My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for ConnectAbility, Inc., Dahlonega, GA, USA
I was invited about 5 years ago to bring my daughter to Sidekicks and our family was instantly welcomed with an incredible amount of warmth and kindess that we so desperately needed at that time in our lives. My daughter, Fiona, LOVES Sidekicks and her two typically developing brothers also enjoyed participated in the fun Friday evenings once/month. It is difficult to get a babysitter to watch three young children, esp when one has special needs, and this time also afforded my husband and I a few hours to go to dinner and get a needed break. Some months, we would stay and volunteer as well and found we enjoyed that equally as much. I began work on my Masters degree in Special Education about this same time and then spent the next two Summers getting to volunteer to help with Sidekicks' VBS program. I truly think that perhaps tied with my wedding week and the weeks of my children's births, these are the two happiest weeks of my life thus far. The entire group of Sidekicks, led by example by Jacques Daniel, is the most joyous group of people I have ever met- people that I know God put on this planet to make a better place- and it is contagious. As I am a special education teacher and have been involved with Sidekicks for a few years, I was recently asked to join the Board of Directors for this organization.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
We are off to a great start to building this group to serve even more children and adults and families throughout the North Georgia area. The organization now is working with Special Olympics in Lumpkin County and is expanding to offer parent support group meetings and many other wonderful opportunities for people with special needs.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help it grow more! Reach more people!! Spread the word!!