We all know we live in a fantastic, and supportive community, but there are still fundraisers, charities, people, so many other factors that make you step back and say “wow” no matter how long you’ve been around.
Yesterday we had the absolute pleasure to join in on the United Way bus tour of some of the amazing programs they support. And despite both being from the area, this was an extremely eye-opening trip, and heartwarming to say the least!
Chances are you’ve heard of it, I know I had, but I had no idea it was this awesome!
Aside from a beautiful location (inside an old church on Marlborough) this clubhouse is open, bright, warm and welcoming, and full of kids of all ages just having a fantastic time!
What They Do: provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
….And no, it’s not because they made us some awesome treats!
This cause in particular is near and dear to my heart, as my sister is enrolled in the program, but it’s an amazing experience just to walk into the place.
Nothing but smiles, teamwork, and good vibes all rolled into an amazing program for a variety of people.
What They Do: Offer programming in all areas of life including kitchen/home skills, life skills, social skills, recreation/leisure skills and creative expression for those above 21 with disabilities.
Students are only able to stay in the school system until the age of 21. Afterwards, there’s not many options for them to get out into the community, or social interactions with others for that matter.
Again – another program that we had no idea the actual extent of, and in another beautiful building!
Located right at the corner of Second and Augustus, the lovely teachers and volunteers help those from age 3 all the way to their 90’s further their learning, whether it be getting their GED, homework tutoring, computers, anything you need a hand with, they’re there for you!
I’ll be completely honest – I thought this was a program that ran during the Christmas time or throughout the winter. I had no idea the actual extent of it and the hard work these people put in every day!
What They Do: helps those who are unable to shop for their own food or to cook maintain their independence at home by delivering nutritious, delicious and affordable meal. They also check on individuals and follow up on them in regards to their health and well-being to ensure they’re ok.
A huge thank you to the United Way for making these programs possible, and to all the incredible organizations for welcoming us in yesterday…and giving us snacks 😉