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People Inc. is happy to announce that there are three ways that community members are able to support the agency through the Spring It On campaign through the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County by contributing to the People Inc. Foundation, the Museum of disABILITY History and Headway of WNY. Spring It On, a 24-hour on-line fundraising event, is designed to raise awareness and funds for not-for profit organizations throughout Western New York with a unique one-day focus. Spring It On will be held on the first day of spring, March 20, from 8 a.m. until 8 a.m. on March 21, 2014.
Individuals can make a one-time, secure, online donation to the local not-for-profit agency of their choice through a specially designed website at www.springiton.org. People Inc. hopes to mobilize community members for one day of giving to strengthen and support its programs and services including:
People Inc. Foundation: Funds will help build a year-round therapeutic sunroom at one of People Inc.’s residences for individuals with developmental disabilities so they can enjoy all four seasons without leaving the safety and comfort of home. Donations accepted at www.springiton.org/peopleinc.
Museum of disABILITY History: Funds will support educational programs for children and adults that promote the understanding and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities. Program examples include a monthly speaker series that is open to the public and disability etiquette programs where students and members of organizations can understand disability awareness, learn the importance of using person-first language and tips for interacting with individuals who have disabilities. Additionally, a “Disabilities Merit Badge Program” is offered for Boy Scouts with a unique experience and awareness for people with disabilities. Donations accepted at www.springiton.org/museumofdisability.
Headway of WNY: Funds will go toward medical equipment, assistive technology and the important services that help individuals with traumatic brain injuries increase their independence. Donations accepted at www.springiton.org/headwayofwny.
People Inc. is a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 12,000 people with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1971, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity.
The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society’s reactions. The Museum of disABILITY History, located at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo, NY, offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.
Headway of Western New York Inc., an affiliate of People Inc., supports and advocates for individuals with brain injuries. A volunteer non-profit, the agency provides support groups, advocacy, educational materials, recreational opportunities and educational in-services.