booth and other activities throughout the day.  Please sign up.

Funding

eScrip: eScrip is a continuous fundraiser. It allows you to link your credit cards, Safeway card, etc to AiN and a percentage of your purchase will go to AiN! AiN’s group ID number is: 500030170

SnoballSnoball is a unique way to give to your favorite charities! You create a scenario (ex: Every time my favorite sports team wins…) and the amount to donate (…I will donate $1 to AiN). Snoball will keep track of when the scenario happens and deduct the amount when it reaches a threshold you dictate (ex: $25).

Scrip: Raise money by shopping with gift cards for everyday purchases like food, clothing and entertainment. Each scrip gift card you buy earns a rebate for your non-profit organization. Scrip is the powerful, “no-selling” fundraiser.  Contact Autumn for more information. AiN has agreed not to post group ID numbers online.

Employers Giving: Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and employees’ spouses. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours.

Donate: You can donate online today through AiN website or send a check through mail.
All in Need, Family Support,
25-A Crescent Dr. #214,
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

Location: Do you know a space that AiN can rent for Thursday Night Social Groups?  Please send Autumn the information on the location.

AiN May News

New Board Members: AiN has a complete board! Though specific positions are still being hashed out we have a full board. As the founder of All in Need, Family Support I am thrilled to announce two new board members. Erica Chew, who is the Director of Accounts Management at FRG Waste Resources, Inc., and Julie Payne; Julie is the Assistant General Manager at Westfield Valley Fair. Both ladies graduated from St. Mary’s College with degrees in business.
Sub Committees: As AiN continues to grow, we will need volunteers for sub committees. Volunteers will be needed for the following sub committees: financial, fundraising, and other needed committees. Please consider supporting AiN by volunteering for a sub committee. Please watch future newsletters for additional information.Rummage Sale: AiN’s insurance annual renewal is coming up and we would like to gather as much funds as possible to help cover this cost. In an effort to raise money for this cost; AiN will be having a rummage sale (date to be determined). Please consider donating items to AiN’s Rummage Sale. Also, we will need volunteers to help with this event. Additional information to follow in next month’s newsletter.
T-Shirts: If your child attends the social group outings, please purchase a T-shirt for your child. The cost is $15; please email Autumn with the size. Girl’s shirts will be purple and are available in sizes medium through large. The boy’s shirts are gray and come in sizes ranging from medium to extra-large. This will be required in 2013, but available now.
New Program: Leadership Program! Children who have special needs and can help support AiN’s mission are welcome to participate in this program. These children will have a chance to help support the respite care program, fundraising, community awareness on special education, and other activities. More details to come in June!

Respite: We are thrilled to report that moving back to Oak Park was perfect timing; at last month’s respite we had nine kids and for the May respite we have nine registered!Social Events: Our average attendance for social groups has been five and this month we have seven registered!Escript: Please add All in Need, Family Support to your escript account. You can have up to 3 nonprofits on your account. This is an easy way to give and have friends and family give. We are receiving about $2.00 a month from escript; with your help we could have enough deposited per month to give one child a scholarship for one event. Sign up today AiN’s Group ID number is 500030170.

Mark Your Calendars
Social Events: Thursday, May 17th. 6:30-8:00 pm   (Game Night),  Saturday, June 2nd 11:30 am-1 pm   (Picnic in the Park),
Thursday, June 21st. 6:30-8:00 pm (Board Game Night)
Respite Events: Saturday, May 19th 5:30-8:30 pm (Five Senses), Saturday, June 16th 5:30-8:30 pm (Animals Near and Far)
Board Meeting: Thursday, June 7th TBA
KidsFest: Saturday, May 26th-Monday, May 29th 10 am-6pm

 

A Word of Thanks!

Angie Barber: Thank you for volunteering your time at One Hundred Fun Hundred.Gail Creashaw: Thank you for the donation to help purchase T-shirts.Al Green: Thank you for the donation to purchase the iPad and apps.

Austin Green: It is nice to see a young man dedicated to making a change. Thank you for your help at One Hundred Fun Hundred and as you get older you will make a huge change in our world.

Volunteers: All of you who have supported AiN and the families we serve, a special thank you! You change our community and touch our hearts.

Volunteer

Saturday Social Group:  We are in need of volunteers to help out with AiN outings. The first Saturday of the month social outings are scheduled late morning or early afternoon and last an hour and half. Here are a few examples of our scheduled activities bowling, Qzar, Ghost Golf, and so much more.  Please visit our website for more information.Respite Events: The third Saturday of every month we are in great need of volunteers for respite care. Respite care is a three hour program where we give parents a break, while we promote social interaction with the children offering gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere. This event is a three hour event in the evening once a month. Please visit our website for more information.Bay Area Kidsfest: Memorial Day Weekend AiN will be having a booth and volunteers are needed. Autumn’s son is dancing at KidFest and she really would like to watch, so volunteers would be greatly appreciated so she doesn’t miss her son on stage. Please sign up.

Funding

eScript: eScript is a continuous fundraiser. It allows you to link your credit cards, Safeway card, etc to AiN and a percentage of your purchase will go to AiN! AiN’s group ID number is: 500030170

SnoballSnoball is a unique way to give to your favorite charities! You create a scenario (ex: Every time my favorite sports team wins…) and the amount to donate (…I will donate $1 to AiN). Snoball will keep track of when the scenario happens and deduct the amount when it reaches a threshold you dictate (ex: $25).

Scrip: Raise money by shopping with gift cards for everyday purchases like food, clothing and entertainment. Each scrip gift card you buy earns a rebate for your non-profit organization. Scrip is the powerful, “no-selling” fundraiser.  Contact Autumn for more information. AiN has agreed not to post group ID numbers online.

Employers Giving: Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and employees’ spouses. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours.

Donate: You can donate online today through AiN website or send a check through mail.
All in Need, Family Support,
25-A Crescent Dr. #214,
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

Location: Do you know a space that AiN can rent for Thursday Night Social Groups?  Please send Autumn the information on the location.

April News

New Board Memebers: As the founder of All in Need, Family Support I am thrilled to announce our new Chair, Adryon Ketcham.  Adryon, a behaviorist, is the owner of Goals for Autism.  Crystall Stull who has stepped into our Committee Chair position is a Resource Teacher at Mt. Diablo School District. She also won a “You Make A Difference Award” from the Mt Diablo CAC. Elizabethe McChallan will be joining the board in June as the treasure. We are still in need of a Vice Chair and Secetary, please considering supporting All in Need, Family Support in this way.

With a new board come new policies. The newest policiy is that AiN will be charging the posted prices on the AiN webpage which is $25 per event.

We do have a couple of wonderful deals to offer families. 

For the months of May through December you pay $350 (Non-Refundable) upfront and your child can attend all three regular schedule events which is a savings of $10.42 per event. *Preregistration is still required to let staff know your child will be attending. **This deal is only for regular scheduled events. ***There may be additional cost per social group due to activity fees.

AiN will also be offering a four month deal. You pay $250 (Non-Refundable) and your child can attend all three regular schedule events in a four consicutive month period which will give families$4.16 savings per event. *Preregistration is still required to let staff know your child will be attending. **This deal is only for regular scheduled events. ***There may be additional cost per social group due to activity fees.

Social Groups – Signup for two social groups per month and save $5. A $2.50 savings per event. *No refunds will be given out, and additional fees may be due to cover additional cost of outside services.
When you sign-up and pay for three events (2 social groups and 1 respite) per month you will save $10. A savings of $3.33 per event. *No refunds will be given out, and additional fees may be due to cover additional cost of outside services.

Watch your emails for discounted registration codes.

 

Mark Your Calendars

Social Events:
Thursday, April 19th. 6:30-8:00 pm  (Wii Game Night)
Saturday, May 5th. (Qzar)
Thursday, May 17th. 6:30-8:00 pm (Board Game Night)

Respite Events:
Saturday, April 21st 5:30-8:30 pm (Our Favorite Colors)
Saturday, May 19th 5:30-8:30 pm (Five Senses)

 

Local Events:
Girl Scout’s One Hundred, Fun Hundred

Saturday, May 5th 8:30 am to 5 pm

“Parenting the Child with Special Needs” MiniConference
Saturday, May 12th 8:30am-12:30 pm

 

A Word of Thanks!

Angie Barber: Thank you for the hard work Angie has put in with filing and data entry. Congratulations on your new job!
Gail Boatright & Oak Park Christian Center-thank you for allowing AiN to use your facilities.
Karolyn & Al Green-your continued support and the amazing apron.
Lutheran Woman of FaithThank you for the $300 donation!

 

 

 

Volunteer

Saturday Social Group:  We are in need of volunteers to help out with AiN outings. The first Saturday of the month social outings are scheduled late morning or early afternoon and last an hour and half. Here are a few examples of our scheduled activities bowling, Qzar, Ghost Golf, and so much more.  Please visit our website for more information.

Respite Events: The third Saturday of every month we are in great need of volunteers for respite care. Respite care is a three hour program where we give parents a break, while we promote social interaction with the children offering gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmosphere. This event is a three hour event in the evening once a month. Please visit our website for more inforamtion.

 

Girl Scout’s One Hundred, Fun Hundred: AiN will be hosting a booth on Saturday, May 5th from 8:30 am to 5 pm this will be a day that will be jammed packed with exciting activities for all ages and abilities. Consider supporting AiN by helping us at Alameda County Fairgrounds. Signup online!

“Parenting the Child with Special Needs” MiniConference: Mt. Diablo Adult Ed and The Community Advisory Committee will be partnering up to put on a ½ day Conference on Saturday, May 12th from 8:30-12:30 at Loma Vista Adult Center, 166 San Carlos Avenue in Concord. We need volunteers to help with AiN’s booth, and it is only a 30 minute commitment! Please sign up here.

 

Funding

eScript: eScript is a continuous fundraiser. It allows you to hook up your credit cards, Safeway card, etc to AiN and a percentage of your purchase will go to AiN! AiN’s group ID number is: 500030170

SnoballSnoball is a unique way to give to your favorite charities! You create a scenario (ex: Every time my favorite sports team wins…) and the amount to donate (…I will donate $1 to AiN). Snoball will keep track of when the scenario happens and deduct the amount when it reaches a threshold you dictate (ex: $25).

Scrip: Raise money by shopping with gift cards for everyday purchases like food, clothing and entertainment. Each scrip gift card you buy earns a rebate for your non-profit organization. Scrip is the powerful, “no-selling” fundraiser.  Contact Autumn for more information. AiN has agreed not to post group ID numbers online.

A Scholarship Pledge Campaign: AiN is trying to reach $7,000 for scholarships for families that can use our support this would allow about 350 children to participate in an event. This pledge will be starting March 16th and running through Friday, May 18th.

Employers Giving: Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and employees’ spouses. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours.

Donate: You can donate online today through AiN website or send a check through mail.
All in Need, Family Support,
25-A Crescent Dr. #214,
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

Location: Do you know a space that AiN can rent for Thursday Night Social Groups?  Please send Autumn the information on the location.

March AiN’s News

As the old saying goes “Good things come to those who wait.”  I am thrilled to announce that All in Need, Family Support’s (AiN) is up and running! I want to invite you to peek at the webpage allinneed.org where you can find all sorts of information, registrar, pay for service, and donate!  Brittany Nelson, who is a San Francisco photographer, designed and built the webpage. If you are planning on doing family pictures in the near future please visit her site. Brittany took photos of a staged AiN events and also our family photos. She was kind and patient with the kids, who have special needs.

LOOK WE HAVE A NEW NEWSLETTER. With Brittany’s knowledge she found MailChimp for AiN’s newsletter.

Finally heard back from the state of California! AiN now has completed and was granted tax exempt! Thank you to families who asked questions about all paperwork that needed to be submitted because I had overlooked submitting the State form.  State and Federal Taxes are filed!

Please let us know if you have any community news that you would like to add to newsletters. For example soccer, conferences, or something else you think our families will find helpful!

 

Mark Your Calendars

Social Events:
Saturday, April 7th 9:00 am-10:30 am
Thursday, April 19th. 6:30-8:30  (Wii Game Night)

Respite Events:
Saturday, April 21st 5:30-8:30

                                                                                                   

Carol Wall who designed and hosted the temporary AiN website and took photos of AiN.
Brittany Nelson put a lot of time and did an amazing job with the new AiN website.
Angie Barber who has been doing data entery for AiN and helping at Thursday Social Events.
Andrea C. who has been assisting at both our Saturday and Thursday Social Events.
Austin G. who has particpates as a peer support at Saturday and Thursday Social Events.
All Families: who participated in both photo shoots.
Thank you to Event Espresso for their contribution and support.
To all family who voted for AiN to receive the Samsung Tabs, we made it to the finalist.

 

Volunteer

Saturday Social Group:We are in need of volunteers to help out with AiN outings. The first Saturday of the month social outings are scheduled late morning or early afternoon and last an hour and half. Here are a few examples of our scheduled activities bowling, Qzar, Ghost Golf, and so much more.  Please visit ourwebsite for more inforamtion.

Respite Events: The third Saturday of the month we are in great need of volunteers for respite care. Respite care is a three hour program where we give parents a break, while we promote social interaction with the children offering gross and fine motor activities promoting social interactions, gross and fine motor activities all in a sensory based atmospheres all in a sensory based atmosphere. This event is a three hour event in the evenings once a month. Please visit ourwebsite for more inforamtion.

Girl Scout’s One Hundred, Fun Hundred: AiN will be hosting a booth on Saturday, May 5th from 8:30 am to 5 pm this will be a day that will be jammed packed with exciting activities for all ages and abilities. Consider supporting AiN by helping us at Alameda County Fairgrounds. Signup online!

“Prenting the Child with Special Needs” MiniConference: Mt. Diablo Adult Ed and The Community Advisory Committee will be apring up to put on a ½ day Conference on Saturday, May 12th from 8:30-12:30 at Loma Vista Adult Cetner, 166 San Carlos Avenue in Concord. We need volunteers to help with AiN’s booth, and it is only a 30 minute commitment! Please sign up here.

 

 

SUPPORT

eScript: eScript is a continuous fundraiser. It allows you to hook up your credit cards, Safeway card, etc to AiN and a percentage of your purchase will go to AiN! AiN’s group ID number is: 500030170

SnoballSnoball is a unique way to give to your favorite charities! You create a scenario (ex: Every time my favorite sports team wins…) and the amount to donate (…I will donate $1 to AIN). Snoball will keep track of when the scenario happens and deduct the amount when it reaches a threshold you dictate (ex: $25).

Scrip: Raise money by shopping with gift cards for everyday purchases like food, clothing and entertainment. Each scrip gift card you buy earns a rebate for your non-profit organization. Scrip is the powerful, “no-selling” fundraiser.  Contact Autumn for more information. AiN has agreed not to post group ID numbers online.

A Scholarship Pledge Campaign: AiN is trying to reach $7,000 for scholarships for families that can use our support this would allow about 350 children particpate in an event. This pledge will be starting March 16th and running through Friday, May 18th.

Employers Giving:Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and employees’ spouses. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours.

Donate: You can donateonline today through AiN website or send a check through mail.
All in Need, Family Support,
25-A Crescent Dr. #214,
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

Location: Do you know a space that AiN can rent?  Please sendAutumn the information on the location.

 

Board Positions Needed!

We are approaching the new year and I am looking for people who would be interested in supporting AiN by being part of the board. All positions are needed! Meetings will be once a month, but I try to make the meetings as quick as possible we all have families and other obligations that we are committed to. Please let me know by Friday, January 27th if you would would be able and interested in supporting AiN in this way!

Chairman of the Board of Directors Job Description

committe Chair Board Member Job Description

sec Chair Board Member Job Description

treasure Chair Board Member Job Description

Vice Chair Board Member Job Description

It’s Official!

It is official All in Need, Family Support (AiN) is now its own identity and respite care now falls under AiN! I am thrilled to be able to continue supporting families that have attending All in Need at Oak Park Christian Center, and overwhelmed that we will be able to support a larger community now that we are a non-profit!

E-mail Change:

Moving forward you will receive emails from info@allinneed.org. I will be closing all_in_need@yahoo.com. Please make sure you add info@allinneed.org to your address book to contact me with any questions you may have as we move forward. I want to hear from you! This is new to me too and I am trying my best cross my t and dot my i, but I am struggling with it all. So, if you feel that you can help in any way, please let me know. Some of you will receive newsletters and other of you will receive newsletters and invitations.

Respite:

Respite Nights will be the third Saturday of the month from 5:30-8:30. Applications will need to be filled out along with emergency forms. I have attached them, but you can find them at www.allinneed.org.

Location Change for Respite:

We have had changes in location. Our past location will not be able to offer a place every month due to their facilities schedule; therefore, I have found a new location and will be sending it to those who will attend respite night. Please note that when renting from churches we may have to agree to certain things within a contract for example. “No Dancing” “Showing Christ’s love” please remember that the agreement between rentals and AiN are agreed upon by spacing and safety of children. Though AiN may have agreed to contracts opinions doesn’t necessarily mean they are opinions of All in Need, Family Support or those of the board members.

Prices:

We will be charging for events and I am still playing with pricing, but I am trying to keep it as low as possible.  I will let you know up front. Most respite nights I will be able to rent the building for $40; however, I may have to pay for staffing on site if I don’t have a church volunteer there at the time. So it would be around 70 if that is the case. Lastly insurance is about $250.00 a month. Plus we the charge of crafts and other things business expenses. My goal is to keep it where families can afford a break and a night out. I am hoping to also start applying for grants to keep prices down. I am working with Paypal this week to get AiN setup as nonprofit so payments will be accepted online.

Volunteer:

Lastly, I am playing with adding required volunteer hours into the program. This is a very hard thing for me to consider, but I am realizing Jacob and myself cannot do all of it alone. We want our struggles to benefit your families, but we don’t want to cause issues in our lives either.  If we do add this to the program we will give an option of volunteer or pay out of the volunteer commitment.

Social Events:

As many of you know AiN has already started offering social groups for 8 years old to 16 years of age. Social Groups are held the 1st Saturday of the month and 3rd Thursday of the month. I try to plan outings for the Saturday events. I just requested free tickets from nine  companies. The Thursday events are game night and are located at St. Mary in Pleasant Hill. Once again as AiN starts looking at all cost involved to operate, price will need to change.

Board Positions:

We will be having all Board Positions opening up. Please consider helping AiN out in this way.

Webpage:

We have a temporary webpage up at allinneed.org. I ended up having to hire someone else and I hired Brittany. Brittany showed me the new homepage and it looks amazing. There will also be a blog, so these type of emails will soon be found there! You will also be able to pay for services and donate on the webpage. I hope to post minutes and Budget reports up there as we move forward. Also Brittany is a photographer and she is running a special right now if you use her and tell her Autumn sent you she will give me $50. So here is the thing if you use her and she sends me $50 I will donate to AiN in your name! http://www.brittanyerinphotography.com

Donations:

Donations can come in all shapes and size. Lets face it we need money to operate more than what I even considered when I decided to go nonprofit! I have been considering sending out annual commitment cards. Please consider giving monthly to AiN. Any amount will be greatly appreciated even if you think that $1 wouldn’t even be noticed…you are wrong. I know how tough times are and I know even a $1 at this time for so many is hard to do.

You don’t have to just give money if you have old board games and want to pass it on. We appreciate it! If your business has something you think can benefit AiN and the children we work with and you can donate it to AiN it would be appreciated. I am in real need of a TV with a DVD. A flat screen would be helpful and one that is large enough for 20 kids to see but small enough I can carry it to events would be appreciated.

Fundraising:

Working on fundraising ideas. If any of you have any background in fundraising and could help support me in this area, please email me!

Get the word out:

Many of you know that AiN and ,yself were featured in the Dandelion Magazine last Summer. AiN will be in the Bay Area Parent Magazine in February and Martinez Gazette will be doing an article on AiN in the next couple of weeks. With that being said…I need your help getting the word out. Please make sure you forward my emails to other families and make sure you share allinneed.org. Don’t forget we are on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin. Get connected and share connection with others. Lastly, if you have an in to get AiN in the news (newspaper, magazines, TV, blogs) please make sure you pass my info out. More families we serve the more likely I can keep prices down.

Blessing:

I want to share with all of you something amazing that happen to me this week. I visited a orthodontist this week for myself it was the first time I allowed myself to think of myself instead of all of Yaakov’s needs. While I was there I was able to share what AiN and why I started it. After the visit I realized I couldn’t afford to get them. I was really disappointed. The next morning I got a call from the Dr. they dropped the price $3500. Because of AiN they wanted to help support me. Their words, “your smile should show when you speak of AiN.” So, I want to thank you guys…you have allowed me to serve you and because you have entrusted me with your children. I get a gift I have always wanted. Thank you for my braces! I get them in March!

Contact Me:

If you ever have questions or concerns, please contact me at info@allinneed.org or call me at 925-257-4AIN. I look forward to working with all of you.

I look forward to working with you in 2012!

Wishing you rest!

-Autumn